• Press Release

Mount Sinai Health System Receives FCC Grant for Telehealth Medicine to Care for Seniors at Risk of COVID-19

Federal Communications Commission Provides $312,500 Grant

  • New York, NY
  • (April 20, 2020)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $312,500 to the Mount Sinai Health System to support telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant was one of six announced this week and the only one made to a New York City-based hospital system.

Mount Sinai will use the grant to support the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors program, which was founded in 1995 to provide quality, compassionate health care to frail, elderly, or ailing adults who are unable to leave their homes. Considered a national model and a flagship clinical initiative, Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors is one of the largest academic home-based primary care programs in the nation. Its Director is Linda DeCherrie, MD.  

“This grant recognizes the extraordinary work and innovation of our Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors program and Dr. DeCherrie’s leadership. During this pandemic, the safest place for frail, seriously ill older adults is their home. The technology supported by this grant will ensure that more older adults receive the care that they need and deserve while dramatically lowering their risk of contracting COVID-19,” says R. Sean Morrison, MD, the Ellen and Howard C. Katz Professor and Chair of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Mount Sinai is fortunate to have outstanding clinicians in the fields of geriatrics and palliative care, and this funding from the FCC will allow us to put their clinical expertise and our advanced technology in the hands of our most vulnerable patients,” says Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System.

The funding is part of the recently enacted CARES Act, which appropriated $200 million to the FCC to support health care providers using telehealth during this national emergency.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. 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 "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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