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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

There is a new psychic medium on the North Shore of Long Island to compete with the original “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. Her name is Mary Drew and she has been working for more than a decade doing private readings. Recently, Drew has expanded her horizons and has been conducting readings at restaurants, public events and fundraisers.

“I discovered my ability to speak and to hear the deceased voices when I was 10 years old,” said Drew, who grew up in Brookville and now resides in Glen Cove. “The first deceased person I had an encounter with was my grandmother and it was a very profound experience, to say the least.”

The Oyster Bay Charitable Fund and the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosted the annual Oyster Festival “Kick-Off” press conference on Friday, Aug. 15 at the flagpole in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

In attendance were NY State Senator Carl Marcelino and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, both Honorary Oyster Festival Chairmen; Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Chris J. Coshignano; Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michelle Johnson; Oyster Bay Town Councilman Joseph Pinto; Oyster Bay Rotary President Judy Wasilchuk; Verizon Title Sponsor Representative, Director of Government Affairs Patrick Lespinasse; Executive Director, h2empower, African Studies Specialist Helen Boxwill; Oyster Festival Sports Representative James Werner; Long Island Rough Riders Representative Sarah Culmo and Emcee Harlan Friedman.

The 31st annual Oyster Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


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Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

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