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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Charles Rothberg, MD, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), released the following statement regarding the Executive Budget Proposal:

“While MSSNY is continuing to review all of the legislative proposals contained in the Executive Budget, New York’s physicians appreciate the continued efforts of Governor Cuomo to assure the availability of affordable health insurance options for New Yorkers despite efforts by some at the federal level to drastically reduce funding for these programs. The enormous Budget deficit this State faces presents a significant challenge. While we have concerns with some provisions of the proposed Budget that could make it more difficult for patients to receive needed physician care, we will continue to work proactively with the Governor and Legislature to meet these challenges so as to protect and preserve our world class health care system.”


The official opening of the Gianna Center of Long Island

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.


For the fifth consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review has named South Nassau Communities Hospital to its list of “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs” in the United States.

Becker’s Hospital Review based their selection of hospitals to the list on national rankings and awards received from several institutions, including U.S. News & World Report national and regional rankings for gynecology, CareChex rankings for women’s health care, women’s health Healthgrades awards, Women’s Choice Award’s Best Breast Centers list and Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, the accrediting body for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the U.S.

South Nassau has multiple accreditations, designations and awards for its women’s health services, including accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, Baby-Friendly Hospital designation and Healthgrades’ Top 10 Percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Gynecologic Procedures, Gynecologic Procedures Excellence.


The Friends of Mercy Medical Center will hold their 52nd Annual Gentlemen’s St. Patrick’s Dinner on Thursday, March 15 at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club.

Proceeds from the 52nd Annual Gentlemen’s Dinner will go toward the development of Good Shepherd Hospice’s 12-bed Inpatient Hospice Unit on the campus of Mercy Medical Center. A dedicated inpatient hospice unit provides care to hospice patients whose symptoms cannot be managed in a home environment due to the need for complex treatments and frequent medication dose changes. Currently, Catholic Health Services, through Good Shepherd, has only one other facility of this kind, a 16-bed unit in Port Jefferson. Construction began February 2018, with completion scheduled for later this year. The value of having a dedicated inpatient hospice unit on Mercy’s campus will create an improved ability to manage the symptoms of terminally ill patients in an acute care specialty setting.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently celebrated the opening of its Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center in a ceremony featuring senior leadership from Catholic Health Services, medical staff, donors and local elected officials.

The center, which is the first of its kind on the south shore of Long Island, offers the most advanced imaging capabilities in the area by combining a 512 speed low-dose CT scanner and a biplane angiography system which provides instant visualization of complex cerebral anatomy. Following procedures, patients will recover in a dedicated five-bed neurosurgical intensive care unit. The department also contains four step-down beds so the same skilled care team will remain with each patient during their entire stay at Good Samaritan.


Injured teddy bears were lined up at Searingtown Elementary School in Albertson, as kindergarteners took on the roles of doctors and nurses to treat the injuries. Children made slings, tended to cuts, and checked the pulses of their teddy bears. It was all part of a free “Teddy Bear Clinic” orchestrated by NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Trauma Center to teach young members of the community about injury prevention and treatment, and to educate them on the medical profession.


Stuffed animal physicians tend to injured colleagues in an NYU Winthrop Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic.

The children brought in their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal and NYU Winthrop provided equipment for the students to dress up as doctors and nurses. Adelphi University nursing students pitched in and dressed in scrubs and had stethoscopes to assist in treating the injured bears.


The trauma team from NYU Winthrop Hospital, an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Trauma Center, trained more than 50 members of the Mineola Fire Department in the hospital’s Stop the Bleed program. Stop the Bleed, a national program initiated by the American College of Surgeons and supported by Homeland Security, encourages first responders and everyday citizens to become trained and empowered to assist in a bleeding emergency until medical aid arrives. NYU Winthrop has been training organizations and residents across Long Island in recent months, bringing the Stop the Bleed program’s lifesaving techniques to university staff, public safety officers, health professionals, entertainment venues, corporations and more.


NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Stop the Bleed program

The Stop the Bleed program focuses on teaching tactics to recognize life-threatening bleeding and provide immediate response to control that bleeding including by direct pressure, the use of tourniquets or packing (filling) a wound with gauze or clean cloth. Bleeding wounds, such as to the arms and legs, can many times be controlled by direct pressure.


Catholic Health Services (CHS) has entered into an agreement with New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) to further advance patient-centered, community-based health care on Long Island. Through this affiliation, CHS will expand its complement of medical student rotations and graduate medical education residencies and fellowships to grow CHS’s clinical service lines.

With six hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities, a home nursing service and hospice, CHS handles nearly 240,000 emergency department visits, more than 80,000 hospital admissions and almost 400,000 outpatient visits yearly. NYITCOM, chartered in 1977, was the first osteopathic medical school in New York state, with more than 7,400 graduates to date now caring for patients in this region and beyond. This collaboration will extend the reach of CHS’s impact on the health of Long Island’s communities.


Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) is proud to announce its cardiology fellowship program, led by Roman Zeltser, MD, Fellowship Program Director, has attained Initial Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In accordance with the ACGME’s Accreditation System and the policies set forth in its Policies and Procedures Manual, all accredited programs are reviewed annually by a relevant review committee. At its January 2018 meeting, the review committee for Internal Medicine reviewed the cardiology fellowship program at NUMC and has given them initial accreditation. The NUMC cardiology fellowship program was initially started in 2015 as an American Osteopathic Association accredited program with the first class of fellows graduating this year.


Peconic Bay Medical Center offers Healthy Lunch & Learn seminars the first Wednesday of every month. Seminars are noon–1 p.m.

Location: Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead, Conference Room A & B (second floor)

April 4: Diabetes Prevention

May 2: Reducing Risk of Stroke through Nutrition

June 6: Super Foods and Cancer Prevention


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has certified Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Westhampton Primary Care at The Christiane and Richard Hiegel Healthcare Center and the Hospital’s Shinnecock Indian Health Clinic as Patient-centered Medical Homes (Level 3). To earn this national recognition, the certifications culminated seven months of work that involved re-engineering processes/workflows, quality performance improvement, training and data collection to meet NCQA standards. NCQA is a private 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving healthcare quality and performance measures for a broad range of healthcare entities.