For ten consecutive years, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has earned its place on the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation’s best children’s hospitals. Urology and Cancer make the list of CHAM’s seven nationally ranked specialties again; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery has shown consistent strength ranking at #30. Nephrology continues to rank in the top 25, while Diabetes & Endocrinology advanced within the top 50. Orthopedics is now #23 in the nation, reflecting the department’s growing volume and excellent outcomes. Another of CHAM’s nationally ranked specialties, Neonatology, shows the result of outstanding teamwork and family-centered care that improves the health of preterm and at-risk infants in our community.
CHAM maintains its leadership position in the region and in New York State—ranking #3 overall, with Nephrology and Orthopedics each taking the number one spot.
Discover how we’re doing more for children at www.cham.org.
"I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF OUR NATIONAL RANKINGS AND OF THE DEDICATED PEDIATRIC MEDICAL AND SURGICAL SUB-SPECIALISTS, NURSES AND ASSOCIATES, WHO DELIVER THE HIGHEST QUALITY, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CARE FOR THE CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES WE SERVE. FROM OUR QUALITY AND SAFETY INITIATIVES TO OUR INNOVATIVE RESEARCH, CHAM IS A LEADER AND ONE OF THE TOP CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY."
—Judy Aschner, MD, Physician-in-Chief, CHAM, and Michael I. Cohen University Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Einstein
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta with formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anais and their parents, Nicole and Christian McDonald. Credit: CNN
The remarkable story of formerly conjoined twins, Jadon and Anais McDonald, is the subject of a CNN Special Report that broadcast nationwide on June 23. In Separated: Saving the Twins, Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes viewers deep inside Children’s Hospital at Montefiore to meet the team and detail the historic 27-hour long surgery that separated the twins in October 2016, following a series of smaller complex surgeries over many months. Dr. Gupta has aired several reports following the family through this long saga. View the gripping CNN broadcast at go.cnn.com and search under the “Shows” section, Special Reports, for Separated: Saving the Twins.
On the Montefiore float, a PRIDE March participant shows support for the LGBTQ community.
On Sunday, June 25, for the second year in a row, history was made by having over 100 Montefiore associates, colleagues and friends march down 5th Avenue in the 46th Annual NYC PRIDE March. This is the second year Montefiore had the honor of standing with the LGBTQ community in this march for equality. The Montefiore group danced their way down the route on a float, punctuating what has been a landmark year for LGBTQ rights and care at Montefiore. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) named Montefiore a 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, based on our scores in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Survey, which evaluates hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. The HEI Leader designation reflects Montefiore’s commitment to our values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity. Montefiore is proud to offer a wide range of medical and social support services to members of the LGBTQ community. Montefiore Medical Group community health centers are run by staff experienced in LGBTQ medical care. Montefiore also provides surgical services, including the latest advancements in gender-affirming surgery tailored to each patient’s goals. Discover more about Montefiore’s LGBTQ Care at www.montefiore.org/ LGBTQcare.
July 7, 2017 is the last day to nominate an associate for this year’s President’s Award. Recognizing exemplary work and dedication, while embodying Montefiore’s values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity, this is Montefiore’s highest honor. You still have time! To learn more and nominate an associate, visit www.montefiore.org/presidentsaward.
Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore, has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders 2017. This recognition honors physicians working across the healthcare industry who are steering their organizations and the healthcare delivery system through dynamic, challenging times. The honorees are noteworthy for the scope of their executive responsibilities, personal achievements, innovation and commitment to their communities.
Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN, Director, Nutrition Services and Community Outreach at Community Pediatrics, a program of our Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and The Children’s Health Fund, has been named a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics.
Linda Cahill, MD, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families at our Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, is the winner of the “Outstanding Frontline Professional” Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) for 2017. The Award recognizes front-line professionals, such as child protection workers, mental health counselors or medical professionals, who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and skill in their direct care efforts on behalf of children and families.
Steven Choi, MD, Assistant Vice President and Director of Network Performance Improvement, Montefiore, and Executive Director, Montefiore Institute for Performance Improvement (MIPI), will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). The annual conference will take place in Orlando in September.
