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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its staff of board-certified gynecologic and urogynecologic surgeons have earned top recognition from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Surgical Review Corporation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The Center of Excellence program is a quality improvement initiative established to advance minimally invasive gynecology surgery worldwide.

Center of Excellence designation requires an extensive review of a hospital’s surgical facilities, operations and procedures as well as its staff’s education, training and continuous quality improvement efforts. Physicians who earn this designation must meet stringent criteria based on their individual expertise and experience.


Mount Sinai South Nassau’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology earns top recognition.

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) opened its newest cancer care center at 750 Old Country Road, Riverhead. As patients enter this modern, state-of-the-art cancer center, they will be greeted by friendly, professional staff in a luxurious lounge. The new NYCBS center encompasses numerous amenities and services to patients that provide a comfortable and attentive environment that is more conducive for healing.


NYCBS’s newest cancer care center opens in Riverhead.

Join in the women’s wellness event: Discovering Women’s Health on Eastern Long Island being held at the Long Island Aquarium Sea Star Ballroom, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead on Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Meet the healthcare providers on Eastern Long Island and their partner, Katz Institute for Women’s Health. Together they provide a complete healthcare connection focused on the continuum of care over a woman’s lifespan. This collaborative approach gives opportunity for defining the standards of excellence in patient-centered women’s health care.

A panel of doctors from Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital, Mather Hospital and the Peconic Bay Medical Center will share their expertise in the areas of cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, and urogynecology.

For more information, call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health at 855-850-KIWH (5494) or email womenshealth@northwell.edu.


Catholic Health Services (CHS) has joined the Roswell Park Care Network and is participating in the first of many exclusive clinical trials designed to assess new therapies for cancer patients. This partnership offers unique opportunities for studies related to the latest research in the field of cancer treatments.

Founded in 1898, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first facility in the world to focus exclusively on cancer. In 1972, Roswell was one of three National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers — a status it maintains today — and was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the Best Hospitals in the nation for cancer for 2019–2020. Based in Buffalo, New York, the RPCN engages key providers throughout the state to make proprietary studies available to qualifying patients across a wider geographical area. CHS is the downstate region’s only RPCN member and is now also affiliated with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

CHS has initiated its first study with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center at its Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital in East Hills. The Phase 2 Study of “Targeting CD28 in Multiple Myeloma with Abatacept to Overcome Resistance to Chemotherapy” is being conducted by CHS’s Chair of Cancer Services Bhoomi Mehrotra, MD, with St. Francis’s Director of Malignant Hematology Dilip Patel, MD, as the principal investigator. This trial will be added to St. Francis Hospital’s many other groundbreaking trials in various fields of medicine.


Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Nutrition Lunch & Learn
April through June 2020, noon–1 p.m.
Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Ave, Riverhead, NY
Conference rooms A and B (2nd floor)
April 1 — Eating well aging well
May 6 — Reducing food waste
June 3 — Anti-inflammatory diet
To register, call 631-548-6395.


Mather Hospital reopened its 2 South Oncology and Medical/Surgical Unit after an extensive renovation designed to provide an exceptional healing environment for patients.

Opened in 1973, the 2 South patient care unit, which primarily treats cancer patients, was designed with double-bedded rooms. Most patients today prefer single-bedded rooms and research shows they result in improved patient outcomes. Single-bedded rooms also optimize patient privacy, which is important to all patients but particularly those facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. All oncology rooms on the unit are now single-bedded. While Mather has an excellent infection prevention program, single-bedded rooms further reduce the risk of infection, an important factor for cancer patients whose immune systems are already compromised. The unit features separate hand washing sinks for physicians, nurses and other caregivers. The renovation also added showers and enlarged bathrooms to the single-bedded rooms to increase patient comfort and privacy.

Bedside computerized nurse charting stations with locked medication/supply cabinets in every patient room allow the nurse to spend more time at the patient’s bedside. Mather previously incorporated this innovation in its newest patient unit, 3 North. The remainder of the 2 South patient care unit received a facelift with a new nurses’ station, patient family lounge, serenity room and entry way, providing improved comfort to patients, visitors and staff. Modern design enhancements facilitate privacy, communication and teamwork, which will have positive effects on outcomes such as improved patient satisfaction. The creation of a family lounge offers space for small group gatherings, as well as a place for family members to rest and renew their strength while staying close to their loved ones.

In addition, more than 30 local artists donated original works to add beauty and warmth to the unit. The project was largely supported through community donations totaling close to $1.7 million.


Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO and managing partner of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, cuts the ribbon on the renovated 2 South patient unit, which serves primarily cancer patients. The unit was named for the group in recognition of its generous donation.

Long Island Community Hospital has recently been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. To receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in their computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of their lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. The program must also have procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Screenings are recommended for adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit acr.org.

In addition to the ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation, Long Island Community Hospital also received notification that the Women’s Imaging Center’s Ultrasound unit passed its ACR accreditation renewal. In order for our Women’s Imaging Center to retain its accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, ACR requires that each piece of imaging equipment pass rigorous quality assurance requirements every 3 years. They must also meet stringent FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements for imaging quality.



Karen Morice, MD


Erika Trovato, DO

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital continues to build upon its reputation as an academic leader with the recent addition of fellowships in brain injury medicine and sports medicine. The two fellowships were granted initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in January.

Burke will host two fellows for each program over the span of one year. During their time, fellows will rotate at Burke’s main campus in White Plains and other institutions affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System, allowing broad exposure to the spectrum of care for patients with a wide range of conditions in both disciplines.

Karen Morice, MD, will serve as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, while Erika Trovato, DO, will be the Director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship.

Burke expects the first group of fellows to join the Burke graduate medical education programs in July 2020. Physicians who are interested in applying can do so by sending a CV to braininjuryfellow@burke.org for the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship or to sportsfellow@burke.org for the Sports Medicine Fellowship.

For more detailed information on either program, or to learn more about Burke’s ACGME-accredited residency program, please visit burke.org/education/GME-Programs.