Health

Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…

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DOH: Island hospitals top cardiac-surgery charts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for regional patients facing the unfortunate reality of cardiac surgery: Some of the best outcomes in New York State for certain types of open-heart surgeries are happening on Long Island. That’s according to the NYS Department of Health, which for the seventh consecutive reporting period has ranked New Hyde Park’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center among the best cardiac-surgery hospitals in the state – top of the list, in…


Northwell taps MSK veteran to head cancer programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a three-decade career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an internationally renowned surgeon will take the reins of Northwell Health’s vast network of cancer services and research. Following a national search and recruitment effort, the New Hyde Park-based health system has appointed Richard Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of Northwell’s Cancer Service Line. Barakat, who also becomes a professor of…


CityMD acquires Long Island’s STAT Health clinics

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York City’s leading urgent-care provider will acquire Long Island’s No. 1 operator of walk-in health clinics, the two parties announced this week. CityMD has signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire STAT Health and its 12 healthcare centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as two additional clinics STAT Health plans to open in 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But when the ink dries, CityMD – which…


Northwell, Connecticut health network buddy up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State’s busiest healthcare provider has established a new foothold in the Constitution State. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health – New York’s biggest healthcare network by number of patients and number of providers, as well as the state’s largest private employer – has inked a “collaboration agreement” with the Western Connecticut Health Network, a patient-centered healthcare organization with hospitals in Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk. The partnership, announced Thursday, is…


Feinstein study offers new spinal cord injury insights

New hopes for victims of spinal cord injuries can be found in findings published this week by a team representing two of Long Island’s most innovative research institutions. Lead researcher Ona Bloom, an associate professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, has found that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries – a…


In East Asia, wisdom for Smithtown med-tech innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Global ambitions and some sizzling Asian economies have a Smithtown med-tech innovator poised for a very happy New Year. Fresh off a December trek from Singapore north into Hong Kong and China, partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the second-generation brains behind Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development – are planning several Far East forays in the coming months, including partnerships with some of China’s most advanced manufacturers. Describing East Asia as…