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Mercy Mission To Provide Eyeglasses For Children BY MICHAEL FRICCHIONE


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A team of Long Island eye doctors and vision care specialists gathered on Feb. 12 at Woodbury Optical (185 Woodbury Rd. in Hicksville) to announce a mercy mission leaving tomorrow heading to the Dominican Republic to provide free eyeglasses to children living in some of the poorest and underserved communities in that country. “It’s a mission of hope, and we are all thrilled to be doing our part to help poor children see clearly for the first time,” said Dr. Dean Hart, founder of Woodbury Optical, which donated thousands of pairs of eyeglasses to the cause. “We are going down there on our own dime because we feel that everyone deserves to be able to see 20/20.” The group gathered thousands of pairs of glasses, plus other supplies and equipment in advance of the international voyage of goodwill and humanitarianism. The crew of experts will be leaving this weekend with

Optician Scott Kornfeld and Dr. Dean Hart the goal of treating the thousands of vision-impaired Dominican children whose families can’t afford glasses. “The Moreano World Medical Mission has been doing this for over 20 years and we are thrilled to be able to support this wonderful good cause,” said New York State Assemblyman Chuck Lavine. “Dr. Moreano and Dr. Hart are leading the charge to make this world a better place.” Local Optometrists and Woodbury Optical planned the trip by partnering with the Moreano World Medical Mission, founded in 1999, to provide volunteer medical services and training in areas of the world where most doctors would not go.

Optician Scott Kornfeld, Assemblyman Chuck Lavine and Dr. Dean Hart

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Island Eye Surgicenter Breaks Ground On New Ambulatory Center BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF


Island Eye Surgicenter, currently on Glen Cove Road, in Carle Place, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art facility to be located at 1500 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury. Slated to open in the Fall 2016, the 27,000 sq. ft. facility will accommodate the growing number of surgeons and patients seeking the highest level of technology and surgical care in a facility designed exclusively for the treatment of eye disorders including laser cataract and glaucoma surgery, corneal transplants, oculoplastic/reconstructive surgery, retina surgery and cosmetic eyelid surgery. As a highly sought after research site for many years, the new space will also allow Island Eye to continue to be at the forefront of ophthalmic research. Island Eye and its surgeons have been involved in the development of many new drugs, devices and technologies in its 16-year history. “This is a very exciting step for Island Eye,” said Robert Nelson,

PA-C, executive director of Island Eye Surgicenter. “For the past 16 years we have been providing the highest level of care to our patients and this new facility, housed with the latest cutting– edge technology will offer nothing less, and so much more. We are committed to continuing to be an important part of the health care delivery system on Long Island for many years to come.” Island Eye has developed both a regional and national reputation as a Center of Excellence in Eye Care. “It’s all we do, and what we do well” said Nelson.

The Island Eye Surgicenter opened in 1999 and has seen exponential growth. It will remain open until the new facility is ready to receive new patients. The opening of the new facility in Westbury will bring more jobs to the area. “We anticipate that new jobs will be created as we move toward capacity in the new facility,” said Nelson. “We project that growth will occur over four to five years, and that 15 to 20 new jobs will be created, to add to our current roster of more than 60 dedicated staff.” The design of the new Island Eye facility incorporates a wide variety

of measures for energy efficiency, including a super insulated building shell, ultra-efficient HVAC systems, low energy lighting, and a large array of solar electrical panels on the roof. According to Richard Hardaway, principal, Hardaway Sziabowski Architects, Wellesley, Massachusetts, “Our firm has designed over a hundred such centers nationwide, and this is one of the largest and most wellequipped. The building systems as well as medical equipment are all designed for the highest level of patient safety and comfort. Although not a small building, sloping roofs, dormers and a porte-cochere give the building a residential feel and appearance.” Local officials, business members of the community and Island Eye employees were present at the ceremonial event, which took place on the 3.5-acre project site. Partners in the project include The First National Bank of Long Island, United Realty, Talisen Construction Corporation, and Hardaway Sziabowski Architects. Visit or call 516877-2400 for more information.

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AN INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE WITH ONE BIG PLUS. THE LIFE-CHANGING BENEFITS OF LIFE CARE Retirees wishing to continue their active lifestyle while meeting new friends, enjoying their favorite pursuits, and finding time for travel and volunteering will discover that The Amsterdam at Harborside is the perfect place to call home. This vibrant community in Port Washington offers inviting dining venues, social, cultural and educational opportunities, glorious amenities and world-class hospitality services.

“Every day is a stress-free vacation day at The Amsterdam.” — Resident Lydia Van Grover The Amsterdam also gives you something you won’t find anywhere else in Nassau County — life care. Life care provides access to any level of short- or long-term care you might need, at no additional cost over what you pay for independent living. Enriched housing (assisted living), memory care, skilled nursing care for rehabilitation, or even longer-term care are all available at The Tuttle Center right on The Amsterdam campus. This changes the entire dynamic for older adults dealing with the unknowns associated with long-term care.

“The concept of life care — care services at no extra cost — is a real bargain.” — Resident Ed Hess

And there is a lot of living to be done at The Amsterdam — activities, events, lectures, parties, even Juilliard performances. You can stay trim and healthy by using the community’s fitness center and heated indoor pool. The Harbor Links golf course is just minutes away. You can restore and recharge yourself in the community’s own salon. You’ll enjoy playing bridge, canasta or mah-jong with friends, or visiting the city’s galleries, theaters and museums with community groups. The Amsterdam brings it all together into a fun, sophisticated, fulfilling lifestyle. Residents rate The Amsterdam in the very highest percentiles for overall satisfaction and value.

“Living at The Amsterdam enhances your mind, body, spirit and soul.” — Resident Audrey Vasoll When you consider that, in addition to offering a highly desirable lifestyle for independent living, The Amsterdam is Nassau County’s first and only life care community, you can only conclude that by any measure, this is an extraordinary place to live. Find out why The Amsterdam is better than 95% full, and how you can make this remarkable lifestyle your own. Just call 516-939-8145.

