“WHEN WE STARTED DOING 3D PRINTING THREE YEARS AGO, WE RECOGNIZED THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE BRACES, PROSTHETICS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT QUICKLY AND AT A LOW COST FOR COUNTRIES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.” — Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH
Montefiore medical staff at the Jamaican rehabilitation center
Montefiore’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department delivered a new 3D printer in July, providing patients in Jamaica easier access to medical devices and prosthetics. The printer produces these items at a fraction of the cost to purchase them from manufacturers.
“When we started doing 3D printing three years ago, we recognized the potential to create braces, prosthetics and medical equipment quickly and at a low cost for countries in the developing world,” says Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Rehabilitation Medicine, Montefiore and Einstein.
A working prototype of a prosthesis from a 3D printer
In collaboration with several organizations, including the Zion Care Foundation in the Bronx, the Rehabilitation Department sent fellows to Jamaica’s Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre for the past three years. The first year, mission participants delivered a myoelectric arm, printed at Montefiore, to a grateful amputee. This year, they delivered the 3D printer itself.
Among the first items printed was a tracheotomy cap. “The hospital could not afford to buy the caps, which allow for breathing training in patients with a tracheotomy,” says Dr. Bartels. “We printed one in 30 minutes, providing immediate patient benefit in an extremely resource-limited environment.” The team printed hand splints and daily aids, like pencil holders, for stroke patients, and they plan to guide the physicians in printing prosthetics.
Attendees at last year’s opening of Montefiore’s 22q11.2Clinic—the region’s first—at the Hutchinson Campus
Montefiore’s 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic celebrated its one-year anniversary in September. Coordinated by the Pediatric Genetic Medicine Division at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, this innovative clinic brings together specialists in immunology, ENT, psychiatry, endocrinology cardiology, genetic medicine and genetic counseling to provide evaluation and ongoing care to children and adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Located at the Hutchinson Campus, the clinic is the region’s first and one of only a handful in the nation to focus on treating the rare disease. Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome may experience problems with the heart, immune system, and swallowing along with physical and cognitive development. In this first year, the number of patients served has doubled.
Learn more at www.cham.org/22q.
When the #1 job site in the world, Indeed. com, releases its list of the Best Hospitals to Work For in 2018, and you rank in the top 10, that’s something to shout about! Indeed analyzed data from over 72 million ratings and reviews to discover which hospitals in America are most highly regarded by their employees. This is the second consecutive year Montefiore has ranked in the top 10, with associates praising our pay and benefits, work/life balance and culture.
Read all about it at https://www.indeed.com/Top-Rated-Workplaces/ 2018-US-Hospitals/.
Camp Spinnaker campers and counselors
A group of Bronx children with asthma spent a fantastic week at Camp Spinnaker in New Hampshire in August, thanks to a partnership forged by Montefiore’s Karen Warman, MD, a pediatrician at the Comprehensive Family Care Center pediatric practice, with this special camp. Camp Spinnaker provides a safe, supportive environment where children with asthma can participate in traditional camp activities while learning about their condition and how to manage it. They gain self-confidence, independence, and understanding of how to better respond to their own needs. The fees for ten campers from Montefiore’s pediatric practice were generously underwritten by the Carvel Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Eight-year-old Kareem Cooper with his new school supplies
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) was the site of a back-to-school event hosted by Salesforce as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Volunteers helped an enthusiastic group of CHAM patients pack their brand new backpacks with school supplies. The children enjoyed arts and crafts activities as well as a magician and clown at the event.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
East Garden, Moses Campus, East 210th Street Entrance
Montefiore Einstein and Honorary Chair, Paul Ammirato, present A Taste of Italy. Join us for an evening of food, wine and music inspired by the Little Italy neighborhood on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
This event raises funds to support the Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. The Child Life Program complements medical treatment by focusing on the emotional and developmental needs of pediatric patients through medical play, procedural preparation, art and music therapy, and bereavement support.
To purchase tickets, visit www.montefiore.org/italy or call 718-920-6656.
Our physicians, staff and patients hope to see you in the garden!
September 22, 2018 | Beginning at 9:00 AM and continuing throughout the day
Burke White Plains Campus
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will host the Annual Wheelchair Games once again. This year’s event will take place at Burke’s beautiful White Plains campus. Athletes of all ages and ability levels will compete in track, field and table tennis events, throughout the day. Fun for families too!