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Breakthrough Cataract Surgery now available for patients on the East End ELIH is the only Hospital on the East End to offer Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery


Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) is pleased to announce the availability of a new breakthrough surgery for the removal of cataracts. Customized, blade-free, laser assisted cataract surgery is the latest medical procedure available at Eastern Long Island Hospital by board certified ophthalmologist, Lawrence Buono, MD, an attending physician and partner of North Shore Eye Care. With the new technology called, “Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery or FLACS,� now available at ELIH, Dr. Buono uses a laser to perform several of the critical steps of cataract surgery. The technique utilizes a computer guided laser based on a real-time image of the eye captured immediately before the procedure. “No two eyes are exactly the same, so our ability to use a laser to increase our precission to treat the growing cataract population is really exciting,� states Lawrence Buono, MD.

Combined with advanced implant options for cataract surgery, FLACS procedures may offer freedom from glasses, contact lenses, or even reading glasses after surgery. “For years we have offered advanced technology intraocular lenses that replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery,� says Dr. Buono. “These lens options help with distance and near vision, and even help people with astigmatism. When used in conjunction with FLACS, these lenses may result in even greater freedom from glasses after cataract surgery and help people remain very active for decades after their retirement.� Paul Connor, CEO of ELIH agrees, “We are delighted that this new procedure is available through our Advanced Ambulatory Surgery Center. Cataract surgery is now the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. As the first wave of baby boomers turn 65, Eastern Long Island Hospital will be well-prepared to meet this growing need.�

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Nan Hayworth, MD, named to Board of Directors of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation

The Honorable Nan Hayworth, MD, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (WCHCC), which operates the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care services in the Hudson Valley. “With the recent expansion of Westchester Medical Center Health Network to welcome HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, our organization has grown to include 10 hospitals in eight counties and a workforce of more than 12,000 committed to providing the very best healthcare services for residents of the Hudson Valley close to home,” said WCHCC Board Chair Mitchell C. Hochberg. “Nan Hayworth’s healthcare experience and commitment to the people of our region will complement our existing board as we work collaboratively to continue to fulfill WMCHealth’s mission.”

Hayworth, a former congresswoman representing New York’s 19th Congressional District, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and currently serves as a consulting medical director with The Kinetix Group. She previously ran her own medical practice and was a partner in a large multispecialty medical group in Westchester. As a member of the U.S. Congress from 20112013, she served on the House Financial Services Committee and the joint House-Senate conference committee that addressed Medicare reimbursement levels. Hayworth earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. Nan Hayworth is a resident of Bedford. She serves on the boards of ConservAmerica, the Goodman Institute, the Independent Women’s Forum and United Way of Westchester and Putnam counties.

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About Westchester Medical Center Health Network The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit

Five F.A.S.T. things you should know about stroke

May is American Stroke Month and the American Stroke Association wants you to know that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. “Stroke is largely preventable and treatable,” said Ethan Gundeck, M.D., and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Board President, “The best way to beat a stroke is to never have one – about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The second best way to beat a stroke is to identify one immediately when it occurs and call 9-1-1." Hudson Valley resident Beverly Paige was only 52 years old when a weakened blood vessel in her brain ruptured, causing a hemorrhagic stroke. Paige had uncontrolled high blood pressure, headaches, and a family history of high blood pressure and stroke. “I never thought it could happen to me,” she said, “I thought I was healthy.” It was her teenage nephew, Aaron Smith, who quickly and correctly identified her symptoms of speech impairment and leg weakness as a stroke. He learned the signs in his high school health class. Her family’s quick action saved her life. Paige has since graduated college, with honors and is a volunteer Power to End Stroke Ambassador to help raise awareness for stroke. The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by

more people getting to treatment in time. We are happy to continue our support of this important initiative to raise awareness of stroke.”

Medtronic, shares five things everyone should know to be a Stroke Hero to stop the nation’s number five killer in its tracks.

