Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and is one of the few diseases that can be reversed if treated early. Advances in imaging technology allow us to pinpoint the location of a blockage in an artery in the brain and perform a mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure in which the clot is removed and blood flow is restored. Mechanical thrombectomy can reduce disability, ultimately allowing patients to regain their quality of life.
From left to right, David J. Altschul, MD, Director, Neurovascular Surgery, and Co-Director, Montefiore Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care; Allan L. Brook, MD, Director, Neurointerventional Radiology; Daniel L. Labovitz, MD, Vascular Neurology. Read the full article authored by Drs. Altschul, Brook and Labovitz on Lohud.com
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, dedicated to bringing awareness about the disease, treatment and prevention. While managing your risk factors is the best way to avoid having a stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms as well as what to do if a stroke occurs will lead to better outcomes. TIME = BRAIN functioning, so BE FAST. Remember the acronym:
Montefiore’s Comprehensive Center for Stroke Care offers care with the fastest triage and the best multidisciplinary team working hand in hand, across our network, supported by state-of-the-art technology.
Joan Bilder Award winner Selena Thomas (center), with her Family Medicine, Moses, NW7, unit team
National Nurses Week 2019 gave us 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate, across the country and at every Montefiore campus. "During Nurses Week, we honor the hard work and the countless acts of kindness and compassion expressed daily by our extraordinary nursing staff," says Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Nursing and Patient Care, Montefiore. "Their dedication and innovation is experienced in large and small ways on every unit through their practice of patient-centered care."
A variety of treats were provided to nurses, including special breakfasts and dinners, massages, ice cream parties, Zumba workouts and even a special talent show. During Nurses Week, Montefiore recognizes excellence with the professional practice awards, and one special nurse receives the Joan Bilder Award, the highest honor for nursing at Montefiore. This year's Joan Bilder Award recipient is Selena Thomas, BSN, RN, Family Medicine, Moses, NW7. Ms. Thomas was recognized for her expressions of deep compassion to her patients as well as her heartfelt concern for her colleagues and her innovative solutions to difficult challenges. Montefiore nurses represent the best of the profession!
WHO INSPIRES YOU TO DO MORE?
Montefiore's highest honor, the President's Award, will soon be in your hands as we begin the nomination process. President's Award candidates represent a cross-section of associates, including direct caregivers, support staff and administrators. Each embodies Montefiore's values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity.
Get ready for the June 17 announcement on how to nominate a candidate.
The Montefiore School of Nursing (MSON) students joined the Westchester March of Dimes, March for Babies event on April 28. The MSON group came in third in the non-family team fundraising category, raising $4,130! Rebecca Greer, DNP, RN, Dean, MSON, said, "I am proud of our students for doing so well with their first fundraising event. I want to express my appreciation to all students and associates who contributed to and/or marched in the event. A special thanks to Chanelle Hyde, Coordinator of Student Services, and Elizabeth Chimento, Academic Affairs Assistant, for marching with the students."
God, Mental Health and Wellness is a free event on May 23 that will bring together a panel including a Grammy-winning hip-hop artist, a NY Jets bestselling author, nationally recognized mental health professionals, and our own Simon Rego, PsyD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director, Psychology Training, Montefiore and Einstein. As Montefiore’s Chief Psychologist, Dr. Rego specializes in assessment and treatment of anxiety and stress disorders. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and has authored numerous articles and a book on the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
For more information about this free event and how to register, visit: https://wellness-town-hall-nyc.eventbrite.com
Montefiore has a longstanding commitment to the LGBTQ community in our affirmed values of diversity and equity. We live these values through our LGBTQ inclusive patient policies, employment nondiscrimination practices and LGBTQ community outreach. This June, in celebration of Pride Month, Montefiore will have a full calendar of events and education hosted by the Learning Network. Montefiore will also participate in Bronx Pride events, and on June 30 more than 200 Montefiore associates and members of the community will march with our float in the NYC Pride March. NYC is hosting World PRIDE this coming June in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots. We invite all associates to join our outreach efforts to promote the services Montefiore provides to the LGBTQ community. Contact Justin Toro, LMSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
View this video at https://vimeo.com/259941956 for more information.
The week of April 21–27, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2019, was an occasion to recognize the talented and caring medical professionals who staff the clinical laboratories of the Montefiore Einstein Pathology Department. Over 12 million tests are performed annually across Montefiore Health System, with nearly 700 chemists, biologists, laboratory technicians and managers working behind the scenes. “We’re delighted to take this opportunity to honor our dedicated team members who collaborate with our clinical partners 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure the best possible health outcomes for patients,” says Michael B. Prystowsky, MD, PhD, Professor and University Chair of Pathology.
If yes, the CONCERT research study may be right for you.
The CONCERT study is evaluating an investigational oral medication to see if it reduces the number of cataplexy attacks that you experience and symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness.
How to Qualify?
You may be eligible if you:*
*The study doctor will discuss additional requirements.
To learn more, contact the study team at 718-920-2880/718-920-2895 or
Join Orthopedic Oncology at Montefiore for the Knock Out Sarcoma 5K Fun Run/Walk at Van Cortlandt Park.
Saturday, June 1 | 8:30 AM
Register at https://www.knockoutsarcoma-monte.com
The lecture highlights outstanding research being done at Einstein and Montefiore, celebrating our partnership in innovative investigations; hosted by Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, and Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, Dean, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, EVP and Chief Academic Officer, Montefiore Medicine.
Joan W. Berman, PhD, Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Einstein
“Buprenorphine: A Novel Therapy for HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders”
Chinazo O. Cunningham, MD, MS, Internal Medicine, Montefiore Medical Group
“Changing the Paradigm: Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder with Buprenorphine in Primary Care”
Monday, June 3 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Robbins Auditorium, Einstein
Wine and cheese reception following in Max and Sadie Friedman Upper Lounge.
Join us for a day of learning, ending with a panel discussion. Lunch included. CME credit provided.
Presented by Einstein and Montefiore; hosted by Hemophilia Association of New York.
Tuesday, June 4 | 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
New York Blood Center Auditorium
310 East 67 Street, New York, New York 10065
Register at www.eeds.com/live/698578 or call 212-682-5510.
Join us for the 5th Annual MonteHeart, a two-day comprehensive course titled Innovations in Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Current clinical practice as well as novel and emerging therapies for the treatment of complex patient populations with heart failure will be addressed. Presented by the Division of Cardiology and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Montefiore and Einstein.
Thursday and Friday, June 13–14
Montefiore Tishman Learning Center
111 East 210th Street, Bronx, New York 10467