Year in Review
2016 Highlights

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Quality

Cohen Children’s Medical Center earns Magnet designation from the National Nurses Credentialing Center — the first children’s hospital in New York State to achieve this

– New York State Department of Health (DOH) reports rank Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center as having the state’s best outcomes for certain types of open-heart surgery, while North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Maimonides Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital achieve survival rates for angioplasty that are significantly better than other hospitals in the state.

– A RAND Corporation report lauds the Northwell/US Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) collaboration to provide behavioral health services to veterans and their families. RAND praises the success of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families in Bay Shore, with Long Island congressional leaders saying it could serve as a blueprint for similar VA partnerships with other health care providers regionally and nationally.

– For the second consecutive year, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledges the successful, home-based primary care of chronically ill, frail seniors enrolled in Northwell Health House Calls. Northwell clinicians improved outcomes and reduced costs by $6,816 per patient, per year for two years – a total savings to CMS of $1,641,825, representing the second highest savings performance among 15 demonstration sites nationwide.

– The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presents Northwell Health with three 2016 Pinnacle Awards. For its “Aiming for Zero” program focused on eliminating potential causes of catheter-associated urinary trace infections (CAUTIs), the most-common health care-acquired infection, Northwell wins a Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety in the category for health systems/hospitals with 500- plus beds. Cohen Children’s Medical Center was honored with a Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety  in the category for hospitals with fewer than 200 beds for its “Commit to Zero” safety program, which also focused on preventing hospital acquired infections. In addition, Northwell’s Patient Safety Institute receives a Pinnacle Award for Collaboration in Education for establishing standards and practices in simulation-based learning in medical education.

– At the forefront of telemedicine, Northwell implements electronic Intensive Care Units (eICUs) in Glen Cove, Southside, Plainview, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Syosset, North Shore University and Lenox Hill hospitals. The eICUs program expands care for critically ill patients, providing clinical bedside teams with 24/7 support from physicians and nurses who are remotely monitoring the patients’ vital signs and cardiac rhythms from Northwell’s Telehealth Center in Syosset.

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–  New York magazine’s Best Doctors 2016 includes 170 Northwell-affiliated physicians — a record total. The list includes 59 physicians from Lenox Hill Hospital, 16 from Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and 29 from Northern Westchester Hospital.

– NSUH receives Joint Commission Advanced Certification in ventricular assist device destination therapy — the only one in Nassau County. Other Northwell Joint Commission honors include Gold Seals of Approval for Plainview Hospital’s advanced inpatient diabetes care and Lenox Hill Hospital’s Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Program, and second-time recognition of Huntington Hospital’s high-quality palliative care.

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– Fourteen Northwell hospitals receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Get with the Guidelines/Gold Plus Stroke Quality Achievement Award for providing stroke patients with nationally benchmarked treatment. Furthermore, 12 place on the Target Stroke Honor Roll. Northern Westchester is an Elite Plus Honor Roll member and Huntington, LIJ Forest Hills, NSUH, Plainview, Southside and Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) earned Elite Honor Roll status. Glen Cove, Lenox Hill, LIJ Medical Center, LIJ Valley Stream and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center all received Honor Roll recognition.

– Northwell receives the Patient Safety Best Practices Award for 2016 from the Physicians Reciprocal Insurersfor reducing CAUTIs in 14 acute-care hospitals and about 35 intensive care units.

–  US News & World Report ranks Cohen Children’s Medical Center as one of the top 50 children’s hospitals in seven pediatric specialties. The publication also ranks Huntington Hospital as the nation’s 39th best hospital for diabetes/ endocrinology and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center as 47th nationwide for gynecology.

Neurotech Reports gives the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research the 2016 Gold Electrode Award for driving bioelectronic medicine and expanding neuromodulation tech in new directions. Feinstein researchers’ development of devices to read and modulate the central nervous system’s electrical activity is opening new doors to real-time diagnostics and treatment options.

Kevin Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute, earns the Shock Society’s Scientific Achievement Award for his research in shock, inflammation, sepsis and bioelectronic medicine. He also receives the Frederik B. Bang Award from the International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society for his work on controlling inflammation in treating disease.

– The Sepsis Alliance awards its Sepsis Heroes Award to Martin Doerfler, MD, senior vice president of clinical strategy and development, and associate chief medical officer at Northwell Health, for his leadership in helping to reduce sepsis mortality at Northwell hospitals by 66 percent over the past seven years.

Michael Dowling, Northwell president and CEO, keynotes the Third National Forum on Sepsis, presented by the Rory Staunton Foundation, named in honor of the 12-year-old New York City boy who died from sepsis in 2012 after cutting his arm playing basketball.

– Southside Hospital receives the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for rapid treatment of severe heart attack patients. Southside uses a cloud-based system that lets emergency responders send medical data to the emergency department (ED) while a heart attack patient is en route to the emergency department.

– The National Committee for Quality Assurance recognizes Huntington Hospital’s Dolan Family Health Center as a Level Three Patient Centered Medical Home.

– The Surgical Review Corporation recognizes Southside Hospital as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. Southside offers thoracic, colorectal, gynecologic, urogynecologic and gynecologic oncology robotic surgery.

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine names LIJ Medical Center, NSUH, and Southside, Huntington and Lenox Hill hospitals as HealthCare’s Most Wired for their commitment to medical information technology.

Southside Hospital’s outstanding evaluation and treatment of people with complex epilepsy earns designation as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

The Joint Commission recognizes Southside’s total hip and total knee replacement services with the Gold Seal of Approval.

– Northwell receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard reaccreditation for the fifth straight year for its commitment to employee health. The accreditation is awarded by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit founded by George H.W. Bush to promote cancer prevention in the workplace.

– The American College of Radiology (ACR) accredits the MRI Center at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center for imaging the body, head, spine, musculoskeletal, arterial studies and — a first time for Phelps — cardiac MRI for three-years.

– Lenox Hill Hospital receives the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for improving survival and quality of life for patients experiencing ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), the most dangerous type of heart attack.

– Phelps Memorial Hospital Center receives three-year reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, with commendation as a Community Hospital Cancer Program.

– The NSUH Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgical Intensive Care units receive Silver Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses. The three-year designation indicates compliance with national criteria consistent with Magnet recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

– The Ethisphere Institute names Northwell one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second straight year — the only hospital system recognized by Ethisphere in New York.

– Three Northwell hospitals receive 2016 Women’s Choice Awards. Cohen Children’s Medical Center is named one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking seventh out of 88 pediatric hospitals. Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center is recognized for its obstetrics and cancer care — one of 365 hospitals nationwide and 11 in the state to earn this award for cancer care. NSUH is honored for its cardiac care — one of 352 hospitals nationwide and 10 in New York State to qualify for the evidence-based designation.

