2018-02-14 / Features

Mount Sinai Queens’ Presentation At UCCA Breakfast

Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens, provided the participants at the UCCA Legislative Breakfast with an update on the hospital’s expansion project, and corresponding new programs.

“We are overjoyed with the appearance of Mount Sinai Queens, and the modern, state-of-the-art facilities that we have built,” said Schwab. “However, the real difference to the community is in the physicians and staff we are able to attract, and the programs we are able to implement in the new facility.”

Schwab discussed Mount Sinai Queens’ innovative interventional radiology program. Interventional radiology uses a micro-incision to thread a catheter into the body to deliver image-guided treatment. There are no stitches and the incision can be covered with a bandage. Groundbreaking applications for interventional radiology include the treatment of uterine fibroids, enlarged prostate, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, kidney and liver cancers.

She also announced five Mount Sinai multi-specialty practices in Queens, where the physicians are all on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: two in Long Island City, one in Jackson Heights, one in Forest Hills, and the largest, Mount Sinai Doctors Queens, in the Mount Sinai Queens Pavilion adjacent to the Hospital. That practice has added significant depth and breadth of services including expertise in bariatric and robotic surgery, and cancer care, including surgical oncologists in general, GYN, urologic and thoracic surgery. A new breast surgeon will be joining the staff in April 2018.

Next up for the hospital is a Stroke Center that will offer advanced stroke care to the Queens community. Mount Sinai Queens performed its first thrombectomy— the first in Queens—in late 2017. Thrombectomy is an advanced procedure for ischemic stokes, a stroke caused by a blood clot in a vessel in the brain, that uses a catheter and image guidance to remove the clot. It is the gold standard of care for ischemic strokes, which account for 87 percent of all strokes. After the Stroke Center is completed in 2018, Mount Sinai Queens will have the capacity to perform thrombectomies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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