The Mount Sinai Medical Center Becomes a 2009 EPA Region 2 Quality Award Recipient

This annual Environmental Protection Agency award honors individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the improvement of the environment.

New York, NY
 – May 1, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has been selected as a 2009 USEPA-Region 2 Environmental Quality Award recipient in the Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group category. This annual award honors individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to improving the environment.

Mount Sinai submitted the award application in February, citing progress in the management of hazardous materials and the work of Dr Philip Landrigan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as it pertains to the Community and Preventive Medicine.

I am delighted that Mount Sinai was selected for this award, said Dr Philip Landrigan. "We have created the nation's largest program in children's environmental health because it is urgently important to discover the preventable environmental causes of disease in America’s children and then to turn those discoveries into a blueprint for prevention."

The Award Ceremony took place on April 24, 2009, at the USEPA’s Regional Headquarters in Manhattan. The honor is given to those individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the environment and public health in EPA Region 2, which covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally-recognized Indian Nations. The Agency receives nominations for the awards from both inside and outside EPA.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.