– The National Committee for Quality Assurance recertifies Huntington Hospital’s Dolan Family Health Center for high-quality diabetes care. The committee commends the center for controlling patients’ HbA1c and blood pressure, assessing neuropathy, eye exams and smoking cessation options.

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene presents the Gold Star for tobacco control in outpatient settings to LIJ Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. LIJ Forest Hills also receives a Silver Star for enrolling 590 new patients in smoking-cessation programs.

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South Oaks Hospital earns the 2016 Energy Star Chip Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The New York State Department of Health recognizes Huntington Hospital’s Dolan Family Health Center as the first breastfeeding-friendly practice on Long Island and in New York City.

– The Cardiovascular Department of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center receives certification for its cardiac rehabilitation program from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for the second time. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

– Southside Hospital’s radiation medicine department, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream’s inpatient behavioral health department and Glen Cove Hospital’s ambulatory surgery department receive the 2016 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence award for their consistently high levels of excellence in patient care. These departments consistently reached the 95th percentile or above in the area of patient experience.

Northern Westchester Hospital earns a fourth consecutive “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group — the only hospital in Westchester County to receive an “A” grade. The hospital is among 884 hospitals to receive an “A” grade nationwide.

– The National Research Corporation awards Staten Island University Hospital a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award, marking the 16th time (11th straight) the hospital has won the award.

North Shore University Hospital and Syosset Hospital are recertified in the area of advanced inpatient diabetes management by The Joint Commission. NSUH first received certification in 2014 and Syosset earned the designation in 2015. The US Environmental Protection Agency recognizes South Oaks Hospital with the 2016 Energy Star CHP award for the hospital’s 1.25 MW natural gas-fire combined heat and power (CHP) system, which uses nearly 30 percent less fuel than other energy options.

– For the eighth straight year, Glen Cove Hospital receives the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star designation for using 20 percent less energy and emitting 20 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than other hospitals.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is named a “Baby-Friendly Hospital” by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Phelps is the 16th hospital in New York State, one of 381 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers across the United States and one of more than 20,000 in the world to earn the designation.

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Southside Hospital opens the Bohlsen Family Emergency Department, a $60 million investment that adds 30,000 square feet to triple the size of the hospital’s ED. Phase II, to be completed in 2017, will add another 20,000 square feet at a cost of $16 million.

Huntington Hospital unveils its new $53 million emergency department, adding 28,000 square feet that will enable the hospital to accommodate up to 64,000 patient visits per year. The new facility features 47 treatment spots and 12 private results waiting stations.

– The Imbert Cancer Center opens in Bay Shore. The $46.5 million, 46,000-square- foot facility establishes a major presence for the Northwell Health Cancer Institute in Suffolk County. The multi-specialty staff treats all forms of cancer via all modalities.

Planetree names Northern Westchester Hospital a Patient-Centered Hospital with Distinction. Planetree, which promotes patient-centered care in healing environments, recognizes 80 organizations worldwide and only nine “with distinction.”

– Huntington Hospital’s Cancer Services Division offers the MarginProbe and the Hologic Trident for breast cancer surgeries. These technologies ensure removal of all cancerous cells from lumpectomy patients, significantly reducing the need for a second surgery.

Huntington Hospital’s Dolan Family Health Center breast cancer navigator helps guide patients through their services and treatments, including assistance with scheduling medical appointments.

– The Southside Cardiothoracic Surgery Department celebrates its fifth anniversary. About 2,000 people have had open-heart surgery since the program was established there since 2011.

Southside physicians begin offering heart failure patients CardioMEMS. During a nonsurgical procedure, patients receive a sensor in their pulmonary artery that monitors lung pressure to detect potential cardiac deterioration.

– Patients with slow heartbeats at Huntington and Southside hospitals receive the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System. The device is less than a tenth of the size of traditional pacemakers. Directly implanted into the heart without wire leads, it reduces the risk of infection.

Peconic Bay Medical Center performs the nation’s first laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair using the new, second- generation 2.9 mm Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center and NSUH staff members are the first in New York to wear contaminant repelling uniforms, created by Vestagen Protective Technologies. The advanced-technology scrubs and lab coats protect patients and caregivers against potential infections by preventing microbes from accumulating on the fabric.

Southside Hospital introduces a new minimally invasive EkoSonic Endovascular System that breaks up pulmonary embolisms using ultrasound.

Huntington Hospital installs Nightingale phones that put cancer patients in direct contact with their nurse, cutting response time from seven minutes to 30 seconds.

Huntington physicians use the SpyGlass DS scope for more-accurate diagnosis and treatment of bile duct stones, strictures and cancer, pancreatic cystic lesions and strictures, chronic pancreatitis and other conditions.

– The Northwell Health Cancer Institute introduces SAVI SCOUT, a new breast localization and surgical system that targets diseased tissue up to a week before surgery via insertion during lumpectomy and surgical biopsy.

– Thanks to a grant from the United Hospital Fund, Northwell Health and the Montefiore Health System offer a new toolkit for home care professionals and acute care providers. The kit reduces the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections in home care patients with a peripherally inserted central catheter or other central IV line. The toolkit fills an important void for home care providers working with patients transitioning from an acute setting to home.

South Oaks Hospital launches the Individual Maternal Assessment Program (I-MAP) to help expectant women and their families better manage the emotional effects of pregnancy.

NSUH is one of the first Long Island hospitals to offer relief from Parkinson’s symptoms with a new delivery system for Duopa. A physician surgically implants a tube in the small intestine connected to an external pump that delivers the medication. This circumvents interference from other orally administered medications. Southside Hospital is the first on Long Island to enroll patients in the aMAZE clinical trial, which studies left atrial appendage closure for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

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Southside begins offering a minimally invasive mitral valve repair procedure to patients whose hearts have a “back flow” of blood.

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center accelerates detection of lung cancer with the new SPiN Thoracic Navigation System, which helps prevent multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.

Northern Westchester Hospital and the Westchester Land Trust collaborate to promote the beneficial connection between human wellness and access to nature, offering a free family wellness hike.

Lenox Hill Hospital opens an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to improve monitoring of brain activity and pinpoint areas that cause seizures. The four-bed unit has a 24/7 dedicated staff, including epilepsy-trained doctors and nurses, a neuropsychologist and certified video- EEG technologists.

Northwell expands concussion services with a hotline that provides patients with access to a team of specialists from multiple disciplines who collaborate on evaluation and management of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Patients benefit with faster recovery and reintegration into their pre-injury lives.

