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Patients in the intensive care unit at Plainview Hospital will be more closely monitored and have access to a wide network of caregivers now that the hospital’s unit is linked in to the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s eICU system based in Syosset at the Center for Emergency Medical Services. The eICU program uses bi-directional audio/video technology and real-time and retrospective reporting tools to help care for patients along with a hospital’s staff. A high resolution camera located in the patient’s room, along with a video monitor showing the remote clinicians, provides two-way video communications, when necessary. Vital signs and cardiac rhythms will be constantly monitored. There is also a microphone and speaker in the patient’s room to allow direct conversation between the eICU team, the bedside care providers and the patient or family. The eICU program enables health care professionals at North Shore LIJ’s eICU Telehealth Center in

Syosset to remotely support the bedside staff in providing around-theclock care for critically ill patients. Because an intensivist or other bedside ICU staff member can only be in one place at a time, the eICU team can help watch over the entire population of critical care patients. The program’s telehealth center is staffed by dedicated critical care nurses, intensivists and support associates, as well as a medical director and operations director. “Having this tool of the eICU program in addition to our intensive care healthcare professionals will provide a greater level of care to our patients and allow families to rest assured that their loved ones are constantly being monitored by specialists,” said Michael Fener, executive director of Plainview and Syosset hospitals. In addition to the eICU program, the hospital has added more doctors to the staff, ensuring that the ICU is now staffed 24/7 with board-certified, critical-care physicians and criticalcare-trained PAs.


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South Nassau opens Emergency Department in Long Beach to serve Barrier Island residents and visitors Renovated facility is Long Island’s first free-standing Emergency Department; Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 system

South Nassau Communities Hospital Emergency Department at Long Beach has opened recently after receiving final regulatory approval to restore around-the-clock emergency medical care to the residents of Long Beach and the barrier island. The opening comes more than 1,000 days after SuperStorm Sandy struck the region, forcing the closure of the former Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC). The newly renovated facility will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be able to receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 system. South Nassau’s Emergency Department at Long Beach is Long Island’s first off-campus, hospitalbased emergency department. Its opening fulfills a promise made by the Board of Directors and administration of South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) after it acquired the assets of LBMC to re-establish 9-1-1ambulance receiving emergency medical services for the residents of the barrier island. “This brand new emergency department includes the latest diagnostic equipment and will be staffed by South Nassau trained emergency department physicians and nurses,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. “It will offer residents and visitors to the barrier island convenient and high quality emergency medical care. We appreciate the support we have received from the Long Beach community and from our elected officials, including Sen. Schumer, Congresswoman Rice, Assemblyman Kaminsky, Legislator Ford, Sen. Skelos and the Long Beach City Council.” The Long Beach Emergency Department has six private treatment rooms, including an observation unit with three beds where patients can be held for up to 23 hours, a special room for infectious disease cases, a medical laboratory, a triage area, a behavioral treatment area, a decontamination room, a trauma room and advanced medical imaging department that includes an X-ray machine and a 64-slice CT scanner, which is the only operational CT scanner of any type in Long Beach and on the barrier island. The 6,300-square-foot facility has the capability to surge to meet increases in volume if needed.

South Nassau also has ambulances stationed at the Long Beach facility, ready to transport patients to its main campus in Oceanside as the need arises. The Emergency Department at Long Beach replaces South Nassau Urgent Care Center (SNUCC), occupying the same address: 325 East Bay Dr., adjacent to the Komanoff Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. As per existing New York State Department of Health protocol, all acute strokes, heart attacks and trauma patients transported by the 9-1-1 Emergency Medical System will by-pass the Long Beach Emergency Department and be brought to the appropriate state-designated hospital. Patients treated and stabilized at the Emergency Department who require hospital admission or advanced levels of treatment will be transferred by on-site ambulance service to South Nassau or the appropriate hospital. South Nassau, which services some 900,000 residents of the South Shore, from Queens to Suffolk County, is a Level II trauma center and advanced cardiac center. South Nassau’s efforts to establish the emergency department began in March 2015, when it submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) to the New York State Department of Health to upgrade the Urgent Care Center to an off-campus, hospital-based emergency services department. The $8 million cost of the renovation is in addition to the $5 million South Nassau invested to build the Urgent Care Center. In order to meet state requirements for certification as an off-campus, hospital emergency department, the facility required significant upgrades including (but not limited to) a 600-square foot expansion to include the observation suite as well as an emergency generator, wider corridors and a new ventilation system. In its 13 months of service to the residents of Long Beach and the barrier island, the Urgent Care Center treated more than 3,000 patients. The Emergency Department at Long Beach is a continuation of South Nassau’s commitment to establish a healthcare delivery system that meets the healthcare needs of the residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities. For more information, please visit

