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Orthopedics Moved From Glen Cove To Syosset

The orthopedics department of the North Shore Health Care System, which was housed at Glen Cove Hospital, has been relocated to Syosset Hospital, and the hospital has performed more than 116 orthopedic surgeries in the two weeks since it began operating on Feb. 10. 

 

Headed by Dr. Eugene Kraus, the orthopedics department occupies the entire west wing of the second floor of the hospital. 

 

Michael Fener, executive director of Syosset Hospital, said that more than 100 staff members from the Glen Cove orthopedics department have relocated to Syosset, and include RNs, “transporters,” booking staff members, and physical therapists.

 

Additionally, more than 100 “trays” containing specialized orthopedic equipment were moved to Syosset. The hospital contains six operating rooms that will accommodate orthopedic surgery patients as well as patients being treated for conditions in the three other areas of the hospital’s specialization: ophthalmology, bariatric surgery and chronic pain management.

 

Fener said that Glen Cove Hospital performed approximately 3,000 orthopedic surgeries a year, and Syosset is now equipped to handle this caseload.

 

Verona Henningpham, RN, nurse manager of the orthopedics unit, said she has a sufficient number of RNs to provide orthopedic care throughout the day and night.

 

 Relocation of the orthopedics unit was one major component of a revision of Glen Cove Hospital’s recently redefined mission, which was to convert the facility to a primarily ambulatory hospital with limited inpatient care.

 

Fener said that nation-wide, hospitals are focusing on providing primary care and wellness services, with emphases on reducing or eliminating readmissions of patients to hospitals and increasing at-home treatments. 

 

At the same time, Fener noted, ambulatory surgery has risen. Glen Cove Hospital will perform ambulatory surgery, and Syosset Hospital will perform ambulatory surgery for orthopedics.

 

Orthopedists who were affiliated with Glen Cove Hospital will continue to provide services to patients at Syosset Hospital. Fener said that North Shore-LIJ is investigating establishing medical offices closer to Syosset, in light of the movement from Glen Cove.

 

The restructuring of Glen Cove Hospital sparked uproar in the community served by the hospital. Residents feared that the restructuring was the start of a movement
to close the facility, which serves more than 76 000 people in Bayville, Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay in addition
to Glen Cove.

 

Administrators and doctors affiliated with the hospital assured residents that Glen Cove Hospital is maintaining “full service” to the community.

 

The North Shore-LIJ Health System comprises 16 hospitals in the New York metropolitan area and a number of health-care related facilities.

News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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