"I STARTED TO MAKE CHANGES, AND A-HIP GAVE ME THAT INCENTIVE BY TRACKING MY PROGRESS."
Joan Chaya always considered herself healthy, so when her cholesterol and weight began to creep up, she knew it was time for a change. Ms. Chaya was supported through Montefiore's Associate Health Improvement Program (A-HIP). A-HIP provides associates with biometric screenings, guidance and motivation, while also rewarding health improvements with financial incentives. "I started to make changes, and A-HIP gave me that incentive by tracking my progress," says Ms. Chaya, Director of Workforce Development and Management at Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative. She has since lowered her cholesterol level significantly and lost 20 pounds—enough to earn $300.
"Associates want to be healthier but don't always know the way to get there, and this program's incentives and resources really support them," says Paulette Giambalvo, MPH, CHES, Director, Associate Wellness, Montefiore. Over 700 associates have been screened to see if they have elevated values in areas such as weight or cholesterol; and if elevated, when an associate makes a verified improvement, they earn $100 for each move.
Associates determined to be low risk are entered in the Healthy Habits Raffle campaign, where $1,000 prizes are given out each quarter. Both programs are found on Montefiore’s wellness portal, which also offers various resources such as workshops on stress management, information about Weight Watchers, meal plans and exercise trackers.
If you’re ready to become healthier, start with A-HIP and visit toyourhealth.montefiore.org.
Montefiore Health System has formed an exciting new collaboration with Crystal Run Healthcare, a group practice in the Hudson Valley and lower Catskill regions. "Crystal Run and Montefiore share a philosophy that puts patients first," says Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine. "The Hudson Valley will be getting the gold standard of care." The relationship provides Crystal Run's patients with access to Montefiore's clinical expertise, research and clinical
trials, and renowned Centers of Excellence. In Orange and Rockland counties, where two of our member hospitals—Nyack and St. Luke’s—are located, Crystal Run is a group practice composed of 400 providers in nearly 50 specialties and more than 20 practice locations. Educational opportunities for Einstein medical students and Montefiore physician trainees will be enhanced by this collaboration, which also creates new teaching and learning opportunities for Crystal Run physicians.
Learn more about this dynamic collaboration at www.montefiore.org/crystalrun.
Supporting Healthy Relationships graduates Chenier Rivers and Bradley Ferrance say the program strengthened their connection.
Montefiore's Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) Program launches a new cycle on February 27, in honor of Marriage Month. This free program offers a reboot for those in committed relationships that could benefit from improved communication and reduced stress. The federally funded program, orchestrated by Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, provides a 12-week intensive workshop or “date night” for couples who have children or are expecting. “What keeps a relationship healthy is the quality of emotional connection between partners,” says Supporting Healthy Relationships participants Chenier Rivers and Bradley Ferrance. “SHR provided us with the tools to enhance our communication, sharing our innermost hopes, fears and dreams.” Couples enjoy a light dinner during the three-hour sessions, while learning skills to strengthen their connections. The program also offers employment services and comprehensive resources for couples to help reduce stressors. To learn more, attend the Open House on February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at 334 East 148 Street, 2nd Floor. Program graduates will be present to discuss how the program helped them. RSVP to 718-401-5050, ext. 207/253.
Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, was named one of Becker's Healthcare's 2017 "nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know."
Shlomo Shinnar, MD, PhD, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center, and Professor, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology and Population Health, Montefiore and Einstein, has been elected President of the American Epilepsy Society.
Sheryl R. Haut, MD, Director, Adult Epilepsy Program, and Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Montefiore and Einstein, was named to the American Epilepsy Society Board of Directors.
Artwork by the Bronx-based young artists of Foster Pride.
On the heels of winning a major award, Montefiore's Fine Art Program is presenting three new exhibits highlighting the work of local artists. Have a look!
"Canvassing the Neighborhood: Exploring Community with the Young Artists of Foster Pride" works with Bronx-based foster children and teenagers who take part in the Foster Pride program. The program helps children in foster care build life skills and increase their self-esteem, and their work is currently on view at the ARTViews Gallery on the Moses Campus.
The "Yarn Bomb" installation, created by crocheting teens who call themselves the New Bronx Bombers, is another outgrowth of Foster Pride. The installation—on display in the Moses Main Lobby—was created as part of Foster Pride's Handmade Program, which teaches young women how to create and market their own line of crocheted items.
Artwork by the Bronx-based young artists of Foster Pride.
"One City, One Vision" exhibits the photographs of Jesse Sanchez, a New Rochelle native. The exhibit is on display at the Queen City Art Gallery, Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, Administration Corridor, 1st Floor.
(From left) City of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson; Tony Alfano, Vice President and Executive Director, Montefiore New Rochelle; Iris Rosario, WIC Program Administrator; Deirdre Rosado, Senior Director, Operations, Montefiore Medical Group; and Matthew McDonough, FACHE, MPH, Vice President, Montefiore.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at Montefiore New Rochelle celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location at 175 Memorial Highway, Suite LL5, in New Rochelle. The federally funded program provides supplemental food and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, along with infants and children up to age 5. Contact the program at 914-365-6650.
Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center are conducting a study in women with breast fibroadenomas which require treatment. Fibroadenomas are benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors (lumps). This research will study an experimental device (Echopulse System) which provides high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation of soft tissue. This treatment is an alternative to open surgical removal of fibroadenomas.
To take part you must:
You may not participate in this study if you:
Reimbursement or compensation for participating will not be provided.
Call Magdalena Mamczur-Madry at 718-920-3576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Friday, March 30 | 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Healing Arts Studio, 3307 Bainbridge Avenue
Basement Level (entrance is down the driveway on the left)
Led by Peter Selwyn, MD, MPH
We are pleased to offer this half-day mini-retreat as part of our Healing Loss program. This workshop introduces some of the content from our three-day residential Healing Loss workshop, offered twice a year in April and October. Through didactic and experiential approaches, this workshop will include opportunities for sharing, expressing and learning about grief and loss, how these have affected us in our work and in our lives, and how we can start to move through loss to begin healing and recovering our wholeness. This session is for a maximum of 12 participants, and those who have not attended the three-day program will receive first priority. Register via Talent Management.