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Glen Cove doctor and friends complete 3,400 bike trek across America to raise awareness of human trafficking Despite the blazing heat and a recently diagnosed heart condition, Santhosh Paulus, MD, completed his mission -- he and a loyal group of followers decided to break the cycle of human trafficking and childhood poverty by cycling across the country. Dr. Paulus, Associate Program Director of Family Medicine at Glen Cove Hospital, of the North ShoreLIJ Health System, is also the president and founder of Cycling 4 Change, an organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery and the extreme poverty that leads to human trafficking. Dr. Paulus, a family doctor, left New York with his comrades and his wife, Rajdeep Paulus, on June 26. Three days later they set off from Seattle, WA, on a cross-country ride. The plan was to travel 3,400 miles in 34 days and raise awareness along the way. The Locust Valley resident, an avid biker, was devastated earlier this year when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which forced him to alter—but not abandon-- his plans. He didn’t cycle the

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entire route, but participated in other ways when he was not on the bike. At high noon on Aug. 1, Dr. Paulus and his group pedaled onto the grounds of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, much to the delight of his mother, his wife and other family members, as well as about 30 bikers waiting to complete the last leg of the trip to Locust Valley. (In honor of the day, Dr. Paulus pedaled from the George Washington Bridge to LIJ along with the other riders). “I have four daughters, so my wife and I wanted to do something that would make people aware of this terrible problem,” Dr. Paulus, surrounded by cheering friends and well-wishers. “We tend to think trafficking only occurs in other countries; the truth is, the problem exists right here in New York. This is our way of giving voice to the problem.” Also on hand to show her support was Shandra Woworuntu, founder of Mentari, a human-trafficking, survivor-empowerment program. Ms. Woworuntu had been a successful and accomplished financial profes-


Dr. Santhosh Paulus (second from left) joined by his daughter (far left) and fellow bikers enjoy a brief pit stop at LIJ’s Center for Advanced Medicine. The group was set to complete their 3,400-mile trip across America with a final push to Locust Valley.

sional in her home country of Indonesia. When she lost her job due to a failing economy, she sought admission to the United States after filling out a job application for the hospitality industry. As soon as she arrived at

JFK Airport, she was hastened to a waiting van and entangled in the world of human trafficking. “I am living proof that human trafficking is not just a problem confined to poorer countries,” said

Ms. Woworuntu. “I was trafficked all over New York City and Connecticut. I applaud Dr. Paulus and everyone at Cycling 4 Change who is dedicated to ridding the world of this terrible crime.”

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New York Methodist Hospital adds advanced external beam radiotherapy system for cancer treatment

New York Methodist Hospital’s (NYM) Institute for Cancer Care recently added one of the most advanced radiation therapy (radiotherapy) systems for the non-surgical treatment of cancerous tumors. The system, called TrueBeam, is a service of the Hospital's Department of Radiation Oncology. It allows NYM’s oncology team to target tumors anywhere in a patient’s body, from almost any angle, with ultra-concentrated beams of cancer-killing radiation, and to do so with such precision that some patients will be able to safely undergo a full, pain-free radiotherapy session in only minutes. “External beam radiotherapy is always a carefully orchestrated process,” says Hani Ashamalla, M.D., chairman of radiation oncology at New York Methodist. “Our ‘gold standard’ for radiation therapy is to treat a patient's cancer while minimizing any side effects or damage to healthy tissue, down to the smallest of margins. That is why each patient’s treatment plan is carefully mapped out and adminis-

tered by a team of cancer experts that includes radiation oncologists, nurses, radiation therapists, and even nuclear physicists. However, during an external beam radiotherapy session, even a patient’s chest rising from a deep breath can cause a tumor to become a 'moving target.' One of the key benefits of this system is that it can track a tumor’s location during these small movements, ensuring that it is able to safely administer a high dose with pinpoint accuracy throughout the therapy. It can also dramatically reduce the time required for sessions. This is truly a next-generation radiotherapy system.” “Whenever we consider adding new technology, we first ask ourselves, ‘What can it do for our patients?” says Bahaa Mokhtar, M.D., vice chairman of radiation oncology at NYM. “What is most important to us is that this system can increase a patient’s odds in his or her fight against cancer. As radiation oncologists, our field is highly reliant on technological advances, so when there's a new leap, we are


New York Methodist Hospital radiation therapists Tanyi Reid, R.R.T., (left) and Alaaeldin Aboelnasr, R.R.T., explain what to expect during a TrueBeam treatment session.

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radiotherapy while also maximizing their quality of life both during and after their treatment.”

