About Our Practice
Since 1995, the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program has been fulfilling the need to provide quality, compassionate health care to frail, elderly, or ailing adults who are unable to leave their homes. The award-winning program—inspired by three Mount Sinai residents who recognized this need—grew out of the collaborative efforts of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. With a team of geriatricians, internists, social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners and administrative support, we work to improve the quality of life of homebound persons, as well as their caregivers, offering the best possible services and practical support.
Today, serving as both a health care service and a teaching platform, Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program stands as a flagship clinical initiative—the largest academic home-visit program in the nation, with its clinicians making more than 6,000 home visits annually to more than 1,100 patients
The Patients We Serve
Throughout Manhattan, the Visiting Doctors Program delivers comprehensive primary care to an underserved segment of the population—homebound adults, consisting of geriatrics patients, as well as those with psychiatric, neurological, complex, and terminal illnesses. Our team also reaches out to families and caregivers to offer emotional support and counseling.
The Visiting Doctors Program provides personalized, home-based primary and end-of life care to men and women with complex and serious illnesses. We coordinate care with a range of health professionals in the hospital and home setting, working closely with home care, visiting nurse, community, and hospice agencies. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our health care providers will respond to requests for emergency visits and have language translation services available 24 hours a day.
The home-based services we provide include:
- Preventive health care
- Diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions
- Prescription of medications, with an emphasis on safety and affordability
- Support to family members and other caregivers
- Referrals for rehabilitation
- Assistance with practical needs, including wheelchairs
- Pain management
- Comprehensive, patient-centered end-of-life care for the terminally ill
- Administrative Assistants
- Care Coordinators
How to Help
Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program relies on the generosity of individuals to care for all those in need of our services regardless of their ability to pay. It is through this constant support that the Visiting Doctors Program is able to sustain its strength and continue to provide comprehensive medical care to homebound patients.
Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue to provide patients and their caregivers with personalized medical assistance and support services in their homes.
To learn more about making a philanthropic impact on our program, please contact Mackie Spadaccini, Senior Associate Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Visiting Doctors Program staff crosses a number of disciplines and is a collaborative effort between the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
The program has a dedicated team of social workers who assist homebound patients and their families with access to services and provide counseling and support in English and Spanish. We also have a team of nurses and advanced practice nurses who work closely with patients and families to ensure the highest quality care.
The multidisciplinary staff includes:
- Practice Manager
- Lisa McFarlane
- Board certified internists, geriatricians and palliative care physicians
- Certified social workers
- Donna Freund, LCSW
- Jonathan Hernandez, LMSW
- Edith Henriquez, LMSW
- Sarah Koppel, LMSW
- Bienvenida Laureano, LCSW
- Hilda Massoud, LMSW
- Helena Ross, LCSW-R
- Ada Catano, RN
- William Lo, RN
- Nurse Practitioners
- Silvia Chavez, ANP-BC
- Suzanne Gilleran, ANP-BC
- Elizabeth Jones, ANP-BC
- Kelsey Sander, ANP-BC
- Ruimin Xu, ANP-BC
- Administrative Assistants
- Brenda Abreu
- Ya Azadi Conde
- Faith Copeland
- Grissel Cruz
- Roy Hopper
- Miriam Leon
- Elicia Modeste
- Evelyn Rodriguez
In May 2010, The Chelsea-Village Program at St. Vincent’s was adopted by The Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program and was renamed The Mount Sinai Chelsea-Village House Call Program. The program provides in home, multilingual, interdisciplinary primary medical care to frail and elderly homebound residents in lower Manhattan. With the help of Mount Sinai, The Chelsea-Village House Call Program will continue to serve lower Manhattan’s most medically underserved populations, and patients will continue to receive the finest medical care in the comfort of their own home.
In June 2015, Beth Israel Senior Health House Call Program was integrated into MSVD and provides an in-home comprehensive management, interdisciplinary team approach and individualized care to the citizens of lower and midtown Manhattan with chronic illnesses and disabilities that are unable to leave their homes. The integration of the Beth Israel program has allowed Mount Sinai and the Visiting Doctors Program to offer alternative services to develop and expand its Primary Care outreach while providing a wide range of population health initiatives. By working together adhering to the highest medical standards, we are able to improve the overall efficiency of Primary Care throughout the healthcare continuum.
We bring all these services right to your home:
- Comprehensive geriatrics care by a geriatrician or specially trained nurse practitioner (NP).
- Our experienced social workers help you find the right home care service, and also offer emotional support to you and your caregivers.
- We arrange for in-home lab and X-ray services if you need them.
- We coordinate care with other specialists and community-based agencies.
- We help you manage chronic illness, helping you remain in your own home, where you want to be.
We collaborate closely with hospital staff if you need to be hospitalized.
Do you qualify for House Calls?
You do if you are over 65, homebound or mostly homebound, and can't get to a doctor's office. We see people living in lower and midtown Manhattan. However, we sometimes make house calls outside this range, so please do call us.
How do you get set up in the program?
It’s easy. Just call 212-206-1299 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5 pm
We look forward to hearing from you.