The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts, including one RN, as Heart and Stroke Lifesavers for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHAs mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Beth Oliver, RN, DNP, vice president of cardiac services for the Mount Sinai Health System, was honored along with Stephan A. Mayer, MD, FCCM, director of the Institute for Critical Care Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. They were recognized June 26 at the 2014 AHA New York City Heart Ball at Chelsea Piers Pier Sixty.
More than 700 people from the New York medical and business communities gather at the Heart Ball each year to honor those making a difference and to raise funds for the AHAs research, education and community-based initiatives. This years event helped raise $2 million.
Cardiovascular diseases are still the No. 1 killer of New Yorkers and people across the globe, Oliver said at the event. I thank the American Heart Association for this special recognition as a Lifesaver, and applaud the AHA for being a leading national lifesaving organization with a steadfast commitment to the promotion of prevention and cardiovascular health.
Oliver was appointed vice president of cardiac services in February after serving as vice president of clinical operations at Mount Sinai Heart since 2012. In her operations post, she developed a 23-bed cardiac unit to increase patient volume, and greatly reduced costs. She also worked with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to develop a seamless transition from hospital to home for cardiac surgery patients.
Under Olivers leadership, Mount Sinais CCU received a Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in December.