Newly Revised Corporate Compliance Code of Conduct

Mount Sinai Health System’s Corporate Compliance Code of Conduct has undergone a comprehensive review and revision. The new Code of Conduct, “A Guide to Our Corporate Compliance Program,” has been mailed to all Mount Sinai staff and faculty. The Code provides valuable information about such issues as Employee Responsibilities, Conflict of Interest, and Workplace Conduct. It also serves as a guide to ethical behavior, integrity, and adherence to laws, regulations, and standards.

The Code can also be found on the Mount Sinai intranet pages under the Audit & Compliance Services links.

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Volunteers Care for Marathon Runners

A volunteer team of 20 individuals that included residents, a nurse, and paramedics from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s emergency departments was on hand at the New York City Marathon’s Finish Line Medical Tent, Sunday, November 2, to treat runners who required medical attention. “We saw a number of runners with exercise-associated collapse, and we also treated patients with chest pain, head injuries, muscle injuries and cramps, scrapes, and bruises,” says Michael Redlener, MD, Medical Director for Prehospital Care and Medical Captain for the team. “Thanks to a strong team, the runners we treated all received excellent care.” The hospitals have been providing clinical care to New York City Marathon runners since 1993.

Friends of Odysseus Hosts Fall Golf Classic

The Friends of Odysseus, a mentoring program established in 2012 by black male faculty for black and Hispanic male medical and graduate students, recently sponsored the First Annual Fall Classic Golf Outing—an effort to introduce participants to the inherent networking opportunities of golf. The group hosts a number of activities and provides students with ongoing mentorship interaction with senior faculty mentors during their years of professional development.

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Advancing Quality Health Care for the LGBT Community

In November, Elizabeth Adler (class of 2016) became the first student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to receive an Excellence in LGBT Health and Advocacy Scholarship. The $10,000 award is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. It underscores the Mount Sinai Health System’s commitment to ensuring high-quality medical care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, with its diverse set of health needs.

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Mount Sinai’s Diversity Programs Ranked Among the Top

DiversityInc, the nation’s leading publication in advancing excellence in diversity management, has ranked the Mount Sinai Health System No . 6 in its 2014 “Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems” list. The recognition reflects both the longstanding work of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s diversity program through its Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs and the hospital-based diversity initiatives at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

The Mount Sinai Health System’s programs for professional development and its mentoring opportunities for minority faculty and hospital managerial staff were highlighted as particularly outstanding by DiversityInc.

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Mount Sinai Rated Highly for Patient Safety

The Mount Sinai Health System has received high ratings for patient safety in heart attacks, pulmonary care, and overall medical care from CareChex®, a national quality rating service, which released its rankings of approximately 5,000 U.S. acute care hospitals and health care systems in October. CareChex arrived at its rankings for the Mount Sinai Health System by averaging its scores of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

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It’s Finally Here! The New US Kidney Allocation System

This article originally appeared on The American Journal of Kidney Diseases’ (AJKD) Blog

Today marks an exciting change in kidney transplantation. Although there have been adjustments to the kidney allocation system over the last 20 years, there has not been a major change. This is despite a growing waitlist and a shortage of organs. Allocation is currently driven predominantly by wait time rather than matching kidneys with appropriate recipients.

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Healthy Holiday Nutrition Tips

It’s that time of year again—brisk temperatures, festive décor, holiday parties. While it’s often something we look forward to for months, the time from Thanksgiving to New Years also means being faced with seasonal treats, big meals and fancy cocktails that can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. According to recent research, the average American may gain 1-2 pounds this time of year, which can be tough to lose once we put away our party hats and winter sets in. The good news is that keeping up your healthy habits through the holidays and avoiding weight gain doesn’t mean depriving yourself of things you love. Here are our tips for having a happy and healthy holiday season:

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2014 NKF NYC Kidney Walk

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 over 100 participants (consisting of Mount Sinai RMTI staff, our community partners, patients & families) proudly represented “TEAM MOUNT SINAI” as we “Talked the Talk and Walked the Walk” at the 2014 National Kidney Foundation NYC Kidney Walk.

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