Mount Sinai HIV Clinic Now Serving 83 Percent of the Former St. Vincent Hospital’s HIV Patients

Patients who relied on St. Vincent’s HIV clinic are now being treated at a new Mount Sinai HIV clinic at the same Greenwich Village location.

New York, NY
 – July 6, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Following months in which many HIV patients worried about interrupted or even complete loss of medical services, more than 2,700 patients who relied on the former St. Vincent’s HIV clinic have had their care transferred to Mount Sinai, which is now operating a new HIV clinic at the same Greenwich Village location.

The majority of the physicians who comprised the core of St. Vincent’s HIV Program joined Mount Sinai, and their patients, who represent 83 percent of all patients from the St. Vincent’s program, are able to continue their care with the same physicians at the same location under the auspices of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

By adding the St. Vincent’s program to the large and successful HIV program already in place at Mount Sinai’s upper east side campus, the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program (MSCHP) is now one of the largest HIV programs in the country, with an anticipated 36,000 patient visits annually. It includes primary care doctors, infectious disease physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and specialists in dermatology, gynecology, and adolescent care. There are also subspecialty programs for HIV patients in neurology, renal care, hepatitis C co-infection, nutrition, and cancer screening.

"The St. Vincent’s HIV program was highly regarded for its clinical excellence and for the personalized care provided to its patients," said Wayne Keathley, President of The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Combining the acclaimed faculty of that program with those of Mount Sinai has tremendously enhanced one of the first HIV patient care programs in the country. We have better positioned the program to secure grant funding for HIV research and support services."

The Mount Sinai clinic in Greenwich Village is currently located in the same building as the former St. Vincent’s clinic, the O’Toole Building, although Mount Sinai is seeking a better and larger space in the neighborhood. About 300 patients each week are now being served at this location. The clinic, which offers services in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese, also has a staff of social workers who offer case management, substance abuse, and social work services. The new Mount Sinai clinic accepts the same insurance plans as the St. Vincent’s clinic did and also provides patients with MetroCards for transportation, as was the case with St. Vincent’s.

"Our priority has been to continue to provide patients access to care with as few service disruptions as possible during this transition," said Keathley. "We are pleased that almost all of St. Vincent’s HIV doctors are now part of Mount Sinai, and we remain committed to keeping the program in the Greenwich Village neighborhood."

"Becoming part of Mount Sinai has been a tremendous relief not just for my patients but for me as well," said Barbara Johnston, MD, Deputy Medical Director of the new Mount Sinai clinic and formerly with St. Vincent’s. "There is clearly a dedication to the type of comprehensive HIV program that was nurtured at St. Vincent’s for over 30 years. And having access to the remarkable faculty and resources that Mount Sinai can offer will only serve to make the program even more effective."

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 few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation’s top 20 hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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