1. Anyone Can Have a Stroke (Even Superheroes) Some stroke patients don’t “look the part” and they may not have traditional stroke risk factors like high blood pressure. Stroke is more common in older people, but young adults, teens, children, babies and even the unborn can be victims.

2. High Blood Pressure is Public Enemy #1 for Stroke About 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, yet about half with the condition do not have it under control. Three out of four people who have a first stroke report blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg, making blood pressure the most important controllable risk factor for stroke.

3. Stroke Targets by Color While stroke is a leading cause of death for all Americans, AfricanAmericans are at an increased risk. Blacks are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to whites, and are more likely to have a stroke at a younger age.

4. Stroke is Largely Treatable Clot-busting drugs and medical devices like stent retrievers have made stroke largely treatable, but most patients need to get to an appropriate hospital to be evaluated and

Beverly Paige and her nephew, Aaron Smith.

treated within 3 to 4.5 hours of the first symptom. With nearly 2 million brain cells dying every minute during a stroke, there’s no time to phone a friend, take a nap, or wait until Uber stops surging. Calling 911 is the best call for stroke.

5. Friends Usually Save Friends from Stroke You’ve heard the saying, “fast friends”. If you’re having a stroke, that’s exactly who you need nearby. Two out of three times, it’s a bystander making the decision to call 911 or seek treatment on behalf of someone suffering a stroke. To remember the most common stroke warning signs and what action to take, learn F.A.S.T. If you see F-Face drooping, AArm weakness or S-Speech diffi-


culty, it’s T-Time to call 9-1-1 if any of these symptoms exist. For more information about stroke and to learn how to be a Stroke Hero for American Stroke Month, visit The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, launched Together to End Stroke with inaugural sponsor Covidien, now Medtronic, in 2013 to elevate the message that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. “Like the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Medtronic is committed to improving the lives of stroke patients,” said Brett Wall, President, Brain Therapies, Medtronic. “Over the past three years, Together to End Stroke has helped boost stroke warning sign recognition, which leads to

About the American Stroke Association The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.

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Albany Med to begin Innovative Newborn Screening Education Program The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center will receive a grant for up to $40,000 to implement “Connecting the Dots,” a leading-edge newborn screening education program for nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and families of NICU babies. It is one of only two hospitals in the United States to receive this challenge award. The grant was made by Baby’s First Test, the nation’s clearinghouse for newborn screening information. The project will be led by Albany Med’s Natasha Shur, M.D., the region’s only pediatric geneticist, as well as neonatal nurse practitioner Sue Furdon and neonatal nurse clinician Cheryl Dunton. “Connecting the Dots” will include innovative “Newborn Screening Rounds” as part of its current multidisciplinary program. During newborn screening, babies are examined for serious, but treatable, conditions through the use of a heel stick, hearing screen or pulse oximetry. In New York, those conditions include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and more than 50 other disorders. As newborn screening expands, “Connecting the Dots” will familiarize NICU nurses with the process and how best to communicate information learned during those screenings to NICU families.

“Newborn screening is critical for babies who are born in our NICU,” Dr. Shur said. “We can identify issues in children that can lead to long-term disability or even death. With the only level 4 NICU in the region, work to solve those issues with an interdisciplinary team of dedicated medical professionals and help our families understand the care their children may need.” Baby’s First Test is staffed by Genetic Alliance, the world's largest nonprofit health advocacy organization network. During the next six months, Dr. Shur and her team will work closely with Baby’s First Test to complete, implement and evaluate projects. The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. It is staffed by 140 physicians trained in 40 subspecialties and more than 400 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists. For more information, please visit: or


