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
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 is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.