South Nassau Communities Hospital

No. 256: Historic places, earning potential, winning students and will.i.am doing customer service

Good day, comrades: Take a bow this Nov. 8, dear readers, if you were around 100 years ago today, when Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin took over following Russia’s October Revolution of 1917. (Just, you know … bow carefully.) Welcome new readers Ted, Joseph, Diane and Daniel, and please share your thoughts at editor@innovateli.com. Story tips, corrections and back-pats gratefully accepted. Shed no tiers for them: Heartfelt congratulations to our friends at Uniondale law firm Farrell…


No. 255: Good boardrooms, better breast surgeries, best way to drink Scotch

That’s a wrap: It’s Friday, friends, and the end of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. Welcome new readers Betty, Beth and Elizabeth – we assume that’s three people – and please remember to tell your friends all about us. Please also jeer us, revere us and otherwise keep us in the loop at editor@innovateli.com. Remember, it’s your innovation economy – we just chronicle it. Those were the days: It’s Nov. 3,…


As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a potential health-system merger still under discussion, South Nassau Communities Hospital is plowing ahead with its ambitious infrastructure-modernization effort. The latest additions: two state-of-the-art surgical suites designed to accommodate larger surgical teams and the latest high-tech surgical gadgetry. The Oceanside hospital announced the completion of the $7 million surgical renovation this week, roughly one month after tying a bow on the first phase of its $60 million Emergency Department expansion….


South Nassau wraps up first phase of $60M expansion

Marked by the opening of a new 10-bed annex, the first phase of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s $60 million Emergency Department expansion is complete. Featuring “semi-private treatment bays” with flat-screen TVs and other medical and comfort-focused amenities, the annex fills a 4,500-square-foot renovated storage area inside the Oceanside hospital. Stocked with state-of-the-art monitor beds, additional cardiac monitors and “bedside laboratory testing capabilities,” it also includes a dedicated waiting area with free WiFi connectivity, according to…


And then there was one: Mather to join Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s last independent hospitals is beaming aboard Northwell Health’s mothership. The Board of Directors of Port Jefferson’s John T. Mather Memorial Hospital has signed a letter of intent to join the New Hyde Park-based health system, the hospital announced Thursday, angling it as “part of a long-term strategy to ensure advanced healthcare for Mather’s communities and the future growth of the hospital.” Noting “unprecedented changes occurring in the…


In the shadow of a giant, independent docs unite

In a region dominated by one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, two groups of independent physicians are joining forces to create their own comprehensive, patient-centered network. And this union of Greater New York providers will be particularly beneficial to patients across Queens and Long Island. Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital this week announced a “strategic alliance” between New York Medical Partners, a regional affiliation of independent physicians and physician organizations, and the Independent Physician…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai Health System talk merger

BY GREGORY ZELLER // A potential alliance between a nearly century-old Long Island hospital and one of New York’s largest health systems is in the works. The directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital have entered “a period of exclusive negotiations” with the Mount Sinai Health System that could create “an alignment of medical services, management and governance” between the 455-bed Oceanside hospital and the New York City-based healthcare giant, South Nassau said Wednesday. Over a…


Survey: One-third of flu victims still come to work

By GREGORY ZELLER // Workmates making you sick? You don’t know the half of it. One-third of workers who have the flu still report to work, according to a new public health survey circulated by South Nassau Communities Hospital, a 455-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital in Oceanside – and those who do risk spreading the disease, which in rare cases can prove fatal. According to the South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll – in which independent…


South Nassau sets $130M addition, upgrade

South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside announced plans to construct a 58,000-square-foot addition at its southwest corner, featuring 24 additional beds – doubling the emergency department’s current capacity – and modernized operating theaters, replacing emergency ORs that are, in some cases, over 40 years old. The estimated $130 million project will also upgrade the hospital’s emergency electrical system and construct a new energy-efficient central utility plant with auxiliary heating and air-conditioning systems, while plans also…


Medical Arts Pavillion

In Long Beach, the art of medicine

BY GREGORY ZELLER Expect the “hospital without beds” coming soon to the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center to be a bastion of Long Island-based technology. While South Nassau Communities Hospital officials stress they’re in the earliest planning stages, the new Medical Arts Pavilion – to rise on the site of the defunct medical center, which was shuttered in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy – is likely to be stocked with state-of-the-art technologies, including…