Health

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…


Qosina heading to Dr. Atkins’ former digs

Qosina Corp., an Edgewood-based distributor of components for the medical device and cosmetics industries, is moving its headquarters to a Rechler Equity Partners building near MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. The firm currently operates from two facilities totaling about 90,000 square feet in the Heartland Business Center in Edgewood. It will take 95,000 feet in a 206,000 Rechler facility on Orville Drive, once home to Atkins Nutritionals, the no-carb diet people. The relocation is expected to…


Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman

Henry Schein takes a bite of Danish

Henry Schein is going to Denmark. The Meville-based healthcare products distributor announced Tuesday it is acquiring a majority share of Jorgen Kruuse A/S, Scandinavia’s largest veterinary products distributor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, by Henry Schein said it would acquire 85 percent of the company, which reported $90 million in 2014 sales. The Kruuse family will hold onto a 15 percent stake. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter…


Vasomedical’s big move into on-demand tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Vasomedical’s acquisition this month of a Florida-based managed network provider named NetWolves may serve as a template for the future of U.S. health care. A big view, for sure, but it comes from Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, a Washington-based nonprofit promoting the use of remote medical technologies. Citing the evolution of interactive, on-demand technology in other industries, Linkous believes “health care is next,” and says the acquisition…