Lenox Hill Hospital is the first New York City hospital to implant an MRI- compatible spinal cord stimulator for chronic pain relief. The Medtronic SureScan MRI unit gives patients relief by blocking pain signals between the spinal cord and the brain.

Lenox Hill Hospital introduces pasteurized donor human milk as a standard of care for premature babies in its neonatal intensive care unit, giving mothers who can’t breastfeed an alternate to formula.

Huntington Hospital is the first on Long Island to perform spinal surgery with the Medtronic O-arm. The intraoperative surgical imaging system generates a 3D model of the spine that gives the neurosurgeon submillimeter-accurate reference for surgical tools and implants.

Huntington Hospital begins using SkyHealth, Northwell’s helicopter emergency medical services program, to transport trauma patients. The hospital’s new helipad is located a half-mile away on Mill Dam Road.

– The NSUH Center for Maternal Fetal Health opens a Zika in Pregnancy Program for expectant mothers who recently traveled to the Caribbean, South America, Latin America and other locales linked to the virus, or who are concerned about exposure from a sexual partner.

NSUH implants the first stent in the international Cobra Reduce clinical trial. Researches in the US and Europe plan to eventually enroll 844 people in the trial of the nanocoated coronary stent system for patients at high risk of bleeding.

NSUH is the first center in the Eastern United States — and the second nationally — to perform combined kyphoplasty intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) for spinal metastasis. The patient received the treatment due to Stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to his spine, causing debilitating pain even after completing a course of spine external irradiation. Spinal metastases develop in 40 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer and only one in five patients with spinal metastasis present with unstable lesions and require a surgical intervention with a procedure called kyphoplasty.

Northwell becomes the first health system in the New York region to begin the Avedro® crosslinking procedure on patients with keratoconus. The procedure involves the use of riboflavin drops and ultraviolet (UV) light to treat the disease.

Community Benefit

Northwell Health contributes more than $1 billion in community benefit (12.65 percent of operating expenses) by participating in more than 3,800 unique programs that serve approximately five million community members and train about 20,000 health professionals.

– The Northwell Health Center For Equity of Care develops a new strategy and function to align with the changing needs of the organization and communities it serves. The Center For Equity of Care increases the focus on the elimination of health disparities and serves as a resource for the health system and communities focused on diversity and inclusion, women’s health (sex and gender), health literacy, education, cultural and linguistic competency, community partnerships and appropriate community and gender- based research. It also operates as an interdisciplinary center with collaborative teams that partner with all of the health system’s constituents to help eliminate health and gender disparities.

– The Human Rights Campaign Foundation designates 11 Northwell facilities as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality: North Shore University, Glen Cove,Huntington, Lenox Hill, Plainview, Southside, Syosset and Staten Island University hospitals, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, LIJ Forest Hills, LIJ Valley Stream and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

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DiversityInc ranks Northwell Health fourth on its nationwide Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems for Diversity. For the past three years, the health system has been ranked on the DiversityInc Top 10 Hospitals and Health System list.

– Northwell hosts or participates in more than 2,600 community health programs and provides more than 23,000 health screenings in collaboration with community partners.

Northwell and the New York State Department of Health launch a  Cancer Services Program that provides comprehensive screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, as well as education to underserved populations. Additionally, the program provides diagnostic services for abnormal findings and case management for clients with barriers that may prevent them from seeking care. The Cancer Services Program is available at Glen Cove Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center.

– Northwell Health joins the Tobacco Action Coalition of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Partnership for a Healthier NYC to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke outdoors, reduce youth smoking and increase the availability of 100 percent smoke-free housing. In 2016, 13 Queens Community Boards adopt resolutions to promote smoke-free housing, particularly in new affordable housing developments. On Long Island, 14 towns and villages have designated the smoke-free parks.

Northwell Health’s Center for Tobacco Control (CTC) provides smoking cessation counseling to 3,590 individuals, and evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment education to 935 health care providers, and medical, nursing and physician assistant students. Through community education programs, the CTC reaches approximately 11,500 children and adults.

– The Northwell Center for Equity of Care continues its initiative in self-efficacy with Living Healthy, Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. To date, 29 programs have been held and 41 leaders trained, both in the health system and in community-based organizations, reaching more than 250 community members.

– Northwell’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health draws more than 600 attendees to its Women’s Health Conference.The event features health and wellness workshops plus a keynote address from Arianna Huffington, author and cofounder of the Huffington Post Media Group.

– Northwell introduces Stepping On to prevent falls among independent, older adults. More than 700 older adults in the community participate in 62 Northwell programs, significantly changing their behaviors to reduce their risk of falling.

Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Behavioral Health College Partnership works with over 50 colleges and universities to address behavioral health crises on campuses through emergency protocols, enhanced school/hospital communication, and specialized evaluation and treatment.

South Oaks Hospital offers two new group therapy programs for addiction. Forty-five people participate weekly in Bridge the Gap, a free educational experience that brings together
individuals in active recovery and families struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Forty people attend this important program weekly.

Staten Island University Hospital begins collaborating with the Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City (NHS) to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. NHS focuses on financial capabilities, neighborhood stabilization and homeownership preservation as well as resident leadership and community building.

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Staten Island University Hospital joins the Staten Island Community Partnership Program to prevent child abuse and neglect through community collaborations, education and the promotion of high-quality services.

Glen Cove Hospital donates a $45,000 playground to the City of Glen Cove at Pryibil Beach.

Huntington Hospital’s Drug Task Force partners with the Suffolk County Police Department to present the 2nd Annual Substance Abuse Resource Fair, which includes presentations on anonymous drug take-back and Narcan training.

Staten Island University Hospital partners with the FLAG (Freedom, Loyalty, Admiration, Gratitude) Foundation to offer women who have served in the military a free, confidential support system in a secured building. And during Military Child Day at Fort Wadsworth, children enjoy a magic show, patriotic arts and crafts and some one- on-one time with their service parent and other military families.

– Northwell Health’s POWIR (Positive Outreach with Integrated Resources) program connects women, youth and men from infancy to age 24 who are infected with or at risk of HIV, with the resources they need within the health system and the community. The program offers several psychosocial and support services, plus pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis.

– More than 1,556 new mothers and their partners attend 95 childbirth preparation, breast feeding, baby care basics and parenting classes through Northwell Health’s Center for Parent Education, coordinated by the health system’s Center for Equity of Care.

Northwell Health’s Center for Workforce Readiness partners with local high schools as part of the SPARK! Challenge to educate students about clinical and nonclinical career paths. Students from public and private high schools were matched with a health system facility and shadowed employees for a day. Student participation doubled in 2016 to 700, and the number of participating facilities and departments increased to 53.