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Awareness about Breast Cancer and Breast Health

Port Jefferson is going pink this October to help raise community awareness about breast cancer and breast health. Government buildings, schools, businesses and other institutions will be lit up in pink lights as part of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital’s Paint Port Pink community outreach. Paint Port Pink is presented by Astoria Bank with the support of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates, Long Island Physician Associates, LI Anesthesia Physicians, People’s United Bank, Suffolk Plastic Surgeons, A World of Pink, Empire Bank and Gordon L. Seaman. The month-long outreach will distribute breast cancer information, raise funds for the Fortunato Breast Health Center and increase breast health awareness throughout our community with the cooperation of the sponsors and the Village of Port Jefferson, the Port Jefferson School District, the North Shore Art Guild, Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and other local groups. All money raised will benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center Fund for Uninsured. Among the activities planned: Aug. 30-Oct. 31 Mather Hospital is teaming up with the North Shore Art Guild, the Village of Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Conservancy to present Artists United Against Breast Cancer, a juried art show at the Port Jefferson Village Center. The show will feature works inspired by the personal transformation, hope, love, fear, loss and victory associated with breast cancer. The show’s theme will be “Victors of Survival, A Celebration of the Warrior Within Each of Us”. Proceeds from sales of the art will benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center.

Port Jefferson Middle School students will sell and wear pink shoe laces and Frisbees to raise awareness and raise funds for the Breast Center. Earl L. Vandermeulen HS cheerleaders and the Student Organization will begin their Flamingo Flocking fundraising campaign. The pink plastic suburban icons will be placed on the lawns of friends and supporters along with a note explaining that friends or family paid to have them “flocked” and explaining that if they make a donation, the flock will migrate to the yard of any relative or friend they choose.

Oct. 5 The 9th annual Pink Rock Golf Classic at the Port Jefferson Country Club. The event benefits the Fund for Uninsured at the Fortunato Breast Health Center and breast cancer treatment services at Mather Hospital. Registration is at 11 am followed by a barbecue lunch at 11:30 am and a shot gun start at 1 pm. Oct. 23 The 50th Anniversary One Enchanted Evening Gala at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, Hauppauge, from 7-11 pm. Mather’s annual gala, which includes the presentation of the Community Service Award and Theodore Roosevelt Awards for service to the hospital and the community, raises funds for the Fortunato Breast Health Center.

Oct. 1 Paint Port Pink Tree Lighting Ceremony – Mayor Margot Garant will flip the switch to light up the Village Hall tree in pink lights at a ceremony that kicks off Paint Port Pink. Everyone is invited to the tree lighting, which will include music by local school groups. At the same time, Village Hall, Mather Hospital and other buildings will be awash in pink light, Theatre Three’s marquee will feature pink lights, local retailers will have pink lights in their windows and downtown fountains will be “pinked”.

Oct. 1- Oct. 31 Edna Louise Spear Elementary students will launch their Your Change Can Make Change promotion, collecting change for the Fortunato Breast Health Center using the Center’s giant hourglass.

Oct. 29 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Director of Research David Spector will speak about his research on Finding New Ways to Halt Breast Cancer Progression at a free educational seminar at Mather Hospital starting at 6:30 pm. Exhibitors will present health information. The seminar takes place in Mather’s new Long Island Anesthesia Physicians Conference Center. To register for this seminar please call 631-686-7878. John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather also has received seven consecutive top “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit or “Like” us on Facebook at

Young entrepreneur Sophia Koshansky helping St. Catherine of Siena ICU patients She had a lot of fun making the Happy Sacs.” Sophia hopes that helping the patients with their mobility, especially in the first days after surgery, will speed their recovery. “I want the patients to know that they are strong and nothing can stand in their way of being awesome”, said Sophia. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 318-bed not-for-profit community hospital; a 240-bed nursing and rehabilitation care center; a 298-unit senior housing facility; and a 60,000 square foot medical office building. Our nurses, physicians and support staff are devoted to providing advanced health care in an environment of compassion to out patients, their families and out community. For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, call 631.870.3444 or visit


St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s, ICU/CCU Manager, Lisa Koshansky, RN, was trying to think of a way to help her patients deal with post operative challenges, when her daughter Sophia took the initiative to solve the problem. Sophia a 13 year old student from Kings Park created “Happy Sacs” to hold the drains that are needed to reduce swelling after breast reconstruction surgery. “I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to get around with six drains, so I hand sewed appliqués, beads and buttons to alter common carpenter aprons for the patients, said Sophia.” Dr. Yoon-Schwartz, Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center was so impressed she wrote Sophia a personal note of thanks. Proud mom Lisa stated, “Sophia just amazed me with her creativity and ability to problem solve.

