Local News

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Julio A. Panza, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s Heart and Vascular Institute, and Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program (holding scissors), were joined by colleagues and community members to celebrate the official opening of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy office in Garden City — the Heart and Vascular Institute’s first Long Island location.

The Heart and Vascular Institute, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently celebrated the opening of its first Long Island practice, which brings cardiac care to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients living in the area.

WMCHealth’s program, led by Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) program, launched in 2016 to offer advanced care to patients with the cardiac condition.

The Heart and Vascular Institute’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program will see patients at the Garden City office, located at 877 Stewart Ave., Suite 12, on Thursdays, and will also see patients at the Westchester office, located at 19 Bradhurst Ave., Suite 3850S, in Hawthorne.


The Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program, led by Benjamin Luft, MD, the Edmund D. Pellegrino Professor of Medicine in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received a five-year federal grant totaling more than $60 million. Awarded by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the grant comes at a time when the WTC Wellness Program continues to expand its medical services to patients and is relocating to a larger clinical space in Stony Brook Medicine’s new specialty care facility in Commack, New York.

As principal investigator of the new NIOSH award, Dr. Luft and his team will use the funds to support the operations and infrastructure costs necessary to run a large collaborative medical care model that serves nearly 10,000 patients. Managed by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, the WTC program screens 9/11 responders who may be eligible for care under the Zadroga Act and WTC victim compensation fund, and treats patients suffering from many conditions, including cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and numerous pulmonary conditions.

The NIOSH award will extend support for the program until March 31, 2022.



Northwell Health Ride For Blue Cycling Class

Physicians from Northwell Health saddled up on indoor cycling bikes April 13 for the inaugural Ride for Blue event, which benefits colon cancer research and digestive disorders. The intense, 45-minute class was held at SoulCycle in Roslyn. Colleagues from surgery, medicine and non-clinical staff geared up and put on their spin shoes to raise money. When the pedals finally stopped, nearly $3,000 had been raised. The money will go toward a research grant at the Feinstein Institute For Medical Research. For a number of participants, the grueling cycling class in the dark was their first.


Four epilepsy programs within the Northwell Health system have been reaccredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park have each been recognized as Level 4 facilities.

Level 4 epilepsy centers are equipped to provide the highest level of medical, psychological, neuropsychological and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Center at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan each received Level 3 designation.

Level 3 epilepsy centers deliver a range of medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy.



The new Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, Queens. The center has been designed to provide walk-in evaluations and will lessen the need for a visit to the Emergency Department when a person is in crisis.

In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for people living with psychiatric disorders, Northwell Health recently opened an Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital.

The new center has been designed to bridge the gap that patients face in accessing behavioral health services by providing walk-in care to individuals who need immediate psychiatric care — reducing their reliance on Emergency Department (ED) services.

This program is one way in which Northwell Health is realizing the goals of NYS’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and increasing access to high-quality behavioral health services so that vulnerable patients have alternatives to the ED.

The Center, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of licensed professionals that includes psychiatrists, medical assistants, social workers, care coordinators and peer advocates.


Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) has earned the nation’s top distinction for patient safety with an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent watchdog group that sets the highest standards for patient safety in the United States.

The newly released Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. ELIH was one of 823 hospitals nationally to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. ELIH is the only hospital in Suffolk County to receive an “A.”



Huntington Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Susan Knoepffler, RN; Director of Nursing Education Donna Tanzi, RN; and Executive Director Gerard Brogan Jr., MD, along with Huntington Hospital staff, celebrated being named a Magnet Recognition Program for a fourth straight time on April 26.

Huntington Hospital has become the first hospital on Long Island to achieve nursing’s highest honor — Magnet designation — for the fourth time in a row.

Magnet status is the gold standard for nursing excellence — a reflection of Huntington Hospital’s nursing professionalism, strong collaboration, innovation and teamwork as well as its superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) prestigious Magnet Recognition Program is one that has been achieved by just 7 percent of hospitals nationwide. Huntington Hospital, in addition to being the first on Long Island, is the second in New York state and one of just 36 in the country to receive Magnet designation four or more times. Each Magnet designation lasts four years.

Magnet recognition is a factor when the public judges healthcare organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care. Huntington Hospital is the highest-ranked community hospital in New York state and is in the top 5 percent of all hospitals statewide.


South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Board of Directors has agreed to enter a period of exclusive negotiations with the Mount Sinai Health System to come together as part of a long-term strategy to improve care available for residents of the South Shore and Long Island.

In the coming months, South Nassau and Mount Sinai will explore a formal affiliation agreement that could lead to an alignment of medical services, management and governance between the 455-bed Oceanside hospital and the world-renowned Mount Sinai Health System.

If a final agreement is reached and approved, South Nassau, which has served Nassau County residents since 1928, would become the flagship institution of Mount Sinai on Long Island and be a part of Mount Sinai’s $8 billion health system that includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country — seven hospitals in the New York metropolitan area and a network of more than 7,000 physicians.


Northwell Health has signed a strategic affiliation agreement with the Rothman Institute, one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Rothman Institute is known internationally as a preeminent orthopedic and musculoskeletal practice, with more than 25 locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including two orthopedic urgent care clinics. The Rothman Institute is recognized for its innovative treatment methods, research, education and technology.

The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute will be working with Rothman Institute to develop centers of excellence for orthopedic care in the New York metropolitan area, including Manhattan.