Mount Sinai Toy Drive Benefits Children of Doe Fund Graduates

Employees at The Mount Sinai Medical Center contributed approximately 1,500 gifts through a holiday toy drive to benefit graduates of the Doe Fund, a New York City-based organization that helps men whose lives have been devastated by homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse.  

New York, NY
 – January 5, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Employees at The Mount Sinai Medical Center contributed approximately 1,500 gifts through a holiday toy drive to benefit graduates of the Doe Fund, a New York City-based organization that helps men whose lives have been devastated by homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse.  

The Mount Sinai Medical Center was named the Doe Fund’s 2011 corporate sponsor of the year for its support of the program and its efforts to hire Doe Fund graduates.  The holiday toy drive was jointly sponsored by The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).

"This was a tremendous effort by the Hospital, and it really demonstrates the heart and soul of the Mount Sinai family," said Jeff Cohen, Vice President of Labor Relations at Mount Sinai. "Many of the men in this program have young children, but limited financial resources. The donated toys helped the men provide for their children and make the holidays a special time for their families."

Doe Fund graduates receive shelter, job training, and counseling and work designed to help them build a new life as valuable members of society, and gain self-respect and the respect of others. The Mount Sinai Medical Center has successfully hired about a dozen Doe Fund graduates since 2009.

"Providing service excellence to patients, visitors and staff is our ultimate goal at Mount Sinai and we take an active vested interest in partnering with our surrounding community," said Darryl Wilkerson, Vice President of Support Services at Mount Sinai. "Working closely with the Doe Fund has been a rewarding experience for our hospital. "Healing comes in many ways, and giving people an opportunity to reach their goals, not just in health matters but in life, is an important part of our mission.  Mount Sinai employees took this mission to the next level by their overwhelming support of this drive."

For more information about the Doe Fund, see www.doe.org.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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