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Montefiore and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to improve access to state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs New strategic partnership will provide patients greater access to coordinated and cutting-edge post-acute rehabilitative care options

In the world of healthcare, it was certainly a power move, one that should greatly benefit residents in Westchester County and beyond. Montefiore Health System and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital recently announced plans for a new strategic partnership that will expand the availability of advanced rehabilitation therapies in Westchester County and surrounding communities. This new alliance will enhance the missions of both institutions by aligning each of their core strengths and creating a collaboration that will enhance patient experiences and results. “Montefiore and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital represent two of the most exceptional physical medicine and rehabilitation programs in the tri-state area,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Health System. “Many of our patients have already experienced restored independence as a result of Burke and Montefiore providers working closely to enhance mobility and overcome even the most difficult obstacles. As we build on each other's expertise in rehabilitative care, I believe the future is bright for residents of Westchester and the Hudson Valley who look to overcome existing physical limitations and live their lives to the fullest.” Montefiore and Burke have formerly signed a letter of intent and filed a certificate of need. Pending New York State Regulatory approval, the agreement would establish Burke as a hub in Westchester for acute, comprehensive rehabilitative care. “This new partnership will allow Burke to offer its established, high quality medical rehabilitation to more patients, to help improve their outcomes, while collaborating with an organization that supports the Burke mission," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., chief executive officer and executive medical director at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. Burke, which specializes in neurological, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, will continue to operate as an inpatient rehabilitation hospital under the Burke brand, as well as operate its outpatient clinics and programs throughout Westchester County, the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.

Burke Medical Research Institute will remain independent of the Montefiore Health System, but will continue to work closely with Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to develop new therapeutic approaches for a host of impairments that cause disability. The partnership will allow the combination of the complementary strengths of both institutions to create new rehabilitative care models which will further world-class provider education and advance the role of rehabilitation medicine in the team-based care model advanced by Montefiore.

Montefiore is responsible for the quality of care of more than 400,000 lives throughout the Bronx, Westchester and Northern Manhattan, and plans to continue to expand this approach to better serve residents of Westchester and throughout the Hudson Valley. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore, consistently ranked as one of the best rehabilitation training programs by U.S. News & World Report, is one of the largest and well-regarded in the region, particularly in the areas of interventional pain, sports medicine, and pediatric services. Last year, more than 10,000

Montefiore patients utilized highly individualized treatment plans to maximize their mobility and agility. “We look forward to working closely with Montefiore on providing new services for patients today, and to developing new training opportunities for educating the rehabilitative experts of tomorrow,” Walsh said. Burke Medical Research Institute is part of the Burke Rehabilitation Center, which also comprises the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital that is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation

medicine. Founded in 1915, Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Along with the hospital’s worldrenowned doctors and therapists providing state-of-the-art-treatment, Burke Medical Research Institute scientists explore the frontiers of rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center, visit

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South Nassau Cancer Program earns national recognition from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center has been named a recipient of the prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award. This is the third consecutive time that South Nassau has earned the national mark of excellence, which is awarded to eligible ACS accredited cancer programs every three years and reflects clinical process performance and patient outcomes which are among the best in the United States. “Cancer patients in the communities we serve who come to South Nassau can be assured that they are receiving high quality, cutting edge care with a team approach as recognized by the American College of Surgeons,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. “This award demonstrates our commitment to meet the rigorous standards of the commission in pursuit of the best possible outcomes for our patients – all in a setting that is close to home.” The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Treating approximately 1,500 patients annually, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center has evolved into one of the region’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care. The center is the only one on Long Island that is equipped with three of the most effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife® Perfexion.

In addition to its Cancer Center in Valley Stream, NY, The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center incorporates the following specialty cancer care services: • GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream) • Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside) • Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside) • Center for Breast Health (Oceanside) • Center for Lung Health (Oceanside/Valley Stream) • Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream) • Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream) • Complete Women’s Imaging Center at South Nassau (Oceanside) • PET/CT Service (Oceanside)

“Year after year, South Nassau’s cancer care program continues to demonstrate that patients on the South Shore of Long Island can receive great health care right here, close to home without the need to travel or commute to NYC,” said Rajiv Datta, MD, FACS, FRCS, FICS, chair of the department of surgery and medical director of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center. “We have some of the very best cancer specialists on our staff and we are grateful that our team approach to treating cancer patients once again has been recognized as among the very best in the nation. It’s always good to have outside experts validate that we are doing what’s right for our patients.” For more information, visit


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Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Health Center receives highest accreditation

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Breast Health Center earned a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Good Samaritan

Hospital has a history of many years of top quality cancer management. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. The Breast Health Center was created in response to community need for a comprehensive patient-focused program of early detection and diagnosis, positive reinforcement through counseling and support and effective treatment utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. The Breast Health Center's staff is committed to a personal approach. Educational opportunities, health fairs and community programs all help to promote the philosophy that early detection is the key in the fight against this disease. In the Breast Health Center, women who have been diagnosed with

breast cancer can overcome their fears and work through their concerns, assisted by a talented, experienced staff who will reach out in positive, reassuring ways. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center has more than 3,775 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2013. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.