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Advancing the Future of Rehabilitation Care at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital For over 100 years, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has been helping patients make their fullest possible recovery from a debilitating illness or traumatic injury. Burke’s outstanding, quality care comes from the unparalleled work of its world-class physicians, nurses and therapists, as well as its commitment to new innovations that help the hospital remain at the forefront of rehabilitation medicine. That momentum continues at Burke today, with a number of enhancements that will allow the hospital to treat more patients, provide additional care and train the next generation of physicians. In January 2016, Burke became a member of the Montefiore Health System, Inc. This new strategic partnership will enhance the patient experience and creates a synergistic collaboration that lets Burke offer its established, high quality rehabilitation services to more patients while helping to improve their outcomes. While Burke will continue to operate under the Burke brand, the partnership will allow the combination of complementary strengths of both institutions to create new rehabilitative care models, which will further provide education and advance the role of rehabilitation medicine in the team-based care model advanced by Montefiore. Along with being able to help more patients, Burke is now able to provide additional care through the expansion of its clinical programs. Burke recently added 30 additional beds to be utilized for patients requiring inpatient neurological rehabilitation. With this expansion, there will be a total of 90 beds in Burke’s neurological rehabilitation programs. The additional services will focus on patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury, other neurological injury or those with neurological or neurodegenerative disorders.

Burke has been on the same beautiful 61-acre campus since its founding in 1915.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's ACGME Residency Program team consists of, from right to left, Dr. Barry D. Jordan, Burke's Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Karen Pechman, Medical Director of Burke’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Anne-Felicia Ambrose, Burke's Residency Program Director and Michelle Kenny, GME/Program Administrator

Burke’s spinal cord injury/neurological program is designed to provide comprehensive, patient-centered rehabilitation to maximize recovery from impairments caused by traumatic and acquired spinal cord dysfunction or a neurological condition. These neurological conditions include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Guillian-Barre syndrome and peripheral nervous system disease. Burke is not only committed to treating its current patients, but also to training physicians who will utilize their talents to help future patients. In April, Burke’s new Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This new residency program, which will begin in July, marks the first time Burke will welcome its own Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents.

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The goal is to train the next generation of healthcare leaders known for innovation in all branches of physiatry and to produce residents that will use their training to improve patient care, advance the field of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation and enhance the communities they serve. This fully accredited, three-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) begins at the PGY-2 level. The enhancements currently underway at Burke illustrate the hospital’s commitment to its patients and to its position as a longstanding leader in rehabilitation medicine. The advances, coupled with Burke’s excellent inpatients programs, clinical research, outpatient services and community outreach programs, allow Burke to continue its mission of helping patients achieve their maximum recovery and to offering the world-class care that has been its hallmark since 1915.

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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN


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May: Critical Care Awareness Month!

Just when you think things have settled down and it is your chance to grab a cup of coffee and do some charting...a three star alarm sounds! The arterial line tracing on your patient dampens, the dialysis machine you are navigating howls, the patient's heart rate slows and you internalize that seconds cannot be wasted. The human being lying before has a breathing tube, an orogastric tube, mediastinal chest tubes, pleural chest tubes, epicardial pacer wires, a central line in the jugular vein, a femoral dialysis line, a radial arterial line and a foley catheter. Managing these tubes is nothing compared to the ten different life-preserving infusions running simultaneously. You make split second decisions in these scenarios daily and love the members of your team working at your side. These adrenaline pumping moments keep your passion for critical care nursing alive.

Critical care nursing is a unique field that cares for patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. These conditions range from traumas to heart attacks, and brain bleeds to septic shock. The month of May recognizes the work of critical care nurses and celebrates their dedication to the skilled nursing of their patients and patient families. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, and is comprised of over 500,000 critical care nurses worldwide. The organization awards Beacon designation for exceptional care though improved outcomes and patient satisfaction. Beacon Awards signify a supportive work environment and high morale.

Many residency programs train new graduates or nurses from other specialties to specialize in critical care. These programs allow for training with a mentor and classes designed around ventilator management, pulmonary artery catheters and critical care medications. These measures serve to ease the transition to this field.

After gaining several months of valuable experience on the unit, the critical care nurse can sit for the certification examination. After studying and passing the examination, the nurse adds the credentials “CCRN� to their badge.

