Centers for Occupational Health Mount Sinai Selikoff Receives New Funding Totaling Over $12 Million

Mount Sinai Selicoffs for Occupational health received over $12 million under two new five year contracts from the NYS Department of Health’s Occupational health Clinic Network. This funding will provide specialized care and preventative services to injured and ill workers in both the City of New York (NYS) at $1,341.000 per year and the City of Manhattan (M.H.S.) at $1.085.000 per year.

The Selicoffs have an interdisciplinary team made up of physicians in occupational medicine, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, education, and outreach specialists who are dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of workers throughout New York State and its five boroughs.

In 1987, the Selicoffs led the state to authorise the creation of the N.Y.S.O.H.C. Network, which is the only such network in the country. The Selicoffs continue to carry on the work of this pioneering initiative.

“We are honored to continue serving the workforce in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York City,” said Michael A. Crane, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and of the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence, Mount Sinai Health System, and Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “This funding enables us to uphold our commitment to protecting workers and providing comprehensive occupational health services, from prevention to treatment. The Selikoff Centers are dedicated to creating safer and healthier workplaces for all.”

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According to New York State, over 200 workers die each year due to work-related illnesses and almost 190,000 workers suffer from work-related diseases and injuries. However, these statistics only tell part of the story. Work-related health issues are often poorly reported. Specialized care for workers who suffer from injuries or illnesses due to their jobs is not just necessary, it is a right. At Selikoff, our physicians create detailed care plans that focus on workers’ well-being while ensuring a prompt return to work. We also provide recommendations for job changes when needed.

“It is an honor and privilege to work with, serve, and advocate for workers in New York,” said Deborah A. Williams, NYC Selikoff Centers Advisory Board Chair, and Director for Safety and Health, District Council 37, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “We support the amazing work of the Selikoff Centers. Their staff work tirelessly to create, implement, and maintain the much-needed research, services, teachings, trainings, and clinical care that keeps New York City and State workers healthy and safe. Mount Sinai is a beacon of hope for so many and I am proud to be a part of this great endeavor.”

Selikoff Centers not only treat these individuals, but they also advocate for them and educate them, helping to reduce the significant economic costs of workplace injury and illness.

Workplace injuries and illnesses cause tremendous pain, distress, career loss, and loss of loved ones, as well as significant economic costs through direct medical expenses and indirect costs associated with lost production, lost opportunities, and reduced investment.

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“We are proud to serve working people in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties,” said John Gentile, MHV Selikoff Centers Advisory Board Chair and Retired Vice President, Communications Workers of America, Local 1103. “Through our advocacy for workers, both union and non-union, we help ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all in our state. We not only offer health care serves, but also workplace assessments and education.”