Find out about Free and Low Cost Events - Wood County

Posted by Mama Yauk Friday, July 29, 2011 0 comments

DIGITAL SIGNS tell “what’s up in Wisconsin Rapids?”Stretch your dollar! New digital signs in Wisconsin Rapidsdirect you to free and low-cost events and services.
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Job Center 
St. John’s Episcopal Church -
Neighborhood Table & Personal Essentials Pantry

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Health Events - Adams County

Posted by Mama Yauk Thursday, July 28, 2011 0 comments

Advance Directives
Does your family know your wishes regarding life-sustaining
procedures? Nira Fisher, Social Services Director at the hospital, holds
periodic programs to help individuals better understand advance directives,
explains how to fill out the paperwork and more. Call: (608) 339-8372.

Health Screenings
Glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and other screenings are offered

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809
 * * * Press Release ***
East Meadow, NY… Arthur A. Gianelli, President/CEO of the NuHealth System, is pleased to announce that ten physicians from the Nassau University Medical Center have been included in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top Doctors 2011. The physicians include:
Michael Balkin, MD, FACP, FACE endocrinologist with special expertise in diabetes, thyroid disorders, hirsutism osteoporosis, cholesterol/lipid disorders

Leonard O. Barrett, MD, FACS, DDG, FABI, heart surgeon with special expertise in chest trauma, esophageal tumors, critical care

Harriet Boxer, MD, FAAP, neonatologist with special expertise in prematurity/low birth weight infants, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)

Glenn Faust, MD, FACS, vascular surgeon with special expertise in carotid artery surgery, diabetic leg/foot, aneurysm-abdominal aortic, vein disorders

Marianne Frieri, MD, PhD, allergist-immunologist with special expertise in asthma, food allergy, immune deficiency, rhinitis, autoimmune disease

Alexander Hatsis, MD, FACS, ophthalmologist with special expertisein LASIK-refractive surgery, cataract surgery, corneal disease & surgery, keratoconus

Kenneth H. Hupart, MD, FACS, endocrinologist with special expertise in thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, diabetes, cholesterol/lipid disorders

Alan S. Multz, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM, pulmonologist with special expertise in sepsis, respiratory distress syndrome, critical care

David S. Rosenthal, MD, FACP, FACE, endocrinologist with special expertise in thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, thyroid disease, diabetes, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, adrenal disease

Dominick Sabatino, MD, FAAP, pediatric hematologist-oncologist with special expertise in Cooley’s anemia, thalassemia, sickle cell disease
In congratulating the ten physicians, Gianelli stated: “This outstanding honor is a testament to these physicians’ expertise in their respective fields, demonstrating NUMC’s commitment to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Thank you for helping us transform our health system into a model of modern patient care, gain national recognition for our progress and ensure that the NuHealth System continues to thrive for decades to come.”
U.S. News Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly's database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team. Consumers can search for a Top Doctor by location, hospital affiliation, and a full range of specialties and subspecialties. For decades, the Best Hospitals rankings have helped guide patients who need an especially high level of care to hospitals that excel in providing it. Top Doctors has a similar mission, helping consumers find the doctors in their area who come highly recommended by other physicians.
Castle Connolly assembled the roster of Top Doctors by soliciting nominations from physicians in academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional hospitals and physicians in private practice. Its research team then reviewed each nominee's training, achievements, and appointments, among other credentials.

NuHealth is a Long Island health care organization delivering essential medical care and disease and lifestyle management to everyone at every stage of life.  Also known as Nassau Health Care Corporation, NuHealth is a public benefit corporation managing the operations of Nassau Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care and a network of Family Health Centers that bring primary and specialty care out into the community.  By emphasizing wellness, cultural sensitivity and collaborative efforts with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NuHealth is working to make good care more affordable and easier to access.

