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May 22, 2017


Two Montefiore Medical Group (MMG) sites marked 50 years of service on May 19. Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC) in the South Bronx, and Comprehensive Family Care Center (CFCC) in the East Bronx, have consistently provided excellent interdisciplinary primary, specialty and behavioral healthcare to large populations with complex clinical and psychosocial needs. On the occasion of their golden anniversary, Montefiore’s Office of Community and

Amanda Parsons, MD, Vice President, Community & Population Health, Montefiore (left) and Elizabeth Spurrell-Huss, LCSW, MPH, Senior Project Manager, Community & Population Health, Montefiore (right) present a representative from Walgreens/Duane Reed with a Corporate Excellence Award at the CHCC 50th anniversary.

Population Health presented Jetro Cash & Carry and Walgreens/Duane Reed with Corporate Excellence Awards. These awards recognize Montefiore’s partnerships with these organizations and highlight models for how for-profit entities can achieve their business mission while contributing to the Bronx’s health and wellness.

Both sites, which are members of the Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that caters to an underserved population, have been home to many firsts. CFCC laid the foundation for Montefiore’s Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP), led by Rahil Briggs, PsyD, Director, Healthy Steps Program and Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, MMG.

CHCC established the Bronx Human Rights Clinic in 1993, through the leadership of Eva Metalios, MD, Medical Director, Wakefield Ambulatory Center. At the clinic, primary care residents evaluate foreign-born torture survivors who apply for asylum to the U.S.

From left: Andrew Racine, MD, PhD, System Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, Montefiore Medical Group (MMG); Maureen Warner, RN, Senior Director of Operations, MMG; Rahil Briggs, PsyD, Director, Healthy Steps and Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Services, MMG, and Dana Klar, MPA, Senior Director of Operations, MMG at the CFCC 50th anniversary.

Last year CHCC received a $325,000 per year grant for Substance Abuse Service Expansion from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The two-year funding allows for improved and expanded delivery of medication-assisted treatment in opioid use disorders.

The sites’ programs are tailored to the needs of their communities, including pediatric asthma groups and nutrition classes featuring weekly walks to farmers markets. CHCC and CFCC staff are deeply invested in doing more for members of their local communities. Discover more at


Montefiore nurses celebrate Nurses Week at the Wakefield Campus.

Montefiore nurses were recognized for their compassion, dedication and professionalism during National Nurses Week, May 6–12. This year’s theme, Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit, reflects an emphasis on the health benefits nurses gain in balancing these elements. Over the course of seven months, nurses from various units painted the flower panels showcased in The Healing Gardens displayed in multiple locations. A project of Montefiore’s Healing Arts Program, nurses also engaged in making tissue paper flowers and practicing chair yoga.


2017 Joan H. Bilder Award recipient, Elvia Payne, RN, CPN, MSN, MHA

Montefiore expressed gratitude and the value of self care during Nurses Week with other activities, including massages and relaxation workshops.

Montefiore celebrated the exceptional patient care provided by our nurses during Professional Nursing Awards ceremonies throughout the week. On May 9, the 30th Annual Joan H. Bilder Award presentation honored Elvia Payne, RN, CPN, MSN, MHA, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, CHAM 10 unit. Congratulations to Ms. Payne for earning the Bilder Award, the highest distinction granted to a Montefiore nurse by the Department of Nursing, for outstanding commitment to the values of nursing professional practice.

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The inaugural Montefiore Einstein Presidential Lecture is on Thursday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Robbins Auditorium. Featured speakers will be Montefiore and Einstein colleagues Joseph A. Sparano, MD, and John S. Condeelis, PhD. This lecture, established by Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore, and Allen M. Spiegel, MD, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, Einstein, and Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Montefiore, celebrates our partnership in outstanding basic and clinical research that helps provide the highest quality care for our patient population. It is open to all Montefiore associates, and a reception will follow.

Dr. Sparano is the Director of Breast Medical Oncology at Montefiore and Associate Director for Clinical Research at our NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center. Dr. Condeelis is Professor and Co-chair, Anatomy and Structural Biology and The Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research at Einstein. Email to reserve a parking spot no later than 3:00 PM on June 8. You will then receive directions to where you will park and suggestions for avoiding construction-related traffic near Einstein. Discover more at



Peter Selwyn, MD, (rear center) appears in Grand Rounds

Peter Selwyn, MD, Chair and Professor, Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore and Einstein, and Aurelia Suchilt, a former Montefiore liver transplant patient and current Arthur D. Emil Caregiver Support Center volunteer, were among the dozen cast members of Grand Rounds, an Off-Broadway dance performance that ran at the Ellen Stewart Theater in Manhattan through May 14. Choreographer/producer Tamar Rogoff cast an ensemble of differently abled performers, and created a unique theater experience by seating the audience around beds. According to the Village Voice, "Rogoff…gives her audience permission to be voyeurs, seating them in the midst of the action so they can develop ‘body empathy' with her cast and their range of different experiences."


Amanda North, MD, Attending Physician, Urology, and Assistant Professor, Urology, Einstein, presented her research on physician burnout at the American Urological Association meeting in Boston on May 11.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Leadership Forum meeting in Chicago adopted resolution #53 to “Educate pediatricians and newborn surgery staff regarding the importance of training parents in “Hip Healthy” swaddling techniques to avoid causing preventable hip dysplasia.” Norman Otsuka, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, and Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics, and Suhas Nafday, MD, Director, Newborn Services; Chair, Neonatal Performance Improvement and Co-chair, Patient Safety, Weiler Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, were instrumental to the success of this effort.

Toniann Stone, DO, Medical Director, Beale Wound Treatment & Hyperbaric Center, and Payam Rafat, DPM, presented their research abstracts at the Fall Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Stone’s clinical study demonstrated the benefit of a contact layer that provided scaffolding for wound healing. Dr. Rafat and the Montefiore Podiatry residents presented two case studies at the conference.

Montefiore’s Healthy Steps Program was awarded a $70,000 grant from the United Hospital Fund as part of a new initiative, Partnerships for Early Childhood Development, to identify social and environmental risks that interfere with children’s healthy development, and connect families with essential services. The UHF grant will fund a collaboration between Healthy Steps and the Bronx Early Childhood Direction Center at Bronx Independent Living Services to develop an efficient referral system where children identified as needing Preschool Special Education Services will be seamlessly connected with them.


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The Engineering Department presents the Lunchtime Summer Concert Series featuring DJ Dance Party by DJ Wali Atom. Let off some steam and dance it out.

Thursdays, June 1 to July 27 (weather permitting)
210th Street East Garden, Moses Campus


Join us at the Open House for hands-on equipment demonstrations and participate in sample adaptive sports sessions. Find out more about adaptive sports programs. Sponsors include NYC Parks, Montefiore Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Axis Project.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
Bronx, New York 10467

Refreshments provided.

Contact: or 718-547-4940
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