Northern Westchester Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary with a new interactive timeline. The touch screen display provides video and audio vignettes that show the evolution of Northern Westchester and its community impact.

Glen Cove Hospital’s Brain Injury Awareness Seminar provides comprehensive education for the brain injury population and their families. The seminar, whose faculty includes health professionals from relevant specialties, is the only one of its kind in this area.

Northwell Health’s American Heart Association Training Center provides more than 8,050 hours of training to nearly 14,000 individuals through more than 2,049 programs in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support.

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream offers its annual Summer Premedical Program, a four-week program aimed at helping college students decide whether a medical career is right for them. The program, offered by the hospital since 1965, involves both the health system and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. At the close of the program, students present their observations to their peers and faculty in a problem- based format.

Long Island Jewish Forest Hills partners with New Tang Dynasty, a nonprofit organization that organizes health fairs for the Chinese community, to share information about lung cancer and other smoking-related diseases.

– As part of its outreach to the Indian American community, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills participates in the Gujarati Health Fair & Health Expo, a joint effort involving physicians who are natives of Gujarat, India. Attendees, including uninsured and underinsured, receive blood pressure screenings, blood tests, EKGs, mammograms and other health tests.

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream’s Emergency Department supports EMS and EMT personnel with an ongoing free lecture series on the newest advances in emergency first response. Topics addressed in 2016 include neuro emergencies, “I Can’t Breathe” and “The Challenging Patient.”

Lenox Hill Hospital collaborates with health care providers, public and private sector companies, community-based organizations and the media to launch ¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO! (Life YES, Diabetes NO!), a testing and education program aimed at reducing the prevalence of diabetes in Latino communities.

Huntington Hospital’s Division of Dermatology screens 120 community members and educates participants on the use of sun screen. More than 650 local second graders attend Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Children and Healthcare Week Fair. Staff from various Cohen departments educate the children about the hospital setting and distribute such items as operating room masks and booties, casting material for broken bones, coloring books and toothbrushes.

– The Northwell Health Center for Equity of Care establishes a coalition of civic, community, legislative and faith-based leaders to formalize a plan to inform, empower and incentivize residents of Spinney Hill in Manhasset and Great Neck to take an active role in their health and embrace a healthier lifestyle. The “Healthy on the Hill” health and wellness initiative addresses the four strategic directions of the National Prevention Agenda through innovative, evidence- based community programs that address health disparities within the community.

– The fourth annual Spinney Hill Farmer’s Market, supported by a grant from the Manhasset Community Fund Greentree Foundation, and staffed with local youth workers and volunteers, operated from July through October.

– The Northwell Center for Equity of Care collaborates with community partners on offering worksite wellness programs, providing education, health screenings and immunizations throughout the five boroughs and Long Island. In 2016, approximately 1,300 worksite employees were reached during 13 events at more than 10 partner companies.

– Northwell Health is a founding member of the three-year-old Long Island Health Collaborative, a population health coalition of more than 100 community- based organizations, all Long Island hospitals and local health departments to address obesity, chronic disease and behavioral health issues, and the social determinants of health that exacerbate those conditions.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Pediatric Dental Department partners with the Nassau County Dental Society for “Give Kids a Smile.” The children are taught the importance of brushing and the everyday care of their teeth. In 2016, more than 800 students — from prekindergarten through second grade — receive free dental services, including screenings, an examination, fillings and a fluoride varnish.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a Susan G. Komen Greater NYC grantee for its Cancer Community Connection Program (CCCP). To reach women from high-risk populations, CCCP established its Community Ambassador Program, which collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations and associations, and community-based groups. Twenty community ambassadors raise awareness and refer women for screening and care in high-risk communities. In 2016, CCCP created the Staff Ambassador Program to train 33 Northwell employees to identify and recruit patients in need of screenings and resources.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital begin a partnership with Impact Teen Drivers, a nationwide program for teens, parents and community members on the dangers and consequences of reckless and distracted driving. Eight free programs reached more than 1,100 parents and students at schools and other community locations.

Plainview and Glen Cove hospitals and the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation partner with the Nassau County Department for the Aging and the National Meals on Wheels Association of America Senior Nutrition Program to address the growing prevalence of hunger among older adults. Each day, hot and cold meals are provided to at-risk, elderly individuals who may not have the resources to access or prepare food due to lack of transportation, functional limitations or health problems. More than 95,000 meals were provided to local homebound older adults in 2016.

Southside Hospital partners with Gavin’s Got Heart (GGH), a community organization that provides financial and emotional support for families of children affected by congenital heart defects. GGH helps to subsidize medical bills, travel expenses associated with hospitalizations and medical care, and offset loss of wages for caregiver/parent(s). GGH also provides free heart screenings, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for the community through the Center for Equity of Care and provides hospital outreach initiatives for heart families.

Syosset Hospital hosts its annual Earth Day Farmer’s Market, providing local produce, nutrition, information and demonstrations. Syosset also partners with St. Edwards Roman Catholic Church in an annual Earth Day Clothing Drive for underserved families in the local community.

Northwell’s Center for Attention and Learning enters a partnership with Advocates for Children of New York, which fights for the educational rights of children, especially those from low- income families.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Family Planning Program forms the Queens Peer Health Education Program, partnering with August Martin High School and Martin Van Buren High School. Fifteen area high school students were educated and trained on reproductive and sexual health topics, and later presented on those topics to their peers. At the culmination of the school year, the groups organized and hosted a health fair.

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Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center leads the Survivors Facing Forward initiative to improve pediatric cancer survivors’ overall health and quality of life, decrease the effects of complications associated with their treatments and provide a comfortable, comprehensive and accessible patient experience.

Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Early Treatment Program offers a multidisciplinary care initiative called OnTrack NY to provide psychiatric treatment, employment and educational support, and family education and support to adolescents and young adults.

– As the lead organization for the New York State, Nassau and Queens Safe Kids Coalitions, the Northwell Center for Equity of Care offers 34 pediatric safety/injury prevention programs to approximately 4,300 primary grade students within Nassau and Queens counties.

– Using an age-appropriate curriculum, North Shore University Hospital’s Heart Healthy School Program educates school children on the heart’s anatomy and function, in addition to heart-healthy lifestyle behaviors. Since inception, approximately 15,000 students have received heart health education, with more than 1,000 students participating in 2016 alone.

Southside Hospital, Johnson & Johnson and Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. begin a partnership to provide health education to 120 Brentwood North Middle School students. Students attend eight weekly sessions to learn about various aspects of health, including good nutrition, self-esteem and community service.

