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Seussical Comes to Cohen Children's Medical Center
Friday, August 14, 2015

Seussical Comes to Cohen Children's

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (August 14, 2015) – A very happy patient greets the cast of “Seussical” after a lively performance recently at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Presented by the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, patients were joined by friends and family members to enjoy a full-blown, Broadway-level hour of musical entertainment. The evening was made possible through the generosity of Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

 

 

 
 
Southside Hospital Opens New Pediatric Playroom
Monday, August 10, 2015

Bob Venero of FutureTech and members of Southside Hospital including Executive Director Donna Moravick cut the ribbon to open the new pediatric playroom.

BAY SHORE, NY (August 10, 2015) – Children at Southside Hospital’s inpatient pediatric unit can take an entertainment break thanks to generous donation from FutureTech Enterprise, which contributed an array of new technology in the pediatric playroom.

 

The playroom features a large-screen TV, X Box video gaming system, six laptops and areas for children to sit and play.

 

“It’s important for children who are in the hospital to have a chance to just be kids,” said Barry Goldberg, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology, at Southside Hospital.

 

Sunil Sood, MD, chairman of pediatrics at Southside Hospital, added that having this break from being focused on medical treatments has helped children to heal more quickly and have a better prognosis.

 

Southside Hospital’s pediatric department features physicians and other medical personnel who specialize in various aspects of pediatric care. In addition to the services at the Southside, the hospital is affiliated with Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, so children who require additional services can be transferred quickly to receive that care.

 

“We are proud to serve some of the youngest members of our community with this pediatric program and can leverage the strength of being part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System to ensure that our patients receive the care that they need,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital.

 

For more information about Southside’s pediatric program, call 631-968-3000.

 
 
Dolan Center Thanks Pink Aid for Breast Screenings Grant
Friday, August 07, 2015

Pink Aid

HUNTINGTON, NY (August 7, 2015) – The Dolan Family Health Center has been given a one-year, $25,000 grant from Pink Aid. The grant is to encourage women who do not have health insurance to get free mammograms, sonograms and breast biopsies.

 

The mammograms and other breast screenings will be performed at Huntington Hospital’s Women’s Center and at the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington.

 

“We are very grateful for this grant, which will help so many women to get the medical care that they need and it will also help their families,” said Kathy Giffuni, RN, Nurse Manager of the Dolan Family Health Center.

 

Pink Aid is a 501c3 group that provides grants to help women better survive breast cancer.

 

“The Dolan Family Health Center provides great services for the medically-underserved in the Huntington area,” said Ali Mitchell, a founding member of Pink Aid. “We are glad to be able to help more women get breast cancer screenings because being able to diagnose and treat cancer as soon as possible is critical to survival.”

 

For more information about breast screenings, call the Dolan Family Health Center at 631-425-5250.

 
 
Michael David Falk Imaging Suite Opens in Lenox Hill Hospital's Emergency Department
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Paul Guenther, Chairman, LHH Executive Committee; Yves Duroseau, MD, Chairman, Emergency Services, Lenox Hill Hospital; Rebecca Steindecker, Harry Falk, Serafina Weiner, Maurice Falk and Dennis Connors, Executive Director, Lenox Hill Hospital

MANHATTAN, NY (August 6, 2015) – A ceremony, held recently at Lenox Hill Hospital, marked the official opening of the Emergency Department’s new Michael David Falk Imaging Suite. The suite features a new CT machine which will scan approximately 12,775 patients per year, and two new x-ray rooms which will significantly cut down the wait time for patients in our Emergency Department who need to have these radiology services. The new suite was made possible thanks to a gift from the Falk family, long time benefactors and friends of Lenox Hill Hospital.

 

 

 
 
New Imaging Facility Opens in Huntington
Monday, August 03, 2015

Reichert ribbon cutting

HUNTINGTON, NY (August 3, 2015) – A new, state-of-the-art and spa-like imaging center recently opened in Greenlawn on the campus of the Dolan Family Health Center.

 

The Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington was made possible through the generosity of the members of the Reichert family, who have been long-time philanthropists and advocates of nearby Huntington Hospital.

 

This 10,750 square-foot imaging center offers a full spectrum of diagnostic radiology services, including wide bore MRI, low dose CT, ultrasound, digital X-ray, image guided biopsies and therapeutic procedures. In addition, the center provides comprehensive breast imaging services which include 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsies - MRI guided, ultrasound guided and stereotactic.