Now, if you ever do need care, you’ll know where to find it, what you’ll pay, and that you won’t need to move or drive to obtain these services. This is a tremendous advantage for residents and their families. It’s also a liberating feeling knowing you’re fully prepared for whatever tomorrow may bring; you’re free to concentrate on living today.

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“The Amsterdam is a beautiful community — in the perfect location. Close enough to the city… but in a lovely village on the harbor — with everything you need.” As a Gerontologist, Dr. Constance Miceli spent her career working with seniors. She understands the value of having a social support system as we grow older. This, along with the active, rewarding day-to-day lifestyle — is why she and her husband chose The Amsterdam. Here’s how she puts it: “Don’t deny yourself the chance to enjoy all of it while you’re still young and vital.”

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Study Reveals New Approach To Diagnosing Low Back Pain BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF

individuals with lumbar intervertebral disc disease and that biochemical profiling of circulating cytokines Scientists at The Feinstein Institute may assist in refining personalized for Medical Research have discovdiagnoses of disc diseases. These ered a new personalized approach to findings are published in Arthritis diagnosing low back pain. The findResearch and Therapy. ings from a clinical study show that Low back pain is the second most serum levels of the proinflammatory common cause of physician visits cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) vary in in the U.S. and contributes to an SPECIALSECTIONS@ANTONMEDIAGROUP.COM

estimated $100 billion in U.S. costs per year, making it clear that it causes a significant burden on both the healthcare system and the economy. For physicians trying to diagnose low back pain, they are looking at many potential causes and unpredictable responses to treatment. Low back pain is caused by multiple triggers that present in similar ways. Some


The Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island chapter, has partnered with HealthCare Interactive to provide their CARES® Dementia Care for Families™ online education tool, normally $29.95, at no cost to Long Island families. Call 800.272.3900 for more information.

The CARES® Dementia Care for Families™ online program is rich with activities and video interviews of family caregivers, people with dementia, and dementia experts. The 3 modules (3 hours) include: 1. Understanding Memory Loss 2. Living with Dementia 3. Using the CARES® Approach The CARES® Approach you will learn in this program stands for: C - Connect with the Person A - Assess Behavior R - Respond Appropriately E - Evaluate What Works S - Share with Others This online program is easy to navigate, even for those who might not be as familiar with computers. Maria from Chicago explains, “I have never used a computer before, but this program was so easy to use that I thought to myself, “Maybe I should get a comput-

er!” [Note: Maria purchased her first computer a month later.] CARES® Dementia Care for Families™ was funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging and was developed in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association and a national team of experts. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information on this no cost opportunity or other programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island chapter, please call 800.272.3900.


Are you caring for a loved one with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia and would like to learn more about the disease and caregiving techniques? You are not alone. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Whether you need information about early-stage caregiving, middle-stage caregiving, or late-stage caregiving, the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.

Nadeen Chahine of the most common diagnoses for low back pain include intervertebral disc herniation, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Feinstein Institute researchers, in collaboration with Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System) clinicians in the departments of neurosurgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation, looked at the biochemical profile of participants with low back pain. They studied proteins known as cytokines, specifically IL-6, to determine how they influenced the behavior and pain levels of those with lower back pain. They also looked at whether body mass index (BMI), symptom duration or age had any effect on those serum levels. “We’re very excited by the results of this clinical study and will continue to study cytokine levels in the future,” said Nadeen Chahine, PhD, associate investigator at the Feinstein Institute who led the clinical study. “Exploring the biochemical profile of those who suffer from low back pain will help the 40 to 80 percent of sufferers throughout the U.S.” Chahine and her team recruited 133 participants from Northwell Health who suffered from low back pain as well as a control group. Their findings determined serum levels of IL-6 were significantly higher in subjects with low back pain compared with control participants. Additionally, participants with low back pain due to spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease also had higher levels than those with intervertebral disc herniation and controls. Their findings suggest that patients with low back pain have low-grade systemic inflammation and that biochemical profiling of circulating cytokines can assist in diagnosing those with low back pain. This will help low back pain sufferers get the correct diagnosis in a shorter amount of time.


David Sachs Named As Ophthalmic Consultants Of Long Island Partner

“During his tenure here at OCLI, Dr. Sachs has made great contributions to the practice, including providing the highest quality medical care, dedication and attention to the patients he serves,” said Dr. Richard Sturm, the managing partner of OCLI. “His vision and leadership have played major roles in the success and growth of OCLI, and we are pleased to announce him being named partner.” David Sachs, MD, specializes in laser assisted cataract surgery, LASIK, cornea transplant surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. Sachs graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then received his medical degree, graduating in the top of his class from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his transitional year at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, and then completed an ophthalmology residency at Nassau University Medical Center/Stony Brook University, where he served as chief resident. Sachs remained in Long Island for a one-year fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery. During his fellowship he specialized in cataract surgery, multifocal intraocular lenses, cornea transplants and the latest techniques in laser and refractive surgery. During his training Sachs was

active in ophthalmic research. He has written numerous articles and three book chapters and has been involved in multiple prospective and experimental research trials. Sachs is currently a volunteer attending at Nassau University Medical Center and is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

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Dr. David Sachs, board-certified ophthalmologist practicing in East Meadow and Massapequa, has been named partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI). Sachs started with OCLI in 2008.



Modern health care is changing by the minute. At NuHealth, we’re changing to meet the demands of a dynamic and diverse community, where the need for top-quality, yet affordable, health care services has never been greater.