– Northwell’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health continues to partner with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and the American Heart Association to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease in women. The Scouts created  a “Red Dress” for which they must complete a workshop designed to teach the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women.

Northwell Health is the Cities Go Red sponsor of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red for Women movement. Northwell Health and the AHA work together to empower women to take charge of their heart health by knowing their risk and taking action to prevent heart disease.

– The Katz Institute for Women’s Health hosts its first CME conference, entitled Advancing Women’s Health: Beyond the Bikini Approach, to a sold-out audience of more than 130 professionals.

– The Katz Institute for Women’s Health holds its second Innovation Grants Program to provide seed funding — nine grants totaling $125,000 were awarded — to support new programs and services, education, research and other endeavors. The Katz Institute for Women’s Health distributes nearly 8,000 copies of the Passport to Women’s Health, a guidebook providing information and tools to help people make educated health choices.

Practice Body Mind Soul, an integrative health and wellness center located in Roslyn, now part of the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, offers a holistic approach to caring for patients and community members, including yoga, Pilates, and specialized training and workshops.

– The Katz Institute for Women’s Health Resource Center handles 9,000-plus calls to help community members navigate the vast services of Northwell Health and address women’s health-related questions.

– The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County cosponsor The Science of Happiness. More than 70 girls learn about the psychology of happiness and participate in music therapy, art therapy, mood foods and other activities.

– Collaborating with Peconic Bay Medical Center, the Katz Institute for Women’s Health expands its women’s wellness series to offer quarterly programs to the Riverhead community.

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– Northwell’s Diversity, Inclusion and Health Literacy Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) Program launches a Chinese and Korean BERG called Asian Bridges.

– Northwell’s GreenBERG participates in the “Car Free Day Long Island” campaign, generating 759 pledges among employees to go car-free or car-light – more than any participating organization.

– Northwell Health holds the 46th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program. As part of the expanded celebration, Northwell organizes food drives in partnership with Island Harvest, City Harvest and the Food Bank of Westchester, and presents two $2,500 scholarships to high school students from underrepresented communities. The event was keynoted by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD., president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

– Nearly 200 Northwell Health senior leaders attend the Annual Diversity, Inclusion and Health Literacy Leadership Summit, entitled “Equity of Care: A Model for Improving the Health of our Communities.” The keynote address was delivered by Regina Benjamin, MD, who served as the nation’s 18th Surgeon General.

– Northwell Health hosts a sold out Diversity & Inclusion Chaplaincy Summit entitled, “Empathy Across Cultures: Relieving Suffering Through the Human Connection.” Rev. Johnny Bush, an ACPE supervisor, assistant director for clinical pastoral education at Westchester Medical Center and senior pastor of the Greater Faith Baptist Church in Stamford CT, keynoted the event. For the second straight year, Glen Cove Hospital offers a free weekly Arthritis Education and Exercise Class to the community. The class provides exercise, socialization and support for community- dwelling older adults.

– Nineteen Northwell chaplain interns and three residents complete the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. The program enrolls three new residents, expands from two to five residents at NSUH, and a new fellow begins at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. A new CPE Program at Lenox Hill Hospital with eight chaplain interns is poised to begin in early 2017.

– Approximately 6,000 Northwell employees use the health system’s web- based Health Literacy module to enhance patient experience, strengthen effective patient-provider communication and promote patient-centered care.

– Serving one of the most diverse regions in the country with more than 175 different languages spoken, Northwell Health providers arrange for more than 170,000 telephonic interpretation calls.

Lenox Health Greenwich Village, Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center, serves more than 36,000 patients during its first year of operation, including patients treated at its Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Center of Excellence.

– Northwell partners with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. on CarFit, an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

– The Katz Institute for Women’s Health hosts the community education program, “When the Brain Becomes Ill: A Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” which draws about 175 attendees. The day-long event at Northwell’s headquarters includes presentations by Northwell clinicians and researchers specializing in Alzheimer’s, author Arthur Levine, and Ron Duguay, an Emmy Award-winning hockey analyst for the MSG Network and a former New York Ranger.

– The state Department of Health’s AIDS Institute awards a $2 million, five-year grant to Northwell’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care to help curb the spread of HIV infection among at-risk individuals in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

– Northwell establishes the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center to help young cancer patients avoid oral health-related complications during treatment. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation will donate $30,000 annually for three years to help support a patient service assistant dedicated to helping young cancer patients create a plan to improve their oral health.

– A Kohl’s Cares $210,998 grant supports the Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, which promotes children’s health and wellness in local communities. Since 2000, Kohl’s has donated more than $4.2 million to Cohen Children’s.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine present an education seminar entitled, “Exploring New Horizons: Transitioning Young Adults,” for teenagers and young adults with sickle cell disease and their families.

– Northwell’s Center for Workforce Readiness and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research host the Medical Marvels Program, which encourages ninth- and 10th-grade Long Islanders to pursue science, technology, education and math (STEM) careers with scholarship awards for group projects. The teams received $1,800, $1,000 and $500 scholarships. In addition, two presentations received $300 awards.

Lenox Hill becomes Manhattan’s first hospital with an environmentally friendly ambulance in its fleet. New technology allows the green ambulance to function without engine-idling, which reduces air pollution/carbon footprint and noise. The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine opens a free clinic in Rego Park, where medical students under physician guidance provide uninsured community members with basic primary care such as annual physicals, sick visits, vaccines, blood work and electrocardiograms.

Northwell Health begins open enrollment for its Palliative Care Leadership Center, one of three center’s selected by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in 2015 that focus specifically on the development of home and office-based palliative care.

– Through a unique collaboration between Northwell Health and NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, North Shore Towers and Country Club prohibits smoking on the 110-acre property, including inside residential apartments.

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– As part of a major rebranding effort to promote its name change, Northwell Health launches the largest advertising and marketing campaign in the health system’s history, including the “Austin Joseph” TV spots debuting on New Year’s Day, Super Bowl commercials, NCAA promotions, sports marketing partnerships and a social media contest to promote Northwell medical breakthroughs.
Peconic Bay Medical Center joins Northwell, becoming the health system’s 21st hospital and the third in Suffolk County.

– The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research secures $70 million from GE and $50 million in state funds to expand the capabilities of its Center for Bioelectronic Medicine. The funding will augment more than $100 million in funding from Northwell Health and other private investors that will further enhance the Feinstein Institute’s standing as a leader in this rapidly emerging technology, which promises to transform the future of medicine.

