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3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…


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…


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…


By any other name, 2017 LISA winners rock tech

The Long Island Software & Technology Network has named its 2017 LISA award-winners. The acronym changes yearly now. Known for years as the “Long Island Software Awards,” LISTnet in 2016 changed the wording behind LISA to the “Long Island Slugger Awards,” and has changed it up again for 2017: LISA now stands for “Long Island SummIT Awards,” according to a statement from the Plainview-based Software & Technology Network. Whatever you call them, the LISAs –…


The ‘Force’ is with Northwell surgeons, patients

Post-operative connections between Northwell Health surgeons and patients have been strengthened by another technological upgrade. The New Hyde Park-based health system and New York City-based Force Therapeutics, a web-based patient-management specialist, will implement a “customized video-based software platform” promoting better post-operative care, according to a two-year deal announced this month. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Force Therapeutics protocols follow an evolving healthcare industry trend using mobile technologies and customized applications to keep doctors…


In Little Neck, a big deal for diagnostic testing

A state-of-the-art molecular-diagnostics laboratory is coming to the Queens-Nassau border. The Northwell Health system on Thursday announced groundbreaking on a $47.7 million “shared lab” in Little Neck, a “centralized facility” designed to improve laboratory efficiency and reduce costs throughout the Northwell system. The 36,000-square-foot laboratory will primarily perform microbiology tests, including molecular diagnostics from local hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices. It will stock “the latest technology and advanced robotic testing systems,” according to Northwell Health, which…


GE brings good things to bioelectronics research

By GREGORY ZELLER // General Electric is giving the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research a bioelectronic jolt. The Feinstein Institute, R&D mecca of the Northwell Health system, announced a new “strategic alliance” Tuesday with GE Ventures, the multinational conglomerate’s New Jersey-based business-licensing and equity arm. While no financial terms were disclosed, Northwell Health did note an “investment” that will help the Feinstein Institute’s evolving Center for Bioelectronic Medicine “continue its work in discovering, developing and…


Feinsteins donate $25M (again) to Northwell research

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Feinsteins have gone Bed, Bath & Beyond the call of duty, once again. Susan Feinstein and her husband, Leonard, co-founder and co-chairman of the New Jersey-based national housewares chain, announced Friday a fresh $25 million donation to Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – the health system’s busy Manhasset R&D hub, renamed in 2005 following the Feinsteins’ first $25 million gift. The new endowment will “further expand its research…


Rare accreditation for regional pharmacy chain

Your local CVS may offer better deals on toothpaste, but a pharmacy chain operated by the Northwell Health system has earned a rare national distinction. Vivo Heath Pharmacy, which operates in three Northwell Health facilities on Long Island and through a freestanding main branch in New Hyde Park, has earned full “specialty pharmacy” accreditation from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission, an independent national nonprofit promoting better healthcare through education and standardized measurements. “Specialty pharmacies” are…


New tech deal gives legs to remote telehealth

Northwell Health is once again stepping up its telemonitoring game. The Northwell Health Home Care Network has announced an agreement with a New Jersey health-tech firm that will provide patients with Bluetooth-enabled tablets for videoconferencing with their doctors – and even transmitting internal vital signs. The announcement comes just one month after Northwell Ventures, the New Hyde Park-based health system’s venture-capital branch, announced an undisclosed investment in Virginia-based telehealth solution provider Avizia Inc. Through the…


At Jones Beach theater, Northwell rocks on

By GREGORY ZELLER // The iconic Jones Beach amphitheater has a new official name, thanks to a fresh corporate sponsorship deal. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, announced Monday that it has signed a “multi-year agreement” with venue manager Live Nation to rename the 14,000-seat amphitheater Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Live Nation, a California-based concert promoter and ticket…


‘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…


Northwell nabs seasoned exec for community effort

The former head of the nation’s largest public health system has taken a key role at New York State’s largest private healthcare provider. Ram Raju, former CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Corp., has been appointed senior vice president and community health-investment officer for the Northwell Health system. The senior VP will focus primarily on collaborations with outside community-based organizations, the health system said in a statement. Based in Manhattan, HHC is a public…


Northwell goes feet-first in new orthopaedic office

Northwell Health celebrated the opening of its newest and most expansive orthopaedic institute this week. The Northwell Health Physician Partners Orthopaedic Institute at Huntington was officially opened with a Jan. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot practice specializes in general orthopaedic surgery as well as foot and ankle surgeries, according to the New Hyde Park-based health system, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer. The $1.5 million institute – the health system’s 11th…


Northwell takes cancer research to the biobank

By GREGORY ZELLER // A collaboration between New York’s largest healthcare system and a German oncology-research expert will look to customize cancer care to individual patient needs. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Indivumed GmbH, an International Organization for Standardization-certified R&D company based in Hamburg. The collaboration will focus on cancer-tissue “biospecimens” in an attempt to better understand cancer genetics – and ultimately create “individualized diagnostics and therapeutics,” Northwell…