Montefiore has a lot of heart. That's why, every February during American Heart Month, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care hosts heart-healthy events aimed at preventing heart disease. Montefiore's theme is Show Your Heart Some Love, and we're hosting an array of events that support your efforts to take charge of your heart health. "Montefiore is committed to treating patients holistically and to encouraging healthy lifestyle choices that can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease," says Mario Garcia, MD, FACC, Chief, Cardiology, and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.
Montefiore associates kicked off Heart Month February 1 on the Moses Campus. Attendees included Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN-BC, Vice President, Nursing and Patient Care Services; Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, Senior Vice President, Moses and Wakefield Campuses, and Executive Director, Moses Campus; Donald Stark, Director, Clinical and Business Affairs, Cardiology; James Terwilliger, Vice President, Clinical Services; and Mario Garcia, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology.
Ramp up your efforts with mind-body offerings including yoga, meditation and Zumba classes; free educational lectures; and screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Don’t miss FORKS OVER KNIVES, the popular documentary film produced by cardiologist Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, MS, Director, Cardiac Wellness Program, and Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine, Einstein. It makes a strong case for a plant-based diet to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall health.
HEART MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
CHAIR YOGA & GUIDED RELAXATION
Mondays, February 5 and 12 | Noon–1:00 PM
Tishman Learning Center, Room 2, Moses Campus
Associates only. Register at email@example.com.
SCREENING: FORKS OVER KNIVES
Tuesday, February 6 | 10:00–11:30 AM
R.A.I.N. Boston Road Neighborhood Senior Center
2424 Boston Road
Open to the public. To register, contact James Carey at 718-547-8827.
See more events on page 2.
Visit www.montefiore.org/heartmonth for the full schedule of Montefiore’s Heart Month events, and follow our initiatives on social media with #CelebrateYourHeart.
Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has launched the only comprehensive adoption medicine program in New York, doing more to support families at every stage of the process, including pre-adoption consultation, post-adoption evaluation and ongoing care for their adopted children.
"HAVING CARED FOR THOUSANDS OF ADOPTED CHILDREN, I KNOW HOW TO PREPARE PARENTS FOR CHALLENGES AND ADVISE ON THE BEST TREATMENT PLAN."
—Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH
The new Adoption Medicine Program is led by Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, and Medical Director, Adoption Program, and Professor, Pediatrics, Montefiore and Einstein. Dr. Schulte is a nationally recognized expert, known for developing comprehensive adoption medicine programs at leading institutions around the country, including the Cleveland Clinic. She has also served for many years on the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee of the Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care.
Nutritional and behavioral health needs are the most common concerns for adopted children, and many also have learning and attention challenges. Dr. Schulte says, "Having cared for thousands of adopted children, I know how to prepare parents for challenges and advise on the best treatment plan."
The Adoption Medicine Program is located at the CHAM Hartsdale Practice, 141 South Central Avenue, Suite 300. For more information, call 1-855-5-ADOPTMD.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Montefiore healthcare workers joined colleagues from eight hospitals and a community health center in New York State to provide critically needed medical care to residents of Puerto Rico. Volunteers were honored at an event hosted by the Greater New York Hospital Association. Thanks to our Montefiore associates and their peers from around the state, for their hard work on the ground in Puerto Rico.
From left to right: Cheryl Sands, LPN; Vicky Muniz, LPN; Janeen Hawkins, RN; Karines Reyes Urbaez, RN; Daniel Garcia, PharmD; Jacqueline Rosado, RN; Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine; Andrew Von Deesten; Domenic Barrata; Bianca Maynard, RN; and Teresa Lebron-Correa, NP, with James McGinnis, RN, pictured in front.
Jill Crandall, MD
Emad Eskandar, MD, MBA
University Chair and Professor, Neurosurgery
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Judy Yee, MD, FACR
Montefiore received a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense to fund a clinical trial on the effect of a non-psychoactive cannabis compound, cannabidivarin (CBDV), on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eric Hollander, MD, Director, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program and Anxiety and Depression Program, Montefiore, has conducted numerous clinical trials on a variety of compounds and treatments to target these common but challenging behaviors. "There are few medications available to treat ASD, and current treatment options have substantial side effects. We are hoping that CBDV will prove to be an effective method for managing disruptive and impulsive behaviors in patients with ASD," says Dr. Hollander.
The grant will fund a phase two randomized trial in children with ASD. Participants' moods and behaviors will be measured before and during the 12-week treatment to determine if CBDV improved social functioning, while decreasing irritability and compulsive behaviors.
Montefiore’s International Department provides an array of services to our patients from around the world with complex medical needs. From state-of-the-art medical care to easing the challenges of traveling to and staying in a foreign country, we’re doing more to support successful outcomes for these patients. Now the Department has added a new service to ease the payment process with Flywire’s international payment system. Removing the inconvenience of currency exchange, Flywire allows patients to pay with local currency. A click on the payment link on Montefiore’s International Department webpage, www.montefiore.org/international, allows use of a bank, credit card or e-wallet to pay Montefiore directly. For more information, call 646-531-6542.
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If you are 18–45 and have these symptoms, call to learn more about a clinical research study at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore. Participation, which includes three visits with testing and treatment for BV, will help improve researchers’ understanding of the effects of BV. Compensation for time and travel will be provided up to $150.
For more information: Call or text Arisa at 347-835-7842 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSOCIATE WELLNESS TASTING TABLE AT HEART MONTH BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Visit Associate Wellness at the Heart Month Blood Pressure Screenings below to sample heart-healthy recipes and chat with a Registered Dietitian.
All screenings: 11:00 AM–1:30 PM
COMMUNITY LECTURE: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE—
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tuesday, February 13 | 5:30–6:30 PM
Eastchester Gardens Community Center
3016 Yates Avenue, Bronx, New York 10469
Open to all. To register, contact Jason Williams at 718-231-7384.
HEART AND SOUL: A RELAXATION RETREAT IN
CELEBRATION OF VALENTINE’S DAY
Experience a moment of relaxation, decorate a jewelry box, or unwind with gentle
music, a cup of herbal tea and a brownie. Visit the Herb Garden to receive an
Wednesday, February 14, 12:30–2:30 PM
Grand Hall, Moses Campus
Associates only. No registration required.
In-depth informational session available to staff who are responsible for the following areas within their departments: Recruitment, Independent Contractors and Agency Workers.
All sessions: 9:00 AM–Noon
Thursdays, February 22, May 17, August 23 and November 15
Human Resources, Executive Conference Room
3411 Wayne Avenue, 1st Floor
Visit the intranet to sign up. Call 718-920-8440 with questions.
Do you or a family member have diabetes or pre-diabetes? Come out to our diabetes workshops in February to learn about how to manage your diabetes through healthy eating. Workshops are free and open to associates and their family and friends. No registration is required.
Tuesday, February 6 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Montefiore Medical Group – Bronx East
Tuesday, February 27 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Montefiore Medical Group – Cross County
Wednesday, February 7 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Co-op City Community Center
Thursday, February 22 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Montefiore Medical Group – Grand Concourse