• Press Release

Mount Sinai Series Captures Unseen Health Care Heroes

  • New York, NY
  • (February 28, 2023)

As the pandemic wanes in the minds of many in New York and throughout the country, health care workers continue the essential work of caring for patients with COVID-19 and other health issues. To celebrate these unsung heroes, Mount Sinai Health System has launched a video series that captures the pride and dedication of individuals—many in unassuming roles—who chose a long-term career in health care. Titled Faces of Care, this new video series drives home that all workers, including the unseen ones on the front lines, play an integral role in delivering safe, high-quality, seamless care.

The first set of the eight video series features employees at Mount Sinai Morningside who are responsible for everything from sterilizing instruments to repairing machines large and small. The videos give the viewer a glimpse of the employees’ world by painting an in-depth and detailed picture of their day-to-day work life.

The first video features Sanford Lapsley, a high-pressure boiler operating engineer who is part of a team that works on the hospital’s roof and boiler room 24 hours a day ensuring the delivery of steam used for humidification, heat, and sterilizing instruments, all vital to patient care. Watch Mr. Lapsley’s story here.

Common themes in each story are pride, duty, and passion for contributions to the larger mission of saving lives and caring for patients and families. Mount Sinai partnered with director/filmmaker Sean O'Neill to create these moving testaments.

Faces of Care features:

Sanford Lapsley, High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer

Leahcim Francis, Central Sterile Technician

Joseph McSherry, Mechanic Foreman

Hilary Bogart, Speech Language Pathologist

Edgardo Valentin, Environmental Services, Waste Removal

Sehar Khan, PET CT Technologist

Douglas Burgos, Patient Representative

Marita Cuenca, Laboratory Technologist

To learn more about the series and to view all the episodes, visit https://www.mountsinai.org/about/newsroom/films/faces-of-care.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: 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. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties.

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