Health

A $2.5M ‘bot in the arm for Southside Hospital

A state-of-the-art surgical robot is bringing new options to Southside Hospital patients requiring a laundry list of minimally invasive procedures. Named for the innovative 15th-to-16th century Italian artist, scientist and engineer, the $2.5 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System offers unparalleled precision for cardiac, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic procedures, as well as surgical oncology and other general surgeries. The da Vinci Xi robot employs cutting-edge laser-targeting systems that help surgeons pinpoint precise surgical sites, while…

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Northwell looks north with Syracuse affiliation

Northwell Health has picked up another one. The Board of Directors at Crouse Hospital, the backbone of a two-hospital, 3,300-employee health system based in Syracuse, has approved a clinical affiliation with the New Hyde Park-based healthcare giant. The alliance adds an upstate strategic partner to a health system that already ranks as New York State’s busiest medical services provider and, with more than 61,000 staffers, the state’s largest private employer. Crouse Hospital, the last independent…


Pediatric kidney transplant a first for Cohen Children’s

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has completed its first-ever pediatric kidney transplant operation. Matthew Francis, a 14-year-old from Rockaway Beach, was diagnosed in 2012 with focal segmental glomerulosis, a disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. The illness causes severe scarring, disrupts kidney functions and, left untreated, can eventually lead to organ failure. Earlier this month, Matthew underwent a life-saving procedure at New Hyde Park-based Cohen’s Children – making him the first pediatric kidney-transplant recipient at…


Feinstein, TheraSource target sepsis, with NIH’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a little help from the besieged National Institutes of Health, a pillar of Long Island-based scientific research and one of its shining biotech spinoffs are taking the fight to a modern-medicine scourge responsible for some 500,000 U.S. deaths each year. The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D division of the Northwell Health system, and Manhasset-based TheraSource LLC, a circa-2004 biopharma spun out of the Feinstein Institute, announced this week…


New partnership spotlights Northwell orthopedics

Northwell Health has signed a strategic affiliation agreement with the Rothman Institute, one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute will be working with the Pennsylvania-based Rothman Institute to develop “centers of excellence for orthopedic care” around Greater New York, according to a statement from Northwell Health. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Rothman Institute – founded in 1970 by physician Richard Rothman – is known internationally as a preeminent orthopedic and musculoskeletal…


It’s artery-hardening work, but NYIT is up to the task

Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology are closing in on a new way of measuring atherosclerosis – a hardening of the arteries that serves as an early warning of deadly heart diseases. In concert with an individual’s metabolic profile and traditional risk factors such as race, age and gender, atherosclerosis has long been seen as a strong indicator of coronary artery disease. But to date, there’s been no simple way of diagnosing atherosclerosis…


Cohen children’s launches space-age MRI suite

A $10 million donation from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York will send the youngest patients at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center into space. The gift from the 50-year-old philanthropic organization, which has doled out nearly $90 million in charitable donations over its half-century of work, is the backbone of the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the fourth floor of the medical center’s new six-story Cohen Children’s…