2017-06-28 / Features

To Your Health! Mount Sinai Queens Celebrates 18th Anniversary


Joining Mount Sinai Queens’ 18th anniversary celebration were (l. to r.); David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Hospital; NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides; and Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens. 
Photos Tony Barsamian Joining Mount Sinai Queens’ 18th anniversary celebration were (l. to r.); David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Hospital; NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides; and Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens. Photos Tony Barsamian Mount Sinai Queens marked its 18th anniversary of delivering high-quality health care to Queens on June 22 with a hospital-wide celebration, including awards for outstanding staff and clinicians and EMS Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians. Mount Sinai Queens has been serving the borough since 1999, when the Mount Sinai Hospital acquired the former Western Queens Community Hospital. Health care has been provided at this location for 125 years.

“The new Mount Sinai Queens has transformed the delivery of health care in our borough,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens. “With our new state-of-the-art building and our skilled and dedicated physicians and staff, we have elevated the quality and complexity of care, achieved high levels of patient satisfaction, and created a culture of service excellence. None of this would have been possible without the strong support of Mount Sinai leadership as well as our local elected officials.”


Judy Trilivas, RN MA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Queens. Judy Trilivas, RN MA, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Queens. In attendance were NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, along with representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

The celebration also included the recognition of outstanding hospital and EMS staff for their roles in providing skilled, compassionate patient care. Marisa Robles, RN, Manager Infection Prevention and Control, was named Employee of the Year; The Emergency Department, including the physicians, PAs and nurses, social work, housekeeping, and volunteer staff, was named Team of the Year; George Lowe, Director of Imaging, was named Manager of the Year. The award for service excellence was given to Erwinia Feraren, RN, BSN, PACU. Jennifer Trowers, Unit Clerk, PACU, was named Freshman of the Year and surgeon Dawar Mahmood, MD, was named the hospital’s Physician of the Year. Person of the Year Awards went to EMT Michael Meyer of Station 45; Paramedic Oneilla Seaton of Station 46, and EMT Crystal Scognamiglio of Station 49. Captain Thomas Schulz, Station 46, and Commanding Officer Joe Lomino, Station 49, each talked about the amazing teamwork that has developed over the years between EMS and Mount Sinai Queens.


Mount Sinai Queens celebrated its 18th anniversary on June 22 with a hospital-wide celebration that also honored outstanding staff. Mount Sinai Queens celebrated its 18th anniversary on June 22 with a hospital-wide celebration that also honored outstanding staff. In recognizing their outstanding contributions, the presenters, including Brijen Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Medical Affairs, Mount Sinai Queens, cited the honorees’ dedication to their profession and their patients, as well as their close collaboration with their colleagues.

Reflecting on the transformational changes that have taken place since being acquired by Mount Sinai Hospital, David L. Reich, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai Hospital said, “The evolution of this hospital has been remarkable. Mount Sinai Queens, with its new building featuring advanced technology and its entire team of talented, dedicated professionals, is the pride of the Mount Sinai Health System.”

The anniversary celebration, which has become a Mount Sinai Queens tradition, was held outdoors on 30th Road near Crescent Street, outside the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department, in the heart of Astoria. The event was attended by staff, honorees’ families, and the community at large. In addition to refreshments and a customized anniversary cake prepared by the hospital’s Food and Nutrition Department, two Mister Softee trucks were on hand serving ice cream to the community.

About Mount Sinai Queens: Mount Sinai Queens, a licensed acute care facility, is at the forefront of healthcare delivery. From its roots, more than 125 years ago as Daly’s Sanatorium, to the cutting-edge quality care and service it delivers today, Mount Sinai Queens is dedicated to serving the borough of Queens. Its expanding team of more than 500 physicians, representing nearly 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties, serves the needs of the growing and diverse population.

The hospital’s beautiful, brand new six-story, 140,000-square-foot Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion significantly expands the range and quality of medical care in the borough of Queens. The Pavilion houses six new state-of-the-art operating rooms allowing surgeons to perform elective, emergency, and complex procedures using the latest advances in medical technology including a da Vinci Xi Surgical System for robotic-assisted surgery; a high-tech interventional radiology suite; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department which has appreciably expanded the hospital’s ability to serve the growing urgent and emergent needs of patients; Mount Sinai Doctors, a large, multi-specialty medical practice where currently over 30 physicians on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine in all specialties are providing outpatient care in an attractive, state-of-the-art environment. It also includes Mount Sinai Imaging, offering a full range of radiology testing.

Mount Sinai Queens provides diagnosis and treatment of cancer guided by a multidisciplinary approach. Its Infusion Center, an extension of the highly regarded Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, brings quality care for cancer and blood disorders to the Borough.

Mount Sinai Queens’ unwavering commitment to patient safety and an outstanding patient experience is demonstrated by its excellent record of reduced pressure injuries, UTIs, restraints, and infections along with strong patient experience scores. Mount Sinai Queens is singular in the borough to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence, and Primary Stroke Center designation by The Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health. The Hospital also received the Get with the Guidelines Gold Stroke award. Epic, the hospital’s electronic medical record, allows instant access to critical patient information across all inpatient and outpatient departments enabling faster and more thorough treatment.

Mount Sinai Queens is the only hospital in Queens to bear the prestigious Mount Sinai name and is now one of seven hospitals, with the Icahn School of Medicine, that form the Mount Sinai Health System. The hospital combines the medical excellence of an academic medical center with the compassionate, caring environment expected at a community hospital.

For more information visit, mountsinai.org/queens, or follow Mount Sinai Queens on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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