Get hooked on saving lives.  Make a life saving decision to give blood when the American Red Cross Bloodmobile visits. For more information call Pat Mrotek at 743-3722.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

12 pm – 6 pm

Thorp Fire Hall


Thursday, August 18, 2011

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Clark County Health Care Center


Monday, August 22, 2011

11 am – 6 pm


NuHealth is Focused on Continuing Medical Education

Posted by Mama Yauk Monday, July 25, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809
 * * * Press Release * ** 

The Continuing Medical Education Committee's (CME) mission, with the support of Nassau Health Care Corporation will strive for excellence in patient care, education and research. We will strive to provide and support a wide range of high quality CME programs for the physician and allied health professionals in an ideal learning environment. The core foundation of our programs will be based on the latest accepted standards of care within the various fields of medicine, as well as scientific advancements in the study and practice of medicine. Our programs will foster safe, cost effective patient care with optimal outcomes, strong patient รข€“ physician relationships, and essential ties to the community. As a clinical campus for two medical schools, we will provide continuing education to its associates and community health professionals. As we strive to be the premier source of continuing education and ongoing training for physicians, we will be facilitators for nearby health institutions and the core of sponsorship for community programs.


  • To meet the professional, ethical and academic standards as required by the Accreditation Council for  Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
  • To provide and support clinical conferences, lecture symposiums and other educational programs addressing  vital public health issues such as bio-terrorism, that will enhance the knowledge and skills of our healthcare  professionals, resulting in high quality patient care.
  • To support prevention strategies, early diagnosis management, and treatment of all patients that enter this  institution.
  • To enable the practitioner to develop new clinical skills through self-directed education by using enduring  materials such as audiovisual media.
  • To promote accepted standards of care, including the latest scientific developments, both locally & regionally,  through interactive Internet activities, satellite broadcasting and video conferencing.
  • To assist nearby healthcare institutions with program development and the accreditation process.
  • To foster multi-disciplinary relationships among the professionals in order to provide excellent service to the  patient, the general public and outlying communities.
  • To assess continuing medical education needs based on an annual survey, QA recommendations, departmental  input, Ethics and other Committees of the Medical Staff Office.


Nassau University Medical Center (Nassau Health Care Corporation) is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York


Nassau University Medical Center sponsors a large number of continuing medical education programs, which generally run from September through June. Practicing physicians and other health care providers in virtually every specialty benefit from weekly lectures and daylong topical programs sponsored by the Medical Center each year. Faculty include our own and distinguished visiting professors. Most of these programs are available without cost to participants.


NuHealth Rolls Out Drug Discounts

Posted by Mama Yauk Wednesday, July 20, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809

Amid consumers’ ongoing problems affording prescription medications, the NuHealth System has implemented a trio of programs, including collaborations with drug stores, to lower the cost or provide free prescriptions for the needy.
The East Meadow-based parent of Nassau University Medical Center over the past year launched three programs designed to provide cheaper, or free, medications to those who qualify.
“We want to ensure that our vulnerable patients receive continued, affordable access to low cost medication,” NuHealth CEO Arthur A. Gianelli said.
The cost of prescription medications has long been a problem for many patients, particularly those who lack insurance and.
“Access to medications is a challenge to many of the patients we serve,” said Dr. Steven J. Walerstein, NuHealth’s executive vice president for medical affairs and medical director. “Our approach should help address this issue.”
NuHealth, in its most recent part of what Gianelli called a “three-pronged approach,” as of June 13 began  collaborating with Walgreens, which offers prescription medications to outpatients at a reduced cost through the federal “340B” drug pricing program.
The discounts are available to patients receiving treatment at NUMC’s outpatient center and one of NuHealth’s Federally Qualified Health Centers in Roosevelt, Hempstead, Westbury, Elmont and Freeport.
Karl Meehan, Walgreens’ vice president of health systems programs, said “this new relationship with NuHealth” will let Walgreens provide “convenient access to deeply discounted prescriptions” at 21 Walgreens pharmacies, including five 24-hour locations, on Long Island.
The federal government through its 304B program provides discounted drugs at thousands of facilities, certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as “covered entities.”
NuHealth in April began offering a SampleMD Program, providing patients with coupons to obtain free prescription medication from seven days to a month in pharmacies.
Marcelle Levy-Santoro, Nassau University Medical Center’s director of pharmacy, said the hospital became the first “demonstration site for Long Island” for this system. “I believe the program could have a great impact toward improving compliance and health care outcomes for patients in need,” he said.
Rochester, Mich.-based OPTIMIZERx Corp. developed SampleMD to let physicians print and electronically distribute prescription trial vouchers, co-pay coupons and other patient information from their computers.
Merck & Co., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Warner Chilcott Co. all work with SampleMD.
NuHealth last summer also launched its own Patient Assistance Program in which pharmacy staff provide medications free for eligible patients in the medical center’s service area. Gianelli said the hospital already provided about $600,000 in free medications through that initiative.
“For those who have no means of paying for their medications, NuHealth will process them [through the Patient Assistance Program] and help to obtain free medications for an indefinite period of time,” Gianelli said.
This article was originally written by Claude Solnik. View the original article HERE.

