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Monday, July 29, 2019

Cohen Children’s Medical Center has earned top 50 national rankings for exceptional care in nine pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019–2020 Best Children’s Hospitals. The largest provider of pediatric health services in New York state, Cohen has been ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals by US News 13 consecutive years.

Cohen’s highest ranking was in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery — tied for 17th in the nation, a significant jump from last year when the hospital ranked 27th. U.S. News & World Report ranked Cohen 24th in the nation for its expertise in pediatric neonatology, also a marked increase from last year when the hospital was ranked 32nd. Also noteworthy is Cohen’s emergence as the 27th nationally ranked hospital in the area of pediatric cancer, as well as its No. 28 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, an improvement from No. 40 a year ago.


The New York State Legislature passed a measure that will assure that the only acceptable exception to New York’s vaccination requirements is when there are medical contraindications. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already signed this measure. The Medical Society of the State of New York thanks all the physicians who took the time to write a letter, make a phone call and take other steps to educate their legislators about the critical importance of this legislation for protecting public health.


St. Joseph Hospital’s annual gala raised over $130,000 for future emergency department improvements. The event welcomed nearly 300 guests, including three honored guests, and their families, who were recognized for their contributions to the hospital and the community.

This year’s honorees included Adam Carpentieri, DO, Dedicated Past Medical Staff President; Tommaso Addona, MD, recognized in the Physician of Excellence category; and Benno Ansbacher, community honoree and recipient of the You Made A Difference award.

The future renovation will help reduce emergency wait times and improve patient flow so the hospital can continue to focus on treating patients’ emergencies. Additionally, upgrades to the department will increase capacity, modernize the space, provide enhanced privacy, upgrade security and increase environmental sustainability.


From left: Birendra Trivedi, MD, St. Joseph Hospital Medical Staff President; Adam Carpentieri, DO, Dedicated Past Medical Staff President; Tommaso Addona, MD, recognized in the Physician of Excellence category; Benno Ansbacher, community honoree and recipient of the You Made A Difference award; and Peter Scaminaci, President at St. Joseph Hospital

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Breast Health has been granted a three-year, full reaccreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Center earned its initial NAPBC accreditation in 2013 and was reaccredited in 2016.

To achieve reaccreditation, South Nassau demonstrated its compliance with standards established by the NAPBC to provide the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. Administered by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC accreditation is awarded only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.


Trauma staff from NYU Winthrop Hospital, an ACS Level 1 Trauma Center, provided Stop the Bleed training to employees from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), educating them on techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding that can occur due to a range of trauma circumstances. NYU Winthrop has trained more than 1,000 Long Islanders in Stop the Bleed, including first responders, security officers, school faculties and more, but this is the first training dedicated to airport employees. The training was conducted at Hangar 7, the former Seaplane Maintenance Hangar, and was open to all workers at LGA. Stop the Bleed is a national program supported by the American College of Surgeons and Homeland Security and encourages everyday citizens to become empowered to assist in bleeding emergencies until professional medical help arrives.

Organizations interested in more information about NYU Winthrop’s Stop the Bleed program can contact stopthebleed@nyulangone.org.


Trauma staff from NYU Winthrop Hospital teach LaGuardia Airport employees how to pack a wound to stop bleeding.

The Mudra Foundation, the nonprofit that uses art to help causes, was back recently with an interesting new project: physicians who dance!

Jeevan Tarang, an Indian phrase that translates to “the rhythms of life,” seems to be an apt title for a program that showcased healers who dance. Jeevan Tarang was an evening of Indian music and dance by The Mudra Foundation, showcasing performing artistes from the medical fraternity to benefit CRY America. The performance was held at the Maguire Theater, SUNY Old Westbury.

According to the program description, the performing physicians are not mere hobbyists but accomplished artistes with solid classical training who had put aside their performing talents when they got into medical school and got busy with the profession of healing.


Physicians who also happen to be performing artistes

Catholic Health Services’s (CHS) St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has won the CHS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety in the acute care category. The hospital’s Cracking the Code to Decrease Sepsis Mortality project took top honors among a field of strong contenders. In the continuing care category, CHS’s three skilled nursing facilities — Good Samaritan Nursing HomeOur Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center and St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation — earned the CHS Pinnacle Award for their collaborative Optimizing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections With Appropriate Antibiotic Usage initiative.

In addition to the CHS Pinnacle Awards, several specialty awards were presented at the event. St. Joseph Hospital was honored for the Best Culture of Safety Improvement Initiative, The Trickle Down Effect of Employee Engagement and Psychological Safety on Harm Reduction. The systemwide Risk Avoidance Through Safe Patient Mobility won in the Best Employee Safety Engagement Initiative category. Recognition for the Best Collaboration to Address a Public Health Issue was presented to the DSRIP team, Behavioral Health, Emergency Medicine and project partners. CHS Physician Partners Medical Group’s Implementation of a Diabetes Self-Management Program in the Ambulatory Setting was the winner in the Best Population Health Impact category. Finally, St. Charles Hospital’sRosemary Jackson, RN, and the hospital’s maternity team were recognized in the Patient Safety Hero Award category.


St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center wins the CHS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety in the acute care category.

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 35th Annual Golf Outing raised nearly $600,000, with an estimated net of $400,000, a record for the annual outing, surpassing last year’s record by 25%. All proceeds raised benefit the hospital’s Emergency Department’s Expansion Campaign.

South Nassau’s supporters from local business, civic and community groups flocked to the popular outing, which is the largest and most successful hospital golf outing on Long Island. Three premier courses were sold out, with nearly 500 golfers and guests attending the day and evening events.

Atlantic Beach resident and real estate management executive Anthony Ponte and South Nassau’s longtime Facility Management Vice President Bill Ulrich were co-honorees of the outing, which was held at three of Long Island’s most prestigious and challenging venues: The Seawane Club, Hewlett Harbor; Rockaway Hunting Club, Lawrence; and Rockville Links Club, Rockville Centre. The event grossed nearly $600,000, with all net proceeds benefiting expansion of the hospital’s Trauma-designated Emergency Department in Oceanside, which serves nearly 70,000 patients a year across the southern tier of Nassau County.

Reconstruction of the Emergency Department is already underway, and groundbreaking for a new Southwest wing of the hospital is expected to take place next year, allowing for the doubling of the size of the ER at the Oceanside campus. The new ER will feature dedicated areas for behavioral health and pediatric emergencies.


Local elected officials join co-honorees and their wives. From left are Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray, Malverne Mayor Keith Corbett, Wendy Ponte, honoree Anthony Ponte, honoree Bill Ulrich, Ethel Ulrich, TOH Supervisor Laura Gillen and Island Park Mayor Mike McGinty.

St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Catholic Health Services, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound after a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging and represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

The ultrasound accreditation program involves the acquisition of clinical images, submission of relevant physician reports corresponding to clinical images submitted and quality control documentation.


From left are ultrasound technologist Nina Krysiuk and St. Joseph Hospital Director of Radiology Stu Fales.