Mount Sinai Appoints Carol Porter, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, As First-Ever Chair of Nursing

The Edgar M. Cullman Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing is the first endowed Nursing chair in Mount Sinai's 160-year history.

New York
 – May 25, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine has established the Edgar M. Cullman Sr., Chair of the Department of Nursing, the first endowed Chair of the Department of Nursing in the institution's 160-year history, and appointed Carol Porter, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President for Nursing, as the inaugural chair holder. 
Representing the Cullman Family, Susan R. Cullman, a long-time member of the Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees, presented the endowment at the 31st Annual Board of Trustees' Awards for Excellence in Nursing Practice, held at Mount Sinai on Tuesday, May 1.  The chair is named in honor of her father Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. who had a longstanding and deep admiration for nurses and a keen understanding of the dynamics of patient care. The announcement and the awards ceremony were among the highlights of National Nurses Week, celebrated annually in recognition of America's 3.1 million registered nurses.  
Mr. Cullman first became deeply and personally involved at Mount Sinai in 1950, when he joined his father, Joseph Cullman, Jr., on the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. In 1957, while under consideration for election to The Mount Sinai Board of Trustees, he told members of the Board that he had "an abiding interest in the problems of nursing, to which I would like to dedicate myself." That year, he accepted an invitation to join on the Mount Sinai Board, which he remained a member of until his death in 2011.
"The endowment and the establishment of the Edgar M. Cullman Sr., Chair of the Department of Nursing, is a wonderful honor and making the announcement during National Nurses Week is particularly meaningful," said Dr. Porter. "Edgar Cullman loved Mount Sinai's nursing staff and was one our department's biggest supporters. The entire Cullman family, in fact, has passionately advocated for nursing, patient care, and for Mount Sinai. This endowment embodies the Cullman family's strong connection with the nurses at Mount Sinai."
The Cullmans are a Mount Sinai Trustee dynasty, with family members as part of the Boards of Trustees since Mount Sinai's founding in 1852. Edgar Cullman's great-grandfather, Benjamin Nathan; his paternal grandfather, Joseph; his father, Joseph, Jr.; and now his own son, Edgar, Jr., and daughter Susan have all been on the Board. Mr. Cullman joined the Board of Trustees in his thirties, and served for over 50 years.  
Following the announcement of the endowment, Dr. Porter, along with Ms. Cullman and Patricia S. Levinson, a member of the Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees, presented 19 nurses from The Mount Sinai Hospital and The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens with Excellence in Nursing Awards for outstanding, compassionate, and expert nursing practice. Ms. Levinson is the representative from the Patient Care and Quality Assurance Committee of the Boards of the Trustees to the Department of Nursing. 
Other events for National Nurses Week included a Grand Rounds titled "Sharing Your Knowledge: Writing Abstracts, Developing Posters, It's Easier than It Sounds," presented by Emerson Ea, DNP, RN, Senior Manager, Evidence-Based Practice/Nursing Research, and Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, Nurse Researcher, The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens.  The week also featured activities such as the annual "Midnight Madness" distribution of treats to the evening and night nursing staff, and the 16th Annual Poster Session with 23 presentations highlighting nursing practice.
National Nurses Week events finished with a keynote address titled "Relationship Based Care" that was delivered by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Adjunct Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, and Chair of the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees.
"Relationship-based care is really about getting back to basics and putting a human face on patient care," said Dr. Porter. "To maintain the high level of nursing excellence that made us the first hospital in New York City to earn a Magnet re-designation, it's important our staff continue to provide quality, compassionate, and patient-centered care."
Nurses at The Mount Sinai Hospital are recognized as among the nation's best, first earning the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center's four-year Magnet Award in 2004 and receiving re-designation in 2009. Magnet designation is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence. Fewer than six percent of the nation's hospitals have received Magnet designation, and only two percent have received re-designation.

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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