 

As part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, this facility offers access to the largest group of fellowship-trained, subspecialist radiologists on Long Island. North Shore-LIJ Imaging was the first practice in New York State to be designated by the American College of Radiology as Diagnostic Centers of Excellence.

 

The medical leaders of the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington are Ross Wank, MD, chief of radiology at Huntington Hospital, and Ralph Millilo, MD, medical director of the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington.

 

“This facility offers patients a comfortable atmosphere close to their home to receive the radiological tests they need,” Dr. Wank said. “We appreciate the generosity of the Reichert family and look forward to providing the community high-quality radiological care.”

 

For more information on the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington, call 631-670-3434.

 
 
The Feinstein Institute Summer Concert Raises More Than $1.6 Million
Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Feinstein Concert

MANHASSET, NY (July 20, 2015) – Sheryl Crow headlined a private benefit concert at Old Westbury Gardens in support ongoing research initiatives of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

 

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, explained that having nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow perform, “Raised the energy, raised the enthusiasm to generate the kind of support we need to create a new future. A future where people will suffer less from disease and the world will be a better place.”

 

Over the last ten years, this event has raised more than $11 million dollars for research that is improving and saving lives through the work of more than 1,500 Feinstein scientists and researchers who have made important discoveries in several medical fields, including sepsis, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

 

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, senior medical contributor at ABC News and recurring co-host on The Doctors, served as emcee and talked about what really sets The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research apart. “They are great at doing the research and then literally, immediately, translating that into patient care.”

 

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Kohl’s Department Stores Donates More than $333,000 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Seraphina O’Brien (left) is joined by her father and sister at the finish line for the Manorhaven School’s Walk to Fitness. The walk was made possible through the Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (June 23, 2015)  – Pupils from Manorhaven Elementary School in Port Washington wrapped up their “Walk to Fitness” at the school yesterday as part of a ceremony that featured Kohl’s Department Stores donating $333,855 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

 

The grant was awarded through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program.

 

The funds will support Cohen’s Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program, which provides fitness and nutritional education designed to combat childhood obesity. The program partners with area elementary schools and community-based organizations to deliver interactive education and activities that reinforce the importance of proper nutrition and exercise.

 

Cohen’s worked with Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program to organize a Walk to Fitness at the Port Washington school. Pupils were provided with pedometers and other support materials through the Kohl’s Cares program to conduct a virtual walk from the school to various locations across the country.

 

The Walk was made especially poignant because the school and students dedicated it to 9-year-old Seraphina O’Brien of Port Washington, a student at Manorhaven, who was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in October of 2014. Seraphina is in remission thanks to the care she received at Cohen.

 

At an event that celebrated Seraphina’s remarkable progress and her eventual return to school, hundreds of students gathered on the athletic field to complete the last lap of their Walk to Fitness. Dressed in purple (Seraphina’s favorite color), the children circled a field to pass by the victory flag held by Seraphina, her sister, and her proud parents.

 

Following the check presentation from Kohl’s to the hospital, Debbie Riccardi, PNP, Director of Community Outreach at Cohen, said, “ These wonderful children have together walked over 11 million steps---more than 5,000 miles---in honor of Seraphina.

 

“We know that walking is the easiest way to achieve fitness. We thank Kohl’s for their partnership since 2000, which has resulted in over $4 million in support to help us keep our children healthy.”

 

Also moved by the vision of hundreds of purple-clad children was Michael O’Brien, Seraphina’s father, who thanked Kohl’s for developing programs to help children and their families’ lead healthy lifestyles.

 

On a more personal note, he said, “As we approach Father’s Day, I especially want to thank everyone at Cohen who provided the excellent care that put Seraphina back on the road to health.”

 

 
 
2,000 Celebrate Cancer Survivors’ Day
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Cancer Survivors Day

LAKE SUCCESS, NY (June 8, 2015)  – Amid the music and their memories, about 2,000 cancer survivors from North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center and their loved ones gathered under a tent to enjoy the Don Monti Cancer Survivors’ Day held outside the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s headquarters in Lake Success, NY.

 

Along with North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling; Board Chair Mark Claster, Chairman, and George Raptis, MD , acting executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, a most-special guest was Caroline Monti Saladino, president of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, who was presented with the health system’s Compasssionate Care Award.

