New York State Department of Health

SUNY’s LI schools look good as COVID tracker debuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Note to the party crowds on SUNY’s 64 statewide campuses: Big Doctor is watching. With colleges and universities across the land reporting significant COVID-19 outbreaks – and a coronavirus cluster already closing one state university campus for the entire fall semester – Albany and SUNY are getting a little more proactive, with the launch of a system-wide COVID-19 tracking system. The new dashboard, officially introduced Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and…


A ‘common sense’ call for nursing home visitations

By TERRY LYNAM // We buried my 91-year-old father-in-law on Aug. 21 at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, one day after his wake, where most of his family saw him for the first time in five-and-a-half months. Because he was in an assisted-living facility, a hospital and a nursing home during that time, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from receiving visitors. He survived COVID-19, but spent the final 161 days of his life in isolation,…


Northwell, Mount Sinai hospitals put their hearts in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island hearts are in very good hands – literally, when necessary. Two of the region’s busiest healthcare systems, operating some of Long Island’s most active hospitals, have earned high praise for their cardiac operations, ranging from emergency surgeries to postoperative discharge protocols. First up are a pair of Northwell Health facilities – Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital and Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital – commended in a fresh New York State…



NYU Langone Health doubles down in Huntington

By GREGORY ZELLER // Already knee-deep in word-class medical science, Long Island healthcare has been bolstered by the arrival of a nationally renowned cancer center. Brandishing the bold slogan “We can cure cancer in our lifetime,” NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated research and treatment center, is expanding its clinical and laboratory activities on Long Island with the opening of a state-of-the-art Huntington facility. Complementing existing Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center…