Health

In the shadow of a giant, independent docs unite

In a region dominated by one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, two groups of independent physicians are joining forces to create their own comprehensive, patient-centered network. And this union of Greater New York providers will be particularly beneficial to patients across Queens and Long Island. Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital this week announced a “strategic alliance” between New York Medical Partners, a regional affiliation of independent physicians and physician organizations, and the Independent Physician…


Israeli innovators extend Northwell’s global reach

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Northwell Health system is going international, again, with its latest collaborative effort. Following recent alliances with multiple domestic partners and several spanning the globe – largely, partnerships with commercial entities focused on everything from wearable medical devices to advanced cardiac care to cutting-edge orthopedics – the New Hyde Park-based health system has signed an agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority to partner on next-level patient-care innovations. Researchers from both entities…


Crikey! Northwell, Aussie counterparts come together

Some of Northwell Health’s best practices are heading down under. A unique exchange program between the New Hyde Park-based health system and Australia’s Epworth HealthCare system has brought a team of Aussie clinicians and administrators to Long Island to soak up some Northwell Health style. Epworth HealthCare is the largest Australian nonprofit health system, with 6,500 employees and 10 hospitals serving Melbourne and other parts of the densely populated State of Victoria. To help it run better,…


Knapp gift locks Feinstein bioelectronics on diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new research program will focus the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s considerable bioelectronic resources on a main antagonist of American health: diabetes. The research and development division of the Northwell Health system has received a $1 million gift from The Knapp Foundation, enough to kick off a four-year effort to explore bioelectronic medicine-based treatments for the chronic disease, which affects more than 29 million Americans – just under 10 percent…


Clever cardiologists crack confounding case

A Mineola grandmother is alive – and doing well – thanks to an innovative cardiac procedure devised by clever Northwell Health physicians. On April 18, Dolores Martins became the first person in the United States to have a micro-pacemaker implanted using an angioplasty technique – a procedure typically used to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins, but in this case used to get the tiny pacemaker past severe clots and implants from previous procedures….


With help, Adelphi researchers target common STD

Two Adelphi University professors exploring a common sexually transmitted disease have earned a healthy federal grant. The National Institutes of Health has awarded associate professors Brian Stockman and Melissa VanAlstine-Parris, both PhDs and members of the university’s Chemistry Department, a $310,934 grant to further their research into trichomoniasis, the most prevalent non-viral STD. The grant is designed to involve undergraduate students in the professors’ cutting-edge research, including hands-on use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, medicinal…


State: Northwell leads pack on heart procedures

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the unfortunate event that you require open-heart surgery, look north. That’s the word from the New York State Department of Health, which for the sixth consecutive time has ranked the Northwell Health system head-and-shoulders above other New York provider networks and independent hospitals regarding outcomes from certain open-heart surgeries and other cardiac procedures. Topping the list was the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Although the New Hyde Park hospital’s cardiac…


For breast cancer survivors, 10 CCs of love

A breakthrough “tissue expander system” is offering new reconstruction options to breast cancer survivors. Calling it the “first significant innovation in breast reconstruction in over 40 years,” surgeons at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center spotlighted AeroForm – a needle-free, patient-controlled, wireless remote-controlled tissue expander system – during a recent press event featuring patient Rhonda Bayrami. Bayrami, a 53-year-old Whitestone resident, discussed the revolutionary breast-constructive system – and actually employed it – during the…


A $2.5M ‘bot in the arm for Southside Hospital

A state-of-the-art surgical robot is bringing new options to Southside Hospital patients requiring a laundry list of minimally invasive procedures. Named for the innovative 15th-to-16th century Italian artist, scientist and engineer, the $2.5 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System offers unparalleled precision for cardiac, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic procedures, as well as surgical oncology and other general surgeries. The da Vinci Xi robot employs cutting-edge laser-targeting systems that help surgeons pinpoint precise surgical sites, while…


Northwell strategy cuts to the heart of $4.5B industry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health is trying on a little wearable technology. Make that a big wearable technology – as in, the Peerbridge Cor, a portable electrocardiogram monitor produced by Peerbridge Heath Inc. The device itself is small, but the “strategic partnership” with the New York City-based health-tech maker, announced Tuesday by the New Hyde Park-based health system, is anything but, with the Peerbridge Cor leading the way for other “medical-grade wearables” currently in…


‘Young’ Feinstein scientist nabs national autism award

Efforts to determine the elusive causes of autism have earned national accolades for an up-and-coming Feinstein Institute scientist. Lior Brimberg, an assistant research professor in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, has received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research for “her innovative work in helping to identify the causes of autism,” according to the institute, the research-and-development division of the…


PCI pioneer is big score for Hofstra Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // A major-league surgeon credited with pioneering the use of stents to promote blood flow in compromised heart valves is now wielding her scalpel – and next-level mind – for Northwell Health. In an impressive get for the New Hyde Park-based health system, Cindy Grines is now performing interventions and cardiac catheterizations at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital. Grines, who helped usher percutaneous coronary intervention into…


At Zucker Hillside, a new focus on behavioral crises

Reducing emergency room visits by patients suffering long-term psychiatric disorders is the main thrust of a new “crisis center” on the Nassau-Queens border. The Northwell Health system has cut the ribbon on its new Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, part of “an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of people living with psychiatric disorders,” according to Northwell. The center provides walk-in services to those needing immediate…


Belly up: NYIT monitor is a gastric breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two years after winning a lucrative federal grant to study the human gastric system, New York Institute of Technology assistant professor Aydin Farajidavar has put that money where the stomach is. Farajidavar, who in 2015 earned a $457,000 National Institutes of Health grant to help fund development of an implant system to study the human body’s gastric functions, has come through, leading the way on the world’s first portable wireless device…


For med-tech innovators, everywhere is MIDI ground

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve been to bigger shows, but for partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the road warriors of Long Island medical-product innovation – this was as good as it gets. Forget, for a moment, whatever you know about New York-Boston enmities. The Northeast archrivals may disagree on everything from sports teams to clam chowders, but when it comes to medical innovation, they’re kindred spirits – especially with Long Island emerging as a serious…