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May 8, 2017

NURSES FIND BALANCE WITH HEALING GARDENS

Nurses paint flowers and plants, as part of The Healing Garden for Nurses Week.

Montefiore celebrates National Nurses Week 2017 from May 6–12, and nursing associates will be treated to an array of activities led by Montefiore's Healing Arts program. This year's theme is "Nursing: Balance of the Mind, Body, and Spirit," focusing on holistic health. In honor of this theme, Healing Arts will present The Healing Garden, events that showcase nearly 200 beautiful standing flowers created by hundreds of nurses at the Moses, Wakefield, Einstein and Westchester Square Campuses, as well as Home Care.

"WE DESIGNED THE HEALING GARDEN PROJECT TO ENGAGE PEOPLE’S CREATIVE SPIRIT, WHILE OFFERING A RELAXING ACTIVITY TO SOOTHE THE MIND."

—Ronit Fallek, Director, Healing Arts Program, Montefiore

Teaching artist Samantha Nye worked with nursing associates on the units and in workshops over the course of seven months to paint the large, colorful cardboard flowers that represent the care, tenderness, attention and healing our nursing associates bring to patients each day.

"Relaxation Techniques to Balance Your Mind, Body and Spirit," a workshop led by Jeanne Kenney, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, CCAP, Holistic Nurse, Healing Arts, will also be offered at the Moses, Einstein and Wakefield Campuses, providing nursing associates with valuable tools for self-care during Nurses Week and beyond!

MONTEFIORE RECEIVES CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARD

From left: Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Event Co-Chair; Jim Giangrande, Event Co-Chair; Steven M. Safyer, President & CEO, Montefiore; Marsha Gordon, Executive Director of the Business Council of Westchester; and Tony Justic, Chairman of the Board of the Business Council of Westchester.

The Business Council of Westchester presented Montefiore Health System its Corporate Citizenship Award on April 25 at their 15th Annual Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore, accepted the honor on behalf of Montefiore. The award celebrates organizations that foster economic opportunity; cultivate collaborations and partnerships to better the Westchester community; facilitate community involvement within in their own organization; and demonstrate evidence of building a more sustainable business.

PREPARE TO ENJOY THE SUMMER SUN!

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and with summer right around the corner it's time to think about skin cancer prevention. Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the majority of deaths. Protect yourself by knowing the facts and risk factors, including tips for prevention and early detection.

MELANOMA DOES NOT
DISCRIMINATE AND
AFFECTS PEOPLE OF
EVERY RACE, AGE, AND
GENDER.

"Early detection and prevention are key to fighting melanoma," says Beth McLellan, MD, Director, Oncodermatology, Montefiore, and Assistant Professor, Medicine (Dermatology), Einstein. "Get annual screenings from a dermatologist and perform self-exams monthly to detect changes that may indicate skin cancer." Melanomas can develop anywhere, but most often start on the chest and back in men, and on the legs in women. Face and neck are other common sites. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, sun protective clothing and avoidance of sun during peak hours.


NEWS

PROM SAFETY PROS AT MONTEFIORE NEW ROCHELLE

Preparing for a safe prom season kicked off on April 20 when Nick D'Adessio, RN, and James George, PA, served as panelists in a serious discussion at Pelham High School. Local school districts, community groups and parents are determined to educate teens about issues surrounding alcohol use and sexual behavior prior to prom night. Mr. D'Adessio and Mr. George, both from Montefiore New Rochelle's Emergency Department (ED), informed approximately 150 11th graders that the local ED is an important resource if a fellow student is at risk of harm on prom night. Students learned about the Good Samaritan law, which stipulates that no punishment will follow if someone calls the police to report a friend passed out due to drugs and/or alcohol. They were warned about the dangers of mixing a parent or guardian's prescription drugs with alcohol. "Although this event was prompted by prom season, the lessons the students learned will go beyond high school and prom," says Mr. D'Adessio. "We hope the students will take the information and apply it to prom weekend, summer parties and college."


CELEBRATING SERVICE MILESTONES

From left: July Bisono Tapia (10 years) Dental Assistant, Steven Ortiz (15 years) Coordinator Orthodontic Department, and Lillian Lopez (10 years) Dental Assistant, celebrate their longstanding service at the Moses Campus ceremony.

Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montefiore, brought together Montefiore leadership to express appreciation and congratulations to associates reaching major service milestones. Nearly 2,900 Montefiore associates were recognized this year for reaching five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year milestones. Their commitment to the health system was honored at a number of celebrations, including events at the Moses, Einstein, Wakefield and Yonkers campuses.

Such longstanding dedication creates an environment where colleagues are like family, sharing the values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity essential to our work.

Congratulations to every associate reaching an important milestone in 2017. Your service and commitment is valued by the Montefiore community.

View images from this year’s celebrations by visiting http://nyvcw.zenfolio.com/.


