Mount Sinai Queens Welcomes First Lady of Cyprus

Mount Sinai Queens benefited from UN Week with a visit from the first lady of Cyprus that was hosted by a contingent of doctors of Greek descent.

Long Island City, NY
 – September 22, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai Queens was honored this morning with a visit by H.E. Mrs. Elsi Christofia, the first lady of the Republic of Cyprus. Hosted by Hospital Executive Director Caryn A. Schwab, Vice President Medical Affairs, David M. Nierman, MD. MMM, Chief of Surgery, Panagiotis Manolas, MD, FACS and a delegation of Mount Sinai Queens doctors of Greek descent, Mrs. Christofia spent more than an hour at Mount Sinai Queens discussing health issues, touring the hospital and visiting with several patients who were thrilled to be meeting such an important Cypriot.

The first lady cares a great deal about public health and as such chairs or participates in various charitable foundations and associations such as the Pancyprian Coordinating Council of Volunteer Organizations, the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre Committees, the Cypriot Research Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy and the Pancyprian Association for Patients Suffering from Cancer, to name just a few.

Mrs. Christofia seemed particularly pleased that hospitals in New York State are primarily not-for-profit institutions—and that Mount Sinai Queens is indeed a not-for-profit hospital. The first lady talked enthusiastically about efforts in Cyprus to build a medical school. Mrs. Christofia’s interest in these issues is further evidenced by her support of a gala concert organized to support a long-standing Cypriot charity—the Radiomarathon Foundation for children with Disabilities.

Just before visiting with patients, H.E. Elsi Christofia presented a silver bowl to Caryn Schwab commemorating 50 years of independence for the Republic of Cyprus.

Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed community hospital located in Long Island City and serving the communities of western Queens and beyond. It was purchased by The Mount Sinai Medical Center in June 1999 and has a medical staff of more than 400 physicians representing 36 medical and surgical specialties.