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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

St. Catherine’s Maternity Services team educates future generations.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Healthcare Exploration and Internship Program (HCEIP) is educating future generations from Smithtown High School West, Smithtown High School East, Commack High School and Chaminade High School.

The unique program, now in its eighth year, allows aspiring young healthcare professionals to gain hands-on experience as well as industry information in various departments, including nursing, pharmacy, dietary and laboratory, to name a few. Selected students had to meet several requirements to participate in the program and will receive half a healthcare credit upon completion.

A select group of students interested in obstetrics and gynecology took a tour of the Maternity Department and had the opportunity to speak directly with professionals about what it would be like to work in a variety of positions, from labor and delivery to postpartum.

Winthrop-University Hospital has received funding to expand services for underserved women, regardless of their insurance status, to navigate the healthcare system to complete breast cancer screening. The $75,000 grant is part of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Patient Navigation Project — one of a number of programs that are a part of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide initiative to increase breast cancer screening by 10 percent over the next five years.

Winthrop is one of the NAPBC sites in Nassau County that was awarded the grant, which seeks to increase the number of these women who are up to date on guideline-concordant breast cancer screenings and increase participation in timely follow-up for women who have positive cancer screenings.

The NAPBC Patient Navigation project began in October 2016 and is being implemented with support from Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health. The goals are to increase the number of women who are screened for breast cancer over the course of the three-year endeavor and improve the quality of breast cancer screening and diagnostic follow-up by enhancing existing patient navigation services.

Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) will begin operating as a Level III Trauma Center after earning provisional status from the New York State Department of Health, making it the only trauma and stroke center on the North Fork. The provisional status recognizes PBMC’s dedication to working toward meeting nationally recognized standards in providing care to the most critically injured patients and in having a continuous process in place for monitoring and improving that care.

To receive a designation as a Level III Trauma Center, a facility must demonstrate the ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is scheduled to break ground this summer on a new, $60 million Critical Care Tower expansion that will include a comprehensive Heart Care Center, two Cardiac Cath Labs, an electrophysiology lab and an expanded Emergency Department. In addition, with SkyHealth Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in place at Peconic Bay Medical Center, patients can access a faster transport option when medical needs arise. This makes Peconic Bay Medical Center unlike any other hospital on the East End.

Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation

Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation has been named a Top-Performing nursing home by the New York State Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

The facility received the classification again after being evaluated during the New York State Nursing Home Quality Initiative, which takes place annually. The Stern Family Center was graded on performance and the quality of care provided to the residents living there. Stern is one of only five nursing homes on Long Island to have received the highest ranking by the state.

Stern, which is a state-of-the-art facility, provides sub-acute and extended care services, social interaction and daily care for people recovering from serious illness or injury. It’s located on the campus of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. The center, which opened in 1989, is a skilled nursing facility with 249 beds.

Stony Brook Medicine Center has opened in Commack, expanding health care for Long Islanders.

Stony Brook Medicine opened a new, multispecialty center in Commack called Advanced Specialty Care, offering the residents of Long Island more choices and flexibility when looking for medical care.

The center offers 30 medical specialties designed to meet the majority of people’s medical needs.

Stony Brook Medicine occupies more than 120,000 square feet of space in the state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility, allowing room for expansion as additional services are added. There is also a complete imaging center on site to provide X-rays, mammography, ultrasounds, bone densitometry, CT scans and MRIs.

Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center, a member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), has been named one of New York’s Top-Performing Nursing Homes by the New York State (NYS) Department of Health. It is one of just two facilities in Suffolk County to be awarded this ranking, having achieved the highest quintile of the NYS Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) for the last three years.

The NYS NHQI is an annual quality and performance evaluation project designed to improve care for residents in Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across the state. Points are awarded for quality and performance measures, combined into an overall score for each entity and then compared against other facilities across the state. Our Lady of Consolation was ranked in the top NHQI quintile for three consecutive years: 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In addition, Our Lady of Consolation has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the Best Nursing Homes in the nation (2016–2017). In 2016, the West Islip facility was awarded an overall rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and, along with CHS’ St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center and Good Samaritan Nursing Home, earned five stars from CMS for quality measures.

The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation will underwrite a $95,000, patient-centric position at Huntington Hospital with the goal of guiding cancer patients through the complexities of the healthcare system, from making appointments to ensuring patients comply with care recommendations to get the best possible clinical outcome.

Caroline Monti Saladino, President of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, said she committed to the cancer patient navigator post after seeing it successfully implemented elsewhere.

Joseph and Tita Monti established the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation after their son died of myeloblastic leukemia at age 16 in 1972. Now, under the leadership of Caroline Monti Saladino — Joseph and Tita’s daughter and Don’s sister — the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation has donated and aided Northwell Health in a variety of ways through the decades, including previous donations to the Huntington Hospital Don Monti cancer unit.

The foundation also supports the Don Monti Division of Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset as well as Don Monti Cancer Centers at NSUH, Plainview and Glen Cove hospitals; a nurse navigator for liver cancer patients at NSUH; and other programs and events for cancer patients.

L–R: Danielle Saladino Faria; Gerard Brogan Jr., MD; Arthur Saladino; Caroline Monti Saladino; Lyndsay Burkhart, RN; Marie Roggenkamp, RN; Jessica Shremshock, RN

Southampton Hospital has announced that it has received approval from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to create a cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory at its Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center. When completed, the services will provide East End residents and visitors with lifesaving diagnostics and treatment here, in their community. Access to cardiac catheterization without the need for transfer by ambulance to another facility can mean the difference between life and death.

The cardiac catheterization laboratory will be an adult PCI-capable laboratory. The program will be operated under the clinical oversight of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH), and policies and procedures currently in place at SBUH for its cardiac catheterization and EP services will be incorporated into the operation of the laboratory at Southampton Hospital.