International Business Community Makes The Mount Sinai Medical Center Destination For Comprehensive Health Assessments
Increasing numbers make special New York City trip for full-day physicals at the Mount Sinai Executive Health Program.
In the more than five years since Mount Sinai began its Executive Health program, one thing remains constant – busy executives in New York City and around the world have trouble finding time to see their physicians. Making appointments and keeping them, juggling multiple appointments, fighting traffic to get to the doctor and back to the office – all are barriers to important preventive medicine.
This was the reasoning behind the development of the Mount Sinai Executive Health program which was the brainchild of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Medical Center and past president of the World Heart Federation. He had seen a similar program at work during his time at the Mayo Clinic and saw a need in the Metropolitan New York area. He recognized that a busy executive would be more likely to be able to schedule and keep appointments all occurring in a half or full-day off than a couple of hours on several different days.
"Our Executive Health Program provides patients with a full day in-depth consultation with a variety of physicians using noninvasive diagnostic and state-of-the-art screening technology to try to identify problems before they manifest themselves," said Dr. Fuster. "The results of all tests are ready by the end of the day, so they can sit down with their physicians and go over all the results and formulate a plan before they leave. We can tailor the day, depending upon the patient."
Since the program began, and through both reputation and world of mouth, Mount Sinai's Executive Health Program has also become a destination for international business executives as well with an increase in visitors each year. Patients in the Executive Health program come from different cities and countries and Mount Sinai assists in making overnight accommodations before or after the examination day. Translation services are also available.
According to Kevin G. Dunsky, MD, Director of the Executive Health program and Director of Cardiovascular Institute Practice Development at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the goal is to provide the most complete and accurate general health assessment available. "We look at the patient from head to toe," said Dr. Dunsky. "A typical day would start with starting out with full blood work; a physical; full stress echocardiogram; CAT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis; exams by a dermatologist and ophthalmologist; and pulmonary and hearing testing."
Meals are provided throughout the day and an ambassador is assigned to escort the patient from one examination to the next, thereby being more time efficient. For women, the testing may also include mammography, bone density testing and an internal exam by a gynecologist. For men, a urological examination may also be provided.
Within approximately a week after this visit, patients receive a comprehensive written report of their health assessment, including the detailed reports of all of the consultations, tests and procedures, and the senior physician will remain available to discuss these with the patient's own doctor. Mount Sinai will also assist with referrals to appropriate medical or surgical specialists as necessary to pursue any important medical findings beyond the screening evaluation.
More information on the Executive Health Program at Mount Sinai can be found at www.mountsinai.org/exechealth. To make an appointment, or to become a corporate partner, call (212) 241-8000 or (212) 241-3138.
Descriptions of the various corporate health evaluations can be found at: http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/executive-health-program/executive-health-packages-and-costs.
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 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by 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.