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Top Glassdoor honors for Northwell CEO Dowling

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling is Long Island’s best chief executive and one of the planet’s top healthcare execs. So says Glassdoor, the circa-2007 job-listings and aggregate-review site where employees (and former employees) can anonymously rate companies and their managers, to better inform job-seekers about the corporate environment. Dowling was named one of the Highest Rated CEOs of 2017 by the job site, which compiled employee feedback from thousands…


New link improves health-data exchange for millions

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a move designed to fill the gaps between public and private healthcare data networks, Northwell Health has plugged into New York’s (and the nation’s) largest public Health Information Exchange. New York City-based Healthix, a Big Data firm focused on patient information, has also connected to the Mount Sinai Health System’s private Health Information Exchange, creating a new three-way HIE connection that provides “tight integration” between the public and private systems…


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…


No ‘military heroes’ left behind

A battalion of special guests – including a shining example of med-tech innovation – helped Northwell Health salute the Memorial Day holiday this week. Held Thursday at the system’s New Hyde Park headquarters, Northwell Health’s Fifth Annual Military Memorial Luncheon was designed to honor those who served and celebrate Armed Forces veterans who are back on the job – including one retired U.S. Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan, but is back on his…


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…


‘Young’ Feinstein scientist nabs national autism award

Efforts to determine the elusive causes of autism have earned national accolades for an up-and-coming Feinstein Institute scientist. Lior Brimberg, an assistant research professor in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, has received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research for “her innovative work in helping to identify the causes of autism,” according to the institute, the research-and-development division of the…


At Zucker Hillside, a new focus on behavioral crises

Reducing emergency room visits by patients suffering long-term psychiatric disorders is the main thrust of a new “crisis center” on the Nassau-Queens border. The Northwell Health system has cut the ribbon on its new Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, part of “an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of people living with psychiatric disorders,” according to Northwell. The center provides walk-in services to those needing immediate…


New healthcare podcast gets a leg up

The latest healthcare innovations, explored largely from the patient’s perspective, are the thrust of a new podcast series from Northwell Health. The New Hyde Park-based health system this week launched “Health Story,” its new audio exploration of health trends, with an inaugural episode featuring Pennsylvania resident Dan Lasko. Lasko, a former U.S. Marine, lost his left leg below the knee in 2004 in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan. This year, he received a…


Northwell looks north with Syracuse affiliation

Northwell Health has picked up another one. The Board of Directors at Crouse Hospital, the backbone of a two-hospital, 3,300-employee health system based in Syracuse, has approved a clinical affiliation with the New Hyde Park-based healthcare giant. The alliance adds an upstate strategic partner to a health system that already ranks as New York State’s busiest medical services provider and, with more than 61,000 staffers, the state’s largest private employer. Crouse Hospital, the last independent…


Pediatric kidney transplant a first for Cohen Children’s

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has completed its first-ever pediatric kidney transplant operation. Matthew Francis, a 14-year-old from Rockaway Beach, was diagnosed in 2012 with focal segmental glomerulosis, a disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. The illness causes severe scarring, disrupts kidney functions and, left untreated, can eventually lead to organ failure. Earlier this month, Matthew underwent a life-saving procedure at New Hyde Park-based Cohen’s Children – making him the first pediatric kidney-transplant recipient at…


Cohen children’s launches space-age MRI suite

A $10 million donation from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York will send the youngest patients at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center into space. The gift from the 50-year-old philanthropic organization, which has doled out nearly $90 million in charitable donations over its half-century of work, is the backbone of the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the fourth floor of the medical center’s new six-story Cohen Children’s…


For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


In e-health, one app to rule them all

By GREGORY ZELLER // With thousands of healthcare-related software programs and mobile apps now available to patients and providers, creating an industry-wide standard to evaluate their performances has been a virtually impossible mission – until now. An innovative professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is developing a tool that can evaluate the quality and “therapeutic potential” of computer- and mobile-based e-health applications – the first-ever digital resource designed specifically to compare and rate…