Health

Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


National board tabs LI hospital for rare stroke honor

By GREGORY ZELLER // The nation’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body has bestowed a rare designation upon Stony Brook University Hospital. The hospital announced this week that it has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, making it the first Suffolk County hospital and one of only 200 national hospitals – out of more than 5,800 eligible institutions – to earn the distinction. The elite Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the hospital’s…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…


At Elmezzi, it’s the thought (not the size) that counts

By GREGORY ZELLER // At its 58th commence exercises on May 18, counting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Stony Brook University conferred 7,185 total diplomas upon happy graduates – a school record, a Long Island-based-graduating-class record and a proud achievement indeed. And then there were two, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. That’s the size of the 2018 graduating class of the Feinstein Institute’s Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, which on May 24…


Growing physician network increases lung capacity

Stony Brook Community Medical has brought a new pulmonary practice into the fold. The burgeoning, highly coordinated healthcare network based around the Stony Brook School of Medicine has welcomed New York Pulmonary Consultants into its expanding family of community-based practices and physicians. New York Pulmonary Consultants offers comprehensive and integrated pulmonary care at offices in Port Jefferson and Riverhead, with “other satellite offices to be announced soon,” according to a statement from Stony Brook Medicine….


Island epilepsy centers earn national reaccreditation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has re-upped five Northwell Health epilepsy programs, including three on Long Island. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital, the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital, located in Manhattan, have all earned NAEC Level 4 reaccreditation. That designation means each center provides complex neuro-diagnostic monitoring, complete evaluations…


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…