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Northwell adds corneal crosslinking, Ned approves

By GREGORY ZELLER // The FDA has seen the light. So has Northwell Health. Now Ned Daily can, too. Daily, a Long Island-based photographer/videographer, was slowly losing his vision to keratoconus, a common eye disease that damages the cornea. And he was on the table when doctors at Northwell Health’s Ocular Surface Center recently performed a cutting-edge corneal crosslinking treatment – making Northwell the first New York health system to offer the procedure, which the…


Health system acquires busy Suffolk Surgery Center

New York State’s largest healthcare provider keeps getting larger, adding a busy surgical center to its satellite roster. Northwell Health has acquired a majority stake in the Suffolk Surgery Center, a private, multi-specialty outpatient practice in Shirley. A joint ownership agreement gives the New Hyde Park-based health system a 70 percent stake, with the remainder split among the freestanding facility’s nine existing physician-owners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the acquisition – marking…


Savvy Hires, Northwell building autism ‘pipeline’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A startup recruiting firm with modernized methods for matching talent and opportunity has made significant headway on a potentially enormous – and socially conscious – vertical. Westbury-based Savvy Hires, launched in July by entrepreneur Felicia Fleitman, will partner with two well-known corporations – including New York State’s largest private employer – to create unique internship programs for autistic students through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program. In concert with the school,…


Irish eyes smile on new Northwell partnership

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaborative agreement with blessings from on high in Ireland’s national government will pair startups from the Emerald Isle with some of Long Island’s top clinicians and healthcare-industry decision-makers – a two-way street with enormous commercialization potential. So say Great Neck-based Northwell Health and Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s state-run economic-development agency focused on international exports. While the entities have already enjoyed two years of unofficial collaboration, they made it official Dec….


At Northwell Health, putting their backs into it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Potential triggers for crippling backaches and revolutionary cancer treatments marked a big week for the human spine at Northwell Health. First, on Nov. 14, the health system announced that North Shore University Hospital had become the first center in the eastern U.S., and second nationally, to perform combined kyphoplasty intraoperative radiation therapy – a cutting-edge treatment for spinal metastasis, a common development for all patients with systemic cancers. The Feinstein Institute…


Northwell hospitals target pulmonary embolisms

Southside Hospital is now busting up blood clots with new tech that promises to shorten treatment time and reduce potential complications. Joining several sister hospitals throughout the Northwell Health system, the Bay Shore facility is now packing the EkoSonic Endovascular System, flagship product of the Washington State-based Ekos Corp. and the only FDA-approved endovascular device – denoting surgical procedures that insert catheters through the skin to treat blood disorders – targeting pulmonary embolisms. Those lung-based…


Northwell cuts ribbon on liver-disease center

Northwell Health has raised the curtain on a new Manhasset facility dedicated to diseases of the liver. The health system officially opened the Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases with a Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $4.5 million, 10,000-square-foot center, named for Northwell Health’s “most-generous philanthropist,” houses Northwell’s Center for Liver Diseases and North Shore University Hospital’s Division of Hepatology, the heath system said in a statement. Among other features, the Center for Liver…


Northwell, Stony Brook Med strike cardio deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state-of-the-art cardiac-care practice will lend three decades of expertise, more than a dozen heart specialists and a boatload of East End patients to Long Island’s largest healthcare system. Northwell Health announced Friday that it has acquired Eastern Suffolk Cardiology – a four-office chain boasting nine board-certified physicians specializing in internal medicine, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology – from Stony Brook Medicine. The deal involves an undisclosed financial…


Southside Hospital adds emergency helipad

A new helipad at Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital is adding some lift to Northwell Health’s regional emergency services. Already counted among the American Hospital Association’s “Most Wired” IT-savvy hospitals, Southside now boasts a state-of-the-art ground-level helipad next to its Emergency Department, providing easy access for accident victims, acute trauma cases and other airlifted patients. Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the New York Department of Health, the landing zone will primarily service Northwell Health’s…


Super-scrubs: Northwell fights the forces of infection

They don’t come with capes or cowls, they’re not powered by an indestructible “arc reactor” and they can’t shrink surgeons to ant-size, but new super-suits are making heroic impressions on the Northwell Health system. The innovative scrubs and lab coats, created by Florida-based medical manufacturer Vestagen Protective Technologies, can’t stop bullets, but they can repel dangerous microorganisms – a huge infection-fighting advantage for staffers and patients alike. Northwell Health first incorporated the contaminant-busting uniforms –…


Northwell, Mayo Clinic tackle painkiller epidemic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health will join the Mayo Clinic and one of the nation’s largest medical schools on a three-year study targeting painkiller addictions. Citing “a growing epidemic of opioid abuse,” the New Hyde Park-based health system announced this week a $350,000 stipend over three years from the nonprofit Washington-based Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute to fund a collaborative study designed to track painkiller dependency among ER patients, and ultimately lower the risk….


State OKs pediatric kidney transplants at Cohen

New York health officials have greenlighted a new pediatric kidney-transplant program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The state Department of Health has approved plans for a program to be housed within the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the New Hyde Park hospital. The program, which is expected to include an outpatient center deemed crucial to pre- and post-operative phases, is slated to debut later this year, according to a statement from the Northwell Health system. Cohen’s…


Northwell fields new breast-surgery tracker

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has begun use of a tiny tracking device, just cleared by the FDA, that pinpoints tumors in breast surgeries. The system, called the SAVI SCOUT, uses a reflector disk, implanted before surgery, that steers surgeons during lumpectomy and biopsy procedures. Until now, doctors had to thread a wire into the breast, an uncomfortable and time-consuming procedure that required patients to show up hours before their scheduled surgery. “Breast cancer surgery…


New director spearheads Northwell liver effort

Northwell Health’s drive for a new liver-transplant program kicked into gear Monday with the appointment of a new transplantation director. Lewis Teperman has been named the new vice chair of surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and will become Northwell Health’s director of organ transplantation, the health system said in a statement. Tepermen was recruited from New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine, where he also served as…


Northwell Completes New Hyde Park Shuffle

Make that the “New Hyde Park-based” Northwell Health system. The formerly Great Neck-based system moved into its new Marcus Avenue space over a three-day haul in mid-May and officially announced the relocation this week. Roughly 300 employees – including executive leadership and Northwell Health’s legal, marketing, communications, managed care and corporate security departments, among others – now fill the 100,000-square-foot space, last occupied by Astoria Bank. The New Hyde Park facility also houses the Northwell…