Local News

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mercy Medical Center and Good Shepherd Hospice, both members of Catholic Health Services, are working together to ensure Nassau residents have access to quality inpatient hospice services. The Certificate of Need application for a 12-bed hospice unit at Mercy was approved by the New York State Department of Health, and the unit will open in 2018.


(L-R): Danielle Perillo, Foundation Director; Carter Anne McGowan, Good Shepherd Hospice Foundation board member; Philip Polo, Mercy’s Director of Engineering; Msgr. Frank Caldwell; Mary Ellen Polit, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Good Shepherd Hospice; Brian Croutier, President of the Friends of Mercy; Sr. Dolores Castellano, CIJ, Good Shepherd Hospice Foundation Board Chair; Karen Signoracci Suero, Capital Campaign Consultant; Jennifer Hoffman, Continuing Care Board Member

The Friends of Mercy Medical Center kicked off the capital campaign for Good Shepherd Hospice at Mercy Medical Center with a pledge of $250,000. The Family Lounge in the unit will be named the Friends of Mercy Family Lounge. The new facility will accommodate terminally ill patients who require an acute level of care.


For the 48th consecutive year, employees of Northwell Health gathered together to honor the teachings and visions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s keynote speaker was Wes Moore, best-selling author, decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest New York City foundations dedicated to alleviating poverty. His latest book, “The Other Wes Moore” tells the story of how educational opportunities, community support and other factors helped him transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path to prison.


Keynote speaker, Wes Moore, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event

Providing musical support during the ceremony was the Hempstead Select Chorale, a group of talented singers who have already won two international choral competitions.


Hundreds of aspiring nurses gathered at Northwell Health’s 10th annual Golden Ticket Nursing Showcase at the Crest Hollow Country Club, an event designed to help recruiters identify promising college students who could one day become the heart and soul of New York state’s largest health system.


Northwell Health’s 10th annual Golden Ticket Nursing Showcase

Nearly 500 nursing majors from more than 20 different schools attended the event on Jan. 10. Nursing leaders, representing 21 Northwell hospitals and 15 service lines, offered a glimpse into the rewards and challenges facing registered nurses today. They also networked with aspiring nurse candidates during the expo session.

The Nursing Showcase allows Northwell to develop a pipeline of nursing talent at a time when there’s a reported nationwide shortage of nurses, particularly in specialties such as perioperative, emergency department, critical care and pediatrics. It offers an opportunity to meet and interview students for internships, fellowships and other summer placement opportunities. More than half of the candidates who go through the Northwell Health summer program eventually get hired.


Catholic Health Services of Long Island, in conjunction with the Diocese of Rockville Centre, celebrated the official opening of the Gianna Center of Long Island with a blessing from the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. This innovative program, under the medical direction of Paul Carpentier, MD, is the only facility of its kind on Long Island and provides families with highly specialized, restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching. As part of the ceremony, Bishop Barres presented the Gianna Center with relics from St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a pediatrician and namesake of the nationally affiliated center.


The New York Public Library, the New York State Commission for the Blind, and Lighthouse Guild’s Parent Support Group are offering free lunch and information meetups for parents of children who are visually impaired or have multiple disabilities. Parents will learn about the importance of early literacy, hear about free services and resources, and learn about free books and Early Literacy kits. For more information and to register, please email NAPVI@lighthouseguild.org. Admission is free, and there will be fun activities for children.