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP President/Chief Executive Officer

We’re absolutely committed to being the health care institution that makes the full spectrum of world-class services available to all of Nassau County’s residents, from the newborn to our senior citizens, for our families and for our workers, for those who can afford it and for those who cannot. You already know us as Nassau County’s premier Level One Trauma Center, with over 72,000 visits to our emergency room each year, 22,000 patient admissions, and more than 300,000 ambulatory visits to our hospital and outlying family health centers. What you may not be aware of is all of the amazing improvements to our facilities and our services that are changing us for the better — changing to make us a leading provider of primary and tertiary care services that rival the best in the country. Now that many of these improvements are either complete or underway, it’s time you took another look at NuHealth and some of the major improvements we’ve made, and will continue to make, at our flagship Nassau University Medical Center. 148775 C


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NUMC has changed for the better. So I’m feeling better.

The Joint Commission recognizes NUMC as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for achieving excellence in performance, 2014. This is great news for NUMC, and even better news for residents of Nassau County. It validates the sweeping improvements and investments we are making hospital-wide. Key Quality Measures recognized include Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Venous

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Local Startup Company Wins Hofstra’s InnovateHer Competition BY KARLA SCHUSTER


QB Sonic, a technology-based start-up developing a non-invasive ultrasound stimulator to maintain bone tissue in the hips of people with osteoporosis and osteopenia, has been selected as the local winner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Competition, Hofstra University announced. Osteoporosis impacts the health of millions of women every year in the United States and around the globe. Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship administered the local competition. The Center for Entrepreneurship was launched this fall and focuses on multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship support and education, leveraging the entrepreneurial activities at all the University’s schools, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Center for Entrepreneurship, which is also part of Long Island’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, is led by Executive Dean Mark Lesko. QB Sonic is led by the management team of Chief Executive Officer Sharon Barkume, J.D., M.B.A, and Chief Technology Officer Yi-Xian Qin, Ph.D. Ms. Barkume has been involved in the management of a number of high-tech startup companies. Prior to receiving her MBA, Sharon was a patent attorney for an early-stage venture capital firm. Dr. Qin is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics and the Director of the Orthopedic BioEngineering Research Laboratory at Stony Brook University. Dr. Qin is the inventor of the non-invasive ultrasound stimulator. QB Sonic is based at the Long Island High Technology Incubator and is licensing the technology from Stony Brook University. To date, QB Sonic has received more than $2 million in grants to develop the non-invasive ultrasound stimulator technology. QB Sonic is also part of the START-UP NY program. “We are very pleased to win this competition. Starting a medical

device company, especially on Long Island, is a challenging task requiring a lot of hard work. It is rewarding to have our hard work acknowledged. We are very grateful for all the support QB Sonic has received from Stony Brook University, and now, Hofstra University,” Barkume said. According to QB Sonic, osteoporosis and osteopenia (OP) affects over 50 million women in the United States (80 percent of Americans with OP are women), 200 million women in China, and 80 million women in Europe. OP occurs primarily in people over 50 and causes 350,000 hip fractures per year in the United States. The greatest concern for people with OP is a hip fracture because of its devastating effects. Approximately 10-20 percent of hip fracture patients die within the first year and 20 percent require long-term nursing home care. “I congratulate QB Sonic on being selected by the judges as the local winner of the Hofstra University InnovateHER Competition. Hofstra received a number of strong applications, and the judges found that QB Sonic’s business plan displayed the potential of the technology to have an impact on the lives of millions of women and a strong commercialization strategy. I would like to thank the judges, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti, Dr. Anne Hamby and Dr. Veronika Ilyuk from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business for their time in assessing the applications,” Lesko said. The national InnovateHER Competition is a business plan

competition for entrepreneurs to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, a potential for commercialization and fill a need in the marketplace. Hofstra University submitted QB Sonic as the local winner of the Hofstra InnovateHER Competition. The SBA will then choose

semi-finalists from the pool of all the local competition winners. The semi-finalists will have a chance to win $40,000, $20,000 or $10,000 at the Women’s Summit National Finals in Washington D.C. March 16-17, 2016. The submissions were judged by: • Dr. Elizabeth Venuti, Senior Associate Dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University • Dr. Anne Hamby, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University • Dr. Veronika Ilyuk, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University For more information about the Center for Entrepreneurship and to stay updated about future business plan competitions, visit www.hofstra. edu/entrepreneurship. Karla Schuster is the assistant vice president of university relations at Hofstra University.

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Early Diagnosis Of Cervical Cancer Saves Lives

Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly-treatable if found early. Getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women at NUMC. “The New York State Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides free cervical cancer screening to uninsured women—a subpopulation of women less likely to get screened,” said Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHealth/NUMC’s president/CEO. “According to the most recent New York State data, about 70 percent of women without insurance have had a Pap test, compared to roughly 85 percent of women with health insurance.” The impact of insurance status on screening behavior was recently highlighted by American Cancer Society researchers. They found that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was likely the cause of a large increase in the number of younger women (under the age of 26) getting diagnosed for cervical cancer at an early stage. The ACA allows for dependents to remain

on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, giving these women the opportunity to get Pap tests, which can find cervical cancer early. “It’s wonderful that the ACA has helped some women get screened for cancer, but the fact remains that there are people who still remain uninsured,” said Politi. “The Cancer Services Program is here to provide life-saving cancer screening to our most needy residents.” The New York State Cancer Services Program provides free cervical cancer screening to uninsured women, ages 40 and older, in every county and borough of the state. The program also provides free breast and colorectal cancer screening to eligible New York State residents. There usually aren’t any symptoms of cervical cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage, making regular Pap tests the key to an early diagnosis.

“It is especially important for women who have not had a Pap test within the past five years to get screened. Six out of ten cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not had one in the past five years. Don’t delay, talk to your doctor or call the Cancer Services Program at NUMC,” said Dr.

John Riggs, chairman of the OB/GYN department at NUMC. Visit cancer/services/community_resources to find a cancer services program in your community or call 866-442-2262. Visit cancer/cervical for more information about cervical cancer.