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St. Charles Hospital is pleased to announce that three physicians have joined the practice of St. Charles Orthopedics. Luga Podesta, MD, is a nationally recognized sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine. Gregory C. Mallo, MD, FAAOS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder reconstruction and arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. In 2014, Dr. Mallo was one of only four surgeons in the nation chosen for the prestigious Advanced Arthroscopy Traveling Fellowship program by the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). Danielle DeGiorgio, DO is dual board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. She completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Christiana Care, serving as a Fellow team physician for the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and for local high school football and wrestling teams. About St. Charles Hospital

St. Charles Hospital is a 231-bed, acute care community hospital located in Port Jefferson, NY. St. Charles is a proud member of Catholic Health Services of LI, the healing ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and has served the residents of the Three Village area for more than 108 years. The non-profit hospital features three centers of excellence: Maternal/Child services, Orthopedics and Long Island's premier center for Rehabilitation. In addition to these core areas, St. Charles offers services in pediatrics, including Long Island's only pediatric inpatient traumatic brain injury program, neonatology, general surgery, radiology, palliative care, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, diabetes, community re-entry, general medical and surgical services, Sleep Disorders Center and an Outpatient Specialty Care Center with specialty clinics for children and adults with disabilities. St. Charles is renowned for its outstanding customer service and scored as one of the top hospitals on Long Island in the delivery of high quality care. For more information, please call (631) 474-6797 or visit

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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Infection Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 patients in the United States acquire hospital associated infections in healthcare facilities each year. Moreover, approximately 75,000 people in hospitals die each year from these preventable infections. While your loved one is hospitalized, there are some important things you need to know in order to break the chain of infection. In the hospital, safety measures are utilized to stop the spread of germs from one person to another. The easiest and most cost effective way to stop the spread of infection is to wash your hands with soap and water. Healthcare workers apply “Standard Precautions” to all patients by performing hand hygiene and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes wearing gloves or eye masks for all patient encounters in which they might come in contact with blood or body fluids. Microorganisms can enter a susceptible host by accessing a break in the skin and through mucus membranes. Once in the body, the microorganisms can multiply and cause secondary infection. Since healthcare workers treat multiple patients, hand washing and wearing PPE protects them from mobilizing the infection to another room. Isolation precautions are used to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and PPE varies depending on the causative organism and mode of transmission. Contact precautions are used to prevent transmission of infection disseminated by direct touching of the skin (examples: MRSA, C. difficile). Patients will not have a roommate because surrounding surfaces can become contaminated. Disposable gloves and gowns are worn at all times in the room. Droplet precautions are instituted for illnesses that are spread by coughing and sneezing (examples: influenza, pneumonia). A disposable mask is worn in the room and both healthcare workers and visitors must wash their hands before entering and leaving the room. Airborne precautions are reserved for diagnoses of diseases like tuberculosis and varicella (chickenpox) because they are transmitted by inhaling minute nuclei containing the causative pathogen. A negative pressure ventilated room is ideal for these patients and surgical masks are designed to reduce the risk of infection. Family members play a vital role in reducing the spread of infection. Following the above guidelines and refraining from bringing food or drinks in patient rooms can positively affect the health of many patients. Families should check first before bringing children or even live flowers and fruit into hospital rooms. Being aware of how infections are spread and simple ways to protect yourself and your loved one can save lives.

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By doing good local teenagers earn Dorothy M. Sharer Scholarship

In recognition of their selfless service as junior volunteers at South Nassau Communities Hospital, six local high school graduates who plan to pursue careers in healthcare have been awarded the hospital’s annual Dorothy M. Sharer Scholarship. The recipients, Jonathan Kwan, Valley Stream North H.S/Franklin Square; Allison Riordan, Oceanside H.S./Oceanside; Jessica Massiah, Valley Stream Central H.S/Valley Stream; Dana Crowe, Bishop Kellenberg Memorial H.S./Uniondale; Brandon Jacquet, Baldwin H.S./Baldwin, and Stefan Louis, Baldwin H.S./Baldwin, combined to provide 971 hours of dedicated volunteer service. The scholarships awarded ranged between $250 and $1,000. The late Dorothy M. Sharer was a devoted and beloved volunteer at South Nassau for more than 30 years who dedicated her life to serving others through volunteerism. Recipients of the scholarship emulate Ms. Sharer’s traits while demonstrating a desire to pursue degrees in higher education that would prepare them for careers in health care.

