Mount Sinai Health System Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

The Mount Sinai Health System invited staff, their friends and families, and the public, to learn about skin cancer prevention and receive a free, total-body skin examination during National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. The screenings took place in the dermatology departments of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and, for the first time, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, 97 people were examined; 81 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; 77 at Mount Sinai Roosevelt; and 22 at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Employees Receive Heart Awards

Eleven Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2015 Heart Award, one of the institution’s highest honors, at a breakfast reception on Thursday, April 30, at Podell Auditorium, Petrie Campus. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by peers—who make outstanding contributions that help staff provide the highest quality care for patients, with a special focus on compassion and concern for their well-being. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2015 awardees at the reception.

Pioneering Surgical Techniques to Benefit Stroke Patients

A 37-year-old devoted runner, Cory Root, PhD, seemed an unlikely candidate for an acute stroke. But in the midst of a seven-mile jog along the Hudson River in early March, he suddenly felt weak and began to drag his foot. After he fell and struggled to get up, several onlookers rushed to his side. “They thought I showed signs of a stroke and called an ambulance,” recalls Dr. Root, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Columbia University. “I thought that was crazy because I was too young for a stroke.” Read more

A Leader in Stroke Treatment and Prevention

The Mount Sinai Hospital, a leader in stroke treatment—and the first Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center in New York State—continues to push the boundaries of research and clinical care.

“We have won high marks for the rapid response we’re able to deliver, particularly to complex stroke patients who need endovascular intervention, and for our commitment to community outreach and education,” says Stanley Tuhrim, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, and Director of the Stroke Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Educating the Public About Stroke

Carolyn Brockington, MD, a board-certified vascular neurologist and Director of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt, is actively involved in educating the public about all aspects of stroke-—from its symptoms to its prevention and treatment.

“Most people do not realize anyone can have a stroke at any age, but the good news is many strokes can be prevented,” Dr. Brockington says. “The key lies in identifying and successfully controlling the risk factors with lifestyle changes like diet, exercise, and possibly medication.” Read more

Kidney Stone Center Opens

The Kidney Stone Center at Mount Sinai opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Monday, April 20, at Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s Department of Urology. The new Center offers a comprehensive approach to manage and treat kidney stones, with a focus on prevention. “We have an integrated team of urologists, nephrologists, and other specialists who employ a wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to treat and prevent all sizes and types of kidney stones,” says Mantu Gupta, MD, Chair of Urology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Director of Endourology and Stone Disease for the Mount Sinai Health System. The Center has two locations: Mount Sinai Roosevelt, 425 West 59th Street, Suite 4F, and 625 Madison Avenue, Second Floor.

Students Host Community Health Fair

More than 100 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students hosted the 12th Annual Mount Sinai Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 11—an event dedicated to improving the health of residents in East and Central Harlem, neighborhoods that have experienced a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and illness. Forty community organizations took part, including the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, Settlement Health, and Boriken Neighborhood Health Center. The fair offered 19 kinds of health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes, hearing and vision, adolescent health conditions, obesity, and HIV. The estimated 200 adult and children attendees were also treated to live music, healthy food samples, and family fun activities. The event was made possible by funding from the Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Student Council, and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs.

Leadership and Staff Celebrate National Walking Day

Hundreds of Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in several 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Wednesday, April 1, for National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System, set the tone for the day, saying, “Mount Sinai is committed to teaming up to get active and make strides against cardiovascular diseases. A simple 30-minute brisk walk each day can significantly impact and improve heart health and longevity.” Walking, she says, can help individuals lower risk of heart attacks and strokes, maintain normal blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and prevent diabetes and obesity.