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Getting the most out of Health & Wellness Benefits in a Medicare Advantage Plan

AgeWell New York encourages Medicare beneficiaries to look out for these covered services to get the most out of your plan to enhance your health coverage and access to health & wellness services. Preventative Services. Many plans cover screenings & immunizations. These services help you identify and treat health issues

Dental, vision and hearing services. Routine dental, vision and hearing visits are vital to maintaining overall health and identifying other issues. Look for preventive and/or preventive and comprehensive and diagnostic dental, routine vision exams, eyewear, routine hearing exams and hearing aids as part of your covered services. Fitness programs. Look for a plan that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Many plans offer a wellness

or fitness program at no additional cost and include access to fitness equipment, gym memberships, group exercise classes and more.

preventative services. Call your plan for more information and find out whether these services are available.

Alternative care services. Alternative therapies are becoming more popular in preventing and treating disease and promoting health. Some plans include covered acupuncture and chiropractic care.

AgeWell New York’s Medicare Advantage Plans offer health care coverage to improve and maintain overall health and well-being. Call for eligibility and enrollment. 866-586-8044 or

Care Navigator or Care Manager: Having a dedicated person to help you navigate all of these services gives you easier access to all your benefits. Some plans have a Care Navigator or Care Manager who assists with things such as such as medication management, care planning, routine screenings and

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Many plans offer health and wellness benefits over and above Original Medicare, including dental, vision, hearing, transportation, over the counter (OTC) drugs, alternative medicine, and fitness programs.

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AgeWell New York, LLC is a HMO plan with a Medicare contract and a Coordination of Benefits Agreement with New York State Department of Health. Enrollment in AgeWell New York, LLC depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. This information is available for free in other languages. Please call customer service at 1-866-586-8044 or TTY 1-800-662-1220 seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time or visit AgeWell New York complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of races, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. AgeWell New York cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo. AgeWell New York 遵守適用的聯邦民權法律規定,不因種族、膚色、民族血統、年齡、 殘障或 別而歧視任何人。 ATTENTION: If you do not speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-866-5868044 (TTY: 1-800-662-1220). ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-866-586-8044 (TTY: 1-800-662-1220). 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-866-586-8044 (TTY: 1-800-662-1220). H4922_MA_4002 Accepted 09102016 173554 C



BRAND NEW ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY TO OPEN THIS FALL life. “Our holistic approach to an individual’s wellbeing — physically, mentally and emotionally — is at the heart of the Amber Court experience,” shared Robin Marks, Long Island Regional Director of Amber Court Assisted Living. “We offer rewarding living arrangements for elders whose current situation is no longer safe or desirable.” Amber Court Assisted Living, an Aging in Place environment, has brought unmatched quality care to seniors since 1968. For more information on Amber Court of Smithtown, including its Medicaid-funded assisted living program (ALP), call Maria Brownworth at 631-636-0620 or visit



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Amber Court Assisted Living of Smithtown will open this November on Lake Avenue in Nesconset. The brand new community is drawing praise for offering state-of-the-art amenities in an elegant yet affordable setting. It is Amber Court’s fifth location in the tri-state area and second on Long Island. Amber Court of Smithtown will feature such unique elements as a wellness suite, technology hub, state-of-the-art fitness center, three separate dining rooms, a general store, and a cinema. According to Maria Brownworth, Director of Community Relations for the new community, Amber Court differs from the large corporate chains because “it is family owned and managed by people known for their legacy of quality care.” She added, “I am excited about expanding our special combination of services to the Smithtown area.” Amber Court provides onsite options that help improve quality of


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27B Lecture: Grandparenting Matters 28B Heart Walk Ambassador Named 33B No-Cost Naloxene




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The Amsterdam also gives you Life Care, something you won’t find anywhere else in Nassau County. 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 support, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are all available at The Tuttle Center right on The Amsterdam campus. 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, leaving you free to concentrate on living today.

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My mom and I before my fight on June 28th, 2014.

This is me fighting with herniated disk on June 28, 2014. I won by technical knockout in the first round, but I did more damage to my back. (Marcus pictured on the left)

This was from my July 30th, 2016 MMA fight, after my spinal fusion. I am on the top of my game; technical knockout in the first round!

“My neurosurgeon gave me hope to be back in the ring again after spinal surgery” “I was 20 when I was training for a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight. During one of my sparring sessions, I hurt my back. “I wrestled during high school as well, so I was used to getting some minor injuries and didn’t think much of it. I treated the pain with ice, heat, and Motrin. However, the pain continued to increase and there was no relief. I continued to train and participate in tournaments. It was not a good idea, but I was 20 and thought it would heal once I could rest. “The pain increased until I was unable to stand, sit, walk, or sleep. I went to the doctor and had x-rays and an MRI. I herniated my L5-S1 disc, and it was causing much pain in my back and both my legs. Pain management gave me cortisone shots, but they did not help. “I tried everything and could not even sit through a meal with my family. I didn’t think I would be able to do any of the things I did before I hurt my back, like riding my motorcycle and competing in Mixed Martial Arts. I had goals and things I wanted to accomplish. It was affecting everything in my life. I really had no hope.

“My mother set up an appointment on Long Island with Dr. William Sonstein, a neurosurgeon at NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery. She received his name from a friend who had undergone surgery with him and reassured her that he was the one to help me. I went to see him on January 14, 2015. “When I first met with Dr. Sonstein, he had so much confidence in me and his practice that it was comforting to hear that he could help me and fix the situation. He told me I would be back in the ring, and I would have my life back. He was so positive, and he gave me hope. “I started to believe that there was a chance I would be able to compete in MMA again. He scheduled me for a spinal fusion less than two weeks later, on January 23, 2015. His staff at the office and in the hospital were just as amazing as he was. The prompt follow-up and scheduling for surgery made me feel extremely lucky to be under such great care. Teresa, Dr. Sonstein’s secretary, is the best and was there to help me and my parents through everything.

enough he got me fighting again. I was back in the cage in June, 2016, one year later doing everything I did before. I am able to lift people, run, jump, punch, and kick with no problem at all. I have my life back. I ride my motorcycle, go to work, and train. I am so thankful for Dr. Sonstein and his team at NSPC. His bedside manner and friendliness got me back to health. I can’t thank him enough for giving me a second chance at pursuing my dreams. “As a young adult, my advice for anyone suffering from back pain is that there is no reason to live in pain all the time. Find the right doctor and get help. Don’t give up or give in to the pain. Fight for your dreams and have the life you want. There is always hope!” Marcus Comodo (Age: 22), Levittown, NY -Actual Patient For more information, or to seek a consultation, please call (516) 255-9031 or visit

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State Funding For Mental Health Anti-Stigma Projects BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announced awards totaling $75,000 for projects that help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The funding comes from taxpayer contributions received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to donate easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their state taxes, similar to other provisions where taxpayers can support Alzheimer’s research, breast cancer awareness and various other efforts. “The Office of Mental Health works tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, but this tax check-off program goes a step beyond that,” said OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Dr. Ann Sullivan, Sullivan. “It allows taxpayers to OMH Commissioner contribute to a cause that matters to them, and to see exactly how those contributions are being used in their communities. The ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ allows every New Yorker to play a role in reducing stigma, and we are eager to see the impact these awarded projects will have across the state.” The stigma associated with mental illness remains pervasive and too often discourages or prevents individuals from seeking needed treatment and care. OMH has a long record of promoting initiatives and public awareness programs that are dedicated to eliminating this stigma. This tax check-off program helps OMH fund organizations

that are committed to providing information about mental illness and addressing the stigma associated with mental illness. The OMH has distributed 15 grants of up to $5,000 each to support year-long stigma-reduction projects. Awardees on Long Island include the Association for Mental Health and Wellness for a web-based

campaign to increase awareness and participation in activities already in place; the Federation of Organizations for activities aimed at local businesses to address stigma related to hiring people with mental illness; and the Long Island Crisis Center for reaching out to middle/high students via workshops and social media.

