• Press Release

Federal Government Renews Mount Sinai Contracts for World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center and Data Center for General Responders

  • New York, NY
  • (May 17, 2017)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health have renewed two contracts funding the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) and the WTC General Responder Data Center at the Icahn School of Medicine’s Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health.

Under these five-year renewals, the Mount Sinai WTC Health Program CCE will continue to provide medical monitoring and treatment for workers and volunteers who participated in the clean-up and recovery efforts following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Sinai WTC CCE, a component of The Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health at Mount Sinai, is the largest WTC Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence and proudly cares for more than 22,000 responders at its Manhattan, Staten Island, and Yonkers locations.

“Mount Sinai’s WTC Health Program Clinical Center is thrilled by this five-year renewal, which provides us with the opportunity to continue critically needed services for responders,” said Michael Crane, MD, MPH, Medical Director of The Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health.

The WTC General Responder Data Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai collects information from the Sinai CCE and four other clinical centers, serving more than 41,500 responders. The Data Center is directed by Roberto Lucchini, MD, Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. With the support of Co-Deputy Directors Andrew Todd, PhD, and Susan Teitelbaum, PhD, the Center manages, analyzes, and prepares the collected data for use in research, while also performing public health surveillance on the WTC responder population.

“Through our efforts over the last 16 years, the Data Center has acquired vast experience in and awareness of the physical and mental health problems that confront the WTC responder population and the complex social milieu in which responders live,” said Dr. Lucchini. “This wealth of knowledge has enabled the Data Center to cultivate an even deeper familiarity with the concepts and goals that guide the World Trade Center Health Program, and will continue to inform the next phase of the Program’s continued public health surveillance of this aging population.”

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.

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