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Still Kickin’ It
Post-surgical recovery during a pandemic BY CHRISTY HINKO
ith two totally reconstructed knees over the course of her sports career, one being reconstructed just over a year ago and one due to a high school injury, Shannon Horgan already cannot wait to get back on the field. “There is no doubt,” Horgan said. “I am currently recovering as if I will be back playing soccer professionally.” Horgan, a soccer player from Long Beach, played for Clemson Tigers (2014-18) before playing professionally for Sweden in Lidköping. After her season, she was scouted by North Carolina Courage where she played and was part of the winning team (the National Women’s Soccer League championship in 2019). In October of last year, Horgan suffered her second knee injury. “With the minimally invasive and advanced technologies, we were able to get her back on the field once to have a collegiate and professional career, before she had to repair the other knee,” Dr. Eric Freeman, an orthopedic specialist at South Island Orthopedics in Cedarhurst, said. Horgan tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus—the cartilage in the knee that acts as a cushion for the bones—while playing soccer at Wagner College. It’s one of the highest risk injuries for female soccer players and usually requires a six- to nine-month recovery. She has been temporarily coaching the collegiate female soccer team while taking a break from professional soccer due to another injury. “I have flown out of the gates post-surgery and I am currently two weeks post-op, walking on the treadmill,” Horgan said. “I am also already gaining muscle back because I’ve been performing my physical therapy exercises frequently at home.” She said it is important to maintain consistency with exercises so her knee does not get stiff. “With an ACL reconstruction and a young, active athlete with an ACL tear it most typically leads to reconstructive surgery, but I do pride myself that in most injuries when allowed for we can try for a conservative approach,” Freeman said. “I often times will recommend a second opinion is someone is unhappy with a conservative approach.” “Individualized care is important,” he continued. “The weekend warrior is every bit as important to take
Soccer player Shannon Horgan (right) is in the mend, post-surgery. Courtesy of Shannon Horgan appropriate care and treatment as an elite athlete.” Horgan said waking after surgery and not having anyone familiar with her was the only negative that she has experienced with having a elective surgery during the pandemic. “Luckily, I have been able to go to my well-known physical therapist that I have worked with before,” she said. “They are frequently working to keep the gym clean and require masks.” Freeman said ambulatory centers are able to appropriately accommodate elective surgeries now during the ongoing pandemic. “There were a lot of surgeons during COVID that were doing surgeries that they deemed emergencies that were truly not emergencies,” Freeman said. “I have predominantly an elective procedure and I really felt ethically it was inappropriate for me to be operating in any capacity, so I shut down.” He said his business has returned back to normal finally, although things have changed with the logistics of keeping the patient, as well as the surgical staff safe during the pandemic. Freeman has been in Cedarhurst for 20 years. He has served as chairman at Mercy Hospital (2012-16) and has recently acquired Orthopaedic & Sports Associates of Long Island
(OSALI) in Woodbury. “The acquisition was very exciting for us because we were able to acquire a practice with a wonderful reputation to give us a North Shore presence,” Freeman said. The practice has its own MRI, physical therapy and pain management suites. “For patients who are ambivalent about going to external facilities for therapy, MRI and pain management,” Freeman said. “Especially during COVID, the ability to offer every service all under one roof really reassures patients that they don’t have to go elsewhere for every type of service.” Freeman said both locations are taking new patients and can accommodate same-day appointment requests. The practice also hired Dr. David Godfried, who served as chief of pediatric orthopedics at the NSLIJ Schneider Children’s Hospital (2002-09). “I personally take care of patients of all ages, down to the age of two, but now we are going to be able to provide complete orthopedic coverage from neonatal and newborns all the way up to geriatrics.” While off the field, Horgan coaches collegiate teams at Wagner College and is also a youth coach on Long
Island through her self-founded soccer training company Celestial Body. “I am keeping connected with some international coaches and looking forward to the opportunities that come my way whether it is on the field or on the sideline,” she said. “Right now the focus is just on getting better each day.”
Eric Freeman, M.D., FAAOS of South Island Orthopedics (Cedarhurst) proudly announces his acquisition of Orthopaedic & Sports Associates of Long Island (Woodbury). The acquisition expands SIO’s footprint to the North Shore of Long Island, offering orthopedic care, MRI, physical therapy, interventional pain management and PRP/regenerative medicine capabilities. (Photo courtesy of Eric Freeman, M.D.)
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Northwell CEO Named Most Influential BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF
Michael Dowling and government administrators. “This year has shown us how vulnerable we are to the various pandemics facing health care,” Dowling said. “COVID-19 devastated us. And there are numerous other issues that are keeping our communities from thriving. It is our responsibility to partner with them to finally move the needle in the right direction.” To date, across Northwell’s network, the health system has treated 101,000 COVID-19 patients,
including 16,000 who were hospitalized, more than any other hospital system in the country. Dowling wrote about the lessons Northwell learned, as well as a prescription to avoid the spread of future viral illnesses in his latest book, Leading Through a Pandemic: The Inside Story of Humanity, Innovation, and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Crisis. His vision and crisis management expertise helped manage the surge, establish one of the nation’s
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most state-of-the-art testing centers at Northwell Health Labs, innovate new ways to alleviate supply shortages and utilize the entire integrated health system to improve patient care. During his tenure as CEO, Dowling has developed Northwell Health into the state’s largest health system with 23 hospitals, approximately 800 ambulatory and physician practices and $13.5 billion in annual revenue. His ability to grow the health system into a vast clinical, academic and research enterprise builds on a legacy of innovation dating back to his 12 years of public service overseeing health, education and human services for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Health care leaders ranked among the top 10 in Modern Healthcare’s 2020 list were Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare (third) and Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (ninth). Visit www.ModernHealthcare. com/100MostInfluential to see the complete list.
