South Nassau Communities Hospital

With Patient Innovations, the wait may be over

By GREGORY ZELLER // Patient Innovations does not have modest goals. Citing a sad legacy of waiting-room delays and other gross inefficiencies costing healthcare providers both time and money, the 2013 startup is out to change the healthcare world. And if it generates a billion-dollar payday along the way, so much the better, says cofounder Ken Greenberg. Pardon Greenberg’s optimism, which may be influenced by his success as cofounder and CEO of award-winning, circa-1992, Hauppauge-based…


No. 293: Caligula rises, NeuLion roars, Israel energizes, and how a Feinstein researcher discovered a new human organ

Welcome: Howdy and hallelujah, dear readers – it’s March 28 out there, and it is not snowing. Further proof that spring has sprung: Major League Baseball winds up and delivers its 2018 season tomorrow, the earliest Opening Day in MLB history and the first time all 30 teams open on the same day (everyone last opened on the same day in 1968, when there were only 20 Major League teams). Mets host the Cardinals at…


At SNCH, a bellyful of practice with risky pregnancies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Expectant South Shore mothers enduring high-risk pregnancies have a new resource. South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened a new Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine adjacent to its Oceanside campus, self-billed as “the only dedicated center of its kind for high-risk pregnancies on the South Shore of Nassau County.” Staffed by obstetricians and “maternal fetal medicine sub-specialists,” the $3 million center is stocked with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies designed specifically for the…


No. 282: Honest Abe’s Day Off, stepped-up Suffolk septic systems and a sunny future for cloudy beer

Congratulations, dear reader: You’ve successfully completed another workweek. Your reward: two glorious days without conference rooms or deadlines – or three, if yours is among the 34 percent of U.S. offices closing for Monday’s President’s Day holiday. While students, teachers and virtually all government employees enjoy the day, President’s Day – which kind of floated into fashion in the 1970s, replacing the traditional observances of Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays – has actually fallen behind Martin…


No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend. Tribute To A Friend Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life. Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai make it (almost) official

By GREGORY ZELLER // South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System have officially tied the knot (if the state says OK). After a courtship that lasted the better part of a year – what South Nassau referred to as “a period of exclusive negotiations” – the nearly century-old Oceanside hospital will become the flagship Long Island facility for the New York City-based healthcare giant, according to an affiliation agreement jointly announced Wednesday…


No. 269: Cuomo’s big plans, LI’s bouncing babies and other exciting ways to start your innovative 2018

Hello, you wonderful old Building & Loan! OK, yes, enough already with the Christmas references – but the very first U.S. building & loan association organized 87 years ago today in Frankford, Pa. Thought you’d like to know. And with that quick history lesson, we turn our eyes squarely ahead toward another year of invention, collaboration and healthy socioeconomic development on Long Island. The Innovate LI team will be here every step of the way,…


Northwell, Mather finally head down the aisle

By GREGORY ZELLER // John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and the mighty Northwell Health system will officially tie the knot this week. Kenneth Roberts, president of the Port Jefferson-based hospital, and Michael Dowling, president and CEO of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, are scheduled to sign an agreement Thursday that assimilates Mather Hospital into the multiregional health system. Mather Hospital signed a letter of intent in July to join New York State’s largest healthcare operation….


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…