Health

Northwell opens post-op Cardiac Rehab Center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only heart-transplant program now has its own recovery center. Leveraging an expanded slate of cardiovascular services at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, including Long Island’s first and only heart-transplant program, the Northwell Health system officially cut the ribbon last week on its pioneering Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a $500,000 investment by the New Hyde Park-based health system, which stocked…


As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a potential health-system merger still under discussion, South Nassau Communities Hospital is plowing ahead with its ambitious infrastructure-modernization effort. The latest additions: two state-of-the-art surgical suites designed to accommodate larger surgical teams and the latest high-tech surgical gadgetry. The Oceanside hospital announced the completion of the $7 million surgical renovation this week, roughly one month after tying a bow on the first phase of its $60 million Emergency Department expansion….


Impressed Northwell expands use of breast ‘reflectors’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health has gone all-in on leading-edge technology designed to pinpoint tumors and effect better physiological and cosmetic results for breast cancer patients. On Tuesday, the last day of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the New Hyde Park-based health system announced that it’s now offering state-of-the-art breast-biopsies, lumpectomies and other breast-related procedures at more than a dozen regional hospitals and outpatient facilities featuring the new technology, called…


NYIT: Quick consequences of ‘fast’ American food

By GREGORY ZELLER // With all that Halloween candy about and 15 pounds worth of holiday season set to brutalize your belly, the New York Institute of Technology shares these cheerful tidings: The “average American diet” is basically a shortcut to diabetes. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury have gathered “compelling evidence” that exposure to a typical “western diet” – featuring relatively super-sized levels of fat and sugar – significantly increases…


Albany stamps out e-cigarette use in public places

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d better put that out, or turn it off, or otherwise knock it off: In New York, e-cigs are now illegal in the workplace and everywhere else smoking is prohibited. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, a circa-2003 law regulating smoking in restaurants, offices and other work and public places. Although “marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes,” the governor said,…


NIH triples up on Feinstein Institute brain specialist

Three brain-focused research projects at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will benefit from more than $1 million in federal funding. The Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D arm of the Northwell Health system, announced Thursday that the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative has allotted two stipends to support projects led by Feinstein Associate Professor Ashesh Mehta, Northwell’s director of epilepsy surgery and head of the institute’s Laboratory of Human Brain Mapping. Mehta’s work…


In Uniondale, Memorial Sloan Kettering is beaming

By GREGORY ZELLER // A leading cancer-research and treatment institution is making headway in the significant expansion of its Long Island footprint. The New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – which already maintains treatment facilities in Rockville Centre, Commack and Hauppauge – trumpeted Thursday the coming of its new 114,000-square-foot cancer-treatment center in Uniondale, adjacent to NYCB Live, the new moniker of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Construction of the freestanding, $140 million…


For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms…


Cancer-battling Einsteins sing “executioner’s” song

By GREGORY ZELLER // Clinical researchers are trumpeting a novel compound that causes cancer cells to self-destruct – without affecting healthy cells. A team of biochemistry-focused scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine announced its discovery in Monday’s issue of Cancer Cell, a peer-reviewed medical journal. According to the article, “Direct Activation of BAX by BTSA1 Overcomes Apoptosis Resistance in Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” their novel compounds essentially cause cancer cells to commit suicide by…


Northwell adds orthopedic practice, surgical center

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a musculoskeletal coup for the Northwell Health system, Long Island’s largest private orthopedic practice has joined the region’s largest healthcare provider. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Wednesday that Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Associates LLP has come aboard, adding some 80 healthcare providers and eight Long Island offices – seven in Nassau County, one in Suffolk – to Northwell Health’s fold. The 80 providers are among 500 total Orlin…


South Nassau wraps up first phase of $60M expansion

Marked by the opening of a new 10-bed annex, the first phase of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s $60 million Emergency Department expansion is complete. Featuring “semi-private treatment bays” with flat-screen TVs and other medical and comfort-focused amenities, the annex fills a 4,500-square-foot renovated storage area inside the Oceanside hospital. Stocked with state-of-the-art monitor beds, additional cardiac monitors and “bedside laboratory testing capabilities,” it also includes a dedicated waiting area with free WiFi connectivity, according to…


Cardiac experts up-tick Northwell heart-surgery team

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two noted surgeons have been added to Northwell Health’s heart-transplant team. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced this week that Brian Lima and Syed Hussain, both cardiac surgeons specializing in heart transplants and other adult cardiac surgeries, have joined the heart transplant center at North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital. Lima has been named NSUH’s new director of heart transplantation surgery, while Hussain will play a “key…


Cohen Children’s, CHOP share $8.5M sickle cell study

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Cohen Children’s Medical Center will share $8.5 million in funding for a study targeting children with sickle cell disease. The New Hyde Park-based Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a 202-bed hospital managed by the Northwell Health system, will share the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute award with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The institutions will focus on improving the quality of life for sickle cell youth as they transition…


First-ever ‘health systems marketplace’ comes to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // The tri-state region’s first “marketplace of health systems” has come to Long Island. New York City-based Brighton Health Plan Solutions – which allows members to shop for and compare health systems in depth, perchance to find the best single plan for each member’s particular needs – has partnered with Long Island Health Network, a network of nine Island-based hospitals and affiliated services. The alliance adds those hospitals and hundreds of specialized…


Opioid epidemic spurs new LI substance-abuse center

In a move aimed at combating what it called “the opioid epidemic sweeping the country,” the Northwell Health system has opened the doors of a new Long Island substance-abuse treatment center. The Garden City Treatment Center, located on Stewart Avenue in the Nassau County village, is managed by Zucker Hillside Hospital, which resides in Glen Oaks, just west of the Queens-Nassau border. But the focus of the 8,000-square-foot center, which officially opened this summer, is…