More than 775 staff and visitors attended health fairs sponsored by Mount Sinai Heart on Friday, February 5, Go Red for Women Day®, an annual educational event that spotlights the risks of cardiovascular disease. Participants received free screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, glucose, and peripheral vascular disease, and learned about nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques. Other events included exercise workshops, support group meetings, and educational lectures sponsored by Women’s Heart NY, a comprehensive Mount Sinai Health System heart program.
Gary Rosenberg, PhD, the Edith J. Baerwald Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, received an award for 30 years of service as Chair of the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board (CAB) when he retired from that position on Tuesday, February 23.
“Dr. Rosenberg has done a remarkable job chairing the CAB, forging strong connections to the community—particularly the residents of East Harlem—and ensuring that The Mount Sinai Hospital listens and responds to their health care needs and interests,” says John S. Winkleman, Trustee and Chair, Community Relations Committee, Mount Sinai Health System. David C. Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine, has been elected as the new Chair of the CAB, which was formed in 1979 as a Boards of Trustees committee.
We continue to make incremental progress in addressing racism and bias on our campus and in our clinical environments. Below is a list of major initiatives and events since our last update: Read more
Ten Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2016 Heart Award, one of the hospital’s most prestigious honors, at a lunch reception on Friday, February 26, held at Podell Auditorium. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by their peers—who continuously focus on patient safety, enhancing the patient experience, and making Mount Sinai Beth Israel the hospital of choice for patients, staff, and the community. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2016 awardees at the reception.
A reception celebrating the opening of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Diabetes Center of Excellence, located at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue, was held on Thursday, January 21. The new facility includes spacious outpatient clinical areas, a dedicated space for a weight loss program, and proximity to the headquarters, clinical research unit, and laboratories of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West. The Center will serve a diverse population of patients on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Harlem. Read more
Two hundred and fifty donors, patients, faculty, and friends attended the Fourteenth Annual Gala of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis on Thursday, March 3, at The Plaza. Proceeds from the Gala support the Center’s multidisciplinary patient care and innovative research.
Fred D. Lublin, MD, Saunders Family Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Center’s Director, welcomed the guests and spoke of recent advances in treating multiple sclerosis. Read more
Patient safety is a high priority at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Great Catch Program, which teaches staff how to identify and alert leadership to potential safety issues and rewards them for their efforts, is a key component. On Wednesday, February 17, Karen Lott, RN, Department of Perioperative Services, and Alina Sanocki, Lab Tech C, Transfusion Medicine Laboratory, were presented with the Hospital’s first Great Catch Awards. Each received a crystal trophy and a certificate of excellence signed by David L. Reich, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens, and Vicki LoPachin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. Their respective units also received trophies.
Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD, one of Mount Sinai’s most respected physicians, celebrated his 90th birthday with nearly 250 colleagues, family, and friends on Monday, February 8, at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan.
Dr. Aufses served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 22 years,retiring from that position in 1996, and he currently holds appointments as Professor of Surgery, and of Population Health Science and Policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also is Chairman Emeritus of The Ruth J. & Maxwell Hauser and Harriet & Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Department of Surgery. Read more
Medical students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai performed special patient rounds on Tuesday, February 16, as part of The Gold Humanism Honor Society’s (GHHS) annual “Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.” This national program encourages hospital staff and medical school students to develop more caring, compassionate relationships with patients. Twenty students visited 12 patients in The Mount Sinai Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, practicing “Tell Me More” interactions. The students conversed with patients about topics unrelated to their diagnoses, developing compassionate communication skills they can use in future patient interactions. Created by GHHS chapter members at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2014, dozens of GHHS chapters nationwide use the “Tell Me More” program.
Dozens of pediatric heart patients who have undergone successful procedures, ranging from valve repairs to heart transplants, recently returned to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai to celebrate life and reconnect with other patients and clinical staff at the Thirtieth Annual Valentine’s Day Reunion Party.
The children enjoyed snacks and face painting activities at the event, which was sponsored by the Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that helps children facing medical challenges. The Children’s Heart Fund and Harboring Hearts also provided support.