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Mount Sinai makes strides to connect with Russian-speaking patients in Sunny Isles Beach

From left, Bernard Ashby, M.D., Sylvia Diaz, M.D., Gervasio Lamas, M.D., Yuliya Korinenko, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center President and CEO Steven Sonenreich and former Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup attend a ribbon-cutting event for the opening of the Mount Sinai Sunny Isles Beach Primary and Specialty Care Center on Wednesday April 22, 2015.
From left, Bernard Ashby, M.D., Sylvia Diaz, M.D., Gervasio Lamas, M.D., Yuliya Korinenko, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center President and CEO Steven Sonenreich and former Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup attend a ribbon-cutting event for the opening of the Mount Sinai Sunny Isles Beach Primary and Specialty Care Center on Wednesday April 22, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Sunny Isles Beach officials and residents Wednesday evening joined Mount Sinai Medical Center’s administrative staff to officially welcome a new satellite campus to the coastal city.

Mount Sinai CEO Steve Sonenreich, along with former Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup and Vice Mayor Jeanette Gato, cut the ribbon for Mount Sinai Primary & Specialty Care Sunny Isles, at 323 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Suite 602.

The hospital’s fifth primary and special-care center, which offers cardiology, endocrinology, urology and internal medicine services, opened April 6.

Located in a densely populated Russian area, which has become known as “Little Moscow,” the center promises to cater to the community.

“We’ve really involved ourselves there by particularly having Russian-speaking physicians and allied health professionals,” Sonenreich said. “We are really well positioned to communicate with that audience.”

Yuliya Korinenko, the center’s internal medicine doctor, thinks it’s important to have a physician who not only comes from a patient’s language background, but also from their culture.

“There are a lot of little cultural nuances that you have to be aware of when you treat somebody with something so personal as their medical care,” Korinenko said. “I think it’s always beneficial to have a multicultural staff so that we can serve all of the populations.”

Said resident Natalia Zhukova: “Having a doctor who speaks Russian who was trained in the USA is what the community is looking for.”

Also on staff are Gervasio Lamas, Bernard Ashby, Esteban Escolar, Akshay Bhandari and Sylvia Diaz, some of whom speak Spanish to serve the area’s large Hispanic community, as well.

On the center’s wall, reads a dedication to Edelcup, who was instrumental in helping obtain the location.

“My goal has always been to build a quality city that has quality education, quality condos, and finally quality healthcare,” said Edelcup, a member of the hospital’s board of directors, who served as mayor of Sunny Isles Beach for 11 years.

For years, Mount Sinai had a presence in the city before the new location was built. The hospital would host free monthly medical lectures and health screenings to the community in the city’s government center. Additionally, residents have been provided with free transportation from their homes to the hospital’s main campus in Miami Beach during select times throughout the week by appointment. Transportation pickup will soon be available to the new Sunny Isles Beach location.

For a long time, the challenge was finding the right location. But Edelcup sort of “married” Mount Sinai with his longtime neighbor Arie Steiger, the developer of the medical center’s building, One Netanya Center.

“We have a great facility, great location, good parking, good visibility and it’s a site that we’ve searched for over the years,” Sonenreich said.

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