 

After receiving the prestigious award, Mrs. Saladino shared the emotional story of her family’s lifelong commitment to battling cancer. In June 1972, her 16-year-old brother, Don Monti, died at North Shore University Hospital of myeloblastic leukemia.

 

“Don Monti, or Donni, as we called him, was my brother. My parents were determined not to end his life, so they established the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation one week later,” she said. Looking directly at the audience, she added, “I see faith, hope, lots of love, courage—but most important, I see success. Today is a celebration of Don’s life, my parents’ lives…and it is a celebration of your life.”

 

Since its inception over 40 years ago, the Don Monti Memorial Foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars in support of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these shattering diseases.

 

Also on hand to share her experiences was Suzanne Ludlum, a nurse practitioner at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, who shared her personal reflections on battling breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. “I would encourage all of you here today, and even those who have just received a diagnosis, to remain positive. Stay informed, seek out resources that will work for you,” she said. “Talk it out. Express your feelings of fear, loss and sadness. But, most important, look for the positive,” she said.

 

The event’s keynote speaker was Mark Herzlich, a linebacker with the New York Giants, and a survivor of a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing sarcoma. Mr. Herzlich began his remarks by sharing the chain of events that almost robbed him of the thing he loved the most in life. “You choose the thing you love in life…that thing, for me, is football,” he said.

 

In 2008, when he was 21, Mr. Herzlich described the terrible pain he endured while playing squash with his mother. Various tests revealed nothing, and he returned to college hoping to continue with his studies and his beloved football. Eventually, the pain became so severe that he had to stop playing. His parents were seated in the doctor’s office with him when a doctor presented him with the diagnosis.

 

“I had the feeling that I had to do something. I told my father that day that I wasn’t going to accept this. I said, ‘I’m going to beat this and play football again.’”

 

It was then that his father said the three important words that Mr. Herzlich will never forget…”Let’s do this!”

 

During his remarks, Mr. Herzlich reflected on the skills he had learned as an athlete that enabled him to take on cancer and triumph.

 

After a grueling course of treatment, Mr. Herzlich remembered another three words spoken by his father as they rejoiced after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Thewords were, “We did it!”

 

In conclusion, Mr. Herzlich told the crowd, “All of you here with me now…we’re all working toward one common goal. We want to be able to say there was cancer but there is no more. We can beat this.”

 

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Susan G. Komen Greater New York City Grant Supports LIJ Medical Center’s Cancer Screening Program for Uninsured Women
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Susan G. Komen Award

GREAT NECK, NY (May 26, 2015) – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that LIJ Medical Center has been recognized by Susan G. Komen Greater New York City as its Community Impact and Innovation Award honoree this year.

 

LIJ Medical Center is a Komen Greater NYC community partner working to address breast health disparities for African American and Hispanic women in the southeastern Queens and Jamaica, Queens areas through its Cancer Community Connection program, which is funded by Komen Greater NYC.

 

This is the fourth consecutive year that Komen Greater NYC has funded the Cancer Community Connection Program, bringing its total support to more than $240,000 for community outreach, education and patient navigation services that promote breast health, regular breast cancer screening, and early detection.

 

With funding from the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, uninsured women between the ages of 50 and 64 are provided with free, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms, and are offered free pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings by clinicians at Schlanger, Gottlieb & Partners Council Breast Imaging Center in Lake Success, and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

 

“Early detection is critical to saving a woman’s life and giving her the best quality of life,” said Jill Rabin, MD, co-chief of the Division of Ambulatory Care and Women’s Health Programs-PCAP services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “Having regular breast, cervical and colon cancer screening tests increases the chance of detecting these diseases early, when they are most likely to be curable.”

 

Studies show that health disparities are particularly pronounced among African-American women, who are diagnosed at later stages and consequently face higher breast cancer mortality rates. Hispanic, Asian, undocumented, uninsured and young women also have considerably lower screening rates than the general population.

 

“Continued funding support from Komen Greater NYC ensures that LIJ Medical Center will make a significant difference in the community,” said Ann Stephens, the program’s Outreach Coordinator at LIJ Medical Center. In addition to education and outreach, the program will identify and eliminate each woman's barriers to care. All incoming patients are guided through the entire continuum of care, from screening to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.”

 

“With the support of the Komen Greater NYC funding since 2011, patient volume has more than tripled and more than 20 community-based partnerships have been formed, greatly increasing the program’s impact,” noted Kaitlin Doyle, MSPH, Director of Women’s Health Projects at LIJ Medical Center.