Support Groups - Adams County

Posted by Mama Yauk Tuesday, July 19, 2011 0 comments

Sept. 4: Smokey Visits the Park: Come visit with Smokey Bear and get your picture taken with him. Learn about his message and what you can do to prevent forest fires. Roche-A-Cri State Park, Adams-Friendship, Mound Shelter. (608) 565-2789. Call park office for times.

Most events require a park sticker; be sure to call first. To learn more about these events and other state park activities,

PORT EDWARDS--Christian Life Fellowship, 600 Seventh St., Port Edwards, will offer a summer kids event, "PandaMania - Where God is Wild about You," July 18 to 22. Children 4 years through sixth gradeare invited to attend. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
Kids at "PandaMania" also will collect nonperishable food items to fill the local food pantry. Cash donations will go to sponsor a

Classes offered to
expectant parents

about childbirth, feeding your baby and what to expect after delivery

Childbirth is an amazing, miraculous experience, and it
can be greatly enhanced by attending the classes offered by Mile Bluff Medical
Center’s Obstetrics (OB) Department. 
Mile Bluff provides this five-week educational program to help you prepare
for childbirth, make feeding

NuHealth's Roots Go Deep Into Long Island's History

Posted by Mama Yauk Wednesday, July 13, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809
Although NuHealth is a new name in regional health care, its roots go deep into Long Island's history. What began in 1935 as Meadowbrook Hospital — a 200-bed, general hospital in then-rural East Meadow, New York — has become part of a unique health organization with multiple centers of care and a commitment to deliver excellent essential care to everyone, at every stage of life.
Following a series of epidemics in the early decades of the 20th century, concerned citizens petitioned Nassau County to build "a public general hospital for the care and treatment of the sick in the County of Nassau". In early 1931, Nassau purchased a 75-acre site in the geographic center of the county, at a cost of $95,625. Over the next four years, the original four-story main building with its twin solariums, as well as eight outbuildings, rose from the potato farms of the Hempstead Plains. It would be the best equipped hospital in the county, and it bore what was a hefty price tag in the day — the buildings themselves cost almost $1.6 million, and the equipment and furnishings added another $178,000. On July 15, 1935, Meadowbrook Hospital finally admitted its first patient.
At that time, Nassau's entire population only just topped 300,000. During its first year of operation, Meadowbrook Hospital's staff of 330 treated fewer than 150 people a day as inpatients, seeing 560 patients in the emergency room and 813 in ambulatory patient clinics. But as the area developed, the hospital's proximity to the new and booming postwar community of Levittown ensured it an increasingly important role in Nassau's growth. The hospital expanded several times throughout the 40's and 50's, and celebrated its silver anniversary in 1960 with a two-story addition and the germ of an idea: to become a complete tertiary care, teaching medical center serving the needs of a population which reached one million that year. But it would be ten more years before Meadowbrook Hospital became the Nassau County Medical Center, and another four before its crowning achievement: the February 1974 opening of the 19-story, 1,000,000-square foot Dynamic Care Building…still Nassau's tallest building, and a familiar Long Island landmark.
More than the region's "safety net" hospital, NCMC became Nassau's premier Level I Trauma Center, and continued to add programs and services to meet the public's needs, including the county's only complete, state-of-the-art burn center. It also has a strong educational commitment, and has provided thousands of young physicians, nurses and other health care professionals with the opportunity to begin their careers working alongside experienced, talented professionals in a high-volume, fast-paced medical center. Today, the hospital, renamed the Nassau University Medical Center in acknowledgement of its academic associations, is affiliated with the North Shore/LIJ Health System, the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and the soon-to-open Hofstra University School of Medicine.
In early 1997, Nassau County and New York State worked to create a new public benefit corporation that would provide a more comprehensive approach to the region's public health planning. Governed by an independent Board of Directors, the Nassau Health Care Corporation was charged with managing the operations of Nassau University Medical Center as well as the county-run A. Holly Patterson Extended Care facility, the infirmary at the County Jail, and the county's neighborhood health clinics. On September 29, 1999, the newly assembled Board of Directors held their first official meeting.
Today, Nassau Health Care Corporation is making good on its promise and entering its second decade with a renewed purpose — and a new name that honors both its past and its new vision for health care delivery in the region. As NuHealth, this 1,200-bed health care system is moving toward a new model of care that emphasizes excellent essential hospital and ambulatory services, primary care in the community, shared responsibility for wellness, a continuum of care and integrated delivery of specialty services. And a short look at some of its recent accomplishments makes one thing clear: NuHealth isn't just talking change. It's taking action to bring better care and coverage to more people than ever before.                                                                

