Huntington Hospital

Northwell, Cigna work it out, call off divorce

It turns out reports of Northwell Health’s split with the Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. have been somewhat exaggerated. That very nearly wasn’t so: The health system’s hospitals, physicians, laboratories, home-health providers and other facilities and services came this close to parting ways with Cigna. But all Northwell doctors and facilities will remain in the Cigna fold as of Jan. 1. With renewal negotiations at an impasse and the current contract between the New…


Don Monti Foundation backs cancer ‘navigator’

Not every healthcare innovation involves a radical pharmaceutical or breakthrough technology. In a next-level advancement of purely human proportions, the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation will underwrite a $95,000-a-year “cancer patient navigator” position at Huntington Hospital. The services-centric navigator will guide cancer patients through the “complexities of the healthcare system,” according to Northwell Health, including appointment scheduling and compliance with sometimes-confusing care protocols. The goal is to help each cancer patient get the best possible…


Have a lumbar sciatica? You want the O-Arm

By GREGORY ZELLER // The first Long Island spinal surgeries incorporating a state-of-the-art “intraoperative surgical imaging system” have been successfully completed, with many more to come. In early March, Robert Kerr, chief of neurosurgery at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, performed a lumbar sciatica procedure on a 48-year-old Northport resident using the O-Arm, a real-time 3D-imaging system produced by Irish medical-tech giant Medtronic. About a week later, Kerr performed a lateral mass screw and rod fixation…