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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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