Audience member attending a Moses Campus screening
Heart Month at Montefiore includes a very special event for associates— the opportunity to attend a private screening of our short film, Corazón. The winner of multiple prestigious awards, Corazón is based on a true Montefiore patient story of a young woman suffering heart failure with only months to live. When she encounters Mario Garcia, MD, FACC, Chief, Cardiology, and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, she receives the lifesaving care she needs. Daniel Goldstein, MD, Vice Chair, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Director Mechanical Assistance Program, and Surgical Director, Mechanical Assistance Program, Montefiore, plays himself in the film, performing an implantation of the LVAD that is keeping her alive until a donor heart becomes available.
Corazón is a powerful film that brings home the reality that some 22 people die every day because there are not enough organ donors. It has had a lasting impact on audiences across the country and around the world. Don’t miss your chance to see it this month.
Audience members attending an Einstein Campus screening
Please visit www.montefiore.org/corazonscreenings for locations, dates and times of screenings.
Watch the trailer. https://www.montefiore.org/mpeg/Montefiore-Presents-Corazon-60-Trailer.mp4.
From left, Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, SVP Clinical Services, and Executive Director, Moses; Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine; Mario Garcia, MD, FACC, Chief, Cardiology and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care; Donald Stark, Director, Clinical and Business Affairs, Cardiology
No matter how cold it gets outside, events and activities to promote heart health in February are heating up inside Montefiore. This year’s theme, My Heart, My Life, is expressed through events presented by Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, 1199SIEU and the departments of Nursing, Community Relations, Associate Wellness and Community & Population Health. Here is a sampling of events for associates, many of which welcome the public, too: Heart Day at Montefiore New Rochelle will be held on February 14, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Weiler Hospital will host blood pressure screenings for associates on February 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Wakefield Campus will offer a tasting table as well as screenings on February 21, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Moses Campus will offer blood pressure screenings on Thursday, February 28, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
For a full schedule of Montefiore’s Heart Month offerings, visit www.montefiore.org/heartmonth.
On Go Red Day, the 7B Nursing Team at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) transformed into Disney princesses, bringing their special sparkle as they delivered care baskets for parents along with toys and games for all the PCCU patients. It was the culmination of a team effort by nurses, unit secretaries, patient care technicians/nursing attendants, physician assistants, residents, nutritionists, social workers, the caregiver support team and case managers who reported that connecting with the Montefiore community was immensely satisfying. “It was a fantastic experience that gives you pause and reconnects you to your humanity, reminding you of why you chose to be in this profession,” says Shalom Simmons, RN, MSN, BSN, BBA, Administrative Nurse Manager, Foreman 7B.
Colleen A. Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, presented Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, entitled “Child Advocacy: Your Pediatric Voice.” She shared updates about several initiatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on health policy that impacts children, adolescents and their families. These include immigrant health and the impact of separation from parents on a child’s overall mental health, the role of team-based care specifically integrating behavioral health models in primary care, strategies to address diversity/ inclusion in the pediatric workforce, and promotion of child equity. She also discussed the unique role pediatricians and other child health providers can play to advocate at the local, regional and national levels to ensure the overall health and well-being of families.
Dr. Kraft, center, with CHAM Grand Rounds attendees
Two Montefiore faculty members, Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH, Chief, Academic General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein; and Elissa Faro, PhD, Associate Director, Pediatric Quality, CHAM, and Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein, have contributed to a new book titled Disparities in Child Health: A Solutions-Based Approach. Aimed at practitioners and researchers, the book identifies sources of health inequities in developmental, societal, familial and financial realms as well as in the delivery of healthcare to children. The authors’ long-term perspective emphasizes prevention strategies to support young patients in transitions between childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.
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An innovative partnership led by the Montefiore School Health Program (MSHP) brings together eyeglass company Warby Parker, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), and Montefiore’s Department of Ophthalmology to provide vision services and eyeglasses for students in the program. This service is the newest component of the MSHP, which already provides primary and preventive healthcare to public, elementary, middle and high school students throughout the Bronx. Optometrist Amanda Mammano, OD, under the supervision of Delaney Gracy, MD, Director, Clinical Services, Montefiore, will begin by examining students at PS18, PS55 and PS147. Currently NYCDOHMH screens, examines and provides glasses for students. The new MSHP program will provide follow-up vision care beyond the initial screening and over time will take over exams and eyeglass prescriptions.
Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Montefiore and Einstein, was recently appointed to the board of directors of Every Mother Counts (EMC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. EMC is geared toward raising awareness about worldwide maternal mortality and improving maternal health.
Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Montefiore, and Professor, Medicine, Einstein, has been named Editor-in-Chief, Lung journal. In addition to critical care medicine, Dr. Dicpinigaitis is active in the field of cough treatment and research.
Researchers at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine are conducting a study to learn about differences in the genital tract in women diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (BV) before and after treatment. Women with BV have an increased risk of acquiring HIV. The ultimate goal of this research is to better understand the effects of BV on the female genital tract, so that methods can be developed to reduce transmission of HIV.
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Tuesdays | Next event February 19 | 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Grand Hall, Moses Campus
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Associates are invited to dance the stress away with Zumba! No dance experience is necessary, just a willingness to move and have fun. All participants must sign a release form.
Tuesdays | February 12, 19, 26 | 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Einstein Campus, Lubin Dining Hall
Wednesdays | February 13, 20, 27 | 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Yonkers Campus, 3 Odell Plaza, Conference Room 1D
Thursdays | February 14, 21; March 7 | 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Moses Campus, Grand Hall