The SICU is an intensivist-led multidisciplinary model of care aimed at improving patient outcomes, by providing state-of-the-art care to critically ill patients. Our team provides board-certified critical care physician specialists, in-house physicians in training, and a skilled nursing staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The division is a pioneer in the use of several leading-edge technologies, including goal-directed echocardiography, lung ultrasound and other non-invasive monitoring methods. This is crucial to caring for patients during the most critical period of their post-operative recovery — before their condition has stabilized to the point of transfer to a conventional hospital floor.
Making a Difference Overseas
Since its founding in 1970, the division has trained more than 160 intensivists who have gone on to distinguished careers around the world. Many of our surgeons are actively involved in medical missions abroad. If not for these surgical missions, these patients aboard would likely never receive this desperately needed care.
One of our most noteworthy overseas missions was our participation in a large team that the Medical Center sponsored to Haiti, directly following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Dr. Ernest Benjamin, a Haitian-American who is the Chief our Surgical Intensive Care Unit, used his ties to coordinate this mission.
More than two years have passed since the earthquake and Mount Sinai surgeons continue to have a presence in Haiti. Dr. Benjamin visits several times a year to teach fifth-year Haitian medical students an intensive four-day course in critical care medicine. He is also planning on creating a Heart Institute in Haiti to treat adults and children.
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