By GREGORY ZELLER //
A state-of-the-art cardiac-care practice will lend three decades of expertise, more than a dozen heart specialists and a boatload of East End patients to Long Island’s largest healthcare system.
Northwell Health announced Friday that it has acquired Eastern Suffolk Cardiology – a four-office chain boasting nine board-certified physicians specializing in internal medicine, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology – from Stony Brook Medicine.
As of Friday afternoon, the circa-1982 practice’s website was still operating on Stony Brook Medicine servers, featuring Stony Brook logos and the tagline “a location of Stony Brook internists.” But all that will change Monday, according to a Northwell Health spokesperson, when the practice officially changes flags.
“Today is the last day they’re under Stony Brook (Medicine),” the spokesperson told Innovate LI Friday.
The thriving practice – which in 2015 logged more than 23,000 visits at offices in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Southampton and Wading River – also includes five physician assistants and a nurse practitioner with extensive cardiology experience.
Those providers will continue to utilize Stony Brook Medicine facilities and resources, the spokesperson noted.
“We aren’t restricting them from having privileges in Stony Brook Medicine or caring for Stony Brook patients,” she said.
As of Monday, the Eastern Suffolk Cardiology staffers – under the new banner Northwell Health Physician Partners Cardiology – will also make use of resources and facilities inside Riverhead’s Peconic Bay Medical Center, part of the Northwell system.
Noting it services “more than half of the cardiac patients on the East End of Long Island,” Stanley Katz, the cardiology chairman at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, said the New Hyde Park-based health system has big plans for the cardiology group.
“They are very important to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s plans for a fully enhanced cardiac center because they are the main referrers of cardiac patients,” Katz said in a statement.
Among other additions, Northwell Health plans to build a new electrophysiology lab at Peconic Bay Medical Center – designed to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms – as well as a cardiac catheterization lab, used to diagnose and treat coronary artery blockages and heart disease.
Northwell Health will continue to assign patients to Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital or Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital for cardiac-related surgeries.
With more than 61,000 total employees – including 2,500-plus physicians and more than 15,000 nurses – the health system is New York State’s largest employer. Northwell Health now employs more than 170 cardiologists at 40 satellite locations in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, in addition to Northwell’s 21 hospitals.
This week, a report by the New York State Department of Health ranked Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NSUH and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn among the state’s top cardiology-care facilities.
Cardiologist Prateek Dalal, a partner at the soon-to-be-former Eastern Suffolk Cardiology, said the breadth of Northwell Health’s system-wide cardiology team would provide significant benefits to the practice’s numerous patients.
“The acquisition of Eastern Suffolk Cardiology by Northwell Health, along with the planned updates to Peconic Bay Medical Center, means that the cardiac patients that Eastern Suffolk Cardiology treats and cares for will have available to them the most advanced care possible,” Dalal said.