Mount Sinai Queens today marked 20 years of delivering high-quality health care to Queens with a Hospital-wide celebration, which included awards for outstanding staff and FDNY-EMS partners.
Since joining the Mount Sinai family in June 1999, Mount Sinai Queens has transformed from a small community hospital into a world-class institution that has changed the way patients receive care in Queens and beyond. In the two decades since The Mount Sinai Hospital acquired it, Mount Sinai Queens has modernized its facilities, introduced state-of-the-art technology, and attracted high-caliber physicians and nurses who are among the best in their fields.
Mount Sinai Queens kicked off its 20th Anniversary year with the opening a first-of-its-kind Cerebrovascular Stroke Center. It was custom-designed to provide the fastest and most efficient treatment for people experiencing the most devastating strokes. With cutting-edge technology never before used in the United States and the expertise of a renowned clinical team from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Mount Sinai Queens Cerebrovascular Stroke Center is developing a global model for care.
“Everyone on our staff, from doctors and nurses to technicians and housekeepers, are key to our accomplishments and future success,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens. “We recognize and celebrate their contributions because they are extraordinary, and we are fortunate to have such a great group of people working toward our shared mission.”
The following awards were presented to hospital staff and FDNY-EMS partners for their roles in providing skilled, compassionate patient care:
Employee of the Year—Rashid Larry, RT (R)(CT)(ARRT)
Team of the Year—Laboratory
Manager of the Year—Anthony Auditore, MNSt, RN, NE-BC
Service Excellence—Daniella Stephen, MPH, MSN, RN, CPHQ
Freshman of the Year—Jennifer Wolfman, PA,
Physician of the Year—Hakima Aouchiche, MD
EMS Person of the Year—Angela Geldard, EMT, Station 45
EMS Person of the Year—Jasmine Miranda, EMT, Station 46
EMS Person of the Year—Crystal Scognamiglio, EMT, Station 49
“Like hospitals, emergency medical services are an integral part of the community. We are happy to partner with Mount Sinai Queens to serve our community,” said Captain Joseph Gasparini, FDNY-EMS Battalion 49. “We hope to keep this partnership going for a very long time.”
In early 2019, Mount Sinai Queens launched the STAR Program which enables staff to instantly recognize examples of teamwork, empathy, agility, creativity, and safety.
“The STAR Program shines a light on staff members who go above and beyond, which happens every day at Mount Sinai Queens,” said David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We recognize them, like we’re doing at today’s event, because we are truly thankful for our colleagues’ hard work.”
About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens, a licensed acute care hospital, is at the forefront of healthcare delivery. From its roots, more than 120 years ago, to the cutting-edge quality care and service it delivers today, Mount Sinai Queens is dedicated to serving the Borough of Queens and beyond. Mount Sinai Queens’ beautiful new six-story, 140,000 square foot, $180 million Pavilion is the centerpiece of the Hospital’s commitment to the Borough. Six new state-of-the-art operating rooms allow surgeons to perform elective, emergency, and complex procedures using the latest advances in medical technology including a Da Vinci Surgical System for robotic-assisted surgery. The new interventional radiology suite allows specialists to perform minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat illnesses without surgery. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department, which opened in May 2016 is staffed by Emergency-Medicine trained physicians on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine along with specialty-trained nurses and other staff. The new Emergency Department is designed to meet the urgent and emergent needs of the growing neighborhoods surrounding the Hospital. The Pavilion also houses Mount Sinai Doctors, a large multi-specialty practice providing primary and specialty outpatient medical care in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and virtually all medical and surgical specialties with physicians on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A new outpatient Imaging center including a full range of state-of-the-art radiological testing rounds out the new Pavilion. The hospital has an unwavering commitment to patient safety, high quality care and an outstanding patient experience. Mount Sinai Queens is singular in the borough to have received Magnet® designation for nursing excellence, and Primary Stroke Center designation by both The Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health. It is one of only two hospitals in the Borough that is designated as Thrombectomy-capable for diagnosing and treating stroke. Epic, the hospital’s electronic medical record, allows instant access to critical patient information across all inpatient and outpatient departments enabling faster and more thorough treatment not only at Mount Sinai Queens but across most of the eight hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System.
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