Health

State green-lights LI med-marijuana dispensaries

New medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to Long Island. The New York State Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it has authorized five “registered organizations” – permitted by state statute to manufacture medical marijuana and manage up to four dispensaries each – to operate new dispensaries across the state. Several companies on the list plan to operate in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with as many as four new dispensaries about to crop up on…


Feinstein, Hofstra concussion study exposes a nerve

By GREGORY ZELLER // With concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continuing to make headlines on and off the playing field, Long Island researchers may be closing in on a unique treatment method. Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine have published the results of a nerve-stimulation study with broad-ranging implications for many neurological conditions, including severe TBIs. Published online by the international science journal Nature, the…


Child’s play: Northwell nabs top doc to lead pediatrics

Long Island’s top children’s hospital has a new pediatrics chief. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has tapped Sophia Jan as its new chief of pediatrics, the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system announced Monday. Jan – who also has been named medical director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children effort, part of the New York State Health Home Program – will be an “instrumental part of ensuring that the hospital delivers…


State to fund $75M med research center at SBU

Stony Brook University has been awarded a $75 million state grant to build a center to develop and commercialize medical devices and treatments. The 70,000-square-foot building, to be called I-DIME, for the Institute for Discovery and Innovation in Medicine & Engineering, will be built adjacent to university’s wireless technology and advanced energy centers. It is expected to open in 2021. The center was approved unanimously by the board of Empire State Development on Thursday. Judith…


And then there was one: Mather to join Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s last independent hospitals is beaming aboard Northwell Health’s mothership. The Board of Directors of Port Jefferson’s John T. Mather Memorial Hospital has signed a letter of intent to join the New Hyde Park-based health system, the hospital announced Thursday, angling it as “part of a long-term strategy to ensure advanced healthcare for Mather’s communities and the future growth of the hospital.” Noting “unprecedented changes occurring in the…


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…