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July 15, 2019

MONTEFIORE MARCHES ON WORLD PRIDE DAY

Montefiore marched on World Pride Day

Montefiore marched on World Pride Day, June 30, 2019. We are honored to have been the first health system with a float in the NYC Pride March in 2016 and to have been designated two years in a row as a leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

HEAD OFF DEHYDRATION ON THESE HOT SUMMER DAYS

staying hydrated is essential

About half of our body is made up of water, so staying hydrated is essential to health. Dehydration occurs when the body uses more water than it takes in, placing unnecessary stress on the kidneys, liver and other essential organs. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, especially during the heat of summer. Here are some expert tips on how to properly hydrate:

  • Keep track of your intake: Use a 32-ounce sports bottle—drinking at least two fills is a good start.
  • Watch out for caffeine: It’s not a replacement for water, it’s a diuretic, and for each cup you drink, you need an equal amount of water to balance it.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure: After 30 minutes, it’s time to find some shade. When you work or play hard in the heat, you need extra water.
  • Leave the sports drinks to the athletes: Get your electrolytes from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Flavor your water: If you don’t like plain water, flavor it with a squeeze of citrus or a few berries or mint leaves. Plain or flavored seltzer waters are a good substitute, too.
  • Have water at mealtime: A glass of water 30 minutes before and one hour after a meal will aid digestion and help you reach your goal.
  • Start every day with a glass of water, before you reach for the coffee.
Sybil Hodgson, MD

The Health Educator experts at our Montefiore Medical Group adult and pediatric primary care practices can answer your questions about staying hydrated and provide a recommended hydration plan specifically for you and others in your family.

 

 

 

PIONEERING MONTEFIORE PROGRAM HELPS TRANSITION YOUNG ADULTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH

The Young Adult Diabetes Program at Montefiore's Fleischer Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism is an innovative program helping young adults, ages 16–35, with type 1 diabetes, transition from pediatric care to adult providers. The program fills a critical gap in care and is one of the only programs in the country that focuses on helping young adults with individualized support to overcome the many inherent issues during this critical transition period. "This transition often results in losing patients to follow-up care, leading to increased diabetes complications at a young age. We need to support these young adults through this very difficult time. We are deeply committed to listening and helping young adults individualize their diabetes care approach," says Program Director Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH, Montefiore.

This cutting-edge program highlights close connections with pediatric providers, innovative adult healthcare orientation, continuing education on diabetes self-management that is young adult– friendly, and much-needed behavioral support. The program also fosters a community of young adults with type 1 diabetes supporting one another. The upcoming Young Adult Retreat event at the Bronx Zoo on August 6, 1:00–4:30 PM, for young adult type 1 diabetes patients and their families will help them meet peers and learn more about transition services.

Register for the Retreat Day at the Bronx Zoo at youngadultdiabetesclinic@gmail.com by August 1.


NEWS

 

MONTEFIORE WAKEFIELD JOINT REPLACEMENT CENTER AWARDED THE GOLD STANDARD IN HEALTHCARE

Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission

On June 6, 2019, the Montefiore Joint Replacement Center at the Wakefield Campus achieved Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. This designation means that Wakefield’s Joint Replacement Center is now one of only eight facilities in New York State to obtain this advanced certification, recognizing the high-quality healthcare provided with an emphasis on patient safety.

This Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission is based on a review of compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care. Congratulations to all!


MONTEFIORE’S HEALTHY FOOD INITIATIVE WINS AWARD

Montefiore was awarded the Healthcare Association of New York State's (HANYS) 2019 Community Health Improvement Award for its outstanding Healthy Food Initiative

Montefiore was awarded the Healthcare Association of New York State's (HANYS) 2019 Community Health Improvement Award for its outstanding Healthy Food Initiative. The initiative targets high-risk communities in the Bronx with educational campaigns about nutritious foods and works with bodegas and delis to stock healthier food items. Montefiore's Office of Community & Population Health used data to identify "hotspot" communities that would most benefit from the initiative. The team launched a community-based healthy food marketing campaign, with informational tables set up on the sidewalks. They recruited partner stores to become "bodega buddies" advocating for the stocking and promoting of healthier items such as seltzer and water options, low-sodium and low-sugar canned goods, fresh fruit and healthy sandwich combos.

Results included a significant decrease in sugary drink consumption and more stores carrying healthier items, up from 0 to 25 percent since the program start. "Health starts by having access to, and awareness of, healthy choices," says Amanda Parsons, MD, Vice President, Community & Population Health, Montefiore.


GET READY FOR EPIC@MONTEFIORE UPGRADE

The next Epic upgrade is scheduled to go live on Saturday, August 3, 2019. The upgrade will include several key enhancements, including a major usability change:

Storyboard—A brand new workspace layout that provides quicker access to key details and common actions without switching screens. Storyboard replaces today’s horizontal workspace header with a vertical bar that presents users with a curated and concise summary of the information they need before they work with a patient or an account. Users can take action quickly directly from Storyboard—for instance, acknowledge orders, activate a patient’s MyChart account or update vital signs. Providers are able to review new results and active medications at a glance. To accommodate the space needed for Storyboard, the activity tabs have moved to the top of the screen, where they flex and shrink to fit in the space available.

To get a head start on working with these new features, check out the Epic Playground. The best way to improve your learning experience is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE IN THE PLAYGROUND.

2019 CHAMPIONS FOR CHAM TEAM NOW RECRUITING

champions for cham team now recruiting

On Sunday, November 3, Champions for CHAM will once again represent Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in the TCS New York City Marathon, with every step dedicated to helping our young patients. Team members receive guaranteed entry to the marathon by pledging to raise funds for CHAM, with all donations supporting services critical to optimizing outcomes for pediatric patients and their families, including integrative medicine, palliative care and parent support groups.

To join Champions for CHAM, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/67L8L7K

If you have questions and/or need more information, visit www.montefiore.org/championsforcham or contact Mary Anna Smith at maryanna.smith@einstein.yu.edu or 718-920-6036.


CLINICAL RESEARCH

 

ARE YOU LIVING WITH IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA (IH)?

IH can impact more than just your sleep cycle. It can also affect work, education, relationships, and so much more. Did you know? Idiopathic hypersomnia symptoms often first appear in the mid-to-late teens or early twenties. If you are ages 18 to 70 and have idiopathic hypersomnia, you may be eligible for a clinical research study.

To learn more, contact the study team at 718-920-2880/718-920-2895 or mfiguera@montefiore.org.

EVENT

 

CELEBRATE 5OTH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK TO BENEFIT EINSTEIN’S BOLD PROGRAM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with an evening of music performed by nine bands, including Retro 69, featured performers at the annual Yasgur’s Farm Woodstock Reunion. All are donating their time and talent on Thursday, July 18, to benefit Einstein’s Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD) Program, a free cancer wellness program for underserved Bronx cancer patients and their families.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM–1:00 AM | Tickets $5
Bartini Bar, 124 N Carll Avenue, Babylon, New York 11702

Contact Allan Spielman at 631-836-3687 for more information.

Check out BOLD at www.einstein.yu.edu/cancercenter/support

 
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