PEDIATRIC RESEARCH DAY INSPIRES MONTEFIORE AND EINSTEIN PARTICIPANTS

The Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine recently hosted their 8th annual Pediatric Research Day. The keynote address, "A Tale of Two Cities—Improving the Health and Well-being of Infants in Developed and Developing Countries—Every Newborn Matters," was delivered by Barbara J. Stoll, MD, H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor, Medical Sciences; Dean, UT Health McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center. More than 80 abstracts were showcased that day, with the top eight selected for oral presentations. Nearly 50 studies from Pediatric Research Day covering a broad spectrum of children's health issues from obesity to literacy are being presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco from May 6 to 9.


FLU NO LONGER PREVALENT

As of May 4, the Commissioner of Health has officially declared influenza to no longer be prevalent in New York, based on the decreased number of confirmed cases documented in all five boroughs of New York City. Consequently, Montefiore associates who have not yet been immunized are no longer required to wear masks in areas throughout the hospital.

86 percent of Montefiore associates were vaccinated this flu season, in compliance with the New York State Department of Health-issued regulations. Thank you for your participation in this important initiative.

CLINICAL RESEARCH

Do You Experience Urinary Leakage When You Laugh Sneeze Cough or Exercise?

If you are a WOMAN over the age of 18 with Bladder Leakage, you may be eligible to take part in a female stress urinary incontinence clinical research study.

Volunteers will be compensated for time and travel.

To learn more, contact Nitya Abraham, MD, and the study team at 347-842-1715 or johor@montefiore.org.

EVENTS

22Q AT THE ZOO – WORLDWIDE AWARENESS DAY

Organized by the International 22q11.2 Foundation, families, friends and professionals have a chance to socialize, network and raise awareness of chromosome 22q11.2 syndromes.

Sunday, May 21 | 11:00 AM
Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York


THE HEALING GARDEN

In honor of National Nurses Week, join us to experience the Healing Garden on multiple campuses. The Healing Garden is a place to relax and be nourished, surrounded by beautiful flowers painted by hundreds of Montefiore nursing associates. These events are open to nurses and nursing staff.

Tuesday, May 9 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Indoor Atrium, 3rd Floor
Wakefield Campus

Wednesday, May 10 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Grand Hall, Moses Campus

Thursday, May 11 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Cafeteria, Einstein Campus


TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL

For children 12 and under, bring your favorite teddy bear, stuffed animal or doll for a free checkup with Montefiore’s caring doctors and nurses. Festivities include: touring an ambulance, visiting our Emergency Department, receiving an X-ray of your teddy bear and learning important safety tips from the Fire Department of the City of New York and the New York City Police Department.

Saturday, May 20 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Rain or shine
Montefiore Wakefield Campus Emergency Department
600 East 233rd Street, Bronx, New York

Contact 1-800-MD-MONTE for more information.


3RD ANNUAL BRONX HEART SYMPOSIUM

Innovations in Heart Failure, Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Provided by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore.

Thursday and Friday, May 18-19
Breakfast and Registration starts at 7:30 AM. Program begins at 8:15 AM. 
Tishman Learning Center
Moses Campus
111 East 210 Street
Bronx, New York 10467

Contact Nada Piacentino at npiacent@montefiore.org or 718-920-6674 for more information. Register online at www.mecme.org.


INFANT SLIPS FOCUS GROUPS

Breastfeeding releases hormones that have been known to cause new moms to fall asleep while feeding their babies. Moms who bottle feed their babies may also fall asleep out of exhaustion. Falling asleep while feeding an infant has been associated with the baby falling to the floor and at times sustaining a serious injury. In conjunction with FIT fashion designers, a group of Montefiore nurses and doctors are working on developing a solution to the problem so that babies can be kept from falling. We are holding focus groups and are inviting employees who have had a baby within the last two years to join at the times and locations below to share your thoughts about this topic. Each participant will receive: two Metrocards, a pack of diapers and a free lunch.

May 22, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Moses Campus, TLC 2

May 24, Noon-1:00 PM
Wakefield Campus, 6 East Classroom

May 31, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Einstein Campus, New Auditorium

Registration is required for this event and space is limited. Call 718-920-4528 and leave your name and phone number for call back, or email newmom@montefiore.org.


SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) will host its 37th Annual Pediatric Staff, Alumni and Network Physician Day. Join us from 8 AM-5 PM at Montefiore's Moses Campus for a day of talks, networking, and events, including tours of CHAM. We are excited to include network physicians from across Montefiore Health System as part of this program (White Plains Hospital, Nyack Hospital, St. John's Riverside Hospital, St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Montefiore New Rochelle and Montefiore Mount Vernon). The day will include the State of the Department of Pediatrics Address by Judy Aschner, MD, Physician-in-Chief, CHAM, and Professor and Michael I. Cohen MD University Chair, Einstein.

RSVP to Cayra Rosario carosari@montefiore.org


THE 8TH ANNUAL WENDY WALK NYC

Join us for a 5K walk in Central Park to raise awareness and support sarcoma research. Learn More >

Sunday, May 21, 2017 I 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Tavern on The Green
Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023