Health

First-ever ‘health systems marketplace’ comes to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // The tri-state region’s first “marketplace of health systems” has come to Long Island. New York City-based Brighton Health Plan Solutions – which allows members to shop for and compare health systems in depth, perchance to find the best single plan for each member’s particular needs – has partnered with Long Island Health Network, a network of nine Island-based hospitals and affiliated services. The alliance adds those hospitals and hundreds of specialized…

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State green-lights LI med-marijuana dispensaries

New medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to Long Island. The New York State Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it has authorized five “registered organizations” – permitted by state statute to manufacture medical marijuana and manage up to four dispensaries each – to operate new dispensaries across the state. Several companies on the list plan to operate in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with as many as four new dispensaries about to crop up on…


Feinstein, Hofstra concussion study exposes a nerve

By GREGORY ZELLER // With concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continuing to make headlines on and off the playing field, Long Island researchers may be closing in on a unique treatment method. Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine have published the results of a nerve-stimulation study with broad-ranging implications for many neurological conditions, including severe TBIs. Published online by the international science journal Nature, the…


Child’s play: Northwell nabs top doc to lead pediatrics

Long Island’s top children’s hospital has a new pediatrics chief. The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has tapped Sophia Jan as its new chief of pediatrics, the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system announced Monday. Jan – who also has been named medical director of Northwell Health’s Health Homes Serving Children effort, part of the New York State Health Home Program – will be an “instrumental part of ensuring that the hospital delivers…


State to fund $75M med research center at SBU

Stony Brook University has been awarded a $75 million state grant to build a center to develop and commercialize medical devices and treatments. The 70,000-square-foot building, to be called I-DIME, for the Institute for Discovery and Innovation in Medicine & Engineering, will be built adjacent to university’s wireless technology and advanced energy centers. It is expected to open in 2021. The center was approved unanimously by the board of Empire State Development on Thursday. Judith…


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…