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Orthopedics Moved

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

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.

Snouder’s Corner Drugstore is up for sale by Laffey Fine Homes. Patrick J. Valente, licensed associate broker said, “I just showed it yesterday morning to an interested buyer.” He said the asking price is $995,000, “just short of a million” and added, “everything’s negotiable today.”

Valente said, “It’s a great building, a town landmark and it does need work. It would be great for retail and maybe offices are a possibility. The heating plant is working and the taxes are a little under $40,000.”


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


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