Michael Dowling

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Halloween is hell on wheels for ‘alternate…


A century later, 1918 pandemic’s lessons resonate

By TERRY LYNAM // Given COVID-19’s unprecedented nature and global impact, many analysts and health officials have drawn parallels to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infected one-third of the world’s population – an estimated 500 million – and killed about 50 million, including 675,000 in the United States. Although the flu and COVID-19 are caused by starkly different viruses, understanding how the H1N1 virus spread…


Wellness on ice: Northwell, Islanders renew their vows

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Swiss multinational may have won the naming rights, but as UBS Arena emerges as a top New York sports and entertainment venue, Northwell Health will be there. And so will throngs of post-pandemic employees and fans, all benefitting from a 10-year “founding sponsorship deal” announced Tuesday by the arena, the New York Islanders and the New Hyde Park-based health system. In addition to extending Northwell’s 20-year marketing relationship with the…


Quick read: Northwell cranks out COVID-19 book

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well that happened fast: Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling and his favorite literary collaborator have churned out a book chronicling the health system’s experiences at the COVID-19 epicenter. “Leading Through A Pandemic: The Inside Story of Humanity, Innovation and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Crisis” (Skyhorse Publishing, August 2020) is slated to hit virtual shelves Aug. 25, written by Dowling and Northwell Health Senior Vice President Charles Kenney, billed…


No. 518: In which pipers pipe, pilots soar and Lazarus rises – and an LI biotech cures COVID (maybe)

  Onward and upward: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as the national pandemic, the coast-to-coast heat wave and our universal drive toward socioeconomic greatness all press on, undaunted. DeFina point: It’s July 22 out there, and before we dive in, a nod to reader Michael DeFina, who wrote to let us know our recent rundown of new outdoor gaming investments at Jones Beach confused the history of the state park’s Boardwalk Café with that of…


Tipping the leader meter, everyday heroes abound

By DAVID CHAUVIN // True leaders tend to reveal themselves in times of crisis. (Fraudulent leaders tend to be exposed as well – a story for another column, but see our federal government for proof.) Often during this trying episode, I think about the qualities I admire in leaders and, as we all do, I try to learn from them, and grow as a leader myself. Luckily, being a New Yorker, I don’t have look…


Northwell to begin COVID-19 testing within the week

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing past responses to swine flu and Ebola virus outbreaks, New York State’s largest healthcare system will begin testing for the dreaded novel coronavirus within days. That according to Dwayne Breining, Northwell Health’s executive director of laboratory services, and a high-powered collection of lawmakers and healthcare experts gathered Monday at the Lake Success-based Northwell Center for Advanced Medicine. Their message: With the U.S. Food & Drug Administration greenlighting new diagnostic technologies…


Island interests blast gun violence, with both barrels

By GREGORY ZELLER // As deadly shootings rage across the nation, a common theme is ricocheting more frequently around Long Island socioeconomics: protection from gun violence. Several Island-based institutions and organizations have announced fresh efforts targeting the national gun epidemic, ranging from one-off lectures to an expert-laden national research center determined to dent the crisis from a healthcare perspective. Topping the list is Northwell Health’s new Center for Gun Violence Prevention, which is throwing $1…


LI institutions on call as nursing shortage spirals

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a national nursing shortage in their sights, Hofstra University and Northwell Health are launching a new undergraduate nursing program on Long Island – and planning a $60 million learning center to house it. The people who brought you the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra/Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies on Monday announced a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…


For more convenient blood testing, gonna LabFly now

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “concierge healthcare app” will allow patients of the Northwell Health system to schedule blood draws at home, and to digitally track the subsequent blood testing. By skipping the clinic, doctor’s office and private laboratory, LabFly – a first-of-its-kind in the nation mobile app – offers patients “a convenient and private alternative,” according to Northwell Health, and an easy opportunity to follow through on their healthcare protocols. The app was…


Northwell, IT ace Allscripts going for the record

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest health system and a Chicago-based provider of digital healthcare solutions are teaming up on a new electronic health record system. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of employees and number of patients, will unite with healthcare IT expert Allscripts to create a cloud-based, voice-enabled, artificial intelligence-equipped EHR platform, with design and testing based exclusively on input from Northwell clinicians, technicians and…


No. 438: With stops in Cuba, Bulgaria and the Peconic Bay – plus, a V2G rollout

  Well-balanced: A palindromic 9-1-8-1-9 to you, dear reader, as we welcome Wednesday and the midpoint of another busy workweek. Going for Yucs: It is indeed Sept. 18 out there, and if you had the 12th baktun of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar kicking off on this date in 1618, jach maʼalob. A little Yucatec Mayan right there. Anyway, five-hundred cacao beans for you. Hot air: Before we take off, all rise for old friend…


STEM scholarships help out Northwell dependents

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds One Stone File comes Northwell Health, which is helping out its employees – and bolstering its own future – with a new scholarship program. The New Hyde Park-based health system has awarded the first educational stipends through its STEM Scholarships program, designed to assist college-bound dependents of Northwell Health employees – primarily, future collegians pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The $7,500 individual scholarships…


Employees honor Island CEOs with Glassdoor nods

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two visionary Long Island leaders made the cut Wednesday, when digital employment hub Glassdoor named its top United States CEOs of 2019. Northwell Health Chief Executive Michael Dowling ranked 44th overall among national large-company CEOs – making him the country’s top-ranking healthcare/hospital CEO and the fifth-best head honcho in New York State, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 large-company list. Wayne Grossé, chief executive of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, placed No. 21 among…