Health

Cold Spring, SUNY Old Westbury land prostate cancer funding

Two awards for Long Island-based research organizations are part of a new prostate cancer research funding initiative announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. All told, 20 research institutions will share a total of $3 million in funding to explore innovative concepts in prostate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Among them are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which is slated to receive $300,000 over the next two years, and the Research Foundation for SUNY Old Westbury, set to…


A giant step on the road to precision medicine

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is your brain. This is your brain on antipsychotic medications. Any questions? Investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D wing of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, have plenty. Among them: Can doctors use brain scans to predict how patients will respond to antipsychotic medications – even before medications are prescribed? Such predictability would allow providers to fine-tune prescribed meds and doses, a potentially enormous innovation in the…


Insurance plan, acquisitions boost NS-LIJ financials

More patients, the acquisition of two new hospitals and increased revenue from its health-insurance subsidiary helped the North Shore-LIJ Health System record a strong fiscal performance over the first half of 2015. An earnings report issued this week by the Great Neck-based health system notes an operating income of $52.7 million for the six months ending June 30, up from $38.1 million over the first half of 2014. The system’s “Discussion and Analysis of Financial…


State awards research funding to local hospitals

Three Long Island hospitals are among 26 statewide academic medical institutions receiving a total of $17.2 million in state research awards. The awards, announced Thursday, will be used to train new researchers to work on cutting-edge clinical projects. A dozen institutions are receiving Center awards of $1.26 million each, while 14 teaching hospitals will receive Individual awards of $150,000 apiece. North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is receiving one of the 12 Center Awards, which…


Israel, state officials call for Alzheimer’s initiative

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel and State Assemblyman Charles Lavine joined forces at North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein R&D center on Tuesday to renew a call to turn the Empire State into a national focal point for Alzheimer’s disease research. Joining the pair: State Sen. David Carlucci, a Democrat from mid-state Clarkstown. The initiative, according to the lawmakers, would mirror California’s approach to stem cell research and that state’s 2004 Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, which among…


With VNS, additional strides in controlling epilepsy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Dr. Ashesh Mehta, head of North Shore-LIJ’s epilepsy care center, performed two surgeries on July 24, one fairly routine, one a bit less so. For now, anyway. Both involved VNS, or electrical stimulation of the vagus nerves, the long bundle of fibers connecting the brain and abdomen. The first replaced the battery in an existing vagus-stimulation device implanted in a 30-year-old woman. As surgical procedures go, pure housekeeping, Mehta noted. “After…


Debrief: John Boockvar, Feinstein Institute

John Boockvar has a lot on his mind, most of it regarding your mind. The co-director of the Feinstein Institute’s Brain Tumor Biotech Center is also an investigator in Feinstein’s Laboratory for Brain Tumor and Biology, director of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Brain Tumor Center, director of the Center for Pituitary Surgery and the Acoustic Neuroma Program at the New York Head & Neck Institute and, because he’s swimming in free time, a neurosurgery professor at…


Long Beach Emergency Department earns final approvals

With final regulatory approvals in place, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Emergency Department at Long Beach is ready roll. Long Island’s first freestanding emergency department, which will operate 24/7 and receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 Emergency Medical System, is slated to open at  9 a.m. Monday. The opening will mark the return of around-the-clock emergency medical care for the residents of Long Beach, something they’ve been without since Hurricane Sandy shuttered the Long Beach Medical Center…


Schein shines but exchange rates hurt

Multiple acquisitions and healthier international markets helped Henry Schein post a record second quarter, according to an earnings report released Wednesday. Although the strength of the U.S. dollar against various foreign currencies once again shortchanged overall sales, the Melville-based provider of medical, dental and animal-health products and services recorded its second consecutive quarterly sales record. For the quarter ended June 27, Henry Schein reported $2.6 billion in net sales – a 0.5 percent increase over…


SBU researchers win health grants

Three Stony Brook Medicine researchers have received financial backing from the SUNY Health Network of Excellence. The network, part of the SUNY Research Foundation, has granted a total of $450,000 to SBU-led programs targeting GI cancers, Lyme disease and pediatric health issues. Each project has received a one-year grant award of $150,000 from the health network, effective this month. As one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence, the health network unites scientists, scholars and corporate…


Hofstra gets state OKs on nursing programs

The New York State Department of Education has approved license-qualifying nurse practitioner programs to be offered by the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. Beginning in September with an inaugural class of 30 students, the school will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to a master of science degree in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Family Nursing, with the goal of meeting the burgeoning need for nurse practitioners and physician…


They’ve come a long way, baby

No doubt about it: Stony Brook Medicine delivers. In fact, Stony Brook University Hospital is closing in on a monumental childbirth milestone: the 100,000th baby delivered since the hospital unwrapped its first bundle of joy way back in May 1980. With fewer than 400 deliveries to go, the benchmark birth – or births, should the magic moment involve a multiple delivery – should happen sometime in August, according to SBUH, which averages between 10 and…


Eastern LI Hospital affiliates with SBU

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital – an important step toward advancing collaborations between the two institutions. The affiliation is subject to a host of regulatory approvals and the completion of a definitive agreement between Eastern Long Island and Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the university’s five Health Sciences schools and dozens of satellite facilities. Eastern Long Island, a 90-bed hospital…


Live from Long Island: A cloud-based cure for Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island hedge fund manager and a team of doctors are tackling the modern health-care provider’s big-data dilemma. Electronic record-keeping, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, voluminous Medicare-reimbursement reporting … there are mountains of virtual paperwork to handle. Throw in one of the most disputed components of the controversial Affordable Care Act – “patient satisfaction” provisions that tie physicians’ Medicare reimbursements to patient surveys – and it’s…


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Another step back for Long Beach

Renovation of the Long Beach Urgent Care Center – resulting in Long Island’s first off-campus, 24-hour emergency services department – was completed in “record time.” Unfortunately, state and federal regulators don’t move as quickly. Until regulators offer final approvals, the rebuilt South Nassau Communities Hospital facility – which includes a three-bed “observation unit” and treatment areas for infectious diseases and behavioral-health cases – will not be open 24 hours per day and cannot receive ambulances…