Parker Jewish Institute President Honored By LeadingAge Michael N. Rosenblut, president and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Chairman, Board of Managers, AgeWell New York, received the Lawrence E. Larson Memorial Award of Honor at the LeadingAge New York (LANY) Annual Conference and Exposition. The award was given by Andrew Cruikshank, chairman of the LANY Board of Directors. “This award honors the late Larry Larson, the association’s first chair, and pays tribute to his distinguished service, dedication and foresight in aging services,” said Peter Seideman, Parker Jewish Institute’s chairman of

the board. “The award is given to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field and is a recognized leader at the state and national level with a reputation for humanitarian achievement and professional vision.” As president and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute, Rosenblut leads one of the nation’s preeminent health care and rehabilitation centers for older adults, guiding the institute’s nationally recognized sub/postacute care, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care and community divisions. He also directs a leading academic campus for the training

Michael N. Rosenblut, M.B.A., LNHA, CASP

of health care professionals and an important research center for studies related to aging. Under Rosenblut’s aegis, Parker has developed a wide-ranging constellation of community health programs which address the continuum of care, social model day care centers, certified home health agency care and hospice programs. In addition, he has been an effective and respected advocate for long-term care, an individual whose opinion is heard by legislators throughout New York’s metropolitan and downstate region, at the state capitol in Albany, and in Washington, DC.

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Summer Tips For A Healthy Heart BY JESSICA DIMEO

Summer can bring many happy memories—family vacations, summer camp, days at the shore, staying up late and watching the sun set. No matter what your summer traditions include, be sure to keep in mind your heart and brain health throughout the longer daylight hours. According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, heart disease and stroke remain the No. 1 and No. 5 causes, respectively, of death in the U.S., yet 80 percent of these diseases are preventable with simple lifestyle modifications, such as healthy eating and regular exercise. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy heart-healthy seasonal produce and to add physical activity to your daily routine. Remember to take precautions when spending time by the water and when exercising in the heat. Here are the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s top 10 tips for a hearthealthy summer:


Learn Hands-Only CPR

Days by the pool and ocean can be fun, but always be prepared for the unthinkable. Hands-Only CPR has only two steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911, and press hard and fast in the center of the chest.


Choose Fresh Veggies

radiation is at its lowest levels. If you must exercise during the hottest part of the day or in high humidity, decrease exercise intensity and duration. And remember, you can get a great workout indoors by going to a gym or walking at the mall.


Dress The Part

Wear clothing that allows for quick evaporation of sweat. Choose lightweight, light-colored and breathable fabrics, such as cotton.


Take advantage of fresh seasonal veggies. Load up skewers with Stay Hydrated mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, Drink plenty of fluids (preferably zucchini, yellow squash or other veggies. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking water) throughout the day and before, during and after working out to mainspray and grill until lightly blackened. tain your salt-water balance. Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages.


Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

Plan your workout for the cooler parts of the day—either early morning or early evening when the sun’s


Pack To Play

When taking a family road trip, plan to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine. Pack a

football, soccer ball, Frisbee or paddle ball so that you can be physically active while away.


Enjoy Fruit Pops

Homemade freezer pops are an easy, fun treat for kids to make and enjoy. Mash up fruit like peaches, grapes, berries or watermelon and put into paper cups, insert an ice pop stick and freeze overnight.


Protect Yourself From The Sun

Wear wide-brimmed hats, always wear water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every two hours.


Head Indoors

When the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.


Know The Signs Of Heat Exhaustion And Heat Stroke Symptoms of heat exhaustion: • headaches • heavy sweating • cold, moist skin, chills • dizziness or fainting • a weak and rapid pulse • muscle cramps • fast, shallow breathing • nausea, vomiting or both If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler place, stop exercising and cool down by dousing yourself with cold water and rehydrating. You may need to seek medical attention. Symptoms of heat stroke: • warm, dry skin with no sweating • strong and rapid pulse • confusion and/or unconsciousness • high fever • throbbing headaches • nausea, vomiting or both If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Visit for more tips on staying active and healthy. Jessica DiMeo is the senior regional director of communications for the American Heart Association.

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South Nassau Offers Advanced Cardiac Care, Close to Home

Heidi F., a 60-year-old mother of three children, woke up one morning feeling as though she had been stricken with the flu. As morning became afternoon, she grew weaker, so she called her son, Pinny, who summoned an ambulance. At the moment the ambulance pulled up to her house, Heidi’s heart stopped and she collapsed. She was rushed to South Nassau Communities Hospital, where doctors at the hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health determined Heidi had suffered a complete heart block, a disruption along the pathway where electrical impulses travel to make the heart beat. They inserted a temporary pacemaker and in an effort to protect her brain in the aftermath of her cardiac arrest, they gave her therapeutic hypothermia, a cooling technique that lowers body temperature by about six degrees. Once Heidi was stable, the center’s director of electrophysiology, Lawrence Kanner, MD, FACC, implanted an automated cardioverter defibrillator in her chest. The small device monitors her heart rhythm and can correct an abnormal, life-threatening heartbeat. Today, Heidi is back to work in international sales and has resumed her swimming and walking routine. “I’m back to normal, I’m energetic, and I feel great,” says Heidi. “The entire cardiac team was amazing. No amount of words will ever help me express how thankful I am.“ “They weren’t just doctors,” says the

Woodmere mom and grandmother. “They were angels to me, and I felt very confident in their hands.” Like Heidi, if you, a loved one or a friend need expert, advanced, potentially lifesaving cardiac care, you don’t have to go far. South Nassau’s Center for Cardiovascular Health treats patients with the combination of advanced technologies and best practices and is equipped with the latest advancements in cardiac digital imaging systems. The center performs a wide range of coronary and peripheral interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty, stenting and thrombolytic therapy. When providing balloon angioplasty in an emergency, the center consistently completes the procedure in approximately 62.5 minutes, which is 27.5 minutes faster than the national standard door-to-balloon time benchmark of 90 minutes. (Door-to-balloon time is the time measured in minutes from the moment the patient walks in the door to the point the artery in the heart is reopened with a stent.) Electrophysiologists at the center use advanced technologies to provide timely, accurate diagnoses and therapies to treat a range of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms). Services include diagnostic studies, implantation and testing of pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators, and radiofrequency catheter ablation for the treatment of potentially fatal irregular heartbeats. The center’s clinical and noninva-

Rehabilitation Program (located at 440 Merrick Road in Oceanside). The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides a comprehensive, individualized plan of cardiac strengthening therapy for people who have had a recent heart attack, heart surgery or have been diagnosed with stable angina. This 12week program includes therapeutic exercise, cardiac risk assessment, nutritional assessment and counseling, stress reduction and education on the heart-healthy lifestyle. The facility and its multidisciplinary program have been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. South Nassau is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories; is designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for interventional cardiology and rhythm disease diagnosis and treatment; and is a recipient of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for disease-specific care for its heart failure program, the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiology Data Registry ACTION Registry– Get With the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s–Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as its Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.

Pilar Stevens-Cohen, MD, Cardiologist (right), shows Heidi the center’s lifesaving cardiac technology.

For more information about South Nassau’s Center for Cardiovascular Health or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.

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Pilar Stevens-Cohen, MD, Cardiologist (left), director of echocardiography, performs a follow-up examination with patient Heidi in South Nassau’s Center for Cardiovascular Health.

sive cardiologists specialize in transthoracic echocardiogram (a noninvasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart, in which a probe is placed on the chest wall of the patient to produce images of the heart); transesophageal echocardiogram (which uses a specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip that is passed into the esophagus and is used to provide clear views of areas of the heart that would be difficult to view transthoracically); and stress echocardiogram (which involves exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle while the patient is monitored by technology using high-frequency sound waves that produce a graphic outline of the heart’s movement, valves and chambers). Additional cardiac imaging services offered by the center include nuclear cardiology (which generates images of the heart at work, during exercise and at rest) and diagnostic peripheral vascular ultrasound (noninvasive diagnostic technique used to evaluate the health of blood vessels) for patients with peripheral arterial disease. The treatments and therapies prescribed by the center’s physicians to remedy the cardiovascular condition and prevent it from recurring are complemented by patient-centered rehabilitation provided by South Nassau’s Cardiac



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Woodmere, NY Cardiac arrest

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)


I was getting ready for my grandson’s birthday, when all of a sudden I became weak. I thought I was coming down with the flu. Before going to sleep, I called my son and told him that something didn’t feel right. We took no chances and called 911. The paramedics arrived and within minutes, I was in cardiac arrest.


