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Geriatrics Newsletter • Fall 2019

The Martha Stewart Center for Living Expands to Serve More New Yorkers training centers for the next generation of health care professionals,” said Dr. R. Sean Morrison, Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chair of the Brookdale Department.


he Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine expanded its highly successful model of medical care for older adults to the downtown community this summer. The Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Union Square, which opened in June, provides care by a team of experts in geriatrics and palliative medicine with the goal of ensuring that older adults receive the services and support they need to live with health and dignity. The new Center is a national model of holistic care conveniently located alongside specialists from more than 20 disciplines, including cardiology, rheumatology, radiology, and physical

therapy services. In addition, the Center provides education and wellness sessions such as Tai Chi, yoga, music therapy, nutrition planning, and fall prevention classes. “Martha Stewart has been instrumental in creating centers that see and treat the needs of the whole person—the medical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs—and serve as

At the ribbon cutting on June 26th, Martha stated, “My partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System continues to evolve as we expand services of the Martha Stewart Center for Living to downtown Manhattan, where the needs of older adults are currently underserved. Within the next ten years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each day. This is the perfect time for leading academic medical centers and philanthropists to partner in improving care for this population and their parents. The new Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Union Square will be a destination for the unprecedented numbers of aging Americans to receive world-class care.” t

A Letter from Martha At the suggestion of my daughter, Alexis, over a decade ago, I began to look into the work Mount Sinai was doing to care for older adults – the most vulnerable population which is growing at an unprecedented rate. I was awestruck then and am awestruck now. Then, I opened the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital in honor of my mother, “Big Martha”. Now, I could not be more delighted to open a second Center at Mount Sinai Union Square. Our new Center, which is dedicated to my grandchildren, Truman and Jude, will offer older adults and their loved ones a one-stop shopping approach to their care. Personally, I don’t want to think of the aging process as getting old; I just want to think of it as living as well as I can, as long as I possibly can. And that is the goal of the Centers for Living, too. Americans can expect to live an average 20 years after the typical retirement age 65. We need models of healthcare to meet the needs of our aging population. With the opening of this new Center, that level of optimal, world-class care is available for even more New Yorkers. At the ribbon cutting for our second Center this summer, I received a monogrammed white coat and was named an honorary faculty member of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I don’t know if I will teach nutrition or yoga, but I do know that through our partnership, Mount Sinai has established an important and innovative model of comprehensive care for older adults and their loved ones. Sincerely,


MOUNT SINAI LEADS THE WAY IN GERIATRICS EDUCATION This year’s American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting experienced unprecedented attendance and featured a significant number of presentations from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai. The annual meeting, hosted in Portland last May, is considered the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. “It is so exciting to see the growth of our field and how Mount Sinai had the largest impact of any institution – both in terms of the diversity and the number of presentations. The work that we are doing and what we have learned is being shared with the rest of the country,” said Dr. R. Sean Morrison, Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chair of the Brookdale Department. In particular, Mount Sinai’s faculty, postgraduate fellows, and medical students delivered over two dozen poster presentations on quality improvement and research across inpatient, outpatient, and home care settings. Information on the innovative Hospitalization at Home program was highly sought after and a poster from this program authored by two of the Brookdale Department’s fellows, Drs. Carl-Philippe Rousseau and Fiorella Perez, and their faculty mentor, Dr. Claire Davenport, received the esteemed Presidential Poster Award. Other awardees included Dr. Stephanie Chow, who won Best Paper during the Keeping Older Adults Out of the Hospital Session, and Dr. Claire Ankuda, who received a prestigious New Investigator Award. The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine is home to the largest geriatrics training program in the country. It is a leader in clinical care, innovation, and research. The annual meeting is an opportunity to share findings, education, and best practices well beyond New York City. t

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Senior Director, Geriatric Education for Mount Sinai Downtown Dr. Joyce Fogel has been practicing geriatric medicine for almost 30 years, mostly in New York City and always in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations. Most recently, she was appointed Senior Director of Geriatric Education for Mount Sinai Downtown. “I love caring for older adults, helping them maintain good health and stay chronologically gifted, and working to address chronic illness. The bonus is working with a great multidisciplinary team and various specialists. Geriatrics is not practiced in isolation and we learn from each other every day,” said Dr. Fogel. As a clinician, she expanded community outreach and educational programs both for older adults and those caring for them. Dr. Fogel was instrumental in developing “Memory Matters,” a program to provide early identification and education about risk factors and comorbidities that affect cognitive impairment, at two naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs). This program provides education and support to staff, older residents, and caregivers to enhance interprofessional assessment and collaboration.

As a clinician educator, she has taught all levels of learners in teaching and curriculum development. “In my role, I get to influence the next generation of practicing physicians and assure they understand why caring for older adults is different,” she said. t


Special Faculty Honors and Achievements

¢ Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine – ranked #3 in U.S. News and World Report Best Geriatric Hospitals. ¢ Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital – recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a New York State PatientCentered Medical Home. ¢ Audrey Chun, MD – Received a 2019 Cullman Family Award for Excellence in Physician Communication, which honors physicians who rank in the top one percent nationally in provider communications as measured by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Patient Experience Survey.

Measurement Committee of the American Geriatrics Society. ¢ Helen Fernandez, MD – appointed an Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Board Member and named American Geriatrics Society/ADGAP Incoming Fellow. ¢ Martine Sanon, MD – appointed to the American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee. ¢ Katherine Wang, MD – Received a Geriatric Academic Career Award, which will support her work “Improving care for homebound older adults through an educational toolkit for clinical programs and their interprofessional learners”.

¢ Claire Davenport, MD, MS – appointed to the Quality and Performance

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The 24th Annual Douglas West Endowed Memorial Lecture with Dr. Louise Aronson, author of Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm Goldwurm Auditorium, Icahn Building 1425 Madison Avenue at 98th Street, New York, NY ■

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Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai One Gustave L. Levy Place Box 1070 New York, NY 10029 Tel. 212-659-8552 @MSHSGeriPalCare

Geriatrics at Mount Sinai • Fall 2019

Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1070 New York, NY 10029


BEYOND THE WHITE COAT: DR. LINDA DECHERRIE WORKS TO UNITE GENERATIONS When Dr. Linda DeCherrie is not serving as the Clinical Director of Mount Sinai at Home, she seeks to bridge the generational divide between middle school students and persons with dementia. As a Board Member for Sweet Readers, Dr. DeCherrie is part of an organization whose mission is to empower young people, through training, transformative programs, and communities of support, to revitalize persons living with dementia and become catalysts to transform healthcare. Sweet Readers pairs trained middle school students with older adults to explore and create art, music, and poetry. Through themes such as family, identity, celebration, and adventure, participants share life experiences, a community is formed, and a collaborative work is created. “I find kids could be afraid of a person with dementia without this kind of program or personal experience. Interacting with persons with dementia is such a big part of my job. I want kids to see that there is so much of the person they can interact with despite the disease,” said Dr. DeCherrie, whose two daughters went through the program. “This early exposure stays with them forever – it is so powerful. They are not all going to be doctors or nurses, but this exposure may create engineers who will work on technology for persons with dementia, authors who will think about this audience, or architects who will build for the elderly.” Sweet Readers offers several programs as part of a collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. t ©2019 Sweet Readers. All Rights Reserved.

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Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Fall 2019 Newsletter  

Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Fall 2019 Newsletter