Enhancing Employee Health at Mount Sinai

Enhancing Employee Health at Mount Sinai

Dietitian Maria Elena Rodriguez, RD, CDE, center, helped Mount Sinai employees Angela Mazzone, left, and Valerie Ruffin achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Valerie Ruffin, an Executive Assistant in the Department of Information Technology, thought that drinking homemade fruit juices was a good way to improve her health and lose weight—until she had a physical exam in 2015. “I was in shock when I was told I had diabetes,” she recalls. “My blood work showed extremely high sugar levels, the result of all the fruit juice I was drinking daily.”

Colleague Angela Mazzone, Project Manager III, Department of Information Technology, was similarly surprised when her physical exam uncovered glucose levels consistent with pre-diabetes. She always thought of herself as a healthy eater, and athletic, but the diagnosis forced her to re-examine that perception. She was now a working mom and, in reality, she was devoting less time to exercising and preparing nutritious meals. Read more

Morningside Clinic Moves to a Newly Renovated Location

Morningside Clinic Moves to a Newly Renovated LocationThe Institute for Advanced Medicine has relocated the Spencer Cox Morningside Clinic to renovated space at 440 West 114th Street and renamed it the Morningside Clinic. The new site provides patients with a more convenient and comfortable setting that includes a spacious waiting room with a television, and a pediatric waiting area. The Morningside Clinic continues to provide patients with HIV/AIDS treatment and other services, including dental, integrative medicine, and behavioral health care. The attendees at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony (see photo) included, from left: Vani P. Gandhi, MD, Interim Medical Director, Morningside Clinic, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s; Michael P. Mullen, MD, Director, and Matt Baney, Senior Director, Institute for Advanced Medicine; and Judith A. Aberg, MD, Dr. George Baehr Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Division Chief, Infectious Diseases.

25 Years and Counting

Nada Gligorov, PhD of the Bioethics Program at ISMMS responds to a research presentation.

Nada Gligorov, PhD of the Bioethics Program at ISMMS responds to a research presentation.

The Oxford-Mount Sinai Consortium on Bioethics convened April 11–13, 2016 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) for an exchange of research  on ethical issues in medicine and biomedical science. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Consortium—co-founded by Rosamond Rhodes, PhD; Stefan Baumrin, PhD, JD; and Daniel Moros, MD—is an interdisciplinary collaboration which focuses on faculty development. The annual meeting encourages its members to devote a portion of their research to bioethical topics and share their findings. Read more

Student Leads New York Forum on Dismantling Racism in Health Care

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Neil Calman, MD, and Kamini Doobay

Kamini Doobay, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, played a key role in organizing a recent forum in New York City that featured renowned medical, public health, and academic leaders who convened to examine racial inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes in communities of color.

The program, “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System: The Time is Now,” took place Saturday, March 12, at the CUNY Graduate Center and drew 200 participants. Ms. Doobay worked with Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and other entities to develop the day-long activities. Read more

Meet a Winner: Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles“To be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” —Zig Ziglar

Kelly Hyles has taken the steps to become a winner and in fact, is winning already: the young woman, who has recently been accepted to 21 colleges, including all 8 Ivy League universities, is on a determined path to becoming a neurologist and the first college graduate in her family. Read more

Nutrition and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Guest post by Ilana Kersch, MS RD CDN, Senior Dietitian at the Mount Sinai Hospital.  Ilana works as part of the inpatient liver transplant team in conjunction with the Recanati Miller Transplant Institute, and provides nutrition care for patients pre- and post-hepatobiliary surgery.

In recent decades, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become an important cause of liver disease in the US due to its association with rising prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  It is estimated that approximately 30% of the US population now has some degree of non-alcoholic fatty liver, and ~2- 5% of the population have fatty liver which has progressed to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).  If untreated, NAFLD and NASH can progress to liver cirrhosis and malignancy, and is quickly becoming a major indication for listing for liver transplant. Read more

The Mount Sinai Hospital Named Top Performer

The Mount Sinai Hospital, including its Manhattan and Queens campuses, recently was named a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

Mount Sinai was the only full-service hospital in Manhattan to achieve this distinction, which signifies its commitment to patient safety and quality-improvement outcomes. Read more

Researchers Discover New Clues in the Development of Transplantable Stem Cells for Blood Disorders

Kateri Moore, DVM, left, with graduate students Andreia Gomes and Jeffrey Bernitz

Kateri Moore, DVM, left, with graduate students Andreia Gomes and Jeffrey Bernitz

For scientists who study stem cells, the ability to produce hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) in the lab and then transplant them into patients with blood disorders has been a long-sought-after goal. Recently, the field took a step closer to that milestone when researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified cells in the embryos and placentas of mice that are actually precursors to HSPCs. Hematopoiesis is the daily process by which the human body generates all of the different types of cells found in the blood and immunological system. Read more

New CT Scanner to Help Provide Rapid Care

CT-Scanner-5316_11-RTMount Sinai Brooklyn recently acquired an additional CT scanner to decrease waiting time and expedite results for patients who need immediate testing, such as people who may have had a stroke. Located near the Emergency Department, it features 128-slice technology that provides high-definition imaging details and performs CT angiograms. Among the attendees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 31, were, from left: GraceAnn Weick, ANP, MSN, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Burton P. Drayer, MD, Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and System Chair, Department of Radiology; Lin H. Mo, MBA, MPH, President, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Carl Ramsay, MD, Vice President, Emergency Medicine Clinical Operations, Mount Sinai Health System; and Scott M. Lorin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Brooklyn.