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November 19, 2018

MONTEFIORE’S COMMUNITY EVENTS EMBODY DOING MORE

Montefiore's Offices of Community Relations and Community and Population Health engage, energize and empower residents of Westchester, the Hudson Valley and the Bronx by providing resources and support for the communities we serve. The busy fall season saw Montefiore joining with partner organizations to participate in health fairs as well as hosting and sponsoring a variety of events and initiatives.

The 17th Annual Jerome Gun Hill BID Fall Festival, celebrating the multicultural business corridors and the community of Norwood, had Montefiore associates providing free screenings and health information. The State of Latino Health Forum and Community Fair, sponsored by SOMOS, put the focus on support for NYC's Latino population. Montefiore was well represented at the event, providing flu shots to TV and radio celebrities, including Raúl "El Gordo" Molina, and meeting with families about children's issues. Montefiore also sponsored the 2018 Tour de Bronx again in October. It is the largest free bike marathon in New York State.

Montefiore's community events bring people together and provide opportunities to share information and experiences. Other events this fall included the Women's Health Resource Fair, Halloween Health and Housing Fair at the Bronxworks Morris Innovative Senior Center, and the Montefiore Flu Clinic at the Dole Center in Mount Vernon. The Second Annual Community Health Breakfast at Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Lubin Hall brought together Montefiore and community leaders as well as elected officials, giving them an opportunity to meet and discuss issues important in the communities we serve.

NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MRI MACHINE AT HUTCHINSON CAMPUS

The Montefiore Hutchinson Campus is now home to a 3T MAGNETOM VIDA MRI machine, bringing state-of-the-art technology to benefit patients and clinicians. Higher resolution images, reduction of scan time by about 30 percent and the ability to perform metal artifact suppression allow clinicians to now see through metal joints and hardware for better analysis of surrounding bone and cartilage. It also provides superior brain and spinal cord images and brain scans, improves imaging of abdominal organs, and performs whole-body diffusion for all types of oncology cases.

It will be particularly beneficial for orthopedic surgery patients. "Because orthopedic surgery uses a lot of imaging, in particular MRI of the joints, this will ensure that we're providing the best possible care for patients both pre-operatively and post-operatively," says Judy Yee, MD, Chair and Professor, Radiology, Montefiore and Einstein.

DIABETES MONTH EVENTS CONTINUE THROUGH NOVEMBER

Montefiore continues its diabetes awareness events through November with programs that highlight the diversity of the population we serve. The theme Diabetes and Our World aligns to our focus on cultural cuisines and offering healthier ways to prepare meals. The Moses Campus kickoff welcomed more than 100 guests and featured food tastings, risk assessments, screenings and information. The event culminated in an interactive dance performance by Mind-Builders, the Bronxbased arts program that is offering free classes throughout November. Local libraries and senior and community centers join Montefiore in offering an array of events. "One of the great things about our events in the community is meeting people where they are and offering educational activities in an entertaining way," says Rita Louard, MD, Director, Clinical Diabetes Center, and Associate Professor, Medicine, Montefiore and Einstein.

Events are free of charge and listed at www.montefiore.org/diabetes-month-events.


NEWS

 

AMERICAN CONGRESS OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE SPOTLIGHTS MONTEFIORE’S LEADERSHIP IN USE OF VIRTUAL AN

Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH, Chair and Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, played a central role in the annual American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Conference, participating in a number of events. Dr. Bartels was one of six distinguished judges at ACRM's Launchpad event, a Shark Tank–style rehabilitation technology innovation competition. Dr. Bartels also held a symposium titled Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: New Tools for Rehabilitation Medicine for Patient Care and Education, which exemplified the theme of the conference—Progress in Rehabilitation. As an early adopter of these technologies, his talk focused on the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to help reduce the use of pain medications and sedation for both children and adults undergoing medical procedures. Dr. Bartels is an innovator in this field and provided examples of the use of VR to help children with cerebral palsy receive painful botulinum toxin injections without sedation, and VR and AR as an adjuvant treatment for individuals with chronic pain.


RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

RESEARCH

A $200,000 grant from the New York Community Trust will support Montefiore Behavioral Health Clinic's (MBHC) work to refine the integration of primary care in behavioral settings. The model developed at MBHC is a gold standard and will contribute significantly to the development of a reproducible framework. "We will have a product to share with the state that we hope will give other health organizations and the state of New York a road map to follow," says Henry Chung, MD, Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health Strategy, Montefiore Care Management Organization, and Professor, Psychiatry, Einstein.

HEALTH INNOVATION

Montefiore Health System and Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative PPS are one of nine finalists, chosen from more than 200 applications, for the New York State Medicaid Social Determinants of Health "Call for Innovations" initiative. They presented their three-pronged system-wide approach to addressing the social determinants of health at a summit at the New York Academy of Medicine.


NOVEMBER IS LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month —a perfect time to refer your eligible patients, via Epic, to Montefiore's Lung Cancer Screening Program with low-dose CT scans, and Montefiore's FREE Smoking Cessation Program, Learn to Live Without Tobacco, which helps patients successfully quit within 30 days, using individual and group counseling and medication support.

For more information about lung cancer screening visit the intranet or call Aralis Jimenez at 718-920-7540 or arjimene@montefiore.org.

For more information about the smoking cessation program visit the Intranet or contact Cindy Mendoza at 347-418-4732 or cimendoz@montefiore.org.

COLOR YOUR WAY TO A CURE ROCKS THE BRONX ZOO

Creative inspiration and holiday spirit were in abundance at Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Z100's Color Your Way to a Cure event this year, hosted at the Bronx Zoo. Z100 provided music with Garrett Vogel bringing good cheer as emcee, and co-author Dael Oates signed copies of his new award-winning children's book, The Adventures of Cloud Girl. Tickets to the iHeartRadio/ Z100 Jingle Ball were awarded to the best drawings. "But the best part," said Daphne T. Hsu, MD, Interim Chair, Pediatrics, and Physician-in-Chief, CHAM, "is that all of the art created today is for our CHAM patients to enjoy during the holiday season."


CLINICAL RESEARCH

 

HIV+ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Men and women who are HIV+ are needed for a research study being conducted at Montefiore Medical Center.

You will be compensated $100 for the screening visit. The study website is www.anchorstudy.org.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are HIV+
  • Are at least 35 years old
  • Have never had cancer of the anal or genital area
  • Meet all other eligibility criteria, which the research team will discuss with you.

Call Natalie Frey at 929-263-3911 or email nfrey@montefiore.org to learn more.

 

EVENT

 

IT’S PARTY TIME!

Wednesday, December 19
6:00 – 11:00 PM
Marina Del Rey
One Marina Drive, Bronx, New York 10465

You're invited to Montefiore's annual Holiday Party. Tickets are $45 for associates and $75 for guests (cash only). Tickets can be purchased on all campuses; visit the intranet for campus-specific contacts.

 
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