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January 17, 2017

LVAD TRIALS GAIN MOMENTUM

Daniel Goldstein, MD

For those living with advanced heart failure, the placement of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) can be life-saving. However, these circulatory devices that help pump blood to the body come with their own set of risks. Now, thanks to the work of our own Daniel Goldstein, MD, and Ulrich

Ulrich Jorde, MD

Jorde, MD, and their team at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, a superior LVAD option might soon be available to patients nationwide.

Early results from the new “Multicenter Study of the MagLev Technology in Patients Undergoing Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy with HeartMate 3” study (also called the MOMENTUM 3 clinical trial) indicate that patients who received the HeartMate 3 had better clinical outcomes than those who received the approved HeartMate 2 device. In addition, the new pump outperformed the older version

"THE HEARTMATE 3 PUMP REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH END STAGE HEART FAILURE."

—DANIEL GOLDSTEIN, MD

with an 86 percent survival rate, compared with 77 percent for the old HeartMate 2. “The pump provides a technology that is more hemocompatible, thereby reducing the untoward effects on blood elements seen in prior pumps” explained Dr. Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein, one of four national principal investigators on MOMENTUM 3, and Dr. Jorde, are coauthors of this landmark clinical trial—the largest of its kind ever conducted—which was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Discover more about this groundbreaking study at http://news.heart.org/new-heart-pump-works-better-than-older-model/.

BREAKING GROUND, EXPANDING SERVICE AT NYACK

Montefiore Health System member, Nyack Hospital, has officially broken ground for its expanded medical village. Improvements will include a redesigned emergency room and a new 7,800 square foot outpatient facility for primary and specialty care. The $22 million construction project is the second largest in the hospital’s 121-year history. The new emergency room will connect directly to subspecialty care facilities providing a wide range of services, including mental health, doing more to help patients avoid hospitalization.

HOLIDAY STYLING WITH GOOD PLUS FOUNDATION

The Montefiore Nurse Family Partnership hosted a very special holiday party this year for mothers and babies, organized by the Good Plus Foundation. This national network of programs focuses on breaking the cycle of family poverty through the donation of goods and transformational services. Professional stylists from Rita Hazan Salon traveled from New York City to give the busy mothers makeovers and provide them with giveaways. Volunteers and friends of Good Plus watched over the little ones while the moms and dads took a well-deserved break. The event also celebrated the hard work of the nurses of the Nurse Family Partnership Program. Thanks for a wonderful holiday experience, Good Plus Foundation!


NEWS

 

2017 MILEAGE RATE REDUCTION IN EFFECT

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a decrease in the standard mileage rate, effective January 1, 2017. As a result, Montefiore’s approved mileage reimbursement will decrease from 54.0 cents to 53.5 cents per mile when your vehicle is used for Montefiore business purposes. Such use must be approved in advance by your supervisor. Reimbursement for mileage expense can be claimed on the Employee Business Expense Travel Reimbursement form, available on the Intranet.


DIALING UP THE ENHANCED PATIENT EXPERIENCE

In an effort to make scheduling appointments as seamless as possible for patients, the Montefiore Contact Center is zeroing in on enhancing the functionality of their new Cisco telephone system. Patients will experience a streamlined automated system that will allow them to confirm and cancel appointments at ten specialty practices and schedule or reschedule their appointments at Montefiore Medical Group sites, as well as request a prescription refill. Patients will also have the ability to connect directly to a representative who can handle any other inquiries, such as referrals. The system is fully integrated with Epic@Montefiore, the new electronic medical records system, and includes features that will provide the Contact Center’s Quality and Workforce Management teams with better analytics and reporting tools.


MONTEFIORE SURGEON TO SERVE NYPD

NYPD Chief Diana Pizzuti officiated at the swearing-in of Montefiore’s Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, Emeritus Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Einstein, as he stepped into the role of honorary NYPD Police Surgeon. Honorary surgeons are elite specialists who demonstrate an interest in serving the NYPD, and who are called in to consult on surgical cases for officers stationed anywhere in the world on NYPD assignments.


WESTCHESTER SQUARE SHUTTLE NO LONGER IN SERVICE

As of January 20, there will no longer be shuttle buses running between Westchester Square Campus and all other Montefiore campuses.

For more information, contact the Security Office at 718-920-6131

WOMEN’S HEALTH STUDY

Researchers at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine are conducting a study to learn how differences in the genital tract increase an adolescent’s susceptibility to HIV and STI infection versus adult women.

To take part you must be:

  • 30–45 years old years old
  • Sexually active
  • Not using hormonal birth control or an IUD

Reimbursement for time and travel provided.

Call Jenny at 718-430-3253 or email microbicide@einstein.yu.edu to learn more.

Discover more about clinical trials at Montefiore at www.montefiore.org/clinicaltrials.

MORE THAN SLEIGH BELLS WERE RINGING IN DECEMBER

Just in time for the holidays, Montefiore associate Gladys Soriano became the first patient to ring our New Beginning Bell, celebrating her successful completion of radiation treatment at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care’s Center for Radiation Therapy. The bell is a gift from ProjectBell. org, a non-profit group that raises money to donate the bells to radiation centers across the country. Congratulations, Gladys!


EVENTS

 

ZUMBA DANCE SERIES – EINSTEIN

No dance experience necessary, just a willingness to move your body and have some fun. Please note that all participants will need to sign a release form.

Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 | 5:15 - 6:15 PM
Lubin Dining Hall, Einstein

Register at healingarts@montefiore.org.


PAINTING WITH A TWIST

An enjoyable evening of instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor benefiting pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

Thursday, February 2 | 6:30 – 10:00 PM
365 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Register online at www.paintingwithatwist.com/events

For more information, contact Sheryl Spivack-Braun at 718-920-6236.

 
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