I woke up a few days later and after many tests the doctors determined that the upper part of my heart wasn’t sending signals to the bottom part to pump blood, and that’s why my heart stopped. I was fitted with an ICD to treat my irregular heartbeat. After the procedure, I’m back to normal, I’m energetic, and I feel great.



entire cardiac team was amazing. No amount of words will ever help me express how thankful I am. They’re my heroes. They’re my angels.

The American Heart Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years and for documentation of all three Target: Heart FailureSM care components for 50% or more of eligible patients with heart failure discharged from the hospital to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

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To learn more about cardiac services available at South Nassau or to watch Heidi’s story, visit

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Long Island Autism Communities Announces New Board Members Long Island Autism Communities, Inc.’s founder and president Charles Massimo, CEO of CJM Wealth Management recently named Lisa M. Sclafani, MD, and Gary Katz to the board. Lisa M. Sclafani, MD, is the director of Long Island Surgical Services, Regional Network System, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College. Sclafani established breast surgery practices in Mineola and Garden City and operated at Winthrop University Hospital and North Shore University Hospital until 2001. She became one of the first surgeons in the MSK regional network and continues to see patients at the MSKCC Commack

Lisa M. Sclafani, MD regional site. She resides in Brookville with her husband and daughter, who has autism and lives

Gary Katz a self-determined life. Gary Katz is the former president and CEO of the International

Securities Exchange (ISE), one of the world’s leading options exchanges. He is one of the principal developers of the unique options market structure—an auction market on an electronic platform—used by all ISE exchanges. Katz is the inventor or co-inventor on six patents that the company received or applied for relating to its proprietary trading systems and technologies. He and his wife reside in Plainview and have two girls and twin boys, one of which is on the autism spectrum. Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing supportive integrated communities for adults with autism.

Alzheimer’s Conference Provides Education And Services On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting a free Concepts in Care educational conference which will provide Alzheimer’s-related education and services to Long Islanders living with Alzheimer’s, their family and professional caregivers, and the general public. The event, part of AFA’s national Educating America Tour, will be held at the Marriott Melville (1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville), from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “There are more than 50,000 people on Long Island who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “This conference will help give people a better understanding of the illness, enable them to learn from experts and help them be more prepared to work with, and care for, people who are impacted by the disease.” Peter Davies, Ph.D., director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will keynote the conference,

providing an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, research and clinical trials. Davies is also a professor of pathology and neuroscience at Hofstra University’s Northwell School of Medicine. For more than 35 years, Davies’ research has been focused on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease, with a specific interest in the development of new treatments and diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Jane Stelboum, a certified yoga teacher and owner of Sarasvate, will present Yoga Designed for the Brain, where she will teach attendees how simple, effective yoga tools can help the caregiver stay grounded, calm and focused. In this session, she will teach breathing technique and meditation to help reduce stress and improve your mood. Bert Brodsky, founder of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and chairman of its board of directors, and Jared Finkelstein, co-chair of AFA Young Executives, will both share their stories as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, there will be a session

Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. taking a look inside some of AFA’s local member organizations, including The Bristal Assisted Living and EAC Network. A Q&A session will be held following each session to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Participants will also be able to receive a free memory screening, a free hearing exam, and have the

opportunity to network with one another. The event will also feature a display of the AFA Quilt to Remember, the nation’s first large-scale quilt that pays tribute to the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visit or call 866-232-8484 for more information and to register.

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Northwell To Withdraw CareConnect From Insurance Market


hile Northwell Health remains committed to fortifying its population health capabilities to promote health and wellness, and ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, Northwell announced it is winding down CareConnect and withdrawing from New York State’s insurance market over the next year. Northwell has negotiated a multitude of insurance contracts that make the health system responsible for managing the care of more than 400,000 individuals, including 125,000 customers covered through its CareConnect Insurance Company. “It has become increasingly clear that continuing the CareConnect health plan is financially unsustainable, given the failure of the federal government and Congress to correct regulatory flaws that have destabilized insurance markets and their refusal to honor promises of additional funding,” said Michael J. Dowling, Northwell’s president and chief executive officer. CareConnect would have been profitable in 2017 if it were not for the $112 million it had to pay into the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) risk-adjustment pool—amounting to about 44 percent of CareConnect’s 2016 revenue from its small-group health plan (businesses with 100 or fewer

employees). CareConnect would be facing another risk-adjustment payment of more than $100 million in 2018 from its 2017 small-group revenue. “I greatly appreciate the positive steps taken by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) earlier this year to reduce the financial impact of the risk-adjustment program on CareConnect and other small insurers writing individual and small-group health policies. However, the continuing uncertainty in Washington about the future of the ACA, intractable regulatory problems and the federal government’s broken promise of so-called `risk-corridor’ payments to insurers provide us with no viable path to profitability in the foreseeable future,” Dowling said. The ACA’s risk-adjustment program was designed to prevent insurers from “cherry-picking” healthy customers who are less expensive to cover. It attempts to accomplish this by requiring carriers with particularly healthy customers to transfer money to carriers whose membership is relatively unhealthy. However, defects in the small-group program have resulted in New York’s smaller, more-innovative

insurers like CareConnect to subsidize larger competitors, which have more in-depth medical histories on their customers than start-ups that have been in business for less than four years. Northwell will be submitting a withdrawal plan to DFS, but CareConnect operations will continue over the next year as the company works with its customers, businesses and others to help transfer policy holders to other health plans. Throughout the transition, CareConnect will continue to pay claims and serve members, patients and providers. Many of CareConnect’s more than 200 employees will continue to have jobs during this transition period, and Northwell will assist them in trying to find other suitable positions within the health system. “As much as we regret having to make this decision to withdraw from the market, I continue to believe in the strategy of CareConnect, population health and the benefits that come from value-based care,” Dowling said. CareConnect was established in the fall of 2013 as New York State’s first provider-owned commercial insurance company. One of Northwell’s

primary goals in creating the health plan was to align the health system’s clinical performance and outcomes with financial incentives that historically have benefitted insurance companies only—not providers who are on the front lines of delivering care and the patients they serve. “CareConnect has delivered on its promise to offer consumers affordable access to excellent care,” Dowling said. “I am proud of what we have built and the value we bring to individuals and businesses.” In addition to the company’s significant enrollment, 96 percent of businesses that chose CareConnect in 2016 rated the company as either “excellent” or “good.” Despite this setback, Dowling emphasized that CareConnect represents just one piece of Northwell’s comprehensive strategy to better manage the health of populations it serves throughout the region and slow the growth of health care costs. “The market challenges confronting us require that we continue to be bold in our thinking,” he said. “Moving forward on our population health journey, we will continue to explore new models of care delivery that will help us accomplish the triple aim of improving the patient experience and the health of our communities, and reducing the per capita cost of care.” —Submitted by Northwell Health

Two Strokes Before Age 30 A 29-year-old comes full circle thanks to life-saving treatment and continued care after suffering two strokes just months apart. Alexandra Adams of Queens, talks about her harrowing ordeal in the latest installment of Northwell Health’s podcast series Health Story. Adams, who works at a physical therapy practice, was stricken around Thanksgiving 2015. She didn’t identify the signs of stroke at first and was finally convinced to go to Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Forest Hills the next day. When symptoms returned a few months later, her husband immediately rushed Adams to the emergency department. “It was about 20 minutes from when I woke up to when I arrived at the hospital,” said Adams. “But in those 20 minutes I had extreme slurred speech, I lost complete movement of my left arm (while in the car) and I wasn’t able to get myself out of the car by the time we got to the hospital.” Luckily for Adams, Rohan Arora, MD, who attended to her the first time, was on duty and able to make a fast and important call in her treatment. Visit stroke-avenues-for-recovery to listen to the podcast episode.

