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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is 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.     Albany’s color guard races to pace micro-clusters (Oct. 21) With…


Old hospital rebranded, reinvigorated by $71M center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A half-billion-dollar investment is transforming Southside Hospital, a longtime Bay Shore healthcare stalwart, into a modern campus worthy of its Suffolk County responsibilities. So says Northwell Health, which this week updated its five-year, $500 million renovation plan for Southside – first opened in 1913, part of the Northwell system since 2005 and about to rocket into the 21st century as South Shore University Hospital. The rebranding becomes official in January; the…


Long Island can get healthy answering COVID’s call

By MITCH MAIMAN // Times are challenging and there’s much reason for concern during the COVID pandemic – but, as in any challenging time, such difficulties give rise to new opportunities. The Long Island tech community, with its infrastructure underlying medical technology, is presented with the chance to create new business value in a late-COVID world. We should also consider the current crisis to be a wake-up call – this won’t be the last virus…


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…


No. 537: In which Yo-Yo meets Cougar, arenas get healthier and the dark side is revealed

  But who’s counting? Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the halfway mark of this latest busy week of socioeconomic progress. On this Oct. 7, a few key countdowns: 28 days until the election, 85 days until 2021 and 105 days until Jan. 20. Hang tight. Location, location, location: Before we dive in, a correction to Monday’s calendar newsletter, which erroneously listed the 32nd annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference as happening today and…


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…


No. 536: On workforces, new outbreaks and Sting – and OMG, we’re up for a BOLI 

  Bad news, good news: The pandemic rages, the NFL season teeters on the brink and so does the republic – but weep not, dear reader, for this taxing workweek nears its end, and another autumnal weekend awaits. Yes, it’s Friday out there, Oct. 2 to be precise, and we wish one and all – even bullies, even cowardly leaders who incite violence – a serene International Day of Non-Violence, marking the birthdate of Indian…


No. 530: Mars in focus, Hamilton in charge, Bozo on board – and a big win for Long Island innovation

  Lives in infamy: Welcome to Friday, the end of a surprisingly humid late-summer workweek and the doorstep of another hard-earned weekend – well done, dear readers. It’s Sept. 11 out there, and whether you call it Patriot Day or the National Day of Service and Remembrance, if you were old enough to pay attention 19 years ago today, you will truly never forget. Purely coincidental: Sixty years before terrorists tried to take it down,…


No. 529: On loop-de-loops, safe bets and SUNY’s status – and Capt. Bligh’s revenge 

    Roll with it: Here we go, dear readers – the third and final leg of already legendary 2020, complete with an ongoing pandemic, history’s most important presidential election (maybe) and, we hope, oodles of ingenious innovation. Let’s rock. By the numbers: It’s Wednesday, Sept. 9 – a.k.a. 9/9, which will have special significance to Sudoku players and, naturally, makes this International Sudoku Day. Hungry? You’re in luck – it’s also National Steak Au…


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,…


No. 526: Chancellors chosen, schools cleared and Cro-Magnon man unearthed – and it all goes to the dogs

  Cooler heads prevail: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, midpoint of another warm workweek – good news from the weather desk, though, which promises this latest heatwave breaks today. Stay tuned. Twice as nice: It’s Aug. 26 out there, a big one for our many readers in Namibia, where’s it’s both Herero Day (a gathering of the Herero people to honor historical chieftains) and the unrelated Heroes’ Day (marking the 1966 start of the southwestern…


Northwell pulls for ‘miracle’ man, who pulls through

By GREGORY ZELLER // Do you believe in miracles? Tito Velasquez just might. At a minimum, you can bet the Valley Stream resident believes in Northwell Health, where Velasquez earned the mantle of “miracle patient” but entire teams of providers did the heavy lifting, repeatedly pulling the COVID-19 victim back from death’s door during an incredible four-month odyssey. Velasquez, 36, went home to a grateful family Monday, but you might not have taken that bet…


No. 523: Veteran ‘Ventures,’ pandemic page-turners and throwing shots with the real Doc Holliday

  Engines of innovation: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we race to the end of another sticky summer workweek and throttle down for another well-earned weekend. Low key: It’s Aug. 14 out there, and honestly, the pickings are very slim – the best we could do is the Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of the Fatherland in Abkhazia, which is, like, not even a real country. It’s also National Financial Awareness Day, which…


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. 522: Storming back on Long Island, with elephants, Diamond Jim and some deep-brain neurostimulation

  Right where you left us: Here we are, dear readers – about a week past due, it’s long-awaited Newsletter No. 522, back on track after the surprising and frustrating disruption that was Tropical Storm Isaias. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 12, on Long Island and around the world, and the children shall lead: Today marks the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day. Jan Brady Syndrome: Some youth have it a little harder than others, and so we…