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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Dr. Ira Nash Is First Recipient Of Press Ganey ‘Physician Of The Year’ Award Press Ganey, a South Bend, IN, firm that works with more than 10,000 health care organizations worldwide, presented its inaugural Physician of the Year Award to Ira Nash, MD, senior vice president and executive director of the Northwell Medical Group. The organization cited Dr. Nash’s “fierce advocacy of patient experience and transparency initiatives to drive performance improvement across his substantial organization” in bestowing the award. This August under Dr. Nash’s leadership, Northwell Health became the first large medical group in the New York metropolitan area to begin posting online patient reviews of its doctors. Northwell Health’s “Find a Doctor” profile pages provide consumers with feedback from actual patients on physicians practicing in one of the health system’s 450 medical group offices throughout the metropolitan area. “Working together with the other physicians on the medical group patient experience committee, we now present our patients and our prospective patients with reliable and timely information about the care our physicians provide,” Dr. Nash said in accepting the award. The Press Ganey Physician of the Year Award recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional

leadership and who has realized tangible success improving the patient experience, reducing patient and caregiver suffering and who promotes compassionate connected care in their organization. Dr. Nash said the award is gratifying, but more importantly, the health system’s doctors have made patient experience a priority. “We have helped to engage our entire workforce in focusing on the needs of those who put their trust in us at the most vulnerable times in their lives,” he said. The award was presented Nov. 11 at Press Ganey’s annual client conference in Orlando. Patrick T.

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The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, a not-for-profit incorporated society representing the pharmacist profession since 1879, has announced the selection of Kathy Febraio, a certified association executive (CAE) as its new executive director. Febraio comes to the society from the NYS Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Latham, NY. A 17-year veteran of the nonprofit sector with eight of those years in health care, Febraio specializes in advocacy, communications and technology. Febraio heads the executive team and is the main contact for the state’s Pharmacists Society board of directors and committees. She will serve as the main public representative and spokesperson for the association.

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Nurse Samaritans Of The Month BY COLLEEN VALDINI


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Samaritan of the Month for September was Raphael Dimayuga, RN, a clinical nurse in the hospital’s medical intensive care unit (MICU). He joined the hospital’s MICU in 2002, providing acute care for critically ill patients.

Ryan, chief executive officer of Press Ganey, praised Dr. Nash and other award recipients. “The individuals and organizations recognized today all have led visionary initiatives to reduce patient suffering and deliver superior care experiences,” he said.

St. Johnland Appoints New Social Work Director Ilene Isaacs, LMSW, has recently been named as the new director of social work at St. Johnland Nursing Center. She is responsible for managing the social work staff who cares for the residents and families in the 250-bed facility in Kings Park. In this field for over 17 years, Isaacs most recently served as a social worker at Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk after leaving St. Johnland in 2011. Isaacs is particularly interested in the geriatric population—in supporting residents and their families as individuals make the transi-

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tion to long term care. She holds a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Dowling College and an M.A. in social work from Stony Brook University. (Photo by Cathie Wardell)

Raphael Dimayuga Dimayuga lives his life, both professionally and personally, demonstrating the hospital’s mission of compassion, integrity and justice. He accommodates his patients’ individual needs, always going above and beyond to ensure some of the hospital’s sickest patients are well cared for. “The kindness and care he gave my brother was heartwarming and will never be forgotten,” said a patient. Also named Samaritan of the Month for September was Lisa Giarraputo, RN, with the hospital’s mother/baby unit. She joined Good Samaritan in 1994. Giarraputo is

Lisa Giarraputo kind, caring and compassionate. She is a true team player who is always dependable. She achieved her certification in maternal newborn nursing and as a breastfeeding consultant in 2014 and is currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program in nursing at Farmingdale State College. Since 1999, Good Samaritan Hospital has recognized exemplary employees who consistently go above and beyond their assigned duties and live by the hospital mission to promote excellence in care and commit to those in need. Nominations for Samaritan of the Month are submitted for review to a committee from co-workers, supervisors and patients. A Samaritan of the Month presentation is held at the hospital with co-workers and family. Colleen Valdini is the manager of public and extra affairs at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

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For those who require dialysis,


means a better quality of life. spired theme. The floor of the facility looks like a pathway in the park, cloud artwork embellishes a dropped ceiling which mirrors the curves of the path and wall illustrations display full height trees that gives a sense of expanding space. Besides the tranquil atmosphere, QLIRI’s state-of-the-art treatment stations are equipped with very comfortable, reclining chairs and all the latest amenities such as personal TVs, DVDs and free wireless access. All patients have access to social work services and nutritional counseling, as well as individual and family health education. Valet parking is available and medical transportation can be arranged by the Social Worker. QLIRI is open 6 days per week, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

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dialysis-trained Registered Nurses, Renal Social Workers, and a Registered Dietitian. QLIRI’s staff possesses the expertise and experience to meet individual needs of patients and families. Michael N. Rosenblut, President & CEO of Parker Jewish Institute notes that QLIRI was conceived and built with one thing in mind, improving the quality of life for adults who require dialysis, whether they live in their homes or are residents and patients of Parker. One of the goals of the center is to make the treatment station and overall environment as comfortable and soothing as possible and to provide a calm, restorative atmosphere. The aesthetics of QLIRI are exceptional. The design team of Tobin Parnes Design Enterprises used a nature-in-

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Patients can expect the finest quality of care, state-of-the-art technology and uncompromised dignity, in a bright, ultra-modern and comfortable setting at Queens-Long Island Renal Institute (QLIRI). Located on the lobby-level of the well renowned Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, in New Hyde Park, QLIRI is easily accessible from all New York City communities and central to communities of Queens and Nassau counties. The location at Parker Jewish Institute means convenience and prestige. Licensed by the New York State Department of Health, QLIRI is staffed by a committed, inter-disciplinary team of board certified Nephrologists,

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Three Compelling Cancer Advances From 2015 BY JIM STALLARD


In 2015, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s scientists continued to lead the way in clarifying the factors that trigger or promote cancer and in identifying new treatment strategies for the disease. Here’s a recap of some of the most compelling work from the past 12 months.