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EXPLORING NEW FRONTIERS IN PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH: DR. DAVID TUVESON David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D. is the Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Cancer Center; and Director of Research, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The 3D models, which take the form of tiny spheres called organoids, are derived from pancreatic tissue in mice and people. Until the advent of organoids, scientists had to rely on cells grown in flat culture dishes and depended on samples from genetically engineered mice, which take a year to generate; organoids, however, develop in days. An organoid can be grown in the lab and then used to repeatedly test drug response with the aim to identify the most effective treatment for a particular patient. Organoids have been successfully used for other cancers; however, under Dr. Tuveson’s leadership, only now are organoids being utilized in pancreatic cancer research. “Organoid technology provides us with the opportunity to learn what we were not previously able to learn about pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Tuveson said. “These clumps of cells are telling us for the first time how the biology of the tumor is changing from its earliest beginnings through later stages of development, and this, in turn, is presenting new targets for therapy. Observations like this are what enable our science to move forward.” Dr. Tuveson has spent his entire career fighting pancreatic cancer. Notorious for being “silent” in its initial (and presumably treatable) stages, it is usually diagnosed late – often at Stage IV, after it has begun to spread. When the signs and symptoms are recognized, they may not be uniquely attributable to the disease. Pancreas cancers are hard to see, sprouting in a part of the body that is not observed in routine physical exams. Worse, pancreas tumors are embedded in a mass of extraordinarily dense tissue called stroma, making them hard for chemotherapy to reach. To advance the research into this underfunded disease, in 2015, Dr. Tuveson and the Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of

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pancreatic cancer research, initiated the OPT (Organoids for Personalized Therapy) trial, the first of its kind using human pancreatic cancer organoids to impact clinical care. Dr. Tuveson and his team have completed the first phase of the project, which was to speed up the development process, and they are well on their way to generating the 100 tumor tissues needed for this trial. Additionally, Dr. Tuveson and his team continue to make the organoid technology available to the entire pancreatic cancer research community through an educational course offered at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Project Manager Hervé Tiriac, Ph.D. has built a team of researchers and connections to clinical centers and developed a research approach that is both efficient and fast. Samples have been collected from both biopsies of metastatic cancer patients and section samples from those who have undergone surgery. Drs. Tuveson and Tiriac and researchers at other institutions are now studying how to speed up organoid creation and make it more efficient with the end goal being to use the organoids to determine which treatment should be administered first. Identifying the most appropriate first line treatment is crucial; with a limited treatment window following diagnosis, there is an urgent need to correctly identify effective therapeutic options with the greatest likelihood to help pancreatic cancer patients. Dr. Tuveson and his team are now confident enough to start a retrospective trial, in which they will compare the organoid’s responsiveness to current standard of care therapies to the patient’s actual clinical experience with these therapies. In that way, the accuracy of the organoid as a predictor of drug response will be demonstrated. Research in collaboration with other leading cancer institutions is also underway. Dr. Tuveson and his team are paving the way to promising advancements that offer promise for the patients who need it the most. “Waking up every morning, I can’t wait to get to the lab to see the results of the previous day’s experiments. The science we’re doing is so exciting. This is the best time I’ve ever had as a scientist!”

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In his lab atop Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Hillside campus, and in a sparkling new preclinical animal experimentation facility in nearby Woodbury, David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D., and his large team are relentlessly testing new approaches in mice and in three-dimensional cellular models of pancreatic cancer.




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Kohl’s Donates $210K To Cohen Children’s Medical Center

ohen Children’s Medical Center was awarded a grant of $210,998 from Kohl’s through its Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Presented at the medical center during the annual Children & Healthcare Week fair, the Kohl’s donation to Cohen will support the Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program, a community-wide nutrition and physical activity program that works to improve children’s overall health and wellness. Since 2000, Kohl’s has donated more than $4.4 million to Cohen. “We are extremely grateful to Kohl’s for their extraordinary support of the children’s hospital for the last 17 years,” said Debbie Riccardi, DNP, RN, director of community outreach at Cohen. “The partnership between Cohen and Kohl’s helps us strengthen our involvement with the community to help educate children, families, schools and other groups about health and wellness.” More than 100 second graders from the E.M. Baker Elementary School in Great Neck participated in the handson health fair, visiting tables staffed by doctors, nurses and other clinicians. The event covered a wide range of

topics, including the operating room, listening to the heart with a stethoscope, helmet safety, dental care and injury prevention. It also included a tour of an ambulance and a presentation on healthy eating. Held in the hospital’s lobby, the health fair showcased Kohl’s

Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program. During Children & Healthcare Week, Cohen hosted more than 600 elementary school children who participated in the kids’ health fair. Kohl’s commitment to Cohen Children’s Medical Center is made

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Annual Check-up? Don’t Forget Your Hearing Center for Hearing Health Can Help

Eye exams are often part of an annual medical check-up, but we rarely “hear” people mention anything about a hearing evaluation. The Center for Hearing Health, located on a sprawling 86-acre estate in Mill Neck, NY, would like to remind you of the importance of having a hearing assessment done on a yearly basis. Just as establishing baselines for other types of health screenings are beneficial for assessing your overall health at a given time, checking your ears helps in evaluating hearing changes that may occur over time. While everyone should have their hearing tested, it is especially valuable for someone with a known hearing loss, as continual monitoring helps identify whether or not the loss is progressing. Appropriate treatment can then be implemented sooner, rather than later. Children with a history of middle ear pathology (i.e., frequent ear infections) should have their hearing checked on a regular basis. Ideally, every child should have a baseline audiogram. For those who use amplification, the end of summer is a good time to have hearing aids cleaned of any debris or moisture that may have accumulated over the warmer weather months. In addition, tubes may be dry and susceptible to cracks and may need replacing. The Center for Hearing Health has also launched a new

audiological mobile van. The mobile unit will be fully equipped with a large soundproof booth and one smaller booth to perform full audiological evaluations and hearing screenings for children and adults. The van is handicapped accessible, air conditioned and equipped with lavatory facilities. Some hearing aid checks and consults can also be performed. The mission of this audiological van is to bring hearing care to those who are unable to access it. The mobile van plans to service as many people as possible in Nassau and Suffolk County and then extend the geographical range as needed. Bottom line? Having your hearing tested makes for good aural hygiene and optimum hearing health. Remember, your ears are important contributors to your overall well-being. For more information, to hear about our upcoming events and to schedule a free hearing screening, please call the Center for Hearing Health at 516-628-4300. Part of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, and with over 30 years of experience, the Center for Hearing Health features separate, state-of-the-art adult and pediatric testing areas, an assistive listening display, and an observation room with a parent viewing area. Services also include dispensing hearing aids, distributing assistive listening devices and providing amplification consultations and fittings.



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Mental Health Experts Recom Favorite Depression B BY DAVID LEVINE, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT


f you go to and search for “depression,” you’ll be presented with more than 50,700 choices in the book category alone (as of late August). For someone looking to learn more about the disease, that number in itself can be a bit, well, depressing. We asked a handful of mental health professionals to help trim that number down to a more manageable amount by recommending some of their favorite books about depression. Some are in the self-help category, others are memoirs or nonfiction journalism, still others are fiction. The selections deal with children and adults. Each gives a unique perspective into the disorder that these experts feel may be helpful and informative to someone with depression, a friend or relative looking to help someone else or anyone just trying to gain better understanding into this difficult and troubling disease. Here’s a look at the books mental health professionals recommend, with some background on the work and how it might help with depression.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

by Dr. David Burns “I want books to provide people with information and perspective, but also that help them with things to do,” says Michael D. Yapko, a clinical psychologist, lecturer and author on depression. “The key to overcoming depression is action. These books provide realistic things to do. ‘Feeling Good’ has been the No. 1 best-selling self-help book of all time, going on 6 million copies, and there is a reason for that. It is a great, simple explanation of cognitive behavioral therapy.”

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2nd edition),

by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky “[Padesky] is the top person in cognitive behavioral therapy now, and has taken over as the spokesperson for the field,” Yapko says. “This book offers very practical applications of CBT principles.” CBT is the best-studied therapy and offers constructive steps toward changing thought patterns that contribute to depression.

He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him

by Mimi Baird with Eve Claxton “This is an historical account of a bipolar individual in the 1930s and 1940s and his care in the health care system in this era,” says Dr. Melvin McInnis, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the University of Michigan Depression Center. “It documents the journey of the daughter, Mimi Baird, in her discovery of her father’s life, illness and accomplishments as a physician doing research into bipolar disorder.”

Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness

by Pete Earley “This is a great book on [Earley’s] work looking into the judicial system and the treatment of the mentally ill,” McInniss says. “Pete’s son was arrested for breaking and entering in a local suburb – this prompted this research and book. Pete spent around 18 months or so in [Miami-Dade] County, following the work of a judge and the work of the system in management of folks with mental illness that are in the jails. Very impressive that he was able to be so close to the system for so long.”



ommend Their n Books Depression, the Mood Disease

The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

by Dr. Francis Mondimore “The books of Francis Mondimore, a professor at Johns Hopkins, are all very good,” McInniss says. Mondimore has written several books on bipolar disorder and depression. “They are great, matter-of-fact and practical discussions of mood disorders and very useful for the newly diagnosed and their families.”

by Dr. Lisa Machoian “This is a good book for individuals interested in shedding more light on the teenage girl’s experience of depression,” says Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Peer Relations Lab at the University of Maine. “It is educational but also instructive, giving good tips for how to help teen girls in particular prevent and combat depressive symptoms. It’s based in scientific research but written for a lay audience. Likely good for parents, educators or other concerned caregivers.”

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

by Nell Casey “My favorite depression book, a series of short stories that portray depression,” McInniss says. Sometimes, fiction can portray and explain depression more clearly than it is possible with nonfiction, and fiction fans may prefer this to more journalistic endeavors.

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

by Andrew Solomon “This is the most accurate and vivid description of depression that I have ever read,” says Dr. Srijan Sen, professor of depression and neurosciences in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. “People who struggle with depression often report that depression ‘feels’ qualitatively different than sadness, that somehow you can tell when a medication stops working, and that in a suicidal state, everything can seem hopeless even if your life seems fine to someone looking at you from the outside. Because of his own experience and his facility with words and analogy, Andrew Solomon is able to articulate how those experiences feel in such a way that they are understandable to those who have not suffered through the experiences themselves.”

Copyright U.S. News & World Report, L.P. Reprinted with permission. Combining indepth research and high journalistic standards, U.S. News publishes a wide variety of articles at and in its publications that enable readers to make smart “life decisions” regarding careers, personal finance, education, health issues and other important matters.

by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn “I love this book,” Schwartz-Mette says. “I think it represents a simple, accessible and gentle approach to dealing with depression. In a world where we tell people—including ourselves—just to ‘snap out of it’ and where we want a quick fix, this book describes a mindfulness-based approach to coping with depressive thinking that can, over time, help to prevent future struggles with depression. I’d recommend this to individuals who might be drawn to Eastern philosophy and who may be dealing with lower-grade, chronic depressive symptoms. This book is really aimed for adults dealing with their own depression.

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‘Hug Everyone You Know’

Antoinette Truglio Martin believed Everyone—keeping them informed herself to be a healthy and sturdy and reminding all to “hug everyone woman—that is, until she received you know” at every opportunity. a stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Reading the responses became her Cancer is scary enough for the brave, calming strategy. Ultimately, with the but for a self-proclaimed wimp like help of her community, Martin found Martin, it was downright terrifying. the courage within herself to face She had to swallow waves of nausea cancer with perseverance and humor. at the thought of her body Martin is a speech therabeing poisoned, and she pist and special education frequently fainted during teacher by training, but a blood draws and infusions. writer at heart. She is the To add to her terror, author of Famous Seaweed cancer suddenly seemed Soup and was a visiting auto be all around her. In thor in schools for several the months following her years. She was formerly diagnosis, a colleague a regular columnist for succumbed to cancer and Parent Connection (In A five of her friends were also Family Way) and Fire Island Antoinette Truglio Tide (Beach Bumming). diagnosed. Martin Though tempted, Martin Photo by Titus Kana Personal experience essays knew she could not hide and excerpts of her memoir in bed for 10 months. She had a have been published in Bridges devoted husband, daughters and a (2014), Visible Ink (2015) and The tribe of friends and relations. Along Southampton Review (2016). Martin with work responsibilities, there were proudly received her MFA in creative graduations, anniversaries and roller writing and literature from Stony derby bouts to Brook Southampton University in attend, not to men2016. As a stage tion a house to sell 4 breast cancer and a summer of patient, she does beach-bumming not allow cancer to enjoy. In to dictate her order to harness life. She lives in support without her hometown of scaring herself Sayville with her or anyone else, husband, Matt, she journaled and is never far her experiences from My Everyone and began to and the beaches email the people she loves. who loved Hug Everyone her—the people You Know will be she called My available on Oct. 3.

Suozzi Subject Of Probe

Congressman Tom Suozzi recently underwent a routine prostate exam as part of a new effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of getting checked. “Men and their families need to know that getting tested for prostate cancer is both important and easy. Between filling out the paper work, doing a blood test and then a minimally invasive exam that lasts just a few seconds, the whole process is simple and fast-moving. Hopefully my doing this will encourage more men to get tested,” said Suozzi. The screening was administered by Integrated Medical Foundation (IMF), a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness and early detection of prostate cancer. It entailed a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam administered by IMF founding president Dr. Deepak Kapoor, M.D. of Advanced Urology Centers of New York. “Regular screening can lead to early detection of prostate cancer and treating prostate cancer in the early stages can lead to a better outcome,” said

Congressman Suozzi after getting blood drawn. Rhonda Samuel, executive director of Integrated Medical Foundation. “I urge men to learn more about the disease and talk with their health care provider about prostate cancer.” Suozzi represents New York’s Third Congressional District.

Congressman Suozzi with Dr. Deepak Kapoor.

Northwell CEO Named One Of Healthcare’s ‘Most Influential’ Leaders Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list for the 11th consecutive year, underscoring his standing as one of the industry’s preeminent leaders. Dowling, who ranks number 38 on the 2017 list, is the top-rated hospital executive in New York State. He has a long history of service in health and human services, from his time

overseeing health, education and human services in former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo’s administration, to his stewardship in leading Northwell’s rise to becoming the state’s largest health system. That transformation into an $11 billion organization with a culture of care and focus on innovation has helped drive the growth of the Northwell system, which now has 22 hospitals and more than 550

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outpatient facilities throughout the New York metropolitan area. “Healthcare has never been more complex or more vital to the communities we serve,” said Dowling, who was one of Glassdoor’s highest rated CEOs in June. “Not only have we had to respond to the political turmoil in Washington, but to the ever-changing environment of evolving technologies and health care needs.”

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Lecture On September 12

NYU Winthrop is offering a free seminar for the community, “How Do I Know If I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis and How Is It Treated in 2017?” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. The program will be held in the NYU Winthrop Research & Academic Center, 101 Mineola Blvd., at the corner of Second Street in Mineola in Room G018. It will provide an overview of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and will also address treatments. Physicians from NYU Winthrop’s Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology, Steven Carsons, MD; Elise Belilos, MD and Kristina Belostocki, MD, will discuss the key signs of RA, how physicians diagnosis the condition, and how it is distinguished from other forms of arthritis and joint pain. Attendees will also learn about new developments in RA treatment. The program will include a question and answer period. Limited parking is available at the Research & Academic Center. Additional parking is available at the commuter lot on the corner of First Street and Third Avenue, which is free after 6 p.m. Parking is also available across the street from the Center in the garage behind the 120 Mineola Blvd. building, which is also free after 6 p.m. Entrance to the garage is on First Avenue. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, call 516-663-3916.


The Importance Of Safe Sleep For Infants

ecently in New York City, three more babies died within one week from suffocation as a result of sleeping in bed with family members. Ensuring safe sleep for infants and toddlers is paramount in preventing deaths related to smothering. “These infant deaths are preventable,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “It is critical we continue to support the state’s message that babies sleep safest alone, on their backs and in a safety-approved crib without any soft items.” Information obtained on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website shows that in 2015, 25 percent of the unexpected infant deaths were caused by “accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.” ( htm). New York State, where more than 50 percent of infant mortalities are attributed to accidental roll-over suffocation, has been promoting safe sleep for several years, distributing posters and flyers in English and Spanish to be hung in local businesses and health centers across the state. “Roll-over suffocations of infants are tragedies that are entirely preventable,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Dr. John Imhof. “We understand how many parents enjoy having their infants sleep with them, but this comes with the danger of possible suffocation when everyone falls asleep.”

