New healthcare podcast gets a leg up

Aqua man: Former U.S. Marine Dan Lasko and "the fin" are featured in the first episode of "Health Story," Northwell Health's new monthly podcast.

The latest healthcare innovations, explored largely from the patient’s perspective, are the thrust of a new podcast series from Northwell Health.

The New Hyde Park-based health system this week launched “Health Story,” its new audio exploration of health trends, with an inaugural episode featuring Pennsylvania resident Dan Lasko.

Lasko, a former U.S. Marine, lost his left leg below the knee in 2004 in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan. This year, he received a life-changing prosthetic from Northwell Health’s 3D printing experts, who worked with Hicksville-based prosthetic design firm Eschen Prosthetic & Orthotic Laboratories and the Composite Prototyping Center, a commercial-grade 3D manufacturing company in Plainview, to make it happen.

Northwell Health Senior Vice President Terry Lynam, the health system’s chief public relations officer, said the “Health Story” podcast “couldn’t have a stronger opening episode than the story of Dan Lasko.”

“‘Health Story’ showcases how gifted Northwell Health doctors and researchers adapt the latest advances to heal real people every day,” Lynam said in a statement. “This series takes a look at the patient and their journey from sickness to wellness.”

Lasko, 33, is an avid triathlete, but he’s understandably struggled since his grievous injury, especially getting in and out of the pool. In the podcast, titled “The Return,” Lasko explains his difficulties and how “the fin” – a prosthetic designed and fabricated by Todd Goldstein, director of the 3D Printing Laboratory run by Northwell Ventures, the health system’s commercialization office – helped him back into the water.

To hear the podcast in its entirety, click here.

New “Health Story” podcasts, which are posted on the German online audio distribution platform SoundCloud, are scheduled to air monthly, according to Northwell Health.