 

Screenings are available by appointment on weekdays and Saturdays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 718-470-4165.

 

 
 
The Feinstein Institute Commemorates Women in Science during National Women’s Health Week
Monday, May 18, 2015

AWSM Logo

MANHASSET, NY (May 18, 2015) – An organization of female scientists, Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM), recently hosted its fourth annual awards breakfast on May 12 in celebration of National Women’s Health Week and in recognition of the numerous scientific accomplishments achieved at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and across the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Scientists, educators, business and community leaders from throughout the region attended the event to celebrate excellence and achievements of women in science.

 

“AWSM has spread a culture of women helping women to reach, preserve, take risks and succeed,” said Christine Metz, PhD, investigator at the Feinstein Institute and president of AWSM. “These reaches have led to significant achievements, including the translation of bench science into successful clinical trials.”

 

Awards in scientific excellence, innovation, mentorship, education and training, ranging from $1,500 to $25,000, were presented to the following female faculty at the Feinstein Institute:

  • Cynthia Aranow, MD
  • Ona Bloom, PhD
  • Nadeen Chahine, PhD
  • Amanda Chan, PhD
  • Sangeeta Chavan, PhD
  • Champa Codipilly, PhD
  • Anne Davidson, MBBS
  • Concepcion Goldberg, MD, PhD
  • Czeslawa Kowal, PhD
  • Meggan Mackay, MD, MS
  • Christine Metz, PhD
  • Kaie Ojamaa, PhD
  • Maria Ruggieri, PhD
  • Frances Santiago-Schwarz, PhD
  • Barbara Sherry, PhD
  • Sharon Singh, MD
  • Bettie Steinberg, PhD
  • Joy Yan, MD, PhD
  • Huan Yang, MD, PhD

 

In addition, Stacey E. Rosen, MD, vice president of North Shore-LIJ’s Katz Institute for Women's Health, presented a joint AWSM/Katz Institute award to Annette Lee, PhD, and John L. Lovecchio, MD. The 2015 AWSM Girl Scout Awards were also presented during the event. The winners of the awards were Annabel Lee, an 11th-grade student at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, and Pamela Guerra, an 11th-grade student at Locust Valley High School. Both are members of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County , and each will receive research training as summer interns at the Feinstein Institute and a $2,000 scholarship funded by supporters of AWSM.

 

Cori Bargmann, PhD, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, and head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, spoke at the event and was awarded the 2015 AWSM Award for Excellence. The award was conferred in recognition of her outstanding achievements in science, strong leadership skills and commitment to advancing women’s careers. Dr. Bargmann offered the insight that “we are successful by how we predict, interpret and influence others.”

 

In addition, artists and philanthropists Elizabeth Jordan and Michelle Ort presented and spoke about their light installations called “Refraction,” for which all proceeds are donated to AWSM. To date, $100,000 has been raised through the Refraction initiative to support women in science. Refraction combines contemporary art with science to create light sculptures and photographs. For more information about Refraction, visit ejordanphotography.com.

 

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Southside Hospital Pursuing Major Expansion of Bohlsen Family Emergency Department
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Southside ED Rendering

BAY SHORE, NY (May 4, 2015) - Southside Hospital, a 341-bed tertiary facility in Bay Shore, NY, is in the early stages of a multi-million dollar expansion of its Emergency Department, which will be named in honor of the Bohlsen Family for their exceptional lead gift. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.

 

“This expansion will more than triple the size of Southside’s present Emergency Department, enabling the hospital to improve its level of service and efficiency to better accommodate the more than 70,000 visits it receives each year,” said Donna Moravick, the hospital’s executive director.

 

John D’Angelo, MD, senior vice president of emergency medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said, “This emergency department will bring much more than simply greater space; it breaks away from traditional design to allow for optimization of flow and comfort for all patients regardless of acuity.”

 

In July 2014, Southside Hospital became the first Level II trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons on Long Island and in the entire metropolitan area. This achievement recognized the trauma center's commitment to providing high-quality service and excellence.

 

“We are very grateful to the Bohlsen Family for their extraordinary generosity and support as we move forward with a state-of-the-art expansion of our Bohlsen Family Emergency Department to create a facility commensurate with the medical excellence we provide.” said Ms. Moravick.

 

 
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