Faye Kokotos, MD, Attending Pediatrician, Family Care Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein, was honored with the Literacy Champion Award at the 2017 Believe in Books Benefit and Auction. The event, sponsored by the organization Reach Out & Read, was held at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, New York on June 6.
Daniel Pomerantz, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Ambulatory Care and Palliative Care, Montefiore New Rochelle, was one of five internists in New York State honored with the 2017 Laureate Award by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The Laureate Award recognizes and honors those fellows and masters of the ACP who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and service to their community and their chapter.
June Ravetti, RN, was named Nurse of the Year by the Department of Critical Care Medicine during National Critical Care Recognition Month. Ms. Ravetti, an Intensive Care Unit Nurse at the Wakefield Campus, was presented with a plaque, flowers and a $1,500 CME award for her exemplary work.
Montefiore’s IT Service Desk was named one of three finalists for the prestigious HDI Team Excellence Award. HDI is the association for technical support professionals worldwide. IT teams were nominated for achieving high standards in customer support and technical service. Finalists were honored at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo, which took place in Washington, DC.
From left to right, Syed Rehman (Service Desk Senior Manager), Nora Osman (Senior Director, IT Service Management), Steve Christensen (Service Desk Manager), and Craig Bailey (Service Desk Specialist).
Pediatricians, mental health professionals and other experts from around the country attended the Fourth Annual Pediatric Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP) Training Institute on May 18 and 19. Montefiore Medical Group’s BHIP is the largest integrated pediatric program in the nation, integrating universal mental health screening, assessment, treatment, consultation, and referral for more than 90,000 children and adolescents in the Bronx and lower Westchester County. The specialized training is designed to teach providers about Montefiore’s model of pediatric mental health integration in primary care, which includes the HealthySteps© program for children through age 5, and short-term modularized treatment protocols for school age children and adolescents who suffer from anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression or conduct problems. “Attendees not only learned about Montefiore’s implementation of HealthySteps©, but were also exposed to real world, hands-on tools and strategies to propel their integrated pediatric behavioral system to the next level,” says Rahil Briggs, PsyD, Director, Healthy Steps Program and Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, Montefiore Medical Group and Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Einstein.
The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences held its annual Paul Henkind Research Day on June 15 at Einstein’s Le Frak Auditorium in the Price Center/Block Research Pavilion. Physicians and residents presented current research and clinical advances in common ophthalmic conditions. The symposium featured the George N. Wise Memorial Lecture, by visiting faculty Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, from the Keck School of Medicine-University of Southern California. Dr. Humayan is a recent recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in 2016, and co-inventor of the Argus artificial retina, a device recognized by Time magazine as among the top 10 inventions of 2013. Recent graduate Jennifer Michelson, MD, was presented with the Ronald M. Burde Research Award, and senior resident Jimmy Hu, MD, was presented with the Einstein Medical Student Teaching Award as well. Distinguished guests from the Lighthouse Guild included Laura Sperazza, OD, Cathleen Wirts, and Janet Weinstein, who presented a highly informative session on Low Vision and Rehabilitation, alongside Montefiore physician, Stanley Wainapel, MD, Clinical Director, Rehabilitation Medicine, Moses Division, Montefiore, and Professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, Einstein.
Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD, Paul Henkind Chair in Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, and Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Genetics, with ophthalmology residents at Henkind Research Day.
In order to better protect our computing environment and to ensure integrity and confidentiality of electronic protected health information, Montefiore will be implementing changes to its password policy in the upcoming months. This will affect how associates log into their applications. Details will be disseminated throughout the health system via multiple communication channels and at associate forums in the near future. No action is required at this time; please stay tuned for further communications.
If so, he or she may qualify for a research study on autism. Einstein and Montefiore are conducting a study on the genetics of autism in the African-American population.
Children who participate receive autism diagnostic testing, while parents will complete questionnaires and interviews about their child. We collect a blood sample from each participant for the genetic testing. All information is kept completely confidential. Participating families receive compensation of up to $150.00 and a report on the results of the clinical testing.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-862-1860.