Making Colorectal Cancer Cells Normal Again Scientists knew that mutations in a gene called APC can trigger the formation of colorectal cancers. What they hadn’t been able to figure out was whether the same mutations play a role in more advanced colorectal tumors. A team led by Cancer Biology & Genetics Program Chair Scott Lowe confirmed that APC mutations spur the progression of the disease at later stages, suggesting that the gene may be a promising target for future drugs. They also demonstrated that artificially restoring normal APC activity in mice could cause colorectal cancer cells to revert to a noncancerous form and prevent the disease from returning. “It wasn’t that the cells died or stopped dividing,” Dr. Lowe said of the experiment. “They seemed to return to their original noncancerous state and were able to function normally. It tells us a lot about colorectal cancer from a biologic perspective, and it has important ramifications for potential therapies.” Visit manipulating-single-gene-turns-colorectal-cells-back-normal to read the full story.

Genomics researcher Timothy Chan was surprised to discover that lung tumors with a lot of smoking-induced mutations tend to respond better to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy. Timothy Chan, showed that PD-1 inhibitors are effective in only 20 to 30% of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The drugs are more likely to be effective in people whose tumor DNA contains smoking-related mutations. “The link...was totally unexpect-

cancer type, “basket studies” instead concentrate on a specific mutation found in the tumor, regardless of where the cancer originated. The first published report from a basket study showed that the drug vemurafenib

lead the FDA to approve vemurafenib as a treatment for these diseases, dramatically changing the outlook for people with these conditions. Visit

While traditional clinical trials focus on a particular cancer type, basket studies test therapies that target a specific genetic mutation found in the tumor, regardless of where the cancer origi-

nated. Some patients with different cancer types will share the same mutation in their tumors (represented by white dot). A basket trial tests a drug that targets the mutation in these patients.

Landmark Achievements for Immunotherapy Multiple studies in 2015 further demonstrated the success of immunotherapy, which unlocks and boosts the immune system’s inherent ability to defend the body against cancer. The immunotherapy drug nivolumab (Opdivo), which MSK physician-scientists played a major role in developing and testing, was recognized for its effectiveness against several cancer types. The FDA recently approved it to treat melanoma, either alone or in combination with another immunotherapy drug called ipilimumab, as well as advanced renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer. Despite its striking effectiveness in some patients, nivolumab, part of a class of drugs called PD-1 inhibitors, does not work for everyone. One study, led by MSK cancer scientist

These organoid cultures of intestinal cells have been imaged by immunofluorescence microscopy. In the spherical organoid on the left, the APC gene has been deactivated, triggering a response similar to colorectal cancer. In the candy wrapper–shaped organoid on the right, the gene has been turned back on to restore normal cell growth and development.

ed,” reported Dr. Chan. “This is the first time anyone has shown that a widespread mutational landscape clearly affects the outcome of an immunotherapy.” The findings could guide the use of PD-1 inhibitors in lung cancer patients and also influence clinical trial approaches to investigate the drugs for other cancer types. Visit to read the full story.

The Next Wave of Cancer Drug Testing Cancer drug assessment has entered a new age. While traditional clinical trials focus on a particular

could be effective across multiple cancer types with a mutation in a gene called BRAF — although blocking the mutation did not guarantee success. “Precision medicine has come to the forefront of cancer treatment,” said Physician-in-Chief José Baselga, the study’s senior author. “This study demonstrates we can design trials based on genomics as opposed to site of origin of the cancer.” In the trial, vemurafenib produced responses in a diverse set of cancers. The most encouraging results came in patients with NSCLC as well as two rare, noncancerous disorders known as Erdheim-Chester disease and Langerhans cell histiocytosis. The researchers believe the results could

ies-drugs to read the full story.

Other Innovative Work In addition to the above findings, MSK scientists pursued other fascinating research in 2015, including discovering how a gene mutation leads to follicular lymphoma, understanding why certain tumor types metastasize to specific organs, discovering that some cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children may be linked to an inherited gene mutation, and developing a Netflixinspired approach to understanding how proteins turn genes on and off. Jim Stallard writes for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported

Influenza activity is increasing across the country and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, regardless of negative rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) results and without waiting for RT-PCR testing results. Early antiviral treatment works best, but treatment may offer benefit when started up to four or five days after symptom onset in hospitalized patients. Early antiviral treatment can reduce influenza morbidity and mortality. Since October 2015, CDC has detected co-circulation of influenza A(H3N2), A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses. However, H1N1pdm09 viruses have predominated in recent weeks. CDC has received recent reports of severe respiratory illness among young- to middle-aged adults with H1N1pdm09 virus infection, some of whom required intensive care unit (ICU) admission; fatalities have been reported. Some of these patients reportedly tested negative for influenza by RIDT; their influenza diagnosis was made later with molecular assays. Most of these patients were reportedly unvaccinated. H1N1pdm09 virus infection in the past has caused severe illness in some children and young- and middle-aged adults. Clinicians should continue efforts to vaccinate patients this season for as long as influenza viruses are circulating, and promptly start antiviral treatment of severely ill and high-risk patients if influenza is suspected or confirmed.

