As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

Suite life: Anesthesiology Department Chairman Jonathan Singer (left) and Surgery Department Chairman Rajiv Datta check out one of South Nassau Communities Hospital's new leading-edge operating rooms.

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.

The surgical renovations converted storage space into two leading-edge operating rooms designed specifically to free up floor space and lines of sight, enhancing communication among surgeons, nurses and medical-support teams.

Of course, the new ORs are also stocked with front-line equipment, including new oxygen and anesthesia devices suspended from the ceilings and walls and advanced white-and-green lighting systems proven to enhance visibility during invasive surgical procedures.

Other cutting-edge units monitor the temperature, air pressure and humidity levels inside the suites, which are also outfitted with the latest in video-imaging technology.

The physical renovations and tech upgrades “expand the surgical capabilities of the hospital,” according to Rajiv Datta, chairman of South Nassau’s Department of Surgery and medical director of the hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center.

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“With vital equipment suspended from the ceilings and walls instead of on the floor, we have additional space to accommodate larger surgical teams, optimizing the physicians’ performance and ease of patient care,” Datta said.

South Nassau President and CEO Richard Murphy noted “another step in our overall effort to provide the best possible care to residents of the South Shore,” and a fairly significant one for a hospital that performs some 12,000 surgeries annually.

“Modern operating suites are generally much larger than those that were built 40 years ago, in order to accommodate diagnostic and robotic equipment that now is routinely used during surgery,” Murphy said Wednesday. “We are recognizing that fact with this investment.”

With the new ORs and the first phase of its multi-year Emergency Department expansion complete, the hospital continues to surge ahead on nearly $300 million in expansion plans for its Oceanside and Long Beach campuses – although South Nassau, one of Long Island’s last independent hospitals, may soon have a new corporate parent.

In May, South Nassau entered into negotiations for a possible merger with the Mount Sinai Health System. Sources told Innovate LI this week that those negotiations are ongoing, with an announcement on a possible acquisition not expected until early 2018.

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