Health

Crikey! Northwell, Aussie counterparts come together

Some of Northwell Health’s best practices are heading down under. A unique exchange program between the New Hyde Park-based health system and Australia’s Epworth HealthCare system has brought a team of Aussie clinicians and administrators to Long Island to soak up some Northwell Health style. Epworth HealthCare is the largest Australian nonprofit health system, with 6,500 employees and 10 hospitals serving Melbourne and other parts of the densely populated State of Victoria. To help it run better,…

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PCI pioneer is big score for Hofstra Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // A major-league surgeon credited with pioneering the use of stents to promote blood flow in compromised heart valves is now wielding her scalpel – and next-level mind – for Northwell Health. In an impressive get for the New Hyde Park-based health system, Cindy Grines is now performing interventions and cardiac catheterizations at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital. Grines, who helped usher percutaneous coronary intervention into…


At Zucker Hillside, a new focus on behavioral crises

Reducing emergency room visits by patients suffering long-term psychiatric disorders is the main thrust of a new “crisis center” on the Nassau-Queens border. The Northwell Health system has cut the ribbon on its new Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, part of “an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of people living with psychiatric disorders,” according to Northwell. The center provides walk-in services to those needing immediate…


Belly up: NYIT monitor is a gastric breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two years after winning a lucrative federal grant to study the human gastric system, New York Institute of Technology assistant professor Aydin Farajidavar has put that money where the stomach is. Farajidavar, who in 2015 earned a $457,000 National Institutes of Health grant to help fund development of an implant system to study the human body’s gastric functions, has come through, leading the way on the world’s first portable wireless device…


For med-tech innovators, everywhere is MIDI ground

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve been to bigger shows, but for partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the road warriors of Long Island medical-product innovation – this was as good as it gets. Forget, for a moment, whatever you know about New York-Boston enmities. The Northeast archrivals may disagree on everything from sports teams to clam chowders, but when it comes to medical innovation, they’re kindred spirits – especially with Long Island emerging as a serious…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai Health System talk merger

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A potential alliance between a nearly century-old Long Island hospital and one of New York’s largest health systems is in the works. The directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital have entered “a period of exclusive negotiations” with the Mount Sinai Health System that could create “an alignment of medical services, management and governance” between the 455-bed Oceanside hospital and the New York City-based healthcare giant, South Nassau said Wednesday. Over a…


New healthcare podcast gets a leg up

The latest healthcare innovations, explored largely from the patient’s perspective, are the thrust of a new podcast series from Northwell Health. The New Hyde Park-based health system this week launched “Health Story,” its new audio exploration of health trends, with an inaugural episode featuring Pennsylvania resident Dan Lasko. Lasko, a former U.S. Marine, lost his left leg below the knee in 2004 in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan. This year, he received a…