Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Collaboration cooks up unique ‘Food as Health’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Are What You Eat file comes a New York State first: a hospital-based initiative designed to comprehensively address hunger-related issues. The New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system and Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank have announced the launch of Food as Health, a unique effort to address “the full range of factors that can lead to food insecurity,” according to Northwell Health, including poverty, lack of nutritional awareness, difficulty…


LI hospitals, universities take part in take-back effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes dangerous unused prescription medications. Five Northwell Health facilities on Long Island will take part in April 28’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a chance for people to safely remove unused and expired prescriptions from their homes. Also lending itself to Saturday’s cause will be Garden City’s Adelphi University, which will…


No. 289: Einstein raps, inventors unite, LIJ expands and why flying taxis are closer than you thought

Slice of life: Welcome to March 14, dear readers, not quite the Ides of March (that’s tomorrow) but still a significant anniversary for mathematicians. The 426th, to be precise, of Ultimate Pi Day, which at precisely 6:53 a.m. on this date in 1592 marked the longest correspondence between the date and the opening digits of the infinite mathematical constant pi (3.141592653…) since the introduction of the Julian calendar. From cotton to Led: American inventor Eli…


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…


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…


No. 287: MDs on the fast track, IPS in the Smithsonian, new hope for the nipple and ESD doesn’t mean to brag, but…

Welcome to Wednesday: And over the hump we go, dear reader, as another week of innovation and socioeconomic progress plows forward. And we do mean plows. When’s spring start, anyway? Passing Go: March 7 is another big date for historical innovation. Charles Miller kept them in stitches when he patented the first U.S. sewing machine in 1854, Alexander Graham Bell let his fingers do the walking when he patented the telephone in 1876, and while…


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…


On a busy night for babies, it’s Aziya Dream by a nose

It’s a girl! The first Northwell Health baby of 2018 – also believed to be Long Island’s first baby of the New Year – arrived at 12:19 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Happy, healthy and a little ahead of schedule – she wasn’t due to debut for another three weeks – baby Aziya Dream Shingler weighed in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces following 17 hours of…


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…


Northwell opens post-op Cardiac Rehab Center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only heart-transplant program now has its own recovery center. Leveraging an expanded slate of cardiovascular services at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, including Long Island’s first and only heart-transplant program, the Northwell Health system officially cut the ribbon last week on its pioneering Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a $500,000 investment by the New Hyde Park-based health system, which stocked…


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…


State nourishes regional breastfeeding efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will pump millions into the Northwell Health system specifically to promote, protect and support breastfeeding networks in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million over the next five years from the New York State Department of Health, one of six recipients – along with programs in New York City and upstate – to be funded through the state breastfeeding initiative. The idea is to…


‘Transformative’ PBMC taps cardiologist as director

The East End’s largest hospital has a new medical director. Noted cardiologist Jean Cacciabaudo, the former chief of cardiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, has been appointed medical director of Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to an announcement from the Riverhead hospital. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Southside Hospital and the rest of the Northwell Health system roughly one year ago and is in the midst of the “most transformative time in its 65-year…