Northwell Health

Northwell takes cancer research to the biobank

By GREGORY ZELLER // A collaboration between New York’s largest healthcare system and a German oncology-research expert will look to customize cancer care to individual patient needs. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Indivumed GmbH, an International Organization for Standardization-certified R&D company based in Hamburg. The collaboration will focus on cancer-tissue “biospecimens” in an attempt to better understand cancer genetics – and ultimately create “individualized diagnostics and therapeutics,” Northwell…


Practice (management) makes perfect at Northwell

Promising to “redefine the revenue cycle and practice management” for healthcare practitioners, Northwell Health has joined forces with a “specialist investment manager” to create a new management-services organization targeting physician practices. The New Hyde Park-based health system – New York State’s biggest healthcare provider and largest private employer – this week announced the launch of Formativ Health, which is “descended” from Northwell Health’s existing, best-in-class management-services organization, according to a Northwell statement. The health system…


‘Scary optimism’ as local business girds for 2017

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island business leaders gave the local economy a resounding thumbs up on Thursday, predicting growing revenues, profits and pricing power at an annual economic forecast breakfast hosted by accounting firm AVZ. The less good news: 58 percent of business managers responding to AVZ’s accompanying economic poll said they have no plans to hire additional workers in 2017, and 5 percent said they expect to cut staff during the year. Another…


New partnership to bring telehealth home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A large-scale investment by Northwell Ventures will put a futuristic spin on the old-fashioned house call. The Northwell Health system on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Virginia-based telehealth solutions provider Avizia Inc. aimed at “expanding the depth and reach of Northwell’s telehealth services, helping to effectively and efficiently provide patients with the right care at the right time and place,” Northwell said in a statement – and yes, that includes…


Baby steps: Northwell newborns outpace nation

Anyone know a good sitter? Bucking national trends, Northwell Health is hip-deep in chubby cheeks and loaded diapers after delivering more than 40,000 bouncing babies in 2016. That projected 4 percent annual increase – they’re still counting little fingers and toes – goes against the national newborn tide, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marking some record lows. According to the CDC, over the first three months of 2016, the U.S. fertility rate…


Northwell adds corneal crosslinking, Ned approves

By GREGORY ZELLER // The FDA has seen the light. So has Northwell Health. Now Ned Daily can, too. Daily, a Long Island-based photographer/videographer, was slowly losing his vision to keratoconus, a common eye disease that damages the cornea. And he was on the table when doctors at Northwell Health’s Ocular Surface Center recently performed a cutting-edge corneal crosslinking treatment – making Northwell the first New York health system to offer the procedure, which the…


Health system acquires busy Suffolk Surgery Center

New York State’s largest healthcare provider keeps getting larger, adding a busy surgical center to its satellite roster. Northwell Health has acquired a majority stake in the Suffolk Surgery Center, a private, multi-specialty outpatient practice in Shirley. A joint ownership agreement gives the New Hyde Park-based health system a 70 percent stake, with the remainder split among the freestanding facility’s nine existing physician-owners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the acquisition – marking…


Savvy Hires, Northwell building autism ‘pipeline’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A startup recruiting firm with modernized methods for matching talent and opportunity has made significant headway on a potentially enormous – and socially conscious – vertical. Westbury-based Savvy Hires, launched in July by entrepreneur Felicia Fleitman, will partner with two well-known corporations – including New York State’s largest private employer – to create unique internship programs for autistic students through Adelphi University’s Bridges to Adelphi program. In concert with the school,…


Irish eyes smile on new Northwell partnership

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaborative agreement with blessings from on high in Ireland’s national government will pair startups from the Emerald Isle with some of Long Island’s top clinicians and healthcare-industry decision-makers – a two-way street with enormous commercialization potential. So say Great Neck-based Northwell Health and Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s state-run economic-development agency focused on international exports. While the entities have already enjoyed two years of unofficial collaboration, they made it official Dec….


At Northwell Health, putting their backs into it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Potential triggers for crippling backaches and revolutionary cancer treatments marked a big week for the human spine at Northwell Health. First, on Nov. 14, the health system announced that North Shore University Hospital had become the first center in the eastern U.S., and second nationally, to perform combined kyphoplasty intraoperative radiation therapy – a cutting-edge treatment for spinal metastasis, a common development for all patients with systemic cancers. The Feinstein Institute…


Northwell hospitals target pulmonary embolisms

Southside Hospital is now busting up blood clots with new tech that promises to shorten treatment time and reduce potential complications. Joining several sister hospitals throughout the Northwell Health system, the Bay Shore facility is now packing the EkoSonic Endovascular System, flagship product of the Washington State-based Ekos Corp. and the only FDA-approved endovascular device – denoting surgical procedures that insert catheters through the skin to treat blood disorders – targeting pulmonary embolisms. Those lung-based…


Northwell cuts ribbon on liver-disease center

Northwell Health has raised the curtain on a new Manhasset facility dedicated to diseases of the liver. The health system officially opened the Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases with a Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $4.5 million, 10,000-square-foot center, named for Northwell Health’s “most-generous philanthropist,” houses Northwell’s Center for Liver Diseases and North Shore University Hospital’s Division of Hepatology, the heath system said in a statement. Among other features, the Center for Liver…


Northwell, Stony Brook Med strike cardio deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state-of-the-art cardiac-care practice will lend three decades of expertise, more than a dozen heart specialists and a boatload of East End patients to Long Island’s largest healthcare system. Northwell Health announced Friday that it has acquired Eastern Suffolk Cardiology – a four-office chain boasting nine board-certified physicians specializing in internal medicine, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology – from Stony Brook Medicine. The deal involves an undisclosed financial…


Southside Hospital adds emergency helipad

A new helipad at Bay Shore’s Southside Hospital is adding some lift to Northwell Health’s regional emergency services. Already counted among the American Hospital Association’s “Most Wired” IT-savvy hospitals, Southside now boasts a state-of-the-art ground-level helipad next to its Emergency Department, providing easy access for accident victims, acute trauma cases and other airlifted patients. Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the New York Department of Health, the landing zone will primarily service Northwell Health’s…


Super-scrubs: Northwell fights the forces of infection

They don’t come with capes or cowls, they’re not powered by an indestructible “arc reactor” and they can’t shrink surgeons to ant-size, but new super-suits are making heroic impressions on the Northwell Health system. The innovative scrubs and lab coats, created by Florida-based medical manufacturer Vestagen Protective Technologies, can’t stop bullets, but they can repel dangerous microorganisms – a huge infection-fighting advantage for staffers and patients alike. Northwell Health first incorporated the contaminant-busting uniforms –…