Health

At SNCH, a bellyful of practice with risky pregnancies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Expectant South Shore mothers enduring high-risk pregnancies have a new resource. South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened a new Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine adjacent to its Oceanside campus, self-billed as “the only dedicated center of its kind for high-risk pregnancies on the South Shore of Nassau County.” Staffed by obstetricians and “maternal fetal medicine sub-specialists,” the $3 million center is stocked with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies designed specifically for the…


Northwell pumps $22M into LIJ emergency upgrade

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s busiest emergency rooms is getting a serious upgrade. Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Valley Stream, part of the Northwell Health system, announced Friday that it will begin a $22.3 million renovation of its emergency department this month. The 9,000-square-foot department, which currently treats about 40,000 patients annually, will be expanded to 12,000 square feet with the capacity to handle some 55,000 annual patients, according to New…


Stony Brook diabetes doc to head ‘leadership’ board

The American Diabetes Association has tapped Stony Brook Medicine’s top diabetes doctor to head up its regional leadership board. Joshua Miller, the Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s medical director of diabetes care and an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism in the school’s Department of Medicine, has been named president of the ADA’s Long Island Community Leadership Board. Miller will be responsible for oversight of the association’s patient- and clinical-support programs in Nassau and…


Feinstein scientist challenges ‘aggressive’ BP guides

By GREGORY ZELLER // New American Heart Association guidelines redefining “high blood pressure” are harming some patients, according to a Feinstein Institute researcher and other scientists. Findings published online Wednesday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology challenge new, stricter guidelines issued in November 2017 by the AHA, the American College of Cardiology and nine other professional health organizations. Those guidelines – written by a panel of 21 scientists and health experts who…


NSUH close to performing LI’s first liver transplants

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking another first for Northwell Health, state health officials have greenlighted Long Island’s first liver-transplant program. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Tuesday that the New York State Department of Health has granted “contingent approval” to North Shore University Hospital’s request to establish an adult liver-transplant program. Specifically, the Health Department’s Public Health and Health Planning Council has sanctioned the application of NSUH’s Adult Liver Transplant Service and forwarded its…


DOH: Island hospitals top cardiac-surgery charts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for regional patients facing the unfortunate reality of cardiac surgery: Some of the best outcomes in New York State for certain types of open-heart surgeries are happening on Long Island. That’s according to the NYS Department of Health, which for the seventh consecutive reporting period has ranked New Hyde Park’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center among the best cardiac-surgery hospitals in the state – top of the list, in…


Northwell taps MSK veteran to head cancer programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a three-decade career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an internationally renowned surgeon will take the reins of Northwell Health’s vast network of cancer services and research. Following a national search and recruitment effort, the New Hyde Park-based health system has appointed Richard Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of Northwell’s Cancer Service Line. Barakat, who also becomes a professor of…


CityMD acquires Long Island’s STAT Health clinics

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York City’s leading urgent-care provider will acquire Long Island’s No. 1 operator of walk-in health clinics, the two parties announced this week. CityMD has signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire STAT Health and its 12 healthcare centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as two additional clinics STAT Health plans to open in 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But when the ink dries, CityMD – which…


Northwell, Connecticut health network buddy up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State’s busiest healthcare provider has established a new foothold in the Constitution State. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health – New York’s biggest healthcare network by number of patients and number of providers, as well as the state’s largest private employer – has inked a “collaboration agreement” with the Western Connecticut Health Network, a patient-centered healthcare organization with hospitals in Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk. The partnership, announced Thursday, is…


Feinstein study offers new spinal cord injury insights

New hopes for victims of spinal cord injuries can be found in findings published this week by a team representing two of Long Island’s most innovative research institutions. Lead researcher Ona Bloom, an associate professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, has found that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries – a…


In East Asia, wisdom for Smithtown med-tech innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Global ambitions and some sizzling Asian economies have a Smithtown med-tech innovator poised for a very happy New Year. Fresh off a December trek from Singapore north into Hong Kong and China, partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the second-generation brains behind Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development – are planning several Far East forays in the coming months, including partnerships with some of China’s most advanced manufacturers. Describing East Asia as…


NYU Langone pumps up Winthrop heart services

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for a Long Island patient population that can use some: A new slate of leading-edge cardiovascular disease-related procedures has come to Nassau County. Mineola’s NYU Winthrop Hospital is now offering a range of services led by esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon Nader Moazami, who joined New York City-based NYU Langone Health earlier this year. Also strengthening the collaboration is Alex Reyentovich, medical director of NYU Langone Health’s Heart Transplant and Ventricular…


NSUH earns $800K grant for family-focused HIV care

A Manhasset hospital has received more than $800,000 in federal monies to provide HIV care for women and children. North Shore University Hospital announced this week that it was one of 116 programs nationally to receive 2017-18 HIV program funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, in the form of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant. The $837,935 stipend will help the hospital provide HIV care and support services for women, infants, children…


Clots (or not) to be thankful for in HeartMate advance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Manhasset hospital is the first in the region to offer new hope to patients with advanced heart failure, in the form of a revolutionary implanted pump. North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital has become the first on Long Island equipped to implant the Heartmate 3, the newest generation of a left ventricular assist device developed by Illinois-based medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories. Built to provide full heart…


Northwell sings the praises of $15 million CHIOR

Heralding “an incubator for innovation,” Michael Dowling and the Northwell Health system have opened the doors of the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research. Dowling, president and CEO of the New Hyde Park-based health system, presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event in November, officially christening the 20,000-square-foot, $15 million Manhasset facility, part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Leveraging Northwell Health’s uniquely large and diverse patient population, the CHIOR is designed specifically to…