Mount Sinai’s David S. Mendelson, MD, FACR, Recognized as Grassroots Champion by The American Hospital Association

Dr. Mendelson was recognized for his leadership in establishing the use of electronic health records to improve patient care.

New York, NY
 – April 22, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

David S. Mendelson, MD, Chief of Clinical Informatics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, has received a Grassroots Champion Award in recognition for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of Mount Sinai’s mission to establish the use of electronic health records to improve the delivery of care to patients. The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) announced the 52 award recipients at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on April 12.

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who are tireless advocates for their hospital and its patients.

"It is wonderful to be recognized at a national level for the ongoing work to drive forward the implementation of electronic medical records in a manner that augments the delivery of high quality care to our patients, in an efficient manner," said Dr. Mendelson, also a Professor of Radiology [LINK:]. "Simultaneously we must structure our implementation of these products so that they are optimized for the use of the clinician and not seen as an impediment to their workflow but rather as an enhancement."

Dr. Mendelson has been actively engaged with HANYS and the AHA in the area of Health Information Technology (HIT). The efforts of these associations and experts, such as Dr. Mendelson, are meant to ensure that the introduction of HIT solutions is beneficial to patients, providers, and hospitals.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation's best hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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