“Each scholarship recipient embodies Dorothy’s spirit of selflessness and the joy she received from working with and helping others,� said Anne Marie Fernandez, South Nassau’s director of volunteer services. “The scholarship recipients, as well as their fellow junior volunteers, are commended for their good works in support of the hospital and its patients.� Volunteering at South Nassau can be both satisfying and enriching. No experience is necessary: anyone with a little spare time, an easy smile and a kind heart qualifies. Junior high and high schoolaged young adults can volunteer after school, on weekends or during spring and summer breaks. It's not only an excellent opportunity to help others, but also a great way to get a firsthand look at the healthcare field for those youngsters who may be considering this as a career. For more information about the junior volunteers program or volunteering at South Nassau, please call Volunteer Office at 516-632-3928.


Pictured (Back row far left) Anne Fernandez, director of Volunteer Services, (Back row second from right) Rose Terzaga, evening supervisor of Volunteer Services, and (to the right of Ms. Terzaga) Joe Calderone, senior vice president of Corporate Communications and Development, thanked the junior volunteers (Back row R to L) Brandon Jacquet; Jonathan Kwan; and Stefan Louis, and (seated) Allison Riordan; Jessica Massiah; and Dana Crowe for their nearly 1,000 hours of dedicated volunteer service to the hospital.

New Jersey’s Pinnacle Center for Professional Development (PCPD) schedules two new Health IT courses for hospital and health care institution employees Introduction to Health IT and Health IT Boot Camp classes now available

The consistently shifting healthcare landscape has created a need for qualified health information technology (HIT) professionals. The Pinnacle Center for Professional Development (PCPD), has announced two continuing education HIT courses. Introduction to Health IT is a two-day course and Health IT Boot Camp is a 36-hour course spread over one week. Both programs will be presented at PCPD’s training center in Fairfield and are also available to be conducted onsite at client facilities. PCPD’s programs are designed to meet the urgent need for wellprepared HIT professionals by providing quality continuing education, delivered in an informal classroom setting by seasoned professionals. PCPD’s programs prepare students, including clinicians, IT staff and healthcare administrators with the “big picture� of HIT, as well as other strategies to achieve success. The curriculum, instruction and related learning are designed to create a confident, competent, motivated and inspired Health IT workforce. According to Beth Dituro, PCPD program director, “Our continuing education courses are designed to fill the growing HIT talent gap by helping organizations to build their HIT teams from within. We also have courses for those individuals

who are just entering the workforce and are interested in a career in health IT,� she said. “Our interactive classroom discussions inform and engage students and build confidence, fostering a sense of context and purpose.�

Introduction to Health IT: Sept. 7-8 and 9-10; Oct. 12-13 and 14-15 Introduction to Health IT is designed to prepare entry-level health IT or clinical staff to be effective, productive and resourceful team members for health IT initiatives. The course covers topics that include: The Healthcare Delivery System, the Healthcare Technology Environment, Systems Development Life Cycle, Project Cycle Management, HIT Operations, Managing HIT and The Healthcare IT Revolution. The course is open to entry level Health IT, clinical staff who are or will be involved in an IT project, and junior administrators and new managers working in the healthcare field.

Healthcare IT Workforce Boot Camp: September 14-17; October 19-22 Pinnacle’s Health IT Workforce Boot Camp is an intensive oneweek course to prepare clinical and information technology professionals to be high-performing, effective,

productive and resourceful team members and leaders for health IT initiatives. Four, nine-hour courses are presented during the week, covering: Health IT Evolution – From Safety to Quality; Health IT Systems, Initiatives, and Project Management; Health IT Organizational Management; and Health IT Value. Health IT Boot Camp is open to IT professionals working within a healthcare setting who need to understand the implications of healthcare reform. This includes clinicians and informaticists who are working in an IT capacity or will be assigned to an IT project, and healthcare administrators and managers who are or will be involved in a major HIT initiative. The PCPD learning center is located at the company’s headquarters at 75 Lane Road in Fairfield, New Jersey. To accommodate clients, PCPD will also provide courses at any healthcare provider or IT company location. Candidates will be pre-screened to ensure their qualifications and base knowledge that will lead to a full understanding of course material. Upon completion, students receive certification for their work. PCPD also offers customized training courses tailored to business’ specific needs. A full calendar of courses and additional information is available at

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Investors Bank grants fund Virtual Clinic at Thomas Edison Foundation supports expansion of nursing school’s technologies