Communication is key. Critical care nurses provide vigilant care to one or two patients in order to observe subtle changes in patient conditions. Interdisciplinary rounds create a plan for stabilizing the patient and allow family members to ask questions to physicians, NP/PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians. Many patients are intubabted and cannot verbally communicate their needs. Critical care nurses utilize their voice to advocate on behalf of their patients.

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Southside Hospital participates in East Islip Medical Career Day


Staff members from Southside Hospital and other Northwell Health divisions offered their insights on various healthcare careers last week at East Islip High School’s Medical Career Day. There were more than a dozen tables representing various healthcare careers from SkyHealth’s helicopter medical aides to Southside Hospital’s security team. In addition, students spent time listening to many guest speakers from Southside Hospital and Northwell Health talking about their career paths and tips to achieve these positions. “It’s very important for students at this age to get a real look at different kinds of careers to help narrow down their potential future studies,” said Donna Moravick, RN,

NP executive director of Southside Hospital, who was on hand at the Medical Career Day. “I wish I had something like this when I was their age. I hope the students learned a lot. The Southside team was delighted to be a part of such a great event.” This is the fourth year that the Medical Career Academy students have been sponsoring this event in partnership with Southside Hospital and Northwell Health. The Medical Career Academy has 20 of the top students who are interested in becoming doctors and nurses; this Medical Career Day was created for the rest of the students in the school who may not know about the many healthcare career opportunities. For more information about Southside Hospital, call 631-968-3000.


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National Nurses Week 2016 History

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA's state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and Source: American Nurses Association, Inc. independent health care companies and institutions.

Winthrop-University Hospital earns prestigious Magnet® Designation – The Gold Standard for Nursing Excellence

Winthrop-University Hospital has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The highest recognition that a Hospital can earn in the area of nursing excellence, Magnet Recognition Program® designation is considered the gold standard. With this credential, Winthrop joins the Magnet community—a select group of 426 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations. “Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care and Winthrop-University Hospital is proud to earn this prestigious designation,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “This rigorous, multi-year process to earn the highest recognition by the ANCC signifies Winthrop’s deep commitment to delivering the very best patient care and fostering an environment that retains and attracts the very best nurses.” “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how Winthrop serves its community. It is also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud,” said Valerie Terzano, PhD (c), RN, NEABC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Winthrop.

“This designation also acknowledges that Winthrop nurses’ voices are heard, their input valued, and their practice is supported at all levels and areas of our organization.” “Winthrop-University Hospital is an extremely special place. Our nurses embody the core values of collaboration, compassion, education, integrity, innovation, and cultural sensitivity and they hold excellence in their hands every day,” said Christine Marsiello, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education, and Magnet Program Director at Winthrop, who helped lead the Hospital on this multi-year journey towards Magnet recognition. “Achieving this great honor is just the beginning. We remain dedicated to striving to always achieve the very best in patient care.” The Magnet Recognition Program® is the ultimate credential for high quality nursing. It recognizes healthcare organizations whose nursing staff consistently delivers superior patient care with the highest levels of professionalism and innovation. To earn Magnet designation, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.


Winthrop’s Nursing Leadership Team was instrumental in helping the Hospital earn the prestigious Magnet recognition. Pictured (l.-r.) are Christine Marsiello, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education, and Magnet Program Director at Winthrop; Valerie Terzano, PhD (c), RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Winthrop; Eileen Magri, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing; and Donna Caccavale, MBA, BSN, RN, CIC, NEABC, Vice President, Nursing at Winthrop.

