Mount Sinai Queens hosted its 19th Community Health Fair co-sponsored by the United Community Civic Association today at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The Community Health Fair, held annually in Astoria since 2000, brings hundreds of families from throughout Queens and New York to an early-summer celebration that’s all about health and wellness. Dozens of activities are part of the day’s festivities, including free screenings, cooking demonstrations, live dance performances, music, refreshments, giveaways, face painting, and more.
“We work with our community partners throughout the year to promote healthy lifestyles, ensure access to quality care, and provide education about new services at the hospital,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens. “We’re grateful to the United Community Civic Association for co-sponsoring today’s health fair. The event is special for us in terms of the number of people reached and the breadth of screenings we offer. As a bonus, it is a fun and festive day.”
The wide range of free screenings offered at the Health Fair include cholesterol, glucose, bone density and blood pressure. There is a nurse practitioner on site so participants can ask questions and get help understanding their results. It is very important that people follow up with their physicians—the screenings at the Health Fair are not a substitute for care.
New this year is a Main Stage with performances and clinics provided by Queens-based organizations, including a dance demonstration by Salsa in Queens; a Mixed Martial Arts presentation by Tiger Shulmann’s Martial Arts; an Irish stepdance performance by McManus Irish Dancers; a hula dance show by Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka; a core exercise clinic by Epiqueline, and “Latin Dance for Kids” by the Long Island City YMCA. Other activities include massage therapy, live cooking demonstrations, nutrition counseling, and “Ask the Pharmacist.”
“From the beginning, we felt like it was important to partner with Mount Sinai Queens to bring health and wellness activities to our community,” said Rosemarie Poveromo, president, United Community Civic Association. “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Department of Corrections have been part of the mix since the beginning too. We appreciate their continued support and all of the organizations that make the Community Health Fair a must attend event.”
The Queens Library, Pro Health Dental, and Health First also provide information and services to Health Fair participants.
About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens, a licensed acute care hospital, is at the forefront of healthcare delivery. From its roots, more than 120 years ago, to the cutting-edge quality care and service it delivers today, Mount Sinai Queens is dedicated to serving the Borough of Queens and beyond.
Mount Sinai Queens’ beautiful new six-story, 140,000 square foot, $180 million Pavilion is the centerpiece of the Hospital’s commitment to the Borough. Six new state-of-the-art operating rooms allow surgeons to perform elective, emergency, and complex procedures using the latest advances in medical technology including a Da Vinci Surgical System for robotic-assisted surgery. The new interventional radiology suite allows specialists to perform minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat illnesses without surgery.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Emergency Department, which opened in May 2016 is staffed by Emergency-Medicine trained physicians on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine along with specialty-trained nurses and other staff. The new Emergency Department is designed to meet the urgent and emergent needs of the growing neighborhoods surrounding the Hospital.
The Pavilion also houses Mount Sinai Doctors, a large multi-specialty practice providing primary and specialty outpatient medical care in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and virtually all medical and surgical specialties with physicians on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A new outpatient Imaging center including a full range of state-of-the-art radiological testing rounds out the new Pavilion.
The hospital has an unwavering commitment to patient safety, high quality care and an outstanding patient experience. Mount Sinai Queens is singular in the borough to have received Magnet® designation for nursing excellence, and Primary Stroke Center designation by both The Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health. It is one of only two hospitals in the Borough that is designated as Thrombectomy-capable for diagnosing and treating stroke. 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 not only at Mount Sinai Queens but across most of the eight hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report’s «Best Medical Schools», aligned with a U.S. News & World Report’s «Honor Roll» Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s «Honor Roll» of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 «Best Hospitals» issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.