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Thursday, November 14, 2019

South Nassau Communities Hospital will now operate as Mount Sinai South Nassau to reflect the 455-bed hospital’s new partnership with the world-renowned Mount Sinai Health System. The new name was approved by the trustees of both hospitals and by the New York State Department of Health and New York Secretary of State. The change becomes effective immediately.


South Nassau Communities Hospital will now operate as Mount Sinai South Nassau.

The Mount Sinai South Nassau name emerged following a study by an outside consulting firm and from discussions among South Nassau and Mount Sinai leadership.

“The rebranding will create a clear and consistent identity with the Mount Sinai Health System brand and reflects a shared vision and collective goal to provide the highest quality of care to patients on Long Island,” said Arthur Klein, MD, President of the Mount Sinai Health Network. “Mount Sinai South Nassau is positioned to expand access to innovative approaches in patient care, treatment and research to the communities of Long Island.”

Mount Sinai and South Nassau received regulatory approval for the new partnership from the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Education in December 2018. The two institutions announced their plan to establish a partnership in January 2018 after having signed a nonbinding letter of intent in May 2017. During the past two years, administrative and clinical leaders have worked to combine the health system’s academic, clinical and research expertise with Mount Sinai South Nassau’s award-winning community-based care.


Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a recipient of Healthgrades 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. This distinction places Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.


Stony Brook Southampton Hospital achieves Healthgrades 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award.

In addition to receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award for the second year in a row, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has also been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery and C-Section Delivery for five years in a row (2015-2019). Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a participant in The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI). The SMI works with more than 10,000 healthcare providers and 115 birthing facilities to develop and implement standard approaches for handling obstetric emergencies associated with maternal mortality and morbidity, with a focus on the three leading causes of maternal death — obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding), venous thromboembolism (blood clots) and severe hypertension in pregnancy (high blood pressure).


Every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies while waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant because the organ he/she needs is not donated in time. With not enough residents registered as organ donors, Peconic Bay Medical Center has stepped forward to save lives by raising awareness about the importance of organ donation.

As part of their efforts, Peconic Bay Medical Center recently held a special event to support the national Organ Donor Enrollment Day, marked each year on Oct. 10.

The event was marked with a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate all donors. The crowd then had the opportunity to hear about why organ donation is so important. Heartwarming stories of hope were shared about life-altering organ donations including a personal story by Peconic Bay Medical’s Center own Ken Mayer, MD, head of the site’s hospitalist program, who received a kidney transplant from his wife.

Residents of New York ages 16 and older can register to be organ donors by joining the New York State Donate Life Registry at https://www.ny.gov/services/become-organ-donor. Everyone, regardless of age, race, health or ethnicity, should consider themselves potential organ and tissue donors.


Northwell Health’s Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center has received a $1.5 million grant from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation to fund two innovative programs designed to improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s disease.


Northwell Health’s Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center receives a $1.5 million grant from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation.

One of the programs to be funded through the grant is the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, which is the largest community fitness program in the country dedicated to Parkinson’s disease.

The grant will also fund the Edmond J. Safra Interdisciplinary Home Visit Program for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease. This innovative program is being developed for Northwell patients with Parkinson’s that reside in Manhattan and are unable to travel to doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and other important visits crucial to their overall medical care. As part of the program, Northwell’s neurologists and other healthcare professionals will provide care to patients in the comfort of their homes, including medical visits, occupational, physical and speech therapy services. Program staff will also assist patients, their families and caregivers in coordinating socialization activities and arrange for in-home delivery of food and meals. The program will be available to patients in Manhattan with a goal of expanding to an even broader area following its launch.


Concorde Medical Group, a multispecialty physician practice in Manhattan, has decided to join Northwell Health. Over 75 staff members and 23 physicians across seven locations will join Northwell, with clinical expertise in internal medicine, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology and hepatology, gynecology and urogynecology, allergy, asthma and immunology, and podiatry.

The addition of Concorde will further expand Northwell’s presence in Manhattan, which already includes 86 outpatient facilities, as well as Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.


This year, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital’s 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Salute took on a disco theme. More than 100 breast cancer survivors showed up in their best Saturday Night Fever attire — ready to dance the night away as they triumph, despite the changes cancer may have brought upon their lives. The event was moderated by St. Catherine’s Breast Health Navigator Meiling Alsen, RN, and a special welcome was given by Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jane Finnegan, MS, RN. The welcome was followed by the latest updates in breast care by St. Catherine’s Medical Director of Breast Health Services Jana Deitch, MD, FACS.


St. Catherine of Siena Encourages Breast Cancer Survivors to Keep Dancing at Annual Pink Ribbon Salute event.

The disco mood was further set with live renditions of the era’s top hits, played by Just Cause Band, supporting the event at no cost. Survivors and supporters danced and sang all night, and when the rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” was played, the room erupted in unified triumph.

The Pink Ribbon Salute is supported by St. Catherine of Siena’s senior leadership, and the event was co-sponsored with the support of Suffolk Anesthesiology Associates, Genomic Health Inc. Myriad Genetics, New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, New Street Plastic Surgery and Square Care.


St. Catherine of Siena Hospital held its Annual Health Fair at its campus in Smithtown. Community members were offered free flu vaccinations, health screenings/information and had the unique opportunity to discover how robotic surgery is manipulated with hands-on demonstrations. New York State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Robert Trotta, attended the community event to show their support.


Photo (L-R): Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jane Finnegan, Chief Medical Officer Mickel Khlat, DO, Legislator Robert Trotta, Legislator Leslie Kennedy, VP for Quality, Patient Safety and Regulatory Affairs/HIPAA Privacy Officer Michelle Goldfarb and Chief Operating Officer John Pohlman

In addition to the free screenings and vaccinations, the hospital offered a free teddy bear clinic. Booths were staffed with friendly clinicians ready to help educate young generations about health care and aimed at reducing anxiety for children when visiting the doctor. St. Catherine’s nursing teams provided certificates for all the children who took their favorite bears in for their checkups, and — for children who did not have a teddy bear — free bears were provided. In addition, Hunter EMS was onsite providing tours of an ambulance.

St. Catherine’s Health Fair had over 70 booths staffed with clinicians providing information about various diseases and health topics, including substance abuse and suicide prevention resources. The annual fair was a success and is organized by the Community Outreach Program. It is the hospital’s most prominent health event that draws hundreds of community members. The health fair supports the hospital’s aim to address priority health needs as identified by New York State and outlined in the hospital’s Community Service Plan found at www.stcatherines.chsli.org.