If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. “The on-site visit included a visit to every area within the organization where nursing is practiced, as well as interviews with members of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, Senior Leadership, Medical Staff and interdisciplinary leaders,” added Ms. Marsiello. “This was truly an organizational endeavor.” After the rigorous on-site review process, the Commission on Magnet reviewed the completed

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Northwell Health announces 3D Bioprinting as winner of Medical Innovation Contest

Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) announced 3D bioprinting as the winner of its four-week-long medical innovation contest where public voting decided which of three medical innovations developed by researchers and physicians would receive $100,000 in additional research support. Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer at Northwell Health, today presented a $100,000 check to 3D bioprinting researchers Daniel Grande, PhD, and Todd Goldstein of Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and Lee Smith, MD, chief of pediatric otolaryngology at the health system’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center, to continue their research and help make this groundbreaking innovation a reality. 3D bioprinting combines two emerging fields — 3D printing and tissue engineering — to design and produce “bioprinted” implants that use a patient’s own living cells. “3D bioprinting’s potential is al-most limitless and has the potential to replace many different parts of the human body,” said Mr. Dowling. “Researchers envision a future with 3-D printers in every emergency room, where doctors are able to print emergency implants of organs and bones on demand and revolutionize the way medicine is practiced.” Northwell’s 3D printing team is led by Mr. Goldstein, an orthopedic research assistant who is working under Dr. Grande, an associate investigator at the Feinstein Institute, while completing his PhD in molec-

ular medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. They began their 3D printing work several years ago by conducting research with bio-printed 3-D animal organs and bones. Other clinicians throughout Northwell Health, including cardiologists, otolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons and dentists, heard about Mr. Goldstein’s 3-D printing abilities and asked to work with him. As the demand increased, they discussed the benefits of creating a centralized 3-D printing lab. Bolstered by the $100,000 investment and other support from Northwell Ventures to help commercialize their work, the 3D printing researchers will focus their efforts on providing end-to-end solu-tions for 3D printing in health care. On the researchers’ behalf, Northwell will consolidate all clinical 3D printing requirements throughout the health system, and establishes 3D printing services accessible to Northwell’s clinical service lines. “As one of the nation’s most innovate health systems, we believe there’s strong clinical demand for 3D printing and we’re working with our clinical partners and researchers to use these technologies to enhance patient care,” said Thomas Thornton, senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Ventures, which evaluates, develops and finances new spin-off companies based on ideas that originate with the health system’s physicians, researchers and other employees. To learn more visit

Todd Goldstein, 3D bioprinting researcher at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

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(L-R) Thomas Thornton and Michael Dowling present a 100,000 check to researchers Daniel Grande, Lee Smith, MD , Todd Goldstein and Kevin Tracey, MD after announcing 3D bioprinting as the winner of a four-week-long medical innovation contest where public voting determined which medical innovation would receive additional research funding from Northwell Health.


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JUNE is National Men’s Health Month!

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Men should make their health a top priority and take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips for men on leading a healthy life:

Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.

Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.


Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer. Take any medications you need. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents.

Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health. Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and health. Sleep apnea, a common problem in which your breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems.

Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth, and wearing sunscreen. Also, make sure to pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your doctor right away. Don’t wait!

Can cholesterol drugs kill prostate cancer cells?

According to world renowned prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. David B. Samadi of Lenox Hill Hospital, “one of the standard treatments for prostate cancer, especially more advanced cases of the disease can include chemotherapy.” Problematically, drugresistant cancer cells can emerge during chemotherapy, limiting its effectiveness to fight the prostate cancer. Trying to combat these resistant cancer cells, researchers have been able to use a compound initially developed as a cholesterol-fighting molecule to stop and kill cancerous prostate cells. Researchers at the University of Missouri focused on reducing the production of cholesterol in cancer cells, which could kill cancer cells and reduce the need for toxic chemotherapy. Although patients initially respond to chemotherapy treatments, prostate cancer cells can develop resistance and cause the spread of the prostate cancer. Finding a way to use the cholesterol pathway to target tumor cells and tumor growth, better therapeutic targets can lead to better treatment of prostate cancer. Researchers used a compound developed by Roche Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of high cholesterol on human prostate cancer cells, and found that the compound was effective in reducing human prostate cancer

