Local News

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Three leading oncology practices, New York Cancer & Blood SpecialistsTennessee Oncology and West Cancer Center, have united to launch OneOncology. The venture will bring together more than 225 community oncologists from more than 60 national sites of care.

General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm with a history of launching innovative companies, has made a $200 million investment in the company to support its current growth plans and ensure it will be at the forefront of the transformation to a value-based cancer care system.

Flatiron Health, with technology currently embedded in more than 280 oncology practices nationwide, will power the OneOncology technology and data platform. OneOncology will leverage Flatiron’s suite of services to provide access to key clinical and operational data and the latest research via a connected, national, cloud-based network.

Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Jeff Patton, MD, CEO of Tennessee Oncology, and Lee Schwartzberg, MD, Executive Director of West Cancer Center, assert that this partnership will enable the nation’s best oncologists to learn from unique challenges, drive meaningful innovation, and leverage the benefits for patients.

Jacobowitz and Gubits LLP announced that pursuant to a new state statute that took effect Oct. 9, 2018, all employers are now required to immediately establish a sexual harassment policy and provide the policy in writing to all employees. This applies to public and private employers, regardless of the number of employees. If an employer already has a policy, it must be updated to meet or exceed the policy recently required by the State of New York.

Employers are advised to post the policy where it is easily accessible by employees and are encouraged to have employees sign to acknowledge receipt of the policy. Note that employers may be held liable for failing to take corrective action against sexual harassment by or of nonemployees.

Employers have until Oct. 9, 2019, to provide state-approved sexual harassment training to all employees in their primary language. Re-training of all employees must be undertaken at least once a year every year thereafter. New employees must be trained as soon as possible after hiring (preferably within 30 days of hire).

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists examined the latest data on nutrition and encouraged the medical community to re-energize their recommendations on vitamins for patient care in an analysis published recently in Diabetes & Metabolism: Research & Reviews. Feinstein Institute members Miji Kim, MD, and Anam Basharat, MD, along with Head of the Diabetes Research Laboratory, Jesse Roth, MD, re-examined the health concerns of being undernourished and overweight/obese and how a carefully planned program of micronutrients can benefit the health of all patients, regardless of weight.

“We found, when examining the current research, that while we have been focusing on obesity and the impact of macronutrients like fats, carbohydrates and proteins for good health, we have been ignoring the importance of vitamins and other micronutrients which can have a major impact irrespective of weight,” Dr. Kim says. “We found that most individuals, whether undernourished or overweight/obese, are not taking in the optimal amount of vitamins and minerals. We should revisit the medical community’s focus on this aspect of health because micronutrients are relatively safe, low in cost and can have a speedy, positive impact on health.”

Catholic Health Services (CHS) earned a 2018 Top Workplaces honor from Newsday. The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects, including workplace culture, alignment, execution and connection.

“Earning the Top Workplaces award is something everyone at CHS is very proud of,” says CHS’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer Anthony Pellicano. “What makes it even more gratifying and valuable is knowing that this is the result of our employees expressing their opinions about our workplace culture. CHS’s ability to provide compassionate and high-quality care is directly related to the excellence of our employees, who are the heart and soul of our organization.”

Formlabs and Northwell Health announced that the powerful and accessible automated 3D printing system Form Cell has been incorporated into Northwell’s 3D Design and Innovation Center to increase production of patient-specific anatomical models and surgical guides.

Northwell’s 3D Design and Innovation Center

Northwell Health has already used Formlabs’ standalone Form 2 3D printers in its 3D printing lab, but looks to increase production with the Form Cell, an automated 3D print production solution. Personalized models provide surgeons with more effective preparation, offering a hands-on opportunity to get a feel for patient anatomy, and pre-fit equipment before entering the operating room. During orthopedic or oncologic procedures, surgeons are now able to use patient-specific, 3D-printed surgical guides, which help with precise excisions of tumors or drill depths for optimal screw insertions.

A recent study based on Northwell Health data shows the use of 3D-printed models or surgical guides for complex cases can reduce time in the operating room by at least 10 percent. This shows significant savings, for instance, assuming 10 to 15 percent of select surgical cases could use a 3D printed model or guide, the annual operating room cost avoidance for 1,150 annual cases would be approximately $1,750,000. Based on these findings, within four years, models printed on the Form Cell could save Northwell Health approximately $7 million in operating room time alone.

Fundraising for cancer care will take flight on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when NYU Winthrop Hospital hosts its third annual “Love is in the Air” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Proceeds from the event will support NYU Winthrop’s Center for Cancer Care and work to enhance patient care, support survivorship programs, and support technology and research advancements. Area residents are encouraged to “show the love” by supporting this all-important cause, as each year more than 18,000 Long Islanders are faced with the challenges of cancer.

Drs. Eva Chalas and Jeffrey Schneider

The fun-filled evening will feature a cabaret show in the museum’s domed IMAX theatre, cocktail dining in a lounge atmosphere, and a DJ and dancing. Cradle of Aviation galleries will be open for guests to enjoy. The museum boasts more than 75 airplanes and spacecrafts, from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module.

“The generous support of Love is in the Air patrons from this event will fund projects that help identify and treat early signs of distress related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment, accelerate cross-discipline communication about patients’ progress through their cancer care journey and identify ways to minimize and shorten emergency room visits and inpatient hospitalizations which are linked to side effects from cancer treatment,” Winner says. “They will help us swiftly refer patients to needed supportive services, including social work and financial assistance, which can be so important in helping a cancer patient maintain emotional resiliency.”

A range of event sponsorship opportunities are available for Love is in the Air, and tickets are $250 per person.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center hosted its Annual Health Fair — under the big tent. The medical center offered free health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing, sclerosis, vascular and more. The medical center also offered free seasonal flu vaccinations for adults, provided free Tai Chi demonstrations and Narcan education, along with substance abuse resources in partnership with Horizons Counseling Center of Smithtown.

There were plenty of activities for the children as well, including free pumpkins to decorate and a live Teddy Bear Clinic. Children were encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to get its checkup. The Teddy Bear Clinic teaches children what it’s like to be a patient by allowing them to visit various departments with their bear. Kids also explored a real ambulance. The free interactive program takes the scare out of emergency care.

In addition to the free screenings, there were more than 70 booths for attendees to visit, where they could gather information and speak one-to-one with healthcare professionals.