Recommendations 1. Clinicians should encourage all patients who have not yet received an influenza vaccine this season to be vaccinated against influenza. This recommendation is for patients 6 months of age and older. There are several influenza vaccine options for the 2015-16 influenza season, and all available vaccine formulations this season contain A(H3N2), A(H1N1)pdm09, and B virus strains. CDC does not recommend one influenza vaccine formulation over another. 2. Clinicians should encourage

all persons with influenza-like illness who are at high risk for influenza complications (see list below) to seek care promptly to determine if treatment with influenza antiviral medications is warranted. 3. Decisions about starting antiviral treatment should not wait for laboratory confirmation of influenza. Clinicians using RIDTs to inform treatment decisions should use caution in interpreting negative RIDT results. These tests, defined here as rapid antigen detection tests using immunoassays or immunofluorescence assays, have a high potential for false negative results. Antiviral treatment should not be withheld from patients with suspected influenza, even if they test negative by RIDT; initiation of empiric antiviral therapy, if warranted, should not be delayed. 4. CDC guidelines for influenza antiviral use during 2015-16 season are the same as during prior seasons. 5. When indicated, antiviral treatment should be started as soon as possible after illness onset, ideally within 48 hours of symptom onset. Clinical benefit is greatest when antiviral treatment is administered early. However, antiviral treatment

might still be beneficial in patients with severe, complicated, or progressive illness, and in hospitalized patients and in some outpatients when started after 48 hours of illness onset, as indicated by clinical and observational studies. 6. Treatment with an appropriate

neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs (oral oseltamivir, inhaled zanamivir, or intravenous peramivir) is recommended as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who is hospitalized; has severe, complicated or progressive illness; or is at higher risk for influenza complications. This list includes: • children aged younger than 2 years; • adults aged 65 years and older; • persons with chronic

pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury); • persons with immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV infection; • women who are pregnant or postpartum (within two weeks after delivery); • persons aged younger than 19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy; • American Indians/Alaska Natives; • persons who are morbidly obese (i.e., body-mass index is equal to or greater than 40); and • residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities. 7. Antiviral treatment can also be considered for suspected or confirmed influenza in previously healthy, symptomatic outpatients not at high risk on the basis of clinical judgment, especially if treatment can be initiated within 48 hours of illness onset. 8. Clinical judgment, on the basis of the patient’s disease severity and progression, age, underlying medical conditions, likelihood of influenza, and time since onset of symptoms, is important when making antiviral treatment decisions for outpatients. 9. While influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza, a history of influenza vaccination does not rule out influenza virus infection in an ill patient with clinical signs and symptoms compatible with influenza. Vaccination status should not impede the initiation of prompt antiviral treatment.

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Go Red In 2016 BY REVA GAJER

Learn what causes your stress and ways you can relieve it.

Heart disease continues to be the #1 killer of both women and men in the U.S. Nearly every minute of the day, one woman dies of heart disease. You may think of a heart attack as something that happens to men, but the reality is that heart disease doesn’t discriminate. That is why Northwell Health is a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to raise awareness and fight this deadly disease.

Get enough sleep While everyone’s sleep needs are different, six to eight hours is recommended.


Here are a few tips to help women make heart-healthy lifestyle choices: Know your risk factors It’s important that you understand your risk of developing heart disease. Some risk factors can be modified and controlled such as diet and activity level, and others that cannot, such as age, gender and family history. Maintain a healthy weight A change in diet can help decrease your risk of heart disease, or may even prevent existing disease from getting worse. Don’t smoke And, if you do...quit. There are many smoking cessation programs, free support groups and follow-up classes available, including Northwell Health’s Center for Tobacco Control. Get active Regular exercise (moderate intensity; 30 minutes a day; several days a week) can help decrease your appetite, reduce stress and improve your overall health. Consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Manage your stress Lowering your stress levels is one of the best things you can do for your body and your spirit.

Plan regular checkups Many diseases can be easily treated if they are detected early, so see your doctor at least once a year. Discuss your risk factors and develop a plan to keep your heart healthy. Reva Gajer, NP, is the clinical program coordinator for the Women’s Heart Health Program, Katz Institute for Women’s Health of Northwell Health. For more information, call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center at 855-8505494 to speak to a women’s health specialist.

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St. Catherine’s Staff “Go-Red” For Heart Health Month On Friday, Feb. 5, St. Catherine of Siena’s health care professionals wore red in support of Go Red For Women. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women because it’s not just a man’s disease. In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s, with additional support from local cause supporters. St. Catherine’s health care professionals provided free blood pressure screenings and information in the lobby, sponsored

by the hospital’s community outreach program.

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Planned Parenthood Celebrates Family Planning Advocates Day Of Action Joined by more than 500 volunteers and activists from across New York, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) recently participated in Family Planning Advocates Annual Statewide Day of Action. Leadership from Planned Parenthood Affiliates in New York rallied to show support for women’s reproductive health care. Among the priorities for the legislative agenda in 2016 were funding for family planning services by increasing the Family Planning Grant by $2.4 million and the passage of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCC) first introduced by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “The Day of Action was a wonderful opportunity to meet intimately with our legislators and ensure that New York continues to be a state that empowers women. This year was particularly rewarding, as we

witnessed the passage of the CCCA in the State Assembly, a bill that will ensure that New Yorkers are not denied access to the methods of

contraception that are best suited to meeting their health needs. We now call on the Senate to follow the Assembly’s lead in prioritizing the

David Sandman Named New York State Health Foundation President Following a nationwide search, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) board of directors unanimously selected David Sandman, Ph.D., as the foundation’s next president and CEO. Sandman has been the foundation’s senior vice president since 2008, after serving as executive director of the commission on health care facilities in the 21st century (the “Berger Commission”) and in senior positions at Manatt Health Solutions, Harris Interactive and the Commonwealth Fund. “After conducting a thorough national search, we were thrilled to find that the person best suited to be the foundation’s next CEO was right here at NYSHealth,” said Ellen Rautenberg, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “David’s experience and expertise in the world of New York health care, public policy, and in philanthropy position him perfectly to lead NYSHealth in its next chapter. His passion for our work is palpable, and he balances that with the patience and pragmatism required to effect meaningful social change.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as the New York State Health Foundation’s next CEO, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Sandman. “In its first 10 years, the foundation has established itself as a vital player working to help New Yorkers stay healthy and ensure our health care system meets patients’ needs. I look forward to building on that work, focusing our energy in these important areas, and being responsive to new opportunities.” Sandman will begin his new role effective March 1, following the departure of founding president and CEO James R. Knickman, Ph.D., who is joining the faculty of New York University, where he will have a joint appointment in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Knickman will hold the Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service. “All of us on the NYSHealth Board are grateful to Jim Knickman for his leadership of the organization since its inception,” said Rautenberg. “He shaped the foundation into a strong force in New York’s health landscape that has made a meaningful difference for the health and well-being of New Yorkers.”

reproductive healthcare needs of New Yorkers,” concluded Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’s President and CEO JoAnn D. Smith.