Visit the New York State website main/prevention/infant_sleeping.asp and www. for more information about safe sleep. There is also an on-line Parent Guide entitled “Starting Life Together” which can be

accessed at The material provides caregivers with information intended to build strong and healthy parent/child relationships. Additionally, there is a confidential parent helpline at 800-244-5373 available daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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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 is 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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Photo Contest Promotes Healing Picture this: your photo on the wall at North Shore University Hospital. That’s the prize for winning entries to the Auxiliary of North Shore University Hospital’s annual photo contest. Judges will select images they believe elicit calming, positive responses from patients. The top three finishers will receive a complimentary print at an awards reception and their signed and titled print will hang at the hospital. Alan Sloyer, MD, snapped last year’s winning entry “The Hobbits View” as he laid on his back at Glacier National Park in Montana. “We recognize that healing is not only physical, but spiritual and emotional,” said Jackie McCarthy, senior director of patient and customer experience at NSUH.

“Art can be incredibly valuable in creating a healing environment, as its beauty impacts each individual in a unique way. It can remind someone of a special time from their past, or encourage dreams of the future, it can help them escape their pain, even if for only a moment. Among the many contributions of our Auxiliary, our annual photo contest is a special tradition that allows each contributor to give the gift of beauty and inspiration to the community we serve.” Photo submissions are $5 each and must be received by Oct. 2. Proceeds go to NSUH’s patient programs. Only 5x7 or 8x10 color prints will be accepted. For official rules and entry form, go to www. You can also call volunteer services at 516-562-4947.

NUMC Receives Trauma Center Verification

Dr. Victor Politi, NuHealth/NUMC’s president/CEO, addressed various NCPD, fire officials and clinical staff of the Nassau University Medical Center during a major announcement that NUMC had been awarded Level I Trauma status by the American College of Surgeons. Politi thanked the multidisciplinary teams who were successful during the various surveys that helped to achieve the highest designation for a hospital. NUMC, with about 75,000 emergency room visits a year, is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury.


Advanced Urology Centers of New York Awarded AlUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

Alan Sloyer, MD, winner of the 2016 Auxiliary of North Shore University Hospital’s annual photo contest.

Advanced Urology Centers of New York (AUCNY), the largest independent provider of urology services in the United States, has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). AUCNY is one of only 15 urology practices in the United States who have earned this accreditation. AUCNY achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines, which included the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers, ultrasound equipment maintenance and documentation, storage and record-keeping practices. AUCNY policies and procedures to protect patients and staff, quality assurance methods, technical quality and sonogram interpretations met or exceeded the nationally recognized standards. “Providing the highest level of quality medical services is at the

Advanced Urology Centers of New York Bethpage forefront of AUCNY’s philosophy,” said Deepak A. Kapoor, MD, and president of AUCNY. “Achieving accreditation from a prestigious organization like the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is validates our efforts.” To learn more about Advanced Urology Centers of New York call 516-931-0041 or visit www.aucofny. com.


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Many successful families are in complex financial situations or are just unhappy with the advice they are receiving from their financial advisor(s)—it’s not uncommon. We have found that a majority of high net worth investors would value a second opinion on their finances. In order to help people achieve their financial goals, we have created our complimentary Second Opinion Service. We are pleased to offer you and your family the same knowledge and guidance that the clients of Palumbo Wealth Management group have come to expect. Our first meeting will be focused on gaining a clear, in-depth understanding of your values and goals. Our team will conduct a comprehensive analysis of your current situation to identify any gaps in your current plan. You will receive both a Total Client Profile and a personalized analysis of your current situation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help to improve your current situation.

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HEALTH BRIEFS Stroke Support Group

North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset Free support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers take place every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Building #304 on the hospital campus. This support group offers socializing, guest speakers, meeting with social workers, fun activities and group physical therapy. Bring your lunch, beverages provided. For more information, call the volunteer office at 516-562-4947. ....................................

Bereavement Support Network

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino (right) recently presented official Town of Hempstead citations to honorees during the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter 3rd Annual “A Night to Remember Gala” held at Crest Hollow. Pictured: Local 338 President John R. Durso, Howard Jay Guzik MD, FACP, Zorn’s of Bethpage President and CEO Merrill Zorn, former Nassau County Executive Honorable Thomas S. Gulotta and Supervisor Santino.

Northwell Health’s Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine will host an eight-session bereavement support group focusing on healing from the loss of a parent on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 13 through Nov. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd. on the second floor in Roslyn. Visit www. or call 516-858-3095 for details.


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At TLC our team of caring professionals are united in the belief that regardless of one’s physical or mental condition, every individual deserves to live in the environment of his or her choice; everyone can use a helping hand at times; and everyone needs a friend. We believe in addressing the needs of our clients. It is our mission to meet these needs for you or your loved one.

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“Grandparenting Matters” Lecture At NYU Winthrop


Grandparents—are you up-to-date? NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Inspiring Women educational series will offer a free program, “Grandparenting Matters—Inside and Out,” on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. The program will be held at the NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center, located at 101 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, in the Treiber Family Conference Center, Room G-018. Ronald V. Marino, DO, associate chairman of pediatrics and Richard A. Bagdonas, MD, acute care surgeon, department of surgery, will offer an informative session on how to keep children safe inside and outside the home. Grandparents will also understand updates on vaccines, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) prevention and safe sleep and become familiar with feeding options and choking hazards. A question and answer period will be included with the session. Attendees are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for this program, call 516-6633916 or email For parking or inclement weather information, call 516-663-9761. ADVERTORIAL

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Maddie Kellerman Named Heart Walk Ambassador

The American Heart Association is proud to have Maddie Kellerman, of Westbury, serving as the 2017 Long Island Heart Walk “Red Cape” Ambassador. This year’s Long Island Heart Walk will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Jones Beach. Seven-year-old Kellerman was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone several surgeries to fix her hypoplastic right heart syndrome. Today she is an active child and she looks forward to participating in the Long Island Heart Walk. At the Heart Walk, survivors are celebrated. A “Red Cap” is a red baseball cap featuring the American Heart Association logo. “Red Caps” refer to survivors of heart attack, cardiac arrest or heart surgery who wear the red caps as a symbol of their survival while walking in the Heart Walk. “White Caps” will be distributed to stroke survivors the day of the walk. Pediatric cardiovascular disease survivors will receive red super hero capes to

acknowledge their courage. As Red Cape Ambassador for the Long Island Heart Walk, Kellerman will help create awareness about the importance of survivors participating in the event and to create awareness that heart disease and stroke aren’t “just an older man’s diseases.” Hundreds of survivors from across Long Island participate to show that heart disease and stroke can be beaten. The American Heart Association estimates there are more than 71 million Americans alive with one or more types of cardiovascular disease. On Sunday, Sept. 17, join the “Red Cape” Ambassador and thousands of other survivors, families and friends from all over Long Island at the Long Island Heart Walk at Jones Beach, Field 5. For more information about the Long Island Heart Walk taking place on Sunday, Sept. 17 visit —Submitted by the American Heart Association

‘No One Walks Alone’ Each September, as the culminating event on Long Island of Suicide Awareness Month, Long Island Crisis Center hosts its annual suicide prevention and awareness walk, Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk...Stepping Together To Prevent Suicide. This year, it is being held on Sunday, Sept. 17, on the Long Beach Boardwalk at Laurelton Boulevard. The walk, which draws hundreds of individuals and families each year, carries a particularly hopeful message. “Those who have attended the Walk in the past know that it is a moving and inspiring event. It allows individuals to come together, walk as one community and raise

awareness of suicide prevention on Long Island,” said Executive Director Linda Leonard. “For our 2017 Walk, the ninth annual, we are coming together to spread this message...for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, for those facing a life crisis themselves and for those who feel as though there is no hope, we are here for you.” On-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brief program and awards ceremony at 11 a.m. The walk will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the minimum suggested donation is $25 per walker. Visit thewalk to register or to create a walk team.

