2012-11-21 / Features

Mount Sinai Queens Director Honored By SAVI


At top: SAVI Medical Director Michael Brodman, MD; Honoree and Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab. At top: SAVI Medical Director Michael Brodman, MD; Honoree and Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab. Caryn A. Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens was honored by The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) program, on November 13 at a benefit cocktail reception, at The University Club on East 54th Street in Manhattan. Author, rape survivor and activist, Liz Securro, was also honored.

The SAVI program is designed to provide free and confidential counseling, advocacy, support and referral services to past and present survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, domestic violence or sextrafficking, along with support for their families and friends. Founded in 1984 at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the program also educates the public and professional communities regarding services and critical issues surrounding rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.


Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab, SAVI SAFE program Medical Director Peter Schearer, MD, SAVI Founding Director Iona Siegel. Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab, SAVI SAFE program Medical Director Peter Schearer, MD, SAVI Founding Director Iona Siegel. SAVI Executive Director Lynn Hawley Frederick said, “Caryn Schwab has made it possible for us to house a SAVI staff member onsite at Mount Sinai Queens, ensuring she has all the support she needs, from office space for therapy sessions to IT help and access to other departments such as the emergency department, social work, and nursing. This access provides a team response to survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence who present to Mount Sinai Queens for help. We’ve had someone there for 12 years now, and it is the top-down support and commitment that has made it a smooth and successful effort for everyone involved.”

SAVI supports seven hospitals in the New York City region, three of which are in Queens. Mount Sinai Queens’ hospital-based rape crisis center provides quality care in a patient’s own neighborhood, enabling follow-up and counseling in a comfortable and supportive environment close to home for the survivor.


Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab; Mount Sinai Hospital Operations Vice President Marianne Coughlin; SAVI Executive Director Lynn Frederick Hawley. Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab; Mount Sinai Hospital Operations Vice President Marianne Coughlin; SAVI Executive Director Lynn Frederick Hawley. “Caryn Schwab has been a stalwart supporter of SAVI,” said Wayne Keathley, president and chief operating officer of the Mount Sinai Hospital. “Thanks to her leadership, the hospital-based rape crisis center at Mount Sinai Queens is dedicated to being a center of excellence in all areas that support survivors of sexual and domestic partner violence. Her support has helped SAVI’s onsite staff and advocates meet the needs of a diverse community in Queens.” He added that SAVI’s Mount Sinai Queens site is the single busiest program location in Queens and busier than most sites in Manhattan.

“SAVI’s services, which originated in the Emergency Department of Mount Sinai, are critical to the communities we serve,” said Michael Brodman, MD, the medical director of SAVI, as well as professor and chairman, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Ellen and Howard C. Katz chairman’s chair, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. “Caryn’s dedication to the program in Queens helps SAVI advocates create interventions that rebuild lives and restore hope.”

The benefit’s proceeds will go to support the Mount Sinai SAVI program as part of its commitment to women’s health.

Schwab began her health career at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation in 1981. She later served as chief of staff to the first deputy mayor, helping to oversee health and human services agencies, and then served as healthcare advisor to Mayor Edward I. Koch. Prior to joining Mount Sinai Queens, Schwab was the executive director of Babies & Children’s Hospital of New York and the Sloane Hospital for Women, part of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Since joining Mount Sinai Queens when it was acquired by the internationally recognized Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan in 1999, Schwab has led major facility upgrades, program expansions and quality improvements. Under her leadership, the hospital has increased its outreach to the community through health screenings, educational lectures and workshops.

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