MEDICINE BRIEFS Are you at Risk of Falling? Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy provides free fall prevention screenings for seniors on Long Island. This program is in place to provide all seniors the opportunity to test their balance and see if they are at risk of falling. Falling is not a normal part of aging. Screenings are available at Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in Garden City, Great Neck, Roslyn, Bellmore, Kew Gardens and Rocky Point. Call 516-7458050 and ask for the free balance screening, available seven days a week. Positive Parenting Workshops North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center will host free monthly “Positive Parenting Workshops” in conjunction with Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of Northwell Health. Each workshop will be held at the Guidance Center’s Marks Family Right from the Start Center, located at 80 North Service Rd. of the Long Island Expressway, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. A pediatrician from Northwell Health will speak at each workshop and also take questions from the audience. The first workshop will focus on issues such as toilet training, bedwetting and other issues of interest related to children’s urological conditions. “Parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes to issues such as toilet training and bedwetting,” said Dr. Lane Palmer, chief of pediatric urology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “There are some very simple techniques that can make the process go very smoothly for both the parent and the toddler.” Upcoming topics will include nutrition, vaccinations and sleeping issues. A full schedule will be announced in the near future. Sisters United in Health (Hermanas Unidas en la Salud) helps women get free or low-cost mammograms regardless of their health insurance or immigration status. For information, call Sisters United in Health, a program of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline, at 800-559-6348. Help is available in English and Spanish.

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Neograft : A New FDA-Cleared Minimally Invasive Device That Transplants Hair Without Surgery or Scars

The latest innovation in hair transplantation technology is

called FUE—Follicular Unit Extraction, which is performed by using an FDA-cleared harvesting and implantation system called Neograft®. FUE with Neograft® is automated and minimally invasive; follicular units are harvested one-by-one—eliminating the need for excising a donor strip. The hairline looks completely natural and undetectable as a hair transplant; no one will know unless you tell them. There is no linear scar, minimal downtime, less discomfort, and does not involve staples or stitches like the STRIP FUT method does. Patients are usually able to go back to work the next day. Another bene-

fit of Neograft® is that it uses pneumatic controls to precisely extract complete individual hair follicles which can be immediately transplanted to the selected areas of the scalp. In addition, it also provides exact placement, providing consistent and accurate results. The best candidates for either hair transplantation procedure have sufficient donor hair and moderate hair loss. The quality of the donor hair has much to do with the final result--the fuller and denser

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the donor hair; the better the results will be once the hair is transplanted. After the hair is transplanted, the grafted hair will stay in place for approximately 2 to 3 weeks before it starts shedding which is normal and part of the new hair growth process. After that, the hair will continue to grow normally, as it had done in its original site.

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Throughout the ages, thick and healthy hair has always been a sign of both vitality and attractiveness for both men and women. Up until recently, the best method for hair replacement involved surgically removing a strip of scalp (STRIP FUT- Follicular Unit Transplantation) from the donor site, leaving behind a tell-tale linear scar that can be seen when wearing a short or buzzed haircut. Essentially, this corrects one issue and potentially causes another, leaving room for further advancement. Enter Neograft®.

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Winthrop-University Hospital Joins WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance BY LEANNA CHERRY


Winthrop-University Hospital announced today that it has joined the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, a program of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, which is comprised of |hospitals throughout the country who are committed to advancing women’s heart health. “WomenHeart is thrilled to welcome Winthrop-University Hospital to the National Hospital Alliance,” said Mary E. McGowan, chief executive officer of WomenHeart. “This membership represents a real commitment to advancing women’s heart health in Mineola by teaming with WomenHeart to bring free education and support services to their women heart patients.” This partnership seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to


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information, education and patient support services. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women, and more women than men have died from heart disease since 1984. “Today is an exciting day for Winthrop-University Hospital and the community of Long Island women who are living with cardiovascular disease,” said Barbara George, EdD, RCEP, MSN, AGNP-C, director of the center for cardiovascular lifestyle medicine at Winthrop. “Becoming a WomenHeart Hospital Alliance member solidifies our commitment to women’s heart health beyond the hospital walls by continuing to grow our support for women where they live and work.” By joining the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, Winthrop will now begin the process of developing a WomenHeart Support Network—the nation’s only peer-led support networks for women living with heart disease. Led by female heart patients who are trained at the annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, these women and Winthrop will partner in their local community to bring important messages of prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, and

proper treatment to all women with regard to heart disease. “Along with 33 other hospitals across the nation, the Division of Cardiology at Winthrop is proud to be part of this exciting Hospital endeavor which will allow us to continue our leadership role as being one of the top institutes in the delivery of cardiovascular care for women,” said Kevin Marzo, MD, chief of cardiology at Winthrop. Additionally, WomenHeart provides National Hospital Alliance members with materials and information developed by the nation’s medical leaders in women’s heart health and the ongoing training and technical assistance required to establish and maintain the post-discharge support network for women heart patients—a critical component of helping women with their recovery and living with this chronic and often life-threatening condition. For more information on when and where Winthrop will launch its WomenHeart Support Network for women living with heart disease, contact Dr. Barbara George at 516-663-4832. Leanna Cherry writes for Winthrop-University Hospital.

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Katz Institute for Women’s Health

Go Red in 2016 February is American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to find out how to stay “heart healthy” or to learn about your risk for heart disease.