South Nassau Communities Hospital continued its tradition of excellence in 2017 by earning top awards and certifications in a wide range of patient care specialties. The awards earned by South Nassau include:

  • Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award, and 5-Star ratings for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Hip Fracture Treatment
  • Healthgrades Patient Safety Award, Healthgrades Top 5 Percent of Hospitals for Patient Safety, Healthgrades Top 10 Percent of Hospitals for Patient Safety
  • Healthgrades Top 10 Percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Gynecologic Procedures, Gynecologic Procedures Excellence Award, Superior Performance in Gynecologic Procedures Award, 5-Star Recipient for Hysterectomy
  • Becker’s Hospital Review List of 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs
  • U.S. News & World Report Best (New York) Metro Area Hospitals Rankings of 17th Overall
  • Re-accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus
  • Improving Healthcare for the Common Good (IPRO) End-Stage Renal Disease Network Quality Award for Highest ICH CAHPS Score in New York
  • IPRO End Stage Renal Network Five Diamond Safety Award (for both the Inpatient Dialysis Unit and the Outpatient Dialysis Center)
  • Transitional Care Unit (TCU) CMS Nursing Home Compare 5- Star Rating
  • TCU U.S. News & World Report Top Nursing Homes in America

Northwell Health President & CEO Michael J. Dowling and Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts signed an agreement for Mather to become a full member of the health system. The merger was approved in late November by both Mather Board of Directors and Northwell Health Board of Trustees, and took effect in January.


Mather Hospital becomes a member of the Northwell Health System

Mather becomes Northwell’s 23rd hospital and its fifth in Suffolk County, in addition to Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and South Oaks Hospital in Amityville.

As part of an extensive search process, Mather had discussions with several health systems regarding possible affiliation starting in early 2016. Mather had been one of only two hospitals on Long Island that had not joined or announced plans to join a larger system.


With the flu season fully upon us, imagine making common items, such as cotton cloth, plastic bottles, and wound dressings, killers of swine flu or staph. This is now a reality with far reaching implications. Researchers at Pace University, Queens College and Long Island University have been awarded U.S. patent number 9,832,998 B2 for a portfolio of compounds that, when applied to polymer surfaces, renders them antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial/antimicrobial.


Chemistry Professor JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University

“We have developed a compound that when bonded to a variety of surfaces, kills the H1N1 virus, MRSA, and other pathogens, fungi, and bacteria that come into contact with those surfaces, helping to stop the spread of diseases and infections,” says Chemistry Professor JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University. She and her fellow researchers, Professor Robert Engel, PhD, Queens College, and Professor Karin Melkonian-Fincher, PhD, Long Island University, have worked on developing this as part of a portfolio of compounds since 2010.

The patent covers a group of groundbreaking antimicrobial technologies. These compounds have many practical applications across a variety of industries and sectors, such as health care, food, agriculture, construction and the military. The range of surfaces that the compound can be bonded to includes many polymer materials, and could be used on wound dressings, facemasks, gowns, linens and countertops found in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and physician’s offices; household items, such as sponges, cutting boards and counters; water and air filtration systems; military uniforms; and plastic bottles used not only in the beverage industry, but the health and beauty sectors as well.

The triumvirate of researchers is working on bringing the compounds to the market in 2018.


NYU Winthrop Hospital announced that 99.3 percent of its more than 8,750 employees were inoculated against influenza in what is believed to be the first time ever that a hospital in Nassau or Suffolk Counties made the vaccination mandatory among its employees. NYU Winthrop initiated this grand-scale program, which goes above and beyond precautions required by New York state law, to create the safest environment possible for young and elderly patients alike, and to protect patients who may have compromised immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in recent years there have been as many as 56,000 deaths (in 2012-2013) due to the flu, including deaths of young children who were perfectly healthy beforehand. NYU Winthrop’s new mandatory program will be an annual one, but it permits exemptions for employees with medical contraindications or based on religious beliefs.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of flu with a comprehensive effort to protect patients and visitors from exposure to the flu virus.

While an annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for preventing the flu, a surgical facemask, worn by employees, provides added protection to patients, employees and visitors. Good Samaritan offers the flu vaccine to all employees and also provides its employees with surgical facemasks, as required by the New York State Department of Health.

“Flu prevention is a priority at all hospitals on Long Island, and hospital employees work every day to lessen the spread of flu virus by adhering to strict infection control practices and prevention guidelines,” says Kevin Dahill, President/CEO of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, the association that represents all Long Island hospitals. “Additionally, hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities must document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against the flu to state and federal authorities.”