June is Pride Month, and once again Montefiore’s LGBTQ associates and allies will join the world’s biggest Pride march in New York City on June 30, 2019. Our float in this year’s march will be better than ever. Join us as we march to show our support for equality and human rights.
OUR DEDICATED STAFF TAKES PRIDE IN SERVING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY WITH COMPASSION AND RESPECT.
Montefiore has been a leader in LGBTQ healthcare for over 30 years. Our hospitals, community health centers and specialty clinics deliver general and specialty care in a safe and welcoming environment. Ongoing cultural competency training helps associates understand LGBTQ terminology, genders and sexual orientation, and stresses respect for each individual at every point of contact. The Human Rights Campaign has recognized our success, awarding Montefiore the top rank of Leader based on our scores in their nationwide Health Care Equality Index. From our groundbreaking Adolescent AIDS Program, serving young people from 13 to 24 years old, to our Oval Center services for adults, to providing care for the largest population of adults living with HIV/AIDS in New York State, our dedicated staff take pride in serving the LGBTQ community with compassion and respect. Montefiore will continue to be a leader in LGBTQ care into the future, with the development of an interdisciplinary pragmatic research initiative for gender and sexual minority health, aimed at improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ communities we serve.
Please see the events section of Update for information on how to participate in the march on June 30.
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President and CEO Steven M. Safyer, MD
B'nai B'rith International has honored Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, with the prestigious 2019 Charles S. Lauer National Healthcare Award. Guests traveled from around the country to attend the award dinner at the St. Regis Hotel in New York on June 5, to celebrate Dr. Safyer's dedication to community service and leadership excellence in the healthcare community and beyond.
The award recognizes Dr. Safyer's leadership at Montefiore and Einstein — significantly expanding our breadth and depth of clinical care services and geographical footprint, strengthening Montefiore's model that provides care where, when and how people need it most; and realizing the full potential of Montefiore and Einstein's stellar clinical, academic and research programs to provide cutting-edge care to all and advance the health and well-being of our communities.
June 17 marks the opening of the nomination period for Montefiore’s 2019 President’s Award. This is the highest honor reserved for exceptional associates who embody our values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity. And it all begins with you! Nominees represent a cross-section of associates including direct caregivers, support staff and administrators. So who inspires you each day with their commitment and dedication?
2018 President’s Award winners with President and CEO Steven M. Safyer, MD, left to right: Angela Cheng, PharmD; Sarah Bellemare, MD; Althea Bogle, RN; and Liliana Calle
Watch the 2018 Winners' Trailer and nominate a deserving associate at www.montefiore.org/presidentsaward. The nomination period is open Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 28.
Montefiore School of Nursing held the time-honored pinning ceremony for 36 nursing graduates on May 13, celebrating the rites of passage from nursing student to graduate and member of the nursing profession. Sixty-seven December 2018 and May 2019 graduates had their commencement ceremony on May 14, when they received the Associate in Science, Nursing degree as part of the largest class in the history of Montefiore School of Nursing.
Awards and scholarships were presented to nine graduates. Recognized were Natalia Gormley, Valedictorian for the Class of December 2018, and Angelo Toro, Jr., Valedictorian for the Class of May 2019.
Following the valedictorian address, Tony Alfano, Vice President and Executive Director, Montefiore New Rochelle and President of the School of Nursing, conferred the degrees.
Dr. T. S. Dharmarajan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
T. S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, FRCP(E), AGSF, Vice Chair Medicine, and Clinical Director, Geriatrics, Wakefield Campus, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Methodist Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation. At the same event on April 25, Montefiore Wakefield Campus’s Division of Geriatrics, under Dr. Dharmarajan’s guidance, was awarded the Leadership Impact Award for its services to a growing elderly population.
Dr. Eric Hollander Receives Distinguished Life Fellow Award
Eric Hollander, MD, Director, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Program, and Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore and Einstein, was awarded the Distinguished Life Fellow Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at its Annual Meeting for all of his research and achievements.
Dr. Lucas Sjulson Receives Chair’s Choice Award
Lucas Sjulson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Einstein, received the Chair’s Choice Award at the Society of Biological Psychiatry for his research in advancing understanding of the treatment of mental illness and addiction.
Dr. Diego Camacho Wins Doctors of Distinction Award
Diego Camacho, MD, FACS, Director, Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Surgery, and Director, Fellowship Program, and Associate Professor, Surgery, Montefiore and Einstein, earned the “No Land Too Far” award from Westfair Business Journal in the outlet’s sixth annual Doctors of Distinction ceremony, which recognizes a doctor who donates his or her time and expertise to countries where medical care is either nonexistent or at barest minimum.
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From left: Syria Vazquez (20 years), Office Coordinator II; Imran Chaudhary (15 years), Research Assistant; Barbara Pickering (25 years), Secretary II; and Janette Alicea (5 years), Secretary II, celebrate their long-standing service at the Einstein Campus celebration.
Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montefiore Medicine, brought together Montefiore’s leaders to express appreciation and offer congratulations to the more than 2,890 associates reaching milestones of five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. The commitment of these associates was honored at a number of celebrations, including events at the Moses, Einstein, Wakefield and Yonkers campuses.
Congratulations to every associate reaching an important milestone in 2019. Your enduring dedication creates an environment where colleagues are like family, sharing the values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity essential to our work. Your service and commitment are valued by the Montefiore community.
View images from this year’s celebration at https://nyvintagecameraworks.pixieset.com/ 2019montefioreserviceawardcelebration/
A new app is available to all Montefiore providers, free of charge, thanks to a new partnership between Montefiore’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Sanford Guide, the leading authority on antimicrobials and infectious diseases content. According to Priya Nori, MD, Medical Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Program, providers can access the Stewardship Assist platform on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10 devices and the internet, on-site and off-site. The content is customized with Montefiore’s local epidemiologic data, antimicrobial best practice guidelines and isolation guidelines.
For web access, visit https://webedition.sanfordguide.com/ from any Montefiore computer. No login required. There is also a link available under Clinical Resources on the Montefiore intranet.
Employees can download the Sanford Guide Collection from the app stores on Apple, Windows and Android devices, or through https://register.sanfordguide.com on any Montefiore computer or device connected to Montefiore Wi-Fi.
Each year the nation celebrates LGBTQ PRIDE Month to honor and recognize the 1969 Stonewall riots. This year, marking the 50th anniversary of the riots, Montefiore associates will participate in the NYC WORLD PRIDE March on June 30, affirming our long-standing commitment to the LGBTQ community. Montefiore will again have a float in the parade.
For a complete list of activities and events, please view the Pride Month Calendar on the intranet.
For those interested in marching on June 30, please contact Justin Toro, LMSW, at email@example.com. Please note that space is limited.