Learn the latest women’s heart disease prevention concepts during a special Katz Institute for Women’s Health event. – Learn simple steps you can take to reduce your risk. – Discuss the latest controversies and truths related to heart disease in women. – Relieve stress during our calming, interactive relaxation exercise.

Speakers: Jean Marie Cacciabaudo, MD Northwell Health Physician Partners Director, Cardiology, Southside Hospital Stacey Rosen, MD Northwell Health Physician Partners Vice President, Women’s Health Katz Institute for Women’s Health Deborah McElligott, DNP Integrative Nurse Practitioner Health and Wellness Coach

Women’s Wellness It’s time to Go Red! Join us: Wednesday, February 24 7pm – 9pm Long Island Marriott 101 James Doolittle Boulevard Uniondale, NY 11553 Heart-healthy refreshments and light dinner will be served. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a gift basket!

Admission: $20 Registration required. Online: (listed under events) Phone: 1-855-850-KIWH (5494)

Register with a friend. Each of you will get $5 off Use promo code: KIWH Presenting sponsor

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Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year?

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New Health Care Decision Tools Should Be Tailored To The Needs Of The Individual Patient BY ALAN BALCH


Imagine the flood of questions that follows a cancer diagnosis. How much longer do I have to live? How much am I willing to pay for treatment? What side effects am I willing to bear? These aren’t easy questions. So health care providers and insurance companies are trying to help doctors guide their patients through the process with tools that aid in selecting the best treatment regimens. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently released a framework it hopes physicians eventually will use to compare new cancer therapies with established treatments—the clinical benefits, side effects, and costs. Last year, Anthem produced a program designed to determine the best treatment options for some cancer patients and provide incentives for physicians to prescribe those treatments. Such efforts face a common limitation: They do not adequately reflect the complex range of issues that inform patient treatment decisions.

For example, some incorporate only drug prices into their cost models— one issue of concern to patients, but not the only one. Developing precision treatments can be expensive, and the resulting prices for these specialty products can be high. Because novel therapies are often introduced to patients with advanced diseases, they may

calculations of narrowly defined costs versus benefits, they’ll shy away from these treatments—or insurance companies may restrict or deny access to them. My organization, the Patient Advocate Foundation, provides case management support to tens of thousands of patients each year suffering from financial hardships.

demonstrate only a modest benefit. In the latest issue of JAMA Oncology, for example, researchers attempted to determine an appropriate price for an experimental lung cancer drug that extends life, according to clinical trial data, by between six weeks and two months, on average, for some stage-IV lung cancer patients. They calculated a low value for the treatment. If patients’ decisions about novel treatments are determined by rigid

Last year, the primary medical debt issues for our patients were transportation expenses, followed by co-pays for hospital and doctor visits. To make an informed decision about a treatment’s value, patients need to know much more about their likely out-of-pocket costs, beyond just the relevant medications. People consider a wide variety of factors when buying a new car or refrigerator. Surely, applicable lessons

Dr. Politi To Be Honored At Rotacare’s Caregivers’ Ball Dr. Victor F. Politi, NuHealth/NUMC’s president/CEO, will be honored at this year’s Rotacare 22nd Caregivers’ Ball. The event will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Cherry Valley Country Club in Garden City. “For 22 years, RotaCare has served to make Long Island’s poorest families stronger and healthier by assisting with healthcare challenges. The approach of providing primary care to prevent complications, which may require hospitalization and costlier care, has successfully kept patients out of the hospital, minimized use of the ER, and has enhanced medication and treatment compliance. Through generous support and partnership, RotaCare has created a space where people in need can access healthcare in a dignified and respectful setting. This makes a big difference, not only for RotaCare patients, but for the overall health of our communities,” says RotaCare Board President, Dr. Kathleen Lamaute. “I am humbled to be honored by RotaCare and look forward to continuing to support an organization so dedicated to addressing the health care needs of uninsured and vulnerable residents of

Nassau County,” said Politi, who will be presented with the Distinguished Community Service Award. RotaCare began in 1992 by members of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club to address the needs of the uninsured in Nassau County. It began very simply when a group of concerned volunteers at the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen in Hempstead recognized that many of the medical needs of the clients they served were not being adequately met by the healthcare system. They responded through the collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club, local healthcare professionals, local residents and Mercy Hospital by operating a weekly “MASH” unit at the soup kitchen. And, RotaCare was born. Space soon became inadequate and in January 2000, RotaCare moved to its own facility in Uniondale. A staff of volunteer doctors, nurses, support staff and translators give selflessly of their time and talent. For more information about RotaCare’s 22nd Annual Caregivers’ Ball, including event tickets, sponsorship opportunities and journal ads, call Legendary Events at 516-222-0550 or email Tracey Gittere at

exist for health care, especially with consumers shouldering an increasing share of their costs. Frameworks can be designed to enable physicians to help their patients navigate health care decisions. But the frameworks also are likely to be used to determine what the patient can receive and what will be covered by insurance. To avoid inappropriate rationing of care or limiting of choice that may be contrary to a patient’s best care, these tools should address myriad risks, costs, and benefits that reflect the complexity of treatment choices. Patients and their providers don’t benefit from rigid formulas based on limited variables; they need sophisticated models that allow patients to determine what is important and then compare treatments. In a consumer-based medical system, this approach will ensure that treatment decisions are based on the needs of the individual patient. Alan Balch is CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the publisher or Anton Media Group.

Mom Saved From Heart Failure

Christine Budwha Giles (center) and her family thank Northwell Health’s cardiology team for saving her life after developing heart failure after childbirth. Giles spoke at Northwell Health’s Go Red for Women’s Heart Health event at North Shore University Hospital on Feb. 5. The event raises awareness about heart health and empowers women to recognize symptoms and to take healthy actions to prevent heart disease. From left with Giles: Matthew Giles, Christine’s husband, their children, Christian, 8 and Anna, 14 months, with Dr. Stacey Rosen and Dr. Evelina Gravyer, Northwell cardiologists.



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