The Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury (MS-SCI) Program is one of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research 18 Model Systems of care for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Our program is the only such funded Model System in New York State.
As a model system, we have been selected by the federal government to serve as an example of outstanding care for other service providers; perform research; provide training and education; and demonstrate and evaluate activities that improve patient care. Studies have shown that an early transfer to a model system of care results in decreased lengths of stay, fewer medical complications, and reduced costs of care immediately after onset and long-term.
We collaborate with other SCI Model Systems nationwide to improve patient care, and develop and evaluate new medical, rehabilitative, and other treatments, by researching the course of SCI and educating patients, families, health care professionals, and the public at large on the consequences and management of SCI.
The following are services we provide at the MS-SCI Program.
- Team of dedicated professionals with expertise in all types of SCI
- Direct access to The Mount Sinai Hospital’s diagnostic, medical, and surgical services 24 hours per day, seven days per week
- State-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation facility with all therapy areas positioned in a central location
- Research labs and therapy areas collocated on the same floor
- Comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation therapies with six days a week of individual treatment sessions
- Ventilator-weaning program
- Diaphragm pacing program
- Educational classes for persons with SCI
- Structured rehabilitation program for patients with concomitant traumatic brain injury
- Online peer support and mentoring
- Community reintegration programs
- Functional electrical stimulation
- Body weight support ambulation training
- Inpatient exoskeleton ambulation training
- Sexual Counseling
- Spasticity management with a variety of oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, and intrathecal baclofen therapy
- Neuro-urological evaluations and management of neurogenic bladder
- Pressure ulcer management, including reconstructive surgery
- Opportunities to participate in a wide variety of research related to SCI cure, care, and rehabilitation, including studies of new drugs and equipment
- SCI Related Webinars
- Monthly SCI Newsletter
We are committed to providing excellent care by delivering the most advanced rehabilitative and primary care to individuals with SCI. Our program is the only civilian program in New York City with a specialty accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as a Spinal Cord System of Care.