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November 4, 2019

MONTEFIORE: WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD LAYERS OF PROTECTION FOR YOU YOUR LOVED ONES AND YOUR COMMUNIT

The 2019–2020 flu season has begun, and Vanessa Pratomo, MD, Family Practice Physician, Montefiore Medical Group, has great advice on how to build layers of protection for yourself, your loved ones and your entire community:

  1. Get your flu shot! It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to help your body build up immunity to the flu viruses you’re likely to encounter as you go about your daily life, so don’t delay. Get that vaccine as soon as possible.
  2. Get your children vaccinated and encourage the rest of your family to do the same. Nearly everyone more than 6 months old should be vaccinated, especially if they have chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Women who are pregnant will provide some protection for the baby during its first few months of life by getting a flu shot now.
  3. Rev up those good hygiene habits during flu season. Hand washing is crucial, but if you can’t wash, use hand sanitizer to protect yourself. Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose, and try to keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing.
  4. Use the power of lifestyle to bolster your immune system. Lots of sleep, a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water will help you fight off the flu and other respiratory viruses.

Montefiore associates can take advantage of the annual MY SHOT COUNTS campaign to get a flu shot at work. Check the intranet’s FLU HQ page for complete information.

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MONTEFIORE’S LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM SAVES LIVES

Montefiore,s innovative Lung Cancer Screening Program has resulted in more than 2,200 patient screenings, with 55 cancers detected over the past seven years, of which about half were more treatable Stage 1 and 2 cancers. When lung cancer is detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate can be as high as 90 percent, but three-quarters of patients are not diagnosed until the disease has spread, reducing their chance of survival to only about 5 percent.

The Lung Cancer Screening Program focuses on smokers and former smokers, age 55 to 74, with a history of at least 30 pack-years of smoking. Created by Montefiore physicians working across multiple disciplines, the program works with patients to identify those at high-risk and provides automated enrollment forms and follow-up reminders to be screened for lung cancer, as well as streamlining the process for referring physicians.

Discover more at www.montefiore.org/radiology-services-cardiothoracic-imaging 

NEW DEVICE COULD TRANSFORM CARE FOR HALF OF ALL HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care is participating in a national study of AccuCinch, a new device to treat an enlarged left ventricle, a condition that affects about half of all heart failure patients. Researchers implant the circular AccuCinch device inside the ventricle using a catheter, then slowly cinch it to reduce the enlargement of the ventricle. AccuCinch supports and strengthens the heart wall, thereby improving heart size and function, and has been shown to slow or halt the progression of heart failure. Ulrich P. Jorde, MD, Section Head, Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Montefiore, and Azeem Latib, MD, Medical Director, Structural Heart Interventions, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, are leading the investigations and have successfully completed cases for two different indications.

For more information, please call 718-920-2626.


NEWS

 

MONTEFIORE NAMED ARC OF NEW YORK EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Montefiore was recognized as Employer of the Year by ARC of New York and its local chapter AHRC, an organization that advocates for and provides services to people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Five years ago, Montefiore became the first New York City hospital to host Project SEARCH, a work transition program that includes on-site classroom instruction, career exploration and job skills training through internships. This year, 12 students are enrolled in Project SEARCH on the Moses, Wakefield and Einstein campuses as part of Montefiore,s Community Workforce Programs. Students can be found sterilizing scopes, making beds, transporting patients, working in environmental services and stocking supplies. Since Project SEARCH began, Montefiore has hired eight graduates. "We are very proud of the accomplishments of the young people in our program, especially achieving competitive employment with family-sustaining wages," says Dana Politis, Director, Community Workforce Programs, Montefiore.

For more information, call 718-920-4292 or email cwp@montefiore.org 


BURKE PILOTS NEW REHABILITATION APP

Justin Hill, MD, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, has received a $48,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support a pilot program aimed at helping brain injury patients recover using Pt Pal, an app that allows therapists and physicians to prescribe and monitor home exercise programs. A key feature of the pilot program, Pt Pal provides education, coaching and support directly to patients via their smartphones, encouraging their home therapy program and shortening their rehabilitation period. The app also enables physicians, therapists and other clinicians to communicate with patients and manage care between visits.

"Rehabilitation is an extensive process, and keeping patients motivated and supported is important," says Matthew Bartels, MD, Professor and Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine, Montefiore.

Montefiore is the first to implement Pt Pal on such a broad scale. It is being rolled out in some subspecialties, including Cardiac Rehabilitation and Women's Health Rehabilitation. The app includes appointment reminders and can track patient compliance with exercise programs, record biometrics like daily steps and blood pressure, and provide a video coach to demonstrate exercises.


EPIC ROLLOUT FOR MONTEFIORE CARE MANAGEMENT (CMO)

On November 9, Montefiore Care Management (CMO) will transition from the CCMS system to Epic. With a network of more than 3,000 providers, the Epic Healthy Planet care management conversion is especially significant as it makes it easier for providers to refer patients for care management and for extended care teams like nurses, pharmacists and social workers and to view created Montefiore Care Management care plans in Epic.

For more information, visit:
www.montefiore.org/cmo-the-care-management-company 

CLINICAL RESEARCH

 

ARE YOU LIVING WITH IDIOPATHIC HYPERSOMNIA?

If yes, the CHORDS research study may be right for you. The CHORDS study is evaluating an investigational drug to see if it reduces the excessive daytime sleepiness you experience.

HOW TO QUALIFY?
You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 18–75 years old
  • Have a diagnosis of idiopathic hypersomnia*

*The study doctor will discuss additional requirements.

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

EVENTS

 

MONTEFIORE MELODIES
COME SING WITH US!

Montefiore Melodies is a choir for people with a diagnosis of stroke or other neurological disorders. Those with communication difficulties and/or who speak a language other than English are welcome.

No charge. Light refreshments served.

Fall Dates: November 6, 2019, and December 4, 2019 | Noon – 1:00 PM
Tishman Learning Center (Gun Hill Road Entrance)
111 East 210th Street, Bronx, New York 10467

Please register by phone at 718-920-6664 or email arooney1@montefiore.org 


ORTHOPEDICS FOR THE PEDIATRIC PROVIDER: A CASE-BASED COURSE

Join the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for a one-day event geared toward all pediatric providers who encounter orthopedic-related issues in their practice. Hear case-based presentations, work in small group breakout sessions and earn CME credit. Presented by Einstein and Montefiore

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tishman Learning Center
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, New York 10467

Register at https://www.eeds.com/portal_live_events.aspx?ConferenceID=967358 


NORTHEAST REGIONAL PCIT CONFERENCE & TRAINING EVENT

Montefiore Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Kurtz Psychology Consulting will co-present the 3rd Northeast Regional Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Conference, bringing to you six renowned PCIT International Master Trainers and recognized PCIT experts for an exciting one-day training.

Friday, April 3, 2020 | 8:45 AM – 4:15 PM

Register at https://bit.ly/PCIT2zq 

 
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