Nursing students at Thomas Edison State College can safely diagnose and make decisions for a variety of patients without the fear of doing harm, thanks in part to a $37,500 grant from Investors Bank Foundation, in partnership with Roma Bank Community Foundation. This is the second grant in this amount in as many years from Investors to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. “The Virtual Clinical Simulation (VCS) program has given our online nursing students access to sophisticated digital representations of patients, integrated with advanced technology and software,” explained Dr. Filomela Marshall, Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College. “The funding also supports our onground Nursing Simulation Lab which is the technological centerpiece of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program.” The funding is part of a multiyear installment that supports the ongoing expansion of the school’s innovative online VCS program and on-ground Nursing Simulation Lab; according to Marshall, both technologies are invaluable in supplementing students’ clinical nursing experience, enabling them to develop optimal critical thinking and decision-making skills in replicated environments at no risk to real patients. Last year’s funding from Investors Bank enabled the school to purchase the necessary software and one of six MAC avatars for the VCS program. “We are enormously grateful for the generosity of Investors Bank," said Misty Isak, Associate Vice President of Development at Thomas Edison State College. "Their funding makes it possible for the college to respond to the needs of our students and provide an important technological component in their education. Their support, and that of all our donors and partners, is vital to the pursuit of our mission.” The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison applied for the grant from Investors Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation, both of which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank; Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in early December 2013.

“Providing New Jersey students with the tools they need to become successful in the medical field is a joy for Investors Bank,” said Linda Martin, Senior Market Manager, Investors Bank. “We are delighted to see the funds being put to good use in the classrooms at Thomas Edison State College, where students can learn practical knowledge without potentially hurting anyone.”

About Investors Bank Investors Bank is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $20.4 billion in assets and more than 130 retail branches in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors’ consumer banking services include complete deposit products, online banking, home equity loans and lines of credit and a full array of mortgage loans. Serving the business community, Investors provides deposit accounts, cash management services, business loans and lines of credit, and commercial real estate financing solutions to small and middle market companies, professional services firms, municipalities and other businesses. Investors Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

About Thomas Edison State College Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the college offers associates’, bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by the New York Times as “The college that paved the way for flexibility,” Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The college is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Visit for more information.


Thomas Edison State College W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing Dean Dr. Filomela Marshall (far left) accepts a $37,500 grant from Investors Bank to help fund the college’s Virtual Clinical Simulation program, which creates interactive clinical experiences for nursing students, allowing them to practice healthcare assessments. Joining Marshall are, from left, John Thurber, Vice President for Public Affairs at Thomas Edison State College; Linda Martin, Senior Market Manager for Investors Bank, and Amy Rouze, Investors Bank AVP/Branch Manager – Robbinsville.

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Congresswoman Esty praises Regional Hospice and Home Care’s selection Hospital Newspaper - NY Sept/Oct 2015

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty held a press conference at Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing on July 31, 2015. The congresswoman lauded Regional Hospice’s selection as the only Connecticut hospice chosen to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model beginning January 1, 2016, and the positive impact the model program will have for Regional Hospice patients. “I applaud Regional Hospice on its selection as the only hospice in Connecticut to participate in this critical hospice expansion program,” said Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5). “This initiative is a recognition and acceptance that it is psychologically very important for some families to continue to pursue treatment even in the face of extremely unlikely odds. This is also an opportunity for us to gain more information to make wise decisions with taxpayer dollars to help Americans live long, healthy, respectful lives.” Regional Hospice and Home Care is one of only 140 hospices se-

lected nationwide to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model which aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive curative care and hospice care concurrently. All 5,000 eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model. As the only hospice chosen to participate in the state, Regional Hospice is also one of only 70 nationally that has been invited to participate for the full five years of the study. Congresswoman Esty stated that Regional Hospice’s announcement coincides with the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and is not just for senior citizens. Younger people eligible for these national programs who are disabled by lifelimiting illnesses will also be able to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model. The program will enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries nationally with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired

immunodeficiency syndrome who receive services from participating hospices to experience this new option and flexibility. “Choosing to end treatment is often a painful choice for patients and families,” said Regional Hospice’s Medical Director Doctor Robert Kloss. Dr. Kloss told stories about patients who would have significantly benefitted from the support and improved quality of life that simultaneous palliative and hospice care would have provided them. Among the guests at the press conference were State Representatives Robert Godfrey and David Arconti and former state representative, Commissioner David Scribner. Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health

care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Re-



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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. 5 “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