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Support Group For Breast Cancer Patients Research shows that attending support groups improves the lives of breast cancer patients and can actually extend the life of patients who have metastatic breast cancer. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m., the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is holding an educational forum about the positive impact support groups have on breast cancer patients. Social workers who run the support group for breast cancer survivors and past members

of support groups from the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline Program will discuss their experiences and ongoing research. The free meeting is open to the public and will be held at Adelphi’s Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave., in Garden City. Reservations are required. Visit http://breast-cancer.adelphi. edu/au_event/the-power-of-supportgroups-for-breast-cancer-patients/ to register or call 516-877-4325.

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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 1 Trauma Center, with over 73,000 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. 174307 C


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We believe everyone in our community deserves board-certified physicians and easy access to laboratory and radiological testing. Since 1935, Nassau University Medical Center has served as the primary source of medical care for millions of Nassau County residents. Today, we continue to provide consistently sound and compassionate care to everyone in the neighborhood at every stage of life. All of us at NUMC care deeply about raising the bar for health care delivery in our growing community. Your care has always been our primary objective.

The Nassau University Medical Center Primary Care Center Women’s Health – For all the health services you need, all in one location. Pediatric and Adolescent Health – A full range of pediatric subspecialty care from birth to age 21. Adult Medicine and Wellness Center – Expect same-day or next-day appointments for primary care and specialty services.

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Stony Brook Graduates 45 From State Peer Worker Certification

The first 45 people have graduated from the New York State Peer Worker Certification Program in HIV, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction. The certificate is awarded through SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Health Technology and Management. Peer workers will help reduce new HIV infections by encouraging

people with HIV to take medications to achieve viral suppression and working with at-risk populations to avoid infections by using pre-exposure prophylaxis, condoms and clean syringes. These new peer workers will be key players in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic initiative that aims to reduce the number ADVERTORIAL


Understanding Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines While cervical cancer screening was once routine as part of an annual well-woman exam, guidelines have changed through the years. Your age and health status now determine how often you need screening and which tests are recommended. Current guidelines are: •Age 21-29: Women have a Pap smear every three years •Age 30-65: Women have a Pap smear and HPV test (co-testing) every five years

For women with certain risk factors or symptoms, more frequent screening for cervical cancer may be suggested. It’s important to talk to your primary care doctor about the optimal cancer screening schedule for you, based on your health and family history. “Healthcare is a partnership,” says Dr. Andrew Menzin, Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Central Region Department of OB/GYN, Northwell Health. “In today’s healthcare setting, women need to be proactive about their health through dialog with their doctor and maintaining important records, such as Pap test results.” It’s also essential to contact your doctor right away if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, such as: •Bleeding •Discharge •Pelvic pain

Gynecologist or General Practitioner? Many young women rely on their gynecologist as their facilitator of primary care. Those who do should mention this during their well-woman exams to ensure they receive other necessary screenings, such as for blood pressure, bone density, weight, cholesterol and emotional health.

As women get older, their gynecological needs evolve. Cervical cancer screening may be discontinued in some women at 65 years, and the gynecologist can help navigate the medical issues that occur as part of the transition into the menopausal years. Regular visits remain an important part of women’s health maintenance.

Strides in Cervical Cancer Prevention It is a unique moment in medical history when a vaccine can help prevent the development of cancer. This is currently the case with the available vaccines to prevent infection by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes most cases of cervical cancer, as well as many

vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the throat and mouth). The American Cancer Society recommends routine HPV vaccination for girls and boys, starting at age 11 or 12. HPV vaccination is also recommended for females 13 to 26 and males 13 to 21 who have not already started the vaccines. Talk to your doctor for specific HPV vaccination recommendations for yourself or your child.

Find out more about cervical cancer prevention and treatment. At Katz Institute for Women’s Health, we’re here to answer your questions. Call the Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center at 855-850-5494 to speak to a women’s health specialist.

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In previous generations of women, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death, but advancements in cervical cancer screening have dramatically changed this statistic. Over the last 40 years, the cervical cancer death rate has decreased by more than 50 percent (source: American Cancer Society). The primary reason for the change? The increased use of the Pap test which can find cervical cancer in its most curable stages and even identify changes in the cervix prior to cancer developing.

of new HIV infections in New York State to an estimated 750 annually by the end of 2020. “New York has established itself as a national leader in fighting against the AIDS epidemic and these newly certified peer workers will help to build upon the progress that we have made,” Cuomo said. “These trained individuals will provide support, education and assistance to New Yorkers living with these diseases across this state.” To be certified as a peer worker, a person must have a “lived experience” related to HIV, Hepatitis C or harm reduction services. Peer workers must also complete at least 90 hours of training and a 500-hour practicum. Research shows that peer workers who share their life experiences with people in similar situations are able to help them achieve better health outcomes. Certified peer workers are employed by community-based organizations and hospitals, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Peer workers, considered part of a care team, are assigned to clients, provide services such as patient navigation, assistance getting to appointments and support group facilitation. In addition, peer workers can help someone struggling with HIV and/or HCV overcome the stigma and discrimination that can undermine treatment adherence. “Peer workers are uniquely suited to work with people who need assistance accessing HIV, HCV or harm reduction services,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker said. “These graduating peer workers will be able to provide the compassion and understanding that encourages at-risk individuals to take steps to protect themselves or to get tested and linked to care.” The initiative is supported by the AIDS Institutes’s training initiative and state Ending the Epidemic funding. There are approximately 300 additional individuals currently enrolled in the certification process.

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No-Cost Naloxone Available At Pharmacies Across State BY ANTON MEDIA STAFF

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a first-in-the-nation program to provide no-cost or lower-cost naloxone at pharmacies across New York. Individuals with prescription health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, will receive up to $40 in co-payment assistance or this lifesaving medicine. Individuals without prescription coverage will be able to receive naloxone at no cost through one of New York’s registered opioid overdose prevention programs. “This first-in-the-nation program will help put this lifesaving treatment in more hands and is one more prong in this administration’s efforts to battle heroin and opioid abuse,” Cuomo said. “This is one more step toward a stronger, healthier New York for all.” “Governor Cuomo has taken bold and aggressive action to battle the substance abuse crisis head on and today’s announcement furthers our attack on this epidemic,” added Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, co-chair of the Governor’s task force to combat heroin and opioid addiction. “New York State is saving lives by making the lifesaving medication naloxone, which helps reverse the effects of an overdose, more accessible and more affordable.” Naloxone is a medicine used to reverse heroin, prescription pain medication, and other opioid overdoses. Reducing its cost builds on Cuomo’s January 2016 action to make naloxone available in pharmacies without a prescription. Previously, New Yorkers could only receive naloxone with a prescription or through a registered opioid overdose prevention program. As of Aug. 9, New Yorkers can find co-payment information at pharmacy counters across the state and at www. Individuals should provide the amount of their co-pay, if any, to the pharmacist when asking for naloxone. The Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program is funded by New York State’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. In the 2017 state budget, Cuomo invested more than $200 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. This unprecedented

support is directed at prevention, treatment and recovery programs that address chemical dependency, expand residential service opportunities and promote public awareness and education.

Naloxone Saves Lives

In 2014, state agencies began working together to develop a statewide program to train law

enforcement personnel to administer naloxone. Since the trainings began, more than 10,000 officers have been trained to administer the drug and 3,091 officers have been certified to train other officers. Trained law enforcement officers across New York are saving lives with the naloxone they carry. Since April of 2014, 2,036 officers have administered naloxone to more than 3,100

individuals, saving the lives of nearly 90 percent of them. “The health and well-being of residents is our top priority,” said Chair of the Senate Health Committee Kemp Hannon. “I look forward to working with the governor to bring this treatment to our most vulnerable men and women, so that communities will be empowered to save the lives of thousands.”

