Health

LI interests unite for new community-health survey

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cancer and substance abuse are foremost on Long Islanders’ minds, at least when it comes to the health of their communities. So says the latest breakdown of the Community Health Assessment Survey, an ongoing analysis by the Long Island Health Collaborative designed to collect and digest Islanders’ health concerns, about both themselves and the communities they live in. The most recent study, which compares data gathered between January and June of…

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All’s wellness as Northwell, Canyon Ranch saddle up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Meanwhile, back at the ranch, a new strategic alliance is set to educate Northwell Health clinicians on how to care for themselves – the makings of a wellness-outreach effort that could benefit the entire health system, patients included. Northwell Health this week announced a collaboration with “premier integrative wellness brand” Canyon Ranch designed to fulfill a “common goal” shared by the two “mission-based organizations,” according to the health system: the creation…


At Manhasset hospital, they’re a liver to their people

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s first adult liver-transplant program has been green-stamped by state health officials. The Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases, housed inside North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, will begin prioritizing surgical candidates later this month, now that the New York State Department of Health has approved Northwell Health’s new liver-transplant program. The program “opens access to critically ill patients in an underserved area that stretches from Suffolk and Nassau…


And baby makes 30, as ASC adds new fertility clinic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Of all the specialty areas packed inside the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care facility, this one might produce the happiest results. Stony Brook Medicine has officially cut the ribbon – or perhaps cut the cord – on Island Fertility, a state-of-the-art reproductive endocrinology and fertility center that’s taken its place among roughly 30 other centers and practice areas inhabiting the Commack facility. Island Fertility is designed to provide in vitro fertilization,…


Chembio’s dengue field test earns Brazilian nod

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another critical Brazilian regulatory approval to Chembio Diagnostics’ portfolio. The Medford-based point-of-care diagnostics specialist announced this its week the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, Brazil’s federal health-regulatory agency, has approved Chembio’s DPP Dengue System. The test allows “simultaneous and discrete” detection of antibodies against all four dengue serotypes, covering both active infection by dengue virus and prior exposure to the virus – critical measures for both treatment and surveillance of…


Northwell Telepsychiatry Hub provides online lifeline

By GREGORY ZELLER // Remote, around-the-clock consultations for mental-health patients in crisis are now beaming around Greater New York, thanks to Northwell Health. Trumpeting an “innovative, secure online videoconferencing platform” built to connect psychiatrists to patients “when they need them most,” the health system this week debuted its new Emergency Telepsychiatry Hub inside its Lenox Health Greenwich Village facility. From that Manhattan location, the 770-square-foot center – featuring nine video workstations and a staff that…


‘Core’ facility adds depth, Roche tech to lab network

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two decades of steady laboratory-science advances has resulted in 101,000 square feet of unprecedented diagnostic innovation. Northwell Health and New York City Health + Hospitals this week cut the ribbon on their new $59 million Core Lab, a fully automated diagnostic-testing facility located inside Northwell’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success. Stocked with cutting-edge tech by Roche Diagnostics, the diagnostics division of global healthcare innovator Hoffmann-La Roche, the Core Lab…