– In only its third year of operation, enrollment in Northwell’s CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. surpasses 102,000 members at the beginning of open enrollment for 2017. Its sister insurance companies,  North  Shore-LIJ  Health Plan (4,524 members) and CareConnect Administrative Services (2,458), which administers the employee plan, also continue to grow.

– A $5 million gift helps establish Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Care Program, eastern Long Island’s first comprehensive heart service. The John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation donation is part of the hospital’s $60 million project to build a new critical care tower — a two-story expansion of its existing ED that also includes plans for a cardiac catheterization suite.

– A partnership allows Northwell to work with Enterprise Ireland and their clients to develop and commercialize new medical technologies, secure joint ventures and provide platforms to integrate with US health care companies. Northwell’s first joint venture through the partnership is with Salaso Health Solutions Limited to offer online care management services to patients. Northwell’s Department of Neurology will utilize Salaso’s innovative patient engagement solutions to offer online physical therapy services to victims of stroke, movement disorders and other neurological conditions.

– The number of Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care Centers in operations grows to 35, as new facilities are opened in Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Long Island. A new joint venture with DaVita Kidney Care provides integrated services in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. The arrangement provides thousands of patients with kidney disease with a network of outpatient centers, hospital services, vascular access, clinical research and transplant services, as well as patient education, and physician education and support.

– Forest Hills and Franklin hospitals join Long Island Jewish Medical Center and are renamed Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and Long Island Jewish Valley Stream. The community hospitals are fully integrated with LIJ’s operations, connecting with the medical center’s expertise and resources.

Northwell corporate headquarters relocates 300 employees, including executive leadership, to 2000 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park. The 100,000-square-foot, three-story building provides 4,000 square feet of conference space, including a meeting center that can accommodate 275, and a 33,000-square-foot indoor garage.

– A new 7,500-square-foot Glaucoma Center at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for early detection and treatment of the disease.

– Northwell Health Physician Partners’ New York Hand and Wrist Center at Lenox Hill opens its new location at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. The center treats hand, wrist and elbow fractures, tendon, ligament and sports injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

– Addressing the region’s growing incidence of liver disease, the Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases opens on the North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) campus. The $4.5 million, 10,000 square-foot facility also houses the NSUH Division of Hepatology.

– Northwell recruits Lewis Teperman, MD, as vice chair of surgery at NSUH and director of organ transplantation to establish a liver transplant program.

– Already recognized by US News and World Report for excellence in treating pediatric renal disease, Cohen Children’s Medical Center establishes a Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program. The new program lets youngsters receive every level of care — from pre-transplant evaluation to surgery and post-op follow-up — in one location.

– Northwell files a certificate of need with the state Department of Health to build  a new medical/surgical pavilion at Cohen Children’s. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 at a projected cost of $65.4 million. Beginning with seven pediatric ORs and 26 pre- and post- op recovery beds, the project will also provide infrastructure for an additional OR in the future.

– The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma moves into a $6.2 million, 7,800-square-foot space in the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. The institute offers a 1,200-square-foot rehabilitation gym, specialty clinics, a new hand therapy suite, a biomechanical research lab and three private treatment rooms.

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Northern Westchester Hospital opens a new surgical suite, which includes six ORs, 14 pre- and post-anesthesia care bays, and updated central sterile processing and supply facilities.

Southside Hospital opens new pediatric and medical/surgical units that offer patients spacious, private rooms with their own bathrooms. The pediatric unit includes six rooms with convenient amenities, plus an isolation room. The med/surg unit has nine rooms with monitored beds.

– A generous donation from a grateful, former patient enables North Shore University Hospital to renovate and expand its Manuel H. and Claire Barron Stroke Unit. The unit expands from six to eight beds, and provides 24/7 video monitoring by stroke neurologists.

LIJ Forest Hills opens a new Imaging Center. Part of the hospital’s $8.2 million expansion of radiology and ob/gyn services, the $3.2 million center provides low-dose computed tomography (CT), digital X-ray, ultrasound and interventional radiology procedures.

Northwell Health Imaging opens at Lenox Health Greenwich Village. The new 13,000-square-foot facility provides magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scans, ultrasound, digital X-ray, bone densitometry, image guided biopsies and therapy, and a full range of breast- imaging services.

Northwell Health Imaging opens a $12.8 million, state-of-the-art radiology center in Smithtown. The 10,000-square-foot facility offers a full range of diagnostic testing services including MRI, low-dose CT, ultrasound, image-guided biopsies, bone densitometry and digital X-ray.

A $10 million gift from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York allows expanded imaging services at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The new Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies provides X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasounds, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine.

Eastern Suffolk Cardiology, with four locations in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Southampton and Wading River, joins Northwell Health. The practices, now called Northwell Health Physician Partners Cardiology, will complement programs at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

– Staten Island’s largest doctors’ group practicing in internal medicine and related specialties, University Physicians Group, joins Northwell Health Physician Partners, bringing nearly 50 physicians into the health system.

Northwell Health Physician Partners opens a new office building for medical and surgical practices across the street from Southside Hospital. Specialists in general surgery, plastic surgery, trauma, surgical oncology and vascular surgery are on the first floor. On the second floor, the internal medicine practice offers comprehensive physical exams, adult immunizations, diagnostic screening and other tests, and nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

– Northwell opens a new Office of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Islandia. Formerly located in St. James, the office offers medical surveillance exams, first-responder evaluations, pre-employment medical evaluations, workplace injury assessments (including workers’ compensation), Occupational Safety and Health Administration and commercial driver’s license exams, and environmental exposure assessments.

– Northwell Health establishes a system- wide Dermatology Department to offer medical and surgical management of common and complex disorders of the skin, hair and nails. Practice headquarters are based in Lake Success.

– Northwell Health enters into a joint venture partnership with Melville Surgery Center, a 10,700-square-foot outpatient facility that provides general, gynecologic, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, plastic, podiatric, spine, urologic, chiropractic, pain management, and ear/ nose/throat surgeries.

– Further implementing its strategy to develop more ambulatory patient sites, Northwell acquires the South Shore Surgery Center, a freestanding Bay Shore facility. General, gynecologic, orthopedic, pain, podiatric, urologic and ear/nose/ throat specialists provide services in three ORs and two procedure rooms and ancillary facilities.

– Northwell Health acquires a majority position (70 percent stake) in the Suffolk Surgery Center, a freestanding, multispecialty, outpatient practice located in Shirley. The 8,500-square-foot facility has four operating rooms, eight post-anesthesia care unit beds and four pre-operative beds and specializes in general, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, gastroenterology, podiatric, pain management and colorectal surgeries. With 40 surgeons credentialed to perform surgery there, the center cares for close to 7,000 patients annually.

