Northwell Health

Rare accreditation for regional pharmacy chain

Your local CVS may offer better deals on toothpaste, but a pharmacy chain operated by the Northwell Health system has earned a rare national distinction. Vivo Heath Pharmacy, which operates in three Northwell Health facilities on Long Island and through a freestanding main branch in New Hyde Park, has earned full “specialty pharmacy” accreditation from the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission, an independent national nonprofit promoting better healthcare through education and standardized measurements. “Specialty pharmacies” are…


New tech deal gives legs to remote telehealth

Northwell Health is once again stepping up its telemonitoring game. The Northwell Health Home Care Network has announced an agreement with a New Jersey health-tech firm that will provide patients with Bluetooth-enabled tablets for videoconferencing with their doctors – and even transmitting internal vital signs. The announcement comes just one month after Northwell Ventures, the New Hyde Park-based health system’s venture-capital branch, announced an undisclosed investment in Virginia-based telehealth solution provider Avizia Inc. Through the…


At Jones Beach theater, Northwell rocks on

By GREGORY ZELLER // The iconic Jones Beach amphitheater has a new official name, thanks to a fresh corporate sponsorship deal. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, announced Monday that it has signed a “multi-year agreement” with venue manager Live Nation to rename the 14,000-seat amphitheater Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Live Nation, a California-based concert promoter and ticket…


‘Transformative’ PBMC taps cardiologist as director

The East End’s largest hospital has a new medical director. Noted cardiologist Jean Cacciabaudo, the former chief of cardiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, has been appointed medical director of Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to an announcement from the Riverhead hospital. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Southside Hospital and the rest of the Northwell Health system roughly one year ago and is in the midst of the “most transformative time in its 65-year…


Northwell nabs seasoned exec for community effort

The former head of the nation’s largest public health system has taken a key role at New York State’s largest private healthcare provider. Ram Raju, former CEO of the NYC Health + Hospitals Corp., has been appointed senior vice president and community health-investment officer for the Northwell Health system. The senior VP will focus primarily on collaborations with outside community-based organizations, the health system said in a statement. Based in Manhattan, HHC is a public…


Northwell goes feet-first in new orthopaedic office

Northwell Health celebrated the opening of its newest and most expansive orthopaedic institute this week. The Northwell Health Physician Partners Orthopaedic Institute at Huntington was officially opened with a Jan. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot practice specializes in general orthopaedic surgery as well as foot and ankle surgeries, according to the New Hyde Park-based health system, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer. The $1.5 million institute – the health system’s 11th…


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….