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Calvary Hospital honors Maria Sewell with “Unit Secretary Excellence” Award Bronx resident honored for her Professional Excellence Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident, Maria Sewell with the “Unit Secretary Excellence” Award. Maria Sewell is a 36 year veteran of Calvary. She began working as a Nurse’s Aide and later graduated as a Cancer Care Technician. Her career has included being a Ward Secretary and Senior Unit Secretary/Coordinator. Some of her nomination forms from colleagues and patients’ family members included comments such as: • Maria is always helpful to all patients, employees, and families; she is very professional in her work and treats everyone with dignity and respect. She does not say “no” to any requests, that is one of the many reasons why I believe she should be given this award, she possesses all of the qualities that are required. • Maria consistently maintains her unit and makes certain that everything is in its place. She oversees the unit secretaries and schedules making certain that there is always coverage for all units. She tirelessly educates and trains the secretaries in her unit when needed. I feel she certainly deserves this award.

Born and raised in the country of Jamaica, Maria has resided in the Bronx for decades, with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Over the years, she has encouraged many friends to work at Calvary.

The Hospital encourages patients, family members, visitors and employees to nominate members of the nursing staff (nurses, cancer care technicians, and administrative staff) who demonstrate the Hospital’s Core Values of Caring, Compassion, Commitment, Non-Abandonment, and Dignity through their work. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference, and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and family members. Award recipients are chosen by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 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. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to

Helen Hayes Hospital presents Fall Awareness Program

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury-related deaths. National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, recognized during the first week of Fall each year, works to lower these startling statistics through community awareness and education programs. In honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY will present a free Fall Awareness Program for community members on September 24th from 1-3pm in the hospital’s auditorium. The program will be presented by Shari Silverstein, RN, MS, CNS, Osteoporosis Nurse Educator/Coordinator of the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program, and Payal Sahni, DPT, MCMT, Senior Physical Therapist at Helen Hayes Hospital. Fall Awareness Program attendees will discuss: • How to assess their own fall risk • Fall prevention strategies • Physical activity necessary to prevent falls • What to do in the event of a fall This program is FREE and open to the public, but prior registration is necessary. For more information and to register, call 845-786-4772.


Calvary recognized Maria Sewell with the “Excellence” Award. Pictured left to right: Marilyn Crockett, RN, Patient Service Manager; Maria Sewell, (Honoree) and Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

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

Jewish Home Lifecare is one of the premier non-profit geriatric and rehabilitation institutions in the country. The Home serves more than 9,000 older adults daily through traditional long term care, subacute care, rehabilitation services, community services and senior housing programs. These services are offered on the Home's three campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester at the Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, as well as through our Lifecare Services Division, which provides programs throughout the metropolitan area. Many levels of care are provided by the Home's health system so that as needs change, individuals can transfer from one level of care to another. Skilled nursing and medical care are provided 24 hours a day by on-site clinical staff as well as a complement of physicians representing a full range of medical specialties. The Home also educates and trains physicians and medical professionals in geriatrics. In an unprecedented teaching program with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, over 2400 fourth year Mt. Sinai Medical School students have participated in a mandatory rotation program at the Home. A strong component of the Home's activities include conducting research to improve the quality of life of older adults. Jewish Home Lifecare is the home of the Lester Eisner, Jr. Center for Geriatric Education, the Saul Alzheimer's Disease Special Care Unit (Bronx), the Greenberg Center on Ethics in Geriatrics and Long Term Care and the Center on Pharmacology for the Elderly (COPE). The Home has added a new service titled, CONNECTIONS, an information and referral service for the professional and lay communities, connecting people to programs.

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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.

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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.

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We are proud to announce that our stunning new nursing center has opened and has private and semi-private rooms with magnificent views of Long Island Sound. United Hebrew is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, multi-service senior living campus serving the Westchester metropolitan area since 1919. Our dedicated short-term rehabilitation suite is staffed by Burke Rehabilitation professionals. The exemplary clinical team of professionals will design a personalized treatment plan for care in our nurturing environment. Features include country kitchens, recreation rooms on each floor, a courtyard garden for recreational use, private dining and family rooms and wireless internet access. United Hebrew Family of Services: • Nursing Home Care • Burke Rehabilitation at United Hebrew • Willow Towers Assisted Living Residence • Soundview Apartments for Independent Seniors • Long Term Home Health Care Program • Azor Home Health Agency For more information or to schedule a tour please call Admissions at 914-632-2804 x1148 or email Maria Hood at United Hebrew 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805 914.632.2804


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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MassMutual’s disability income insurance products help you protect your income in the event you become too ill or injured to work. And if you own a medical practice with two or more qualifying staff or professionals, you may be eligible for: • Unisex rates • Portable coverage • Rate discount • Non-cancellable, guaranteed continuable coverage to age 65 provided premiums are paid on time • Own occupation rider* Please contact me today to learn more!

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