– A new Auto Islet Transplantation (AIT) program opens at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, providing highly specialized treatment options to patients with severe, chronic pancreatitis. AIT involves implanting post-pancreatectomy patients’ insulin-producing beta cells into the liver. The transplanted cells begin to produce insulin, gradually obviating the need for insulin shots.

– Northwell and Newport Health Solutions collaborate to establish Health Connect Technologies. The new company focuses on developing and commercializing population health and network management computer applications.

– Developing an affiliation that began in 2014, Northwell and Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) open the Boca HealthLink Exchange. The program lets health care providers share medical records of patients served by Northwell and BRRH.

– FlexStaff, Northwell’s internal temporary staffing agency, grows 94 percent in revenue and transitions 276 temporary employees to permanent employees.

Lenox Hill Hospital opens the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute at 110 East 59th Street in Manhattan to address the unmet needs of thousands of New Yorkers living with diabetes. The institute’s programs for diabetes care and education provide guidance to combat diabetes, avoid serious diabetes complications, and conduct basic and clinical research. The institute features a demonstration and teaching kitchen, a teaching gym for individual exercise training sessions, support groups for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, patients on insulin pumps and parents of children with type 1 diabetes, as well as weight management and diabetes self- management classes.

Glen Cove Hospital relocates its ambulatory surgery unit — for patients undergoing breast, ear, nose and throat, rectal, abdominal, urological, cosmetic and plastic surgery — on the hospital’s newly renovated third floor.Peconic Bay Medical Center receives approval from  a state health advisory panel for two cardiac catheterization (cath) suites and the relocation of the hospital’s helipad, a major element of Northwell Health’s unique SkyHealth critical care helicopter program. The new cath laboratories will be included in the $43 million Critical Care Tower being constructed.

Syosset Hospital rededicates its lobby, which includes hi-tech furniture and a new coffee shop.

Research and Education

Chad Bouton, director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s  Center for Bioelectronic Medicine, is the lead author of a study in Nature that details how a research team restored movement to a paralyzed man’s fingers, hand and wrist. A brain implant and customized sleeve embedded with electrodes allow the patient’s brain to communicate directly with muscles — bypassing neural damage.

Siemens Healthineers and Northwell Health form an imaging research partnership to improve health outcomes and reduce health care spending. In addition to its funding and research support over the next four years to Northwell’s Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (iCEOR) Program, Siemens Healthineers will dispatch dedicated full-time employees to work jointly with Northwell on outcomes- based research projects and population health management efforts.

– The Feinstein Institute co-presents the Key Symposium 2016: Bioelectronic Medicine at the New York Academy of Sciences. The two-day event focuses on the convergence of molecular medicine, neuroscience and biology, and electronics and computing to develop cures.

– The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences publishes research by Feinstein Institute President & CEO Kevin Tracey, MD, that shows electronic stimulation of the vagus nerve may  ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. An additional discovery of how the vagus nerve interacts with the immune system is published in Bioelectronic Medicine, a peer-reviewed biomedical journal published by the Feinstein Institute Press.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards four significant grants to Feinstein Institute projects:

  • A $3 million, two-year grant will help scientists explore the relationship between a mother’s autoimmunity during pregnancy and the risk of autism spectrum disorders in her child.
  • A $3 million, five-year grant will support investigation into unanswered questions about the molecular mechanisms that control inflammation.
  • A $2 million, five-year grant will support research into new ways to maintain organ function in sepsis.
  • A $1.8 million, five-year grant to explore inflammation’s role in degenerative disc diseases of the spine.

– The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awards Northwell entities two significant research grants:

  • A $1.5 million grant funds Feinstein Institute research into home-based pulmonary rehabilitation to improve quality of life and decrease hospitalization among Hispanic patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • A $350,000, three-year grant allows Northwell physicians and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania and the Mayo Clinic to address opioid abuse, dependence and deaths. The team is studying two educational tools that may lower the risk for opioid dependence in patients who get the medications for pain while visiting an ED.

– The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) awards a $500,000, five-year grant to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to explore psychosis and aggression in individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. The grant is the largest the AFA has ever awarded.

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– Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists publish a study in Biomarkers, describing their discovery of a molecule that could indicate how long the body is deprived of oxygen during cardiac arrest.

– The US Health Resources and Services Administration awards a three-year, $1.6 million grant to the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies to train nurse practitioners to care for underserved populations. The first grant since the school’s 2015 opening supports the project, “Creating a Nurse Practitioner Student Transition to Primary Care Practice Model.”

– Feinstein Institute and Karolinska Institute collaborators discover that T-cells that can produce a specific neurotransmitter can also regulate blood pressure. Feinstein Institute researchers are now exploring using bioelectronic medicine to treat blood pressure.

Lenox Hill Hospital begins a national clinical trial to investigate whether adult cardiac stem cells can safely and effectively regenerate tissue damaged by a heart attack. The hospital is the only tri- state site to participate in the project.

Lenox Hill Hospital’s neurosurgical team begins a new clinical trial to treat glioblastoma — a malignant and highly aggressive brain cancer — through a novel method: by delivering medication directly to the tumor. The trial is designed specifically for newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients with a mutated cell protein called EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor), which fuels tumor growth.

– Feinstein investigators publish a study in Cancer about fertility concerns of young women who are cancer survivors. Their work shows that these women do not receive adequate information, highlighting the need for better survivor resources to allow them to make informed decisions.

– The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine celebrates its second graduating class, which includes 58 MDs and one PhD.
For the second straight year, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine successfully placed 100 percent of its graduates to residency programs at highly competitive institutions.

– The Feinstein Institute joins the Long Island Bioscience Hub, a National Institutes of Health-designated Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH). Dedicated to accelerating the translation of biomedical discoveries into new drugs, devices and diagnostics, it is one of three of REACH hubs in the country.

3D bioprinting collaborators from the Feinstein Institute, Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center win Northwell Health’s medical innovation contest, garnering $100,000 in additional research support. Social media voting determined the winner from three inventions developed by Northwell physicians and researchers.

Northwell Neuroscience Institute physicians enroll patients in an international study of the safety and efficacy of an investigational vaccine to prevent Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) infections after spinal surgery. S. aureus is a leading cause of hospital- acquired infections in the US.

– Collaborating with PathMaker Neurosystems, the Feinstein Institute embarks on a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the MyoRegulator for treating spasticity.

