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Monday, January 20, 2020

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Southside Hospital’s Food & Wine Experience raised more than $200,000 that will benefit the hospital’s expansion of clinical programs and services. This year’s event, held at Bay Shore’s The LakeHouse, honored Future Tech Enterprise’s President and CEO Bob Venero and Southside Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Barry Goldberg, MD.

The Southside Hospital Food & Wine Experience will benefit the hospital as part of Northwell’s $1B Outpacing the Impossible campaign, which supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, advances research and funds endowment for teaching and research initiatives. Proceeds will support the hospital’s ongoing transformation both in terms of its evolving campus and the expansion of vital clinical programs and services. Complex neurosurgery, led by David Chalif, MD, is one program that has recently expanded at Southside.


Future Tech Enterprise’s President and CEO Bob Venero and Southside Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Barry Goldberg, MD

St. Charles Hospital’s newly renovated Maternal/Child Pavilion is now open. The unit features a hotel-like atmosphere, leading-edge equipment, private rooms and amenities that cater to postpartum mothers, newborns and families.

St. Charles significantly improved the postpartum experience by renovating the unit from semi-private rooms to all private rooms. Each patient room features a resort-like atmosphere, with new beds, a convertible accommodation for significant others, and high-end newborn isolettes with space for babies to room in, allowing for important bonding time. The private spa-inspired bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower, another new feature for the unit.

In addition to the beautifully renovated unit, St. Charles provides a breakfast buffet every morning for new parents and, the night before discharge, parents are given a three-course, private dinner for two.

In addition, to support babies who need extra medical attention following birth, the Level II Newborn Intensive Care Unit provides continuous, comprehensive infant care by board-certified neonatologists and nurse practitioners trained in neonatology.


A maternity room at St. Charles

South Oaks Hospital, the largest behavioral health facility in Suffolk County, has opened a comprehensive treatment program tailored to treat adolescents ages 13 to 18 with a substance use disorder.

Northwell Health created the program in response to requests from eight Long Island school districts South Oaks also provides mental health services to, along with increasing demand from the community. Kevin Cotterell, MD, will lead the program along with the administrative directors — Jaclene Jason, Psychiatry Program Director at the hospital, and Ken Corbin, South Oak’s Director of Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services.

Services available to the children, teens and their families include an initial evaluation, preventive strategies, medication management, medication-assisted treatment and family, group and/or individual therapy tailored to the child and family’s needs. South Oaks Hospital now has the full continuum of substance use disorder treatment options, including full detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, intensive outpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation.

Families do not have to participate in the adolescent treatment program if the adolescent feels uncomfortable; conversely, if a child isn’t ready for help, the family can receive assistance.


South Oaks Hospital’s adolescent substance use disorder program Case Coordinators Caitlin Goetz, Iasia Quick, Peggy Stapleton and Katie Ciorciari

After experiencing a stroke, Denise woke up to a shower of get-well trinkets, flowers and balloons, but there was one item that stuck out to her the most — a handmade card which she could tell was crafted by a child. “The greeting card really made her day — it made her smile and brought her joy,” her daughter Nicole Wozny says.

Wozny is an art educator at Park View Elementary School in Kings Park. Inspired by the greeting cards, Wozny decided to connect with the local hospital close to Park View Elementary School — St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. She wanted to continue the same momentum by encouraging local students to participate in the art of healing by creating special holiday greeting cards to be distributed during key holidays in December.

“What an amazing feeling for my students to get the chance to enjoy the true meaning of the holidays by sharing their art,” Wozny says.

Many scholars and educators support art in schools, which has been demonstrated to improve self-esteem and confidence as well as cultivate empathy. While the holiday season is considered the most wonderful time of the year, it can be difficult for those healing and recovering in a hospital.

During the month-long Park View Greeting Project, elementary students created 400 cards and were given creative range to inspire patients. Third grade student council member Stella Roosa was happy to participate in the project coordinated by their art teacher.

“I feel so happy to be able to be able to do something for people — the cards are as special as they are,” Roosa says. Another third grade student council member, Owen Dorsey, says, “This was the best opportunity.”


Parkview staff member Carol Liguori, Park View Elementary School Principal Kevin Storch, art teacher and greeting card project coordinator Nicole Wozny, Park View teachers Dana Farrell and Traci Smith, St. Catherine of Siena’s President Jim O’Connor, St. Catherine of Siena’s Chief Medical Officer Mickel Khlat, DO, and St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Coordinator, John Perkins, along with student artists

Ken Wright, Chair of the Southampton Hospital Association, announced that the internationally renowned architectural firms Rafael Viñoly Architects and HKS Architects have been selected as the design team for the new Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Rafael Viñoly Architects is respected world-wide and blends a human-centered approach to care with a focus on integrating technological advancements into every aspect of medical care delivery. Recent examples of their award-winning work include the Penn Medicine Complex in Philadelphia, the New Stanford Hospital at the Stanford University Medical Center in California and the University of Chicago Medicine Center, Center for Care and Discovery. HKS Architects is recognized for award-winning healthcare design that improves health and well-being through compelling, efficient and flexible solutions, including the patient-sensitive Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, the dynamic Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, and the nurturing Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.

The two firms will work as a seamless integrated team throughout all phases of design, documentation and construction. They have identified BR+A as consulting engineers. The firm is known for designing responsive, high-performing buildings where people and ideas thrive to provide the highest level of patient care, construction fabrication, resiliency and sustainability.

The architect search attracted many of the world’s most visible and reputable firms. The decision by the SHA Board to appoint the team of Rafael Viñoly Architects and HKS Architects centered on strict criteria, including their impressive experiences in the healthcare sector; a steadfast commitment to a collaborative process; the ability to bridge the elegance of iconic design with sustainability; and importantly, experience with, and respect for, the topography and legacy of the East End. The budget for the design project is $305m. It is targeted to be completed and operational by 2025.


Future site of the new Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

New York Imaging Specialists recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest facility, at 1500 Route 112, Building 2A in Port Jefferson Station, New York 11776.


Varghese Cherian, MD, MS, Tony Abraham, DO, MPA and Jared M. Dunkin, MD