Health

With Makos circling, feeling better about joint surgery

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just when you thought it was safe to check in for joint-replacement surgeries – actually, it’s a lot safer now, with these Makos swimming around. Innovation dives deeper at four Northwell Health Long Island hospitals, where the Mako device, a robotic assistant for total joint-replacement procedures, has surfaced. Manufactured by Michigan-based medical-device multinational Stryker, the interactive robotic arm gives human specialists new levels of surgical precision, helping to reduce recovery times…

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Nurse-a-Palooza ’19: Island goes all-in on RNs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Summer of the Nurse continues on Long Island. Just days after the Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies referenced a $2.75 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant in its plan to train and funnel nurses into “underserved communities,” the Island nursing community is innovating again. First up is the RN NextStep Joint Agreement, signed Wednesday by Farmingdale State College and Suffolk County Community College….


Hofstra-Northwell nursing school lands new HHS grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // A chunky seven-digit federal grant will help Hofstra University and the Northwell Health system pump professional nurses into the neighborhoods that need them most. The Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies has landed a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant earmarked specifically to “create a nursing pipeline to underserved communities,” according to a joint statement from the university and the health system. The $2.75 million grant,…


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…