Local News

Monday, October 22, 2018

Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center is now Long Island Community Hospital. Under the leadership of President and CEO Richard T. Margulis, the hospital has rededicated itself to delivering compassionate care, exceptional service and medical excellence to the 400,000 lives it serves in the community. This commitment has resulted in a wave of significant improvements and accomplishments, including recent approval from the New York State Department of Health to change the name, marking an important milestone for Long Island’s only independent community hospital.

Long Island Community Hospital was recently verified as a level III trauma center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to caring for injured patients. This verification, which followed a comprehensive on-site review by a team of ACS trauma experts, confirms the hospital’s overall readiness to care for trauma patients from prehospitalization through rehabilitation.

The hospital also recently received accreditation from DNV GL Healthcare, after undergoing a rigorous hospital-wide review of its care and processes, which focused on quality of care and patient safety. With an emphasis on safety and sustainability, an important aspect of the voluntary survey is the feedback that the experts provide to the hospital. Long Island Community Hospital is one of over 450 hospitals across the country surveyed by the organization. After the three-day unannounced visit, surveyors from DNV GL Healthcare concluded that there were “zero non-conformities” across the organization, meaning that the hospital conformed with all required standards, which is a rare accomplishment by any hospital in the U.S.


Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center was named a recipient of the 2018 Healthgrades Women’s Care Awards. The Hospital was recognized for superior performance in labor and delivery and was among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated. The Maternity Center was also named as a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery and Caesarean section delivery for the fourth consecutive year.


Fredric I. Weinbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Linda Fox, Nurse Manager of The Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center, Vito Alamia, MD, Vice Chair/Service Chief, OB/GYN, and Alicia Carroll Associate Director, Quality Solutions

Healthgrades is an online consumer resource for information about hospitals and physicians. The awards methodology analyzed patient all-payer data from 676 eligible hospitals in 15 states and the District of Columbia from 2014–2016.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a participant in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 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).


St. Francis Hospital was rated the best hospital on Long Island for the sixth year in a row in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Also, the hospital has once again been rated the fifth best hospital in New York state and the sixth in the New York metro area.

U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Francis Hospital as high performing nationally in five adult specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. The hospital was also ranked high performing in seven common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD and hip replacement.

Nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide were analyzed for the publication’s 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings. Hospitals were compared in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. According to U.S. News & World Report, the rankings are designed to help patients make more informed healthcare decisions. The methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, rates of infection and adequacy of nursing staff.

Catholic Health Services’s Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was rated high performing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure.

Good Samaritan Nursing Home and St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center were also recognized by U.S. News & World Report and ranked among the Best Nursing Homes out of 15,000 nationwide for 2017–2018, with an overall rating of five stars.


Southside Hospital has opened a new cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology lab to provide Suffolk County residents with more opportunities for minimally invasive cardiac procedures. The new additions give Southside three cardiac catheterization labs and two electrophysiology suites.

Healthgrades ranked Southside Hospital among the top 10 percent in the country for coronary interventional procedures in 2018.


Jason Chinitz, MD, Puneet Gandotra, MD, and Lawrence Ong, MD, pictured in Southside Hospital’s new cardiac catheterization lab.

St. Joseph Hospital, member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), was named the winner of the 2018 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). This is the second consecutive year that St. Joseph Hospital has earned this prestigious recognition.

St. Joseph Hospital was again recognized in the “Hospital with Fewer than 200 Beds” category, for its safe patient handling initiative. HANYS presented CHS and hospital leadership with the award at its 50th Annual Membership Conference held in Saratoga Springs.

St. Joseph’s project, “The Cultural, Clinical and Operational Benefits of Establishing a Robust Safe Patient Handling Program,” submitted by Christopher Cells, MSN, RN-BC, noted that in New York state in 2016, more than 36,300 healthcare worker injuries occurred primarily to individuals involved in the direct, daily care of patients — specifically nursing assistants and registered nurses. To address this issue, the hospital established a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, frontline nurses, as well as nursing education, environmental services and hospital administration. The group referenced best practices from multiple organizations, focused on safe patient handling and employed Lean methodology, ultimately realizing a 36 percent reduction in safe patient handling-related injuries.

The successful project was chosen from among 115 statewide nominations by an independent, external panel. Winners were selected in four categories: three for acute care based on bed count and one for post-acute/outpatient providers.

Last year, both CHS’s St. Joseph Hospital and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center were recipients of the HANYS Pinnacle Award.


NYU Langone Health announced an agreement that brings together NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) and Lutheran Care at Home (NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn’s CHHA), which has received regulatory approval from the New York State Department of Health.

The formalization of this partnership, under the direction of NYU Winthrop’s Certified Home Health Agency, enables the NYU Langone Health system, which includes NYU Langone Health, NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, and NYU Winthrop Hospital, to serve patients across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, through one comprehensive program that expands the reach and impact of NYU Langone Health’s home health agency services and brings the expertise of NYU Langone’s healthcare to an even broader patient population.

NYU Winthrop’s CHHA, has traditionally provided services in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties, and has been operating for 35 years under the leadership of a strong and successful management team. The NYU Winthrop CHHA is accredited by The Joint Commission and, year after year, has earned its rightful place in the prestigious HomeCare Elite — a national award that recognizes excellence in home health services based on performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and financial performance.


Peconic Bay Medical Center holds their “Teaching Kitchen Series” every fourth Wednesday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Center’s Conference Rooms B & C (2nd floor), which is located at 1300 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead. Watch chefs prepare a healthy, delicious meal and sample it too! A registered dietitian will be available to answer any questions.

Upcoming Teaching Kitchens:

October 31 — Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pancakes

November 28 — Kingston Pizzetta

December 19 — Sriracha Steak Omelet