cell growth. Later studies have found that the compound kills these cancer cells as well. According to Dr. Samadi, “This study highlights the potential of an old cholesterol drug, when in conjunction within standard chemo drugs to fight prostate cancer.” Chemotherapy involves taking certain drugs that work to kill the cancer cells. Chemo usually lasts for a couple of weeks and may involve having more than one round. This type of treatment is usually used when the cancer has spread beyond the prostate and to other areas of the body. Some symptoms and side-effects of chemotherapy include: Appetite loss Changes in sense of taste/smell Constipation Diarrhea Dry mouth Lactose Intolerance Nausea Sore Mouth Vomiting Sore throat Trouble swallowing Weight gain Weight loss

Dr. Samadi also notes that, “Several recent papers have suggested that statins, medications for cholesterol such as Lipitor and Zocor, may impact prostate cancer development and progression. Considering that these drugs have revolutionized the prevention of heart disease, could these drugs truly be killing two birds with one stone? We would like to think so, and although this is exciting news, we need to be careful in how we inter-


pret these findings.” It remains too early to recommend starting men on statins or other cholesterol fighting drugs to prevent prostate cancer. Patients who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer can contact world renowned prostate cancer surgeon and urologic oncologist, Dr. David Samadi, for a phone consultation. Call 212.365.5000 to set up your consultation with Dr. Samadi.


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South Nassau’s Transitional Care Unit wins highest 5-Star rating from Federal Government

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is the first and only unit of its kind on Long Island to receive the highest possible Overall Quality rating of five stars from the US Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare ratings service. The 20-bed rehabilitation unit – located directly in the hospital provides rehabilitative care, including physical and occupational therapy combined with specialized medical and nursing care. The unit’s goal is to speed a patient’s transition from hospital to home. The Overall Quality rating is based on performance measured in stars awarded, with 5 being the most in each of the three categories: 1) Health Inspections, 2) Quality Measures and 3) Staffing. The CMS website provides ratings of healthcare providers and services so that individuals, family members, and caregivers can identify and compare the quality of the providers and services located in and proximate to their communities. “We are delighted that the federal government has now recognized what our patients and staff have known for some time – South Nassau’s transitional care unit is among the very best on Long Island and in the country,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s President & CEO. “This rating validates our effort to be the very best in all we do when it comes to quality. “I congratulate the TCU staff for their dedication to our patients and to the high standards they have set for themselves. Achieving a 5 star rating is a major accomplishment,” Murphy said. According to CMS, the five-star rating means that South Nassau’s TCU is ranked among the top 10 percent nationwide. Data showed that the unit surpassed the national average bench mark on 5 out of 5 quality and safety measures: National Average SNCH TCU


South Nassau’s 20-bed TCU provides a short-term level of care for appropriate patients whose acute diagnosis has been stabilized but are not yet well enough to be discharged to home, a subacute rehab facility, or a nursing home.

Opened November 10, 2014, South Nassau’s 20-bed TCU provides a short-term level of care for appropriate patients whose acute diagnosis has been stabilized but are not yet well enough to be discharged to home, a subacute rehab facility, or a nursing home. While the length of stay in the TCU is a minimum of five to a maximum of 21 days, the care it provides, including specialized medical and nursing care with rehabilitation services, facilitates patients’ recovery so that after they are discharged they are prepared to achieve a seamless transition back to their prior living arrangements. The TCU’s guiding therapeutic and rehabilitative principle is that the patient’s active participation in rehabilitative therapies can accelerate the transition from the hospital to home. The unit’s patient care team of physicians, physical and occupational therapists,

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nurses, social workers, nutritionists and aides assess each patient to develop a patient-centered plan of care to ensure prompt healing and recovery.

Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals,

with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-forprofit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program. In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit

4499 Manhattan College Pkwy, Riverdale, NY 10471 · (718) 548-5100 We are a historic, non-sectarian facility in Riverdale NY, offering short and long-term care. We cover a broad range of services including Stroke Rehabilitation, Orthopedic, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Trach Care, Wound Care, Bladder Training, and outpatient rehabilitation. Our reputable home is highly rated by CMS and staffed by well trained, professional clinicians. All of our rooms are private and our physicians are affiliated with New York- Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center.

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Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. ( Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 51201 Broadway - #803, New York, NY 10001 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 212.463.8200 • Fax: 212.463.9898 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON


Prepare for a Career in Healthcare Sector Management at Long Island University.

Earn an advanced certificate or an M.B.A. degree in the growing field of healthcare management at Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester. Demand for healthcare managers with business skills has never been greater. Responding to this need, Long Island University has launched a new Healthcare Sector Management program, offering two graduate study options in the field of healthcare administration. After completing your advanced certificate or your M.B.A. at the University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester, you will be prepared to advance in middle and upper management positions in the healthcare industry. Option A: The Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Sector Management

Enhance your credentials by enrolling in the advanced certificate program. Certificate candidates will complete four healthcare sector management courses for a total of 12 graduate credits on a part-time basis in just two semesters. Option B:The M.B.A. Degree with a Healthcare Sector Management Concentration

Students in the M.B.A. program follow the standard 48-credit curriculum, normally completed by part-time students over a 24-month period, with a focus on leadership in healthcare organizations. The Healthcare Sector Management Program will be offered at Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester, located on the grounds of Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, N.Y. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. “The healthcare management field is one of the few sectors of our economy we know will continue to grow significantly over the next five years,” according to Dr. Kevin Nash, director of the M.B.A. Healthcare Sector Management program. For more information, please contact the Admissions Department at 914-831-2700 or Long Island University Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY 10577

Calvary Hospital

Founded in 1899, Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only accredited acute care hospital devoted to palliative care for adult patients with advanced cancer and life-limiting illnesses. Its mission is to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Press Ganey has consistently ranked Calvary among the top one percent in patient satisfaction among 7,000 hospitals in the country

Each year, Calvary cares for more than 6,000 patients and their families. The continuum of care includes inpatient, outpatient, home hospice, home care, and the care of complex wounds. Calvary cares for inpatients at its 200-bed hospital in the Bronx and at its 25-bed Brooklyn satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. Calvary@Home offers home care and hospice for patients suffering from advanced cancer and other chronic and acute terminal illnesses. • Home care is available in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and lower Westchester.

• Hospice services are offered in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Nassau, Westchester, and Rockland counties.

• Calvary also offers hospice services in more than 25 nursing homes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Westchester, Rockland and Nassau counties.

In 2004, Calvary opened the Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care at its Bronx facility. Since then, a team of experienced physicians, surgeons, and certified wound care nurses has helped more than 800 patients to date with complex chronic wounds caused by complications of diabetes, cancer, venous and arterial disease, and other illnesses. For more information, call Calvary Hospital (718) 518-2300, Calvary@Home (718) 518-2465, and Wound Care (718) 5182577. To sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to


HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB? Learn What You Must Do To Protect Your Workers' Compensation And Disability Rights! Do Not Make These Mistakes That Can Cost You Benefits 1. You must report the accident or injury as soon as possible, even if you might not lose time from work or need immediate medical care. 2. Report all injuries to all body parts, no matter how minor they may seem. If you do not report it and the injury gets worse over time, the job may deny benefits. 3. Remember, you are entitled to treatment and benefits even if you have previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Do not let the job tell you different. 4. Your doctor controls the treatment, not risk management. If you need an MRI and the job will not approve it, the experienced attorneys at BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to get it approved at no cost to you. 5. When you are released from treatment, you may be entitled to money for your injury and disability. You may also collect for repetitive stress, cumulative trauma, cancer, hearing loss & hepatitis. 6. Contact Attorneys Ricky Bagolie or Alan Friedman now for a confidential and free consultation and to discuss your workers' compensation and disability rights. There is no fee if there is no recovery.


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