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COVID-19 Rounds Out 2020 2020 is over and perhaps that is the only good thing that we can say about it. If I had an eraser and could erase the year in its entirety, I surely would. It is really hard to think of anything positive that came out of last year. It was a year dominated by dishonest politics, terrible economics and a deadly pandemic, which continues to kill thousands of Americans daily. We have lost businesses, our favorite shops and restaurants, and many of our friends. Even now, we have no central plan to tackle the COVID crisis and mass vaccinate our population. The overwhelmingly dominant issue of 2020 was the COVID pandemic and hopefully vaccination will improve our qualities of life in 2021. We were promised 20 million doses of vaccine given by the end of 2020. What we got was about two million. Why? No one is quite sure from where the broken promises emanate. At this current pace, full vaccination will not occur for years. And unfortunately, we do not know how long immunity will last following the vaccine. Three months, six months, a year or longer? Only time will tell. One good piece of news is that is appears that most people want to take
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the vaccine once it becomes available. This is smart. If a person has any concerns about taking the COVID vaccine, that person should weigh the risk of the potential side effects of the vaccine versus the short and long-term effects of having COVID. While the vaccine is commonly associated with arm pain at the injection site, most other side effects appear to be mild. The risk of COVID infection, however, is considerable with both short term complications such as hospitalization and death as well as long-term lingering COVID related problems such as fatigue, brain fog, clotting disorders, chronic pulmonary disease and advanced liver diseases, to name a few. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a section
of the Centers for Disease Control, has outlined four ethical principles for how the COVID vaccine should be used. These principles are that the vaccine be given in a way to maximize benefits and minimize harms, that it be given in a fair way that mitigates health inequalities and that vaccines be distributed in a transparent fashion. The group has recommended that the first group to receive vaccines should be health care personnel and long-term care facility residents followed by essential frontline workers and persons 75 years of age and older followed by persons aged 65-74, persons aged 16-64 with risk high risk medical conditions and essential workers not recommended for vaccination in the second phase. After these groups have been successfully vaccinated, all persons 16 years of age and older not previously recommended for vaccination should be vaccinated. The question that remains unanswered is, “Where can people get the vaccine?” Once again, this remains to be determined. So, what lessons can we learn from 2020 COVID crisis as we enter what hopefully will be a better 2021?
Certainly, intelligent, compassionate and unbiased central leadership is critical to our success in any crisis. We should now realize that the public health of our population is not a political issue, but rather one in which we all need to act responsibly to protect ourselves and our neighbors. We should learn to listen to the experts, not the talking heads and headline seekers. We should learn to respect and fairly treat all the essential workers who risked their lives to ensure we had adequate health care, police and fire protection, appropriate sanitation services, sufficient food, working utilities, and safe roads, to name a few. But perhaps most of all, 2020 should teach us to realize what is truly important and to be tolerant and accepting of our fellow citizens. In a Jan. 6, 1941 speech, then President Franklin Roosevelt laid out four universal freedoms that we should all expect, the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want and the freedom from fear. Perhaps in 2021 we can return to these basic freedoms that our parents and grandparents fought and lost their lives for so that our lives could be better.
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Pandemic Piques Interest In Health Information Technology Careers
he need for timely, accurate, and reliable data about the publics’ health has never been greater, and during the current worldwide pandemic information systems play an important role in managing data to provide the essential information for making the most informed decisions possible, and adjusting policies to improve public health. “Health information technology brings together the worlds of health care, medicine, information technology, computer science, information science, and business, to acquire, analyze, and protect medical information vital to providing quality patient care,” Janine Muccio, Health Information Technology Program Coordinator and Instructor at Suffolk County Community College said, who related that since the appearance of COVID-19 the college has seen a rise in interest in its Health Information Technology program. Muccio explained that health information technology can offer graduating students an array of career opportunities, including working in
hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, consulting firms, law firms, colleges, and government offices. “It’s truly unlimited,” Muccio said and explained that across the different workplace settings, health information professionals ensure the quality of health records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems. They also use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care and controlling costs. Careers in medical records and health information technology are one of the fastest growing occupations according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow 11 percent between 2018 to 2028. Popular entry level job titles include data analyst, credentialing specialist, release of information specialist, and clinical coder. Muccio said that the median national annual salary for medical records and health information
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Funding Combats Substance Abuse U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $125,000 to the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in Cedarhurst, $125,000 to the Rockville Centre Youth Coalition for Youth, and $124,977 to the Family and Children’s Association in Mineola through its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. “Preventing youth substance abuse in our communities is critical, and these grants will help us just do that,” said Rice. “I commend the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC, the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, and the Family and Children’s Association for their tireless work combatting youth substance abuse and I congratulate them on winning these highly competitive federal grants.” The program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. Created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act, the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to
create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Each grant recipient will use its funding on programming to combat youth substance abuse in the communities they serve. The Family and Children’s Association will use DFC funds for the Hempstead Prevention Coalition. “This grant will give us a chance to sustain and extend the work of the Hempstead Prevention Coalition, a diverse and dedicated group laser-focused on reducing underage drinking and substance use in the Village of Hempstead. The stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19, coupled with the economic fallout, is fueling drug and alcohol use, so this grant comes at the perfect time,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of the Family and Children’s Association. “We remain grateful to Rep. Kathleen Rice and the other members of the Long Island delegation for their continued support of FCA’s programs and services for vulnerable families in our region.” —Submitted by U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice
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