Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the Central Nervous System of debated etiology. While there is general consensus regarding the role of an active immune system in myelin destruction, the questions related to the initial events triggering immune system involvement remain unanswered and the identity of disease course modifiers is only partially understood. Epidemiological studies have suggested the possibility that disease onset and course are the result of an interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, though much remains to be learned about the identity of the environmental factors and whether they can be modified. Among the proposed variables affecting MS are geographic location, smoking, vitamin D levels and the much debated diet and infections.
Mount Sinai has become the first medical center in New York State to receive advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and joins an elite group of institutions around the nation that meets The Joint Commission’s standards and requirements for complex stroke care. The announcement was made after The Joint Commission reviewed Mount Sinai’s stroke-care programs in June.
“By achieving this advanced certification, Mount Sinai has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mount Sinai for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”
The Mount Sinai Hospital has received a top Consumer Reports rating for how patients fare during and after surgery. Only four hospitals in New York State received this top rating: The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore, New York, according to the publication, which rated nearly 2,500 hospitals across the nation.
To achieve its ratings, Consumer Reports analyzed billing claims that hospitals submitted to Medicare from 2009 through 2011 for patients undergoing 27 common scheduled surgeries and determined how each hospital compared in avoiding adverse events during a patient’s hospital stay for surgery.
A maternity stay at The Mount Sinai Medical Center became a little sweeter in June when staff from the Department of Nursing, Women & Children’s Services began giving new parents pink or blue birthday cakes to celebrate the arrival of their newborns.
On an average day, the nursing staff—in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s Food and Nutrition Services—gives out 21 cakes to parents and babies in the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Center for Maternity Care, accompanied by cards that offer congratulations. All cakes are certified OU Kosher.
Mount Sinai’s Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute was honored with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Circle of Life Award during a recent ceremony held in San Diego, California. The award, which spotlighted Mount Sinai’s innovative palliative care and end-of-life programs, was accepted by R. Sean Morrison, MD, who is Director of the Institute and the National Palliative Care Research Center, and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute launched a new tool on July 15th to measure and improve patient satisfaction. RateMyHospital® is a patient-feedback survey tool that allows patients receiving treatment in the Ruttenberg Center to easily provide feedback on their care. In only a few weeks, dozens of patients have already provided feedback using the new technology.
Traditional patient-satisfaction scores are based on paper surveys that are sent to patients after they have left the facility. RateMyHospital helps health care providers get real-time patient feedback – essential in assessing and improving patient care – because patients can fill out the online survey immediately, even before stepping through Mount Sinai’s doors.
I recently attended a talk that I found inspiring and helpful, whether your personal challenge is inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) or any other life issue. The point that the speaker made is simple, yet one that is worth sharing: It is to remember that everyone has a problem or difficulty of some sort to deal with.
For some, like the motivational speaker I heard, it happens to be a very visible physical disability; for others, like many of our IBD patients, it can often be hidden, an invisible illness. What is important to remember is that at the end of the day, we are all just people, not our illness. This goes along with my advice to parents of children diagnosed with IBD, that one of the best gifts you can offer your child is the gift of a normal happy life.
The low FODMAP diet may sound like yet another gimmicky weight loss plan to many of you, but it’s actually a science-backed regimen aimed at alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Developed by Australian researchers, the efficacy of the low FODMAP diet for IBS is supported by encouraging studies in numerous medical journals, and has increasingly become the go-to dietary intervention for this highly prevalent condition.
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is the single most common reason for regulatory actions concerning drugs, including failure to gain approval for marketing, removal from the market place and restriction of prescribing indications.
DILI is also a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in many patient populations. Due to its idiosyncratic nature, variable presentation and the vast number of potential causative drugs as well as herbal and dietary supplements, DILI is often diagnosed late in its course when patients have severe liver disease. DILI, including acute liver failure requiring liver transplantation, can happen anytime to anyone taking medications, even over the counter medications. Unfortunately, there are no tests to predict who is at risk nor to diagnose this problem. Read more
Before an audience of colleagues, family, and friends, four physicians received the 26th Annual Physician of the Year Award for providing excellence in patient care and fostering strong collaborative relationships with nurses. The physicians, nominated and selected by nurses and Nursing leadership, were honored through testimonials, photographs, and videos, which served as a display of collegial gratitude, during a ceremony held at Hatch Auditorium on Thursday, June 27.
The 2013 recipients were: