Four-year-old Gabriela Espinal, sits with her mother, Monica Espinal, and enjoys a high-five with nurse Dana Annese, RN, following a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The brightly colored patient rooms are part of a major renovation and expansion that was recently completed at NYEE’s Pediatric Surgery Unit that included the addition of glass walls to enhance light, a new waiting room, new restrooms and lockers, and a storage space for strollers. The expansion will enable NYEE to meet growing demand for pediatric clinical and diagnostic care. NYEE performs more than 3,500 pediatric operations annually, most of which are same-day surgeries.
In the summer of 1998, Shavanne McCurchin noticed something odd about her 2-month-old son’s right eye. “The entire eye looked white,” she says, remembering that she thought she had accidentally sprinkled powder in his eye while changing his diaper.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) has received national recognition for excellence in nursing for the second consecutive time from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet® Recognition designation is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence, and fewer than 8 percent of hospitals in the United States have received this honor. NYEE is the only eye and ear specialty hospital in the country to have received this recognition.
Sapheara, a new Marvel Comics superhero with cochlear implants, recently made her debut at an event hosted by the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The heroine is featured in a new comic book and teacher’s guide titled Sound Effects, in which she, Iron Man, and Blue Ear—a superhero with hearing aids—unite to protect New York City, while addressing the issues of bullying, and hearing loss awareness and prevention. The event and publications were sponsored by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI), an organization that supports medical research at NYEE, and Marvel Custom Solutions. Sound Effects will be distributed to approximately 150,000 New York City public school students in grades three through seven.
James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, a world-renowned physician-scientist with a research focus on glaucoma, has been named President of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and Chair of Ophthalmology of the Mount Sinai Health System. As President, Dr. Tsai says his main goals will be raising the visibility of NYEE to referring physicians, and ensuring that it is known as an international center of excellence in residency and fellowship training in ophthalmology and otolaryngology.
Ophthalmologists in Myanmar (also known as Burma), recently received their first modern medical eye education in decades from a delegation of nine renowned U.S. eye specialists, including Penny Asbell, MD, MBA, Director of Cornea and Refractive Services and Director of the Cornea Fellowship Program in the Department of Ophthalmology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
In the U.S., more than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen each year, with roughly 1 in 8 fireworks injuries harming the eyes. With Labor Day weekend celebrations approaching, Dr. Ronald C. Gentile, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, wants to remind people of some eye health and fireworks safety tips.
“Common fireworks and sparkler eye injuries include burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage and ruptured eyeball,” says Dr. Gentile. “And children are frequent victims of these injuries. As many as 30 percent of eye traumas caused by fireworks impact kids.”
The Mount Sinai Hospital has been ranked No. 16 out of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide in the U.S. News & World Report 2014–15 “Best Hospitals” guidebook. Additionally, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai achieved a No. 10 national ranking for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/Mount Sinai Roosevelt attained “high-performing” designations in a total of 11 specialties.
Further, according to U.S. News & World Report, The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of only 17 hospitals to receive “very high scores” in at least six clinical specialties, earning it Honor Roll status.
A commitment to excellence in clinical practice and patient satisfaction were central themes at six Town Hall meetings in April and May, when leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System met with faculty and staff from each hospital to discuss the institution’s strategic direction and answer questions about its integration.
The meetings—which included question-and-answer sessions—summed up the progress that has been made since The Mount Sinai Medical Center combined with Continuum Health Partners last fall.