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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…


At Northwell, a $100K slam dunk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fans of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will help dictate the course of scientific research at Northwell Health. A new multimedia contest featuring television commercials and online voting will pit three Northwell Health-based medical innovations against each other, with $100,000 in health system research support up for grabs. The voting is actually open to all, though the TV campaign will heavily target fans tuning into the NCAA tournament. Through deal with…


Alas, there was no mention of wine pairings

Gobi dumplings followed by Cauliflower Steak Chana Masala, with a pineapple-peach-meringue combo for dessert. Lunch at Akbar in Garden City? No, just a potential midday meal at one of your local Northwell Health hospitals – and top finisher at the fifth running of the health system’s Ultimate Chef Cooking Challenge. The event, held at Glen Cove Hospital over the weekend, gathered culinary masters from 15 area facilities for an Iron Chef-styled showdown in which culinary teams were challenged to…


Catching you up on the Zika virus

By GREGORY ZELLER // With one confirmed Zika virus case already recorded and a dozen concerned calls coming every day from pregnant women, Northwell Health has opened its second Zika-focused clinic in as many months. The former North Shore-LIJ Health System this week announced the opening of the Zika in Pregnancy Clinic at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. The Pregnancy Clinic won’t do actual Zika virus testing, but will help calm the fears of…


A new effort to help startups with clinical testing

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York City Economic Development Corp. initiative to connect digital-health startups with large healthcare organizations for field-testing is getting a boost from Northwell Health. Three professionals from the healthcare giant have taken seats on the board of advisors of the Digital Health Marketplace, which is designed to speed new health technologies to market by arranging pilot studies within established clinical settings. The marketplace is a rebirth of the development organization’s former Pilot Health…


A benefactor brings Northwell to the big game

Northwell Health is going to the Super Bowl. The former North Shore-LIJ Health System will shine a big spotlight on its new “Look North” advertising campaign with a series of commercials during Sunday’ NFL championship: a brand-new 30-second spot during the second quarter and two 30-second spots, rerunning a previous ad, during the marathon pregame coverage. Those 30 in-game seconds are precious indeed, but not quite as expensive as the $5 million CBS is charging…


Cohen awarded top trauma designation

The American College of Surgeons has verified Cohen Children’s Medical Center as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center – the second time the ACS has granted top trauma marks to a Northwell Health hospital on Long Island. In 2014, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset was verified by the ACS as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, meaning it met essential criteria to ensure trauma-care capabilities as outlined by the ACS’s trauma committee. Now the…


Northwell launches network management platform

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health is off to a fast start. Just days after it officially rebranded itself, the former North Shore-LIJ Health System announced that it’s forming a new healthcare IT company. Launched in conjunction with Newport Health Solutions – a health-industry consultant with offices in New York City, California and Texas – Health Connect Technologies will focus primarily on developing and commercializing a suite of connectivity-focused network-management products. Health Connect is a…


North Shore shows off new logo

North Shore-LIJ unveiled the logo it will use next year as it becomes Northwell Health, with a first look going to the system’s 61,000 employees. “With our new name comes a whole new identity. Our new look presents a fresh, modern face to the world with a vibrant palette of colors representing our vast health system working in unison to deliver world-class care,” said Ramon Soto, the health system’s chief marketing and communications officer.  “We…


The Debrief: Michael Dowling, CEO of what might have been Laudica Health

In healthcare administration, Michael Dowling has done it all. A 20-year veteran of the former North Shore-LIJ Health System, now Northwell Health, he’s been New York’s health and human services director and commissioner of the state’s Department of Social Services. He was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and even taught social policy at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, where he was an assistant dean. A “young 66” come…


North Shore-LIJ to rebrand as Northwell Health

The North Shore-LIJ Health System made it official Monday, announcing a major rebranding effort that starts with a new name for New York State’s largest employer. As first reported by Innovate LI, the board of trustees of the iconic 21-hospital system is rechristening the system Northwell Health, a moniker that reflects the past and serves as a “beacon of our future,” according to President and CEO Michael Dowling. “It’s unique, simple and approachable,” Dowling said…