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Ask the Experts Women’s Cancers

Join us as our experts discuss the recent advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of some of the cancers that most often affect women – breast, gynecologic and colorectal. Learn ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle during and after cancer, including stress reduction, exercise, sleep and diet, and participate in a Tai Chi session to help relax the mind and strengthen the body. Speakers: Bethany DeVito, MD Director, Gastroenterology Health Center for Women Department of Medicine Lucy P. Gade, MD Medical Director Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine Andrew Menzin, MD Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology Central Region Department of OB/GYN

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Northwell Health Employees Honored

Northwell Health employees from Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, Concierge Pharmacy Services, Monter Cancer Center and Vivo Pharmacy recently earned President’s Awards in recognition of their outstanding service to the health system. Northwell President and CEO Michael J. Dowling began the President’s Award tradition in 2007 to honor individuals and teams who demonstrate extraordinary leadership, compassionate care and dedicated service. A committee of Northwell senior leaders and local and national leaders recognized for service excellence selected winners in three categories: exceptional patient experience, teamwork and innovation. Shawna Vernisie, a creative arts therapist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, was named the 2017 President’s Award for Exceptional Patient/Customer Experience. She was recognized for her ability to combine her passion for the creative arts with her dedication to young patients and their families. Along with her Child Life colleagues, Vernisie created a music video that uses patients’ heartbeats as the tempo—a song of inspiration created by the children themselves. This is one small part of the music volunteer program, Musical Hands and Hearts, which Vernisie helped to develop. That creative energy can be traced back to Vernisie’s birth—she spent

her first month of life in a neonatal intensive care unit. “My parents were not able to hold me during that time, so they decided to sing to me,” she said. “The idea of using music as a therapeutic tool for comfort has never left me.” In recognition of her many contributions, Vernisie was awarded a $10,000 check, an all-expense-paid cruise to a destination of her choice and a crystal award. The President’s Award for Innovation was given to the Pain Bundle Oncology Unit 1 North team at Huntington Hospital. Understanding the excruciating pain brought on by cancer, they began work on a “bundle” effort. This multi-faceted initiative begins with the Nightingale phone, (specially created

by the team), allowing patients to speed-dial their nurses directly, thereby streamlining communication and accelerating response times. Another feature of the plan was conceived by two bedside nurses who created a new way to reassess and address patients’ pain by using portable, multi-alarm timers that are stored on medication carts. The final aspect of the effort calls for the generation of automated reports when patients identify their pain scores as higher than “six.” Huntington Hospital has since shared the Nightingale technology with mother/baby, labor and delivery, medical-surgical and orthopedic units, as well as with other Northwell Health hospitals. Overall, the innovative “bundle” effort has demonstrated

significant improvement in pain management and communications among nurses. The four-member Pain Bundle Oncology Unit 1 North at Huntington Hospital team, led by Marie Roggenkamp, RN, nurse manager of the oncology unit, was awarded $10,000 to be divided among the team and crystal awards for their innovation. The President’s Award for Teamwork was presented to the Northwell Health Cancer Institute’s Concierge Pharmacy Services at Monter Cancer Center and the health system’s Vivo Pharmacy for improving patient access to specialty oral cancer drugs. The Concierge Pharmacy Services team recognized a pattern of lengthy wait-times for patients who needed authorization to receive specialty oral cancer drugs. To address this concern, the team created a more patient-centered method for dispensing medications. The team of clinicians, pharmacists, pharmacy benefits coordinators and administrators created a concierge service, expediting the authorization process via the Vivo Pharmacy in the Center for Advanced Medicine. Since opening in December 2015, the Concierge Pharmacy Service has saved patients nearly $2 million in co-pay assistance, foundation assistance and free medications. In recognition of the team’s efforts, the team will be receiving $10,000 to be split among the team members and crystal awards.

New Plastic Surgery Program Receives National Accreditation The national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved a new Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program hosted by Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), administered by Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) and in collaboration with Stony Brook Medicine. “Plastic and reconstructive surgery is an essential medical service for people recovering from severe burns, cancer surgery, major traumatic injuries and babies with birth defects,” said Victor Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, president and CEO of NuHealth/NUMC. “LIPSG, NUMC and Stony Brook each have a long and respected history as committed educators of skilled plastic surgeons and this new program is an important extension of that.” NUMC is a teaching hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and a highly

surgical techniques,” said Dr. Roger L. Simpson, president of LIPSG and director of the LIPSG residency training program. At NUMC, Simpson serves as director of the hospital’s residency program in plastic and reconstructive surgery, director of the renowned Victor Politi, MD Dr. Roger L. Simpson NUMC Burn Center, chief of plastic acclaimed, state-of-the-art regional and reconstructive surgery and chief of burn center, and LIPSG is the oldest hand surgery. and largest plastic surgery private “Residents admitted to this program practice in the U.S., with its own plastic will have the unique opportunity to surgery residency program since 1954. get their plastic surgery training across This new residency program also three major institutions with approxbenefits from the addition of Stony imately 30 different plastic surgeons,” Brook Medicine as a partner. said Alexander Dagum, MD, chief of “The robust support and participaplastic and reconstructive surgery, exection of the three institutions will guarutive vice chair of surgery and co-direcantee residents diverse experiences in tor of the cleft palate-craniofacial center state-of-the-art settings with devoted at Stony Brook Medicine. There are faculty who hold in the highest regard many ways to reconstruct tissue after the mandate to teach everything from traumatic injury or surgery, and many surgical basics to the most innovative ways to treat and solve reconstructive

and plastic surgery challenges. This collaborative approach, and the wealth of knowledge and experience it offers, will create one of the most diverse programs in the country.” Residents accepted to the new program will receive six years of training in all aspects of surgery with specialization in plastic and reconstructive surgery under the guidance and mentorship of faculty from all three organizations. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to also train in a large private practice (LIPSG) and residency opportunities at numerous other locations including NYU Winthrop Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. Medical and surgical residencies are a vital component of healthcare, with residents providing the 24-hour on-site MD coverage found only in teaching hospitals.

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MSK Commack Offers Long Island Patients Minimally Invasive Cancer Care Closer to Home

Imaging technologies enable physicians and researchers to look deep within the human body. These tools — which include older techniques like x-rays and ultrasound as well as advanced methods like PET-CT and specialized forms of MRI — are advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer. Interventional radiology is the name for the medical specialty that uses these imaging technologies to perform procedures in patients. The operations can be done using nothing more than a very small needle. These techniques are known as minimally invasive procedures. In the setting of cancer, these methods are commonly used to perform biopsies and treat tumors. Interventional Radiology at MSK Commack Until recently, patients under the care of interventional radiologists at Memorial Sloan

Kettering’s (MSK) outpatient cancer center in Commack needed to travel to MSK in Manhattan for this type of care. With the recent expansion of MSK Commack, patients are now able to have many of these visits and procedures closer to home. “Extending interventional radiology services to MSK Commack provides a convenient way for patients to benefit from our expertise right on the island,” says Robert Siegelbaum, MD, Director of Interventional Radiology at MSK Commack. Image-Guided Biopsies Image-guided biopsy is one of the most common procedures performed by MSK’s interventional radiologists. The technique utilizes a special needle that is guided to the site of the tumor using imaging such as ultrasound, MRI, or CT. Patients who undergo needle biopsies at MSK Commack are able to have their

Minimally Invasive Treatments Interventional radiologists also provide a number of minimally invasive treatments — such as ablation and embolization — to destroy tumors or stop their growth. Although these more complex procedures still need to be done at MSK in Manhattan (because an overnight hospital stay may be required), patients are now able to have their clinic consultation, lab work, and

Dr. Robert Siegelbaum, Director of Interventional Radiology at MSK Commack

Port Placement Another procedure available to patients at MSK Commack is the placement of implantable ports or external catheters for administering chemotherapy and drawing blood. Positioning the catheters with image guidance allows the interventional radiologist to ensure optimal placement of the device, which helps maintain good function and makes things easier for the patients and the team providing their care.

follow-up care at MSK Commack. “Everything can be planned and set up from MSK Commack,” Dr. Siegelbaum says. “Patients generally don’t have to come to the hospital in the city until it’s time for the actual procedure.” Learn more about MSK’s cancer centers in Commack, Rockville Centre, and Hauppauge at

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The recent expansion of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s cancer center in Commack includes a new state-of-the-art interventional radiology suite.

biopsies reviewed in real time. A specialized robotic microscope sends images of biopsy samples to MSK pathologists based in Manhattan while the patient is still on the procedure table in Commack. This enables a very high rate of sampling accuracy and decreases the need for repeat biopsies. “The pathologist can tell us right away if the tissue we obtained will likely provide a diagnosis for our patients,” says Dr. Siegelbaum.




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