– The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) publishes new definitions and clinical criteria for sepsis and septic shock, formulated by Clifford Deutschman, MD, Feinstein Institute investigator and vice chair of research in pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

– Cohen Children’s researchers publish a PLoS ONE study that suggests more than 250,000 children with autism spectrum or other developmental disorders wander away from adult supervision each year.

– Feinstein Institute scientists publish findings in Arthritis Research and Therapy that show a new, personalized approach to diagnosing low back pain. Their work reveals variations in serum levels of a certain protein in individuals with lumbar intervertebral disc disease. Biochemical profiling for the protein may refine disc- disease diagnoses.

– The Northwell Institute for Nursing educates nearly 1,700 interprofessional staff members — LPNs, RNs, NPs, PAs and midwives — in the Introduction to Clinical Practice course. Furthermore, more than 900 nursing assistants, medical office assistants, transporters and technicians participate in the Patient Support Team course.

– Nearly 4,500 enroll in 84 new continuing nursing education programs offered by the health system’s Institute for Nursing — including 13 full-day conferences and five certification prep courses — during more than 17,500 continuing education hours.

– The Institute for Nursing’s Annual Nursing Research Conference attracts more than 160 nurses.

– The Institute for Nursing sponsors evidence-based practice workshops that involve 192 facilitators at 10 Northwell sites.

Bettie Steinberg, PhD, achieves 30- year tenure as a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. A Feinstein Institute provost and researcher, Dr. Steinberg has been a career-long contributor to understanding human papilloma viruses and their role in head/ neck diseases.

– The Feinstein Institute presents its fourth annual Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine to Charles Serhan, DSc, including a $50,000 prize. Dr. Serhan is director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Simon Gelman Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

– The Feinstein Institute and its journal, Molecular Medicine, present the sixth Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine to Tak Mak, PhD, which includes a $20,000 prize. The director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research and senior staff scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Dr. Mak was recognized for his translational research to find and develop new cancer treatments.

– The New York Society of Neurosurgery presents the First Place Resident Research Award to Shamik Chakraborty, MD, a senior neurosurgery resident at the Feinstein Institute’s Brain Tumor Biotech Center. Dr. Chakraborty focuses on overcoming the blood-brain barrier to treat malignant brain tumors.

– The Global Good Fund, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Sanguistat, Inc, partner on clinical trials of the Neural Tourniquet to evaluate the efficacy of bioelectronic medicine in treating blood loss associated with postpartum hemorrhage. The medical device uses electronic nerve stimulation to reduce blood loss.

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Employee investment

– Northwell hires nearly 10,000 new employees, including more than 400 veterans.

– Press Ganey employee engagement scores jump from the 68th to the 85th percentile, the largest ever leap for any health care organization, according to the patient experience consultant organization.

– Northwell provides employees with more than $1 billion dollars in health, retirement and other fringe benefits.

– Northwell issues 22 employees a combined $130,000 as part of the health system’s housing assistance program for first-time homebuyers.

– Northwell provides employees with $23 million in tuition reimbursement, encouraging staff members to develop their skills and careers.

– Northwell’s Center for Learning and Innovation provides 58,000 employees with more than 260,700 hours of training to enhance staff members&rsquo professional growth and lifelong learning.

Twenty-nine administrative employees and 23 physicians participate in the High Potential Program, which identifies, develops and promotes top talent from within the organization.

– myNorthwell relaunches in the Apple Store to accelerate registration and use. More than 15,000 employees download the health system’s employee mobile app.

– Northwell launches the myRecognition online platform, which rewards employees for their good work, and delivers 66,000 awards for a total health system spend of $950,000.

– The myWellness online platform launches and registers 23,000 employees to promote healthy lifestyles that incorporate good nutrition and physical activity.

Fourteen employees win trips to a destination of their choice after successfully completing the Walk the Wonders wellness challenge.

– Northwell establishes a network of 107 wellness liaisons, who promote healthy living through various workshops and fitness challenges.

– Focused on providing healthy food and drink options, Northwell overhauls 217 vending machines to comply with nutrition guidelines.

– Teaching kitchens open at Southside, Syosset and North Shore University Hospital, as well as the endocrinology space in the 59th Street office in Manhattan, to promote and educate employees about preparing healthy food.

– With 3,000-plus followers, the Northwell Life Facebook page encourages employee connection and interaction.

– Utilizing mock simulations and role playing exercises, the new Labor Academy conducts eight unique workshops for more than 100 Northwell employees.

Financial Performance

– Northwell achieves an operating gain of 1 percent or approximately $95.8 million.

– The health system’s total operating revenue grows by 14 percent ($1.2 billion) to $9.9 billion.

– Northwell finishes the year with an all- time high of $2.7 billion in unrestricted cash and investments on the balance sheet and 105 days of cash on hand.

Northwell raises a record $127 million from 16,095 donors.

Northwell issues $500 million in bonds to support capital plans and the three external rating agencies reaffirm the organization’s A-/ A3/A credit ratings.

Northwell raises $2.4 million to support research initiatives at the Feinstein Institute Summer Concert. American pop rock band One Republic headlined the private benefit.

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The Constellation Gala (formerly the Autumn Ball) raises a record $3 million for Lenox Hill Hospital, Lenox Hill Greenwich Village and Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. Idina Menzel performs at the event and CBS anchor Chris Wragge emcees.

The 24th Annual Women’s Health Luncheon and Fashion Show raises $728,000 for Northwell’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health. Fox 5 News anchor Kerry Drew emcees the event at the Americana Manhasset, which features three former patients and their treating physicians on the runway.

The Northwell Health Walk expands to Manhattan and Staten Island, in addition to its Jones Beach location. The Walk raises a record-breaking $506,000 and participation increases by 25 percent with 7,500 walkers.

Huntington Hospital celebrates 100 years with a record-setting year and raises more than $4.5 million. The Centennial Gala raises more than $720,000 with 470 attendees and the Centennial Golf Classic attracts 280 golfers and raises $437,000 for the new emergency department, opening in January 2017.

– More than 1,500 participate in Long Island’s Eighth Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk, which raises nearly $100,000 to benefit the Northwell Brain Aneurysm Center and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Lenox Hill Hospital’s Auxiliary raises more than $70,000 for neurology research at its annual benefit. The event features a Q&A with Souhel Najjar, MD, Northwell’s senior vice president and executive director of neurology, and chair of neurology at Lenox Hill, Staten Island University Hospital and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, and Susannah Cahalan, a New York Post reporter who suffered from a rare automimmune disorder.

– Nearly 400 participants help raise nearly $30,000 for Plainview and Syosset hospitals during the Heart & Sole 5K. The event honored the late Judy Jacobs, Northwell’s director of community relations and a long-time Nassau County legislator.