U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals,” and Montefiore is recognized among the best hospitals in the nation and our region.
Montefiore places in the top 1% nationally for its specialty care in Diabetes & Endocrinology, and among the top 10% in the following areas: Cancer, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Urology, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), heart failure (CHF), Colon Cancer Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.
Montefiore’s world-renowned physicians and scientists continue to pioneer innovative treatments for complex cases while care teams deliver coordinated, compassionate care to every patient, placing Montefiore among the nation’s best providers.
Cristian Zanartu, MD, demonstrates the Help-Hurt Tool.
A difficult job is made easier when you have great tools. Exploring treatment options with patients can be tough, and Montefiore’s clinical staff is acutely aware that effective communication during these interactions can define a patient’s experience. This challenge prompted palliative care physicians and oncologists at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, led by Cristian Zanartu, MD, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and Assistant Professor, Family and Social Medicine, to develop the Help-Hurt Tool.
The Help-Hurt tool was originally designed to help cancer patients make informed decisions regarding potential risks, side effects and benefits for treatment options. The tool uses a grading system to indicate the degree to which a treatment can help or a hurt a patient, facilitating both accessible and transparent communication between doctor and patient.
"The Help-Hurt tool offers doctors a chance to combine their clinical experience with the patient's known circumstances and express their opinion to patients. This way patients can become better decision makers, importing the physician's realistic clinical judgment in a useful way," says Dr. Zanartu.
A pilot study of the tool involving 50 patients in the oncology clinic proved extremely successful as the tool proved beneficial in facilitating sensitive conversations.
Zika virus is in the news as reports of outbreaks come in from across the Americas. The heightened media attention has led to the spread of a number of misconceptions regarding the disease, such as whom it can affect and how it is transmitted. We will focus on the facts about Zika in Update, providing an in-depth look into coordinated efforts of the departments of Infection Prevention and Control, Healthcare Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Population Health, OB/GYN, Neonatalogy and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as they prepare for a potential outbreak.
The Zika virus, a member of the Flaviviridae family, is spread primarily by mosquitoes, but it can also be transmitted through sexual contact or blood transfusion. Cases have already been reported in more than 30 countries, including the U.S. Most of the initial cases in the U.S. have been related to travellers or their partners who have returned from a country in which Zika is circulating. Recently there has been local transmission in a small localized area in Miami, FL. However at the time of this writing, no mosquitoes found in the New York City area have tested positive for the virus.
Most people who contract the virus do not exhibit any symptoms, but for those who do, fever, rash, conjunctivitis, joint/muscle pains and headaches have all been reported. In response to these regional concentrations of infection, Montefiore’s Division of Infectious Diseases is collaborating with the New York State Department of Health to screen and test all patients who have recently traveled to tropical areas, including the Caribbean and Central and South America. Particular emphasis is being paid to women who are pregnant and have travelled to a Zika affected area.
Update will continue to provide information about the Zika virus in future issues.
For more information today, read the blog post on CHAM.org by Betsy Herold, MD, Vice Chair, Research, Pediatrics, Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Director, Translational Prevention Research Center, Montefiore and Einstein, at www.cham.org/specialties-and-programs/infectious-diseases/our-expertise/what-youneed-to-know-about-the-zika-virus.
Montefiore providers now have the ability to securely view scheduled appointments and patient information, including medications and lab results, through Haiku. This mobile application brings the Epic@Montefiore desktop environment providers are accustomed to directly to their iPhone, Android and iPod Touch devices. Haiku is available throughout the health system to attending physicians, psychiatrists, residents, podiatrists, fellows, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. To download Haiku, clinicians should visit the Google Play store or iTunes App Store.
Wellness Wednesdays keeps associates in the loop about programs and discounts available to help us stay healthy and active. This new initiative from To Your Health!, a program sponsored by Associate Wellness, establishes Wellness Wednesday tables to answer your questions about benefits and programs. It's also an opportunity to meet the To Your Health! Associate Wellness team and let them know how the programs can better serve your needs. There will be giveaways and prizes, so make sure to stop by the next tabling event on your campus and find out what Associate Wellness can do for you.
WAKEFIELD CAFETERIA (W/1199)
FORDHAM PLAZA – 6TH FLOOR CAFETERIA
Visit mymontebenefits.com/to-your-health to stay abreast of all the program offerings.
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:
Reimbursement for time and travel provided.
Discover more about clinical trials at Montefiore at www.montefiore.org/clinicaltrials.
Call Jenny at 718-430-3253 or email email@example.com to learn more.
Montefiore will have a table at the Bronx Zoo, in order to distribute educational materials to the public, including information for new moms and dads on the importance of breastfeeding in a child’s development.
Wednesday, August 10
1:00 – 3:00 PM
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York
For more information, contact Dr. Abieyuwa Iyare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindfulness meditation is a nondenominational practice that can help you feel less stressed and happier. The sessions include meditation time, as well as learning meditative techniques that you can use in your own practice
Wednesdays, August 24 – September 21
5:00 – 6:00 PM
TLC, Moses Campus
Register at HealingArts@montefiore.org.