Keeping Glen Cove Hospital Open
• Loriann Cody
After numerous rallies, a letter campaign, petitions, and a doctor-led lawsuit to keep Glen Cove Hospital full-service with inpatient beds, the halls at the hospital are surprisingly empty. The community must use the hospital to show NSLIJ management that it continues to serve a vital need and should remain open into the future.
The American Hospital Association reports Glen Cove Hospital emergency room had between 20,000 -21,000 visits in the past year, so the community is still using the ER. Inpatient services is another matter.
According to the NSLIJ Glen Cove website http://www.northshorelij.com/hospitals/location/glen-cove-hospital-based-services the array of inpatient services the hospital offers continues to meet the care needed for local residents at their most critical time. Offered are:
• Ambulatory Surgery
• Cancer Care
• Clinical Decision Unit
• Digestive Disorder Center
• Emergent Surgery
• Endoscopy Services
• Family Medicine
• Hospitalist Medicine
• Imaging Services
• Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation.
Inpatient surgeries include:
• Colon resections
• Mastectomies with and without reconstruction
The doctors I spoke with are asking their patients to request any needed outpatient services or ambulatory procedures be performed at the hospital. It is expected that ambulatory surgeries will increase at the hospital over the next months. They include (but are not limited to): breast and reconstructive breast surgery, balloon sinusplasty, a less-invasive procedure for sinus surgery, most advanced methods of cataract surgery, general surgery such as hernia repair and gallbladder surgery, and some minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, incontinence procedures, the TURP button procedure used to treat enlarged prostate, and lithotripsy procedures for patients with kidney stones. Vascular surgery procedures for vascular access for diabetic foot care and varicose vein treatment, and podiatric surgery such as bunionectomy, hammer toe repair, and foot wound care.
The Don Monti Cancer Center, part of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, isn’t going anywhere. The program features a multidisciplinary team of specialists providing care in the fields of medical oncology, hematology, radiation medicine, surgical oncology, imaging, pathology, nursing (including certified oncology nurses), nutrition, rehabilitation, education and community outreach. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, part of the American College of Surgeons.
Personalized medical services are available for patients of all ages at the Family Medicine Center (FMC). Everything at the FMC revolves around the patient and his or her family. Many staff members are bilingual, Spanish-speaking to assist the Spanish-speaking population. The center is open Monday through Saturday, and has plans to expand hours of operation. Physicians also are available 24/7 by phone for consultation. In the future, the Family Medicine Center will add Behavioral Health and Ophthalmology to their comprehensive program. Glen Cove provides dental health services and there are plans to enhance services. To schedule an appointment at the FMC call 516-674-7631.
The new (relatively) 10,000 square-feet Brain Injury Unit (BIU) remains at GC. It is the only New York State-designated, hospital-based, adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
Though Orthopedics has moved to Syosset Hospital, new equipment has been ordered
as Glen Cove will resume doing hip fracture surgery.
Executive Director Susan Kwiatek confirms, “All the changes we have implemented so far have been in response to national trends in healthcare. As those trends shift the focus from treating illness to wellness and prevention, we are positioning ourselves to better provide healthcare to the community we serve.”
The story here is ‘use it or lose it.’ Schedule any upcoming procedures at Glen Cove Hospital. Encourage your doctor to request just that. By using the hospital for routine bloodwork and x-rays, and having outpatient/ambulatory procedures, such as a colonoscopy or hernia repair, we can keep Glen Cove Hospital as a viable community institution.
• Victoria Siegel
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Bayville held its Organizational Meeting on July 14, at 7:30 PM, with Mayor Rupp making the following appointments:
Harris Beach PLLC, as Village Attorney on an annual retainer of $30,000 with an hourly rate of $200 for services outside of scope in the proposal. Maria Alfano-Hardy re-appointed as Village Clerk-Treasurer. Christopher Vivona re-appointed as Deputy Village Clerk-Treasurer.
Fred Mei, Jr. and Anthony Guistino were re-appointed as Prosecuting Attorney for the Village Justice Court. John Kennedy as Acting Village Justice.
Bea Rupp, Kim Caron, Margaret Marchand appointed to the Recreation Commission. Greg Reisiger, Charles Corso, and Joe Paniagis re-appointed to the Architectural Review board. Charles Corso appointed as Chairperson.
Sarah Jansen re-appointed as Chairperson of the Bayville Environmental Conservation Commission. John Notaro re-appointed as Chairperson of the Planning board and Charles Corso re-appointed as Ad Hoc member.
Andrew Mossa and Louis Pillari re-appointed as members of the Cemetery Board. Pat Oliver, Mary Donna Kappel, Jamie Scott, and Margaret Marchand appointed as members of the Garden/Beautification Committee and Celeste Pinkerton, Donna Riso, and Catherine Maywald re-appointed as members.
Paul Nardone appointed as member of Zoning Board of Appeal, John Brusella re-appointed as member. Gene Pileggi re-appointed as Chairperson and Barry Lamb appointed as Ad hoc member.
The Village Board accepted the resignation of Nick Campagnola as member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Leader and the Oyster Bay Guardian were designated as the official newspapers of the Village of Bayville.
Trustee Joe Russo was appointed Deputy Mayor.
With the completion of the appointments the Village Board conducted a regular meeting, which drew an inquiry from the Newsday reporter present as to why the board was going into executive session. The reporter stated that the purpose given did not conform to New York State law. The Village Attorney, Keith Corbett, did not appear to convince the reporter of the compliance.
Photos by Victoria Siegel