Letter From the CEO of NuHealth

Posted by Mama Yauk Tuesday, July 12, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809
                                                                                                                              Dear Friends:
                                                                  By any measure, the last few years have been marked by solid financial results and expansive growth for NuHealth.  We demonstrably improved the quality of care we provide our patients, as measured by numerous awards and citations.  We strengthened our academic standing and our ability to attract the best physicians and staff.  We made significant progress in modernizing our facilities and laying the groundwork for substantial real estate development now and into the future.  We extended our ongoing alliance with the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  And as we celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2010, we move forward with a new name—and with it, a commitment to deliver great essential health care to everyone, at every stage of life.
                                                                                                                              I’m proud to report that, for the first time since its creation in 1999 as a public benefit corporation, NuHealth ended the year 2009 in the black with a surplus of $804,000. The ongoing sustaining initiatives that we’ve implemented over the past decade have improved our bottom line to provide financial stability, demonstrating that our strategic plan—which includes investments designed to modernize our facilities and improve the quality of care we provide our patients—have produced positive results.
NuHealth’s four-year modernization plan, funded in part with $93.9 million from the Nassau County Tobacco Securitization Program and New York State HEAL grants, has helped with a number of major construction projects.  These include a new emergency department, A. Holly Patterson nursing home, health centers in Roosevelt and Hempstead, and a veteran’s outpatient center, as well as renovations at the Nassau University Medical Center.
Thinking Big
Changing our name to NuHealth was much more than just a matter of cosmetics.  It sends a signal that we’re making significant changes to our system, at a time when the landscape of health care is changing dramatically in the United States. To that effect, NuHealth is in the midst of a successful turnaround that began four years ago.  This turnaround is being fueled by a number of factors, among them funding that previously was not available, our aforementioned carefully constructed and well-executed strategic plan, and leadership across the board that believes in the system and what it can become.
As a public institution, NuHealth faces a number of challenges that are not shared by many other health care providers.  In particular, the demographics of the local community we serve in Nassau County mandate their own set of challenges.  More than half of our patients are on Medicaid, and there’s a preponderance of such afflictions as obesity, diabetes and other diseases associated with lower-income communities.  Combine this with the challenges we face due to an evolving health care scenario on both the national and local level, and it’s clear that the time for change had come.
Given this scenario, NuHealth is working hard to keep in step with—and in some cases, set the pace for—the changing paradigm of health care.  One of the ways we’re doing that is by developing a truly integrated system that eliminates redundancy and isolated pieces of information.  A concerted effort to improve communications among departments, streamline our operations and migrate to electronic medical records is helping to improve efficiency and maximize profits.  In addition, we continue to build and extend coordinated care networks that reach out to the community, include participating physicians outside of NuHealth, and help to provide better care to our patients throughout every stage of their lives.  This truly is a new way of doing things.  Hence our tagline: NuHealth—Together through life.
Together With North Shore-LIJ
NuHealth’s clinical integration with the North Shore-LIJ Health System is a good example of this philosophy in action.  Begun several years ago, this is a partnership that continues to flourish and expand its boundaries by integrating quality standards and establishing shared best practices. Much of the health care that NuHealth provides is of the “bread and butter” variety.  But in cases where highly specialized medical disciplines that are not among our resident capabilities are required, we can turn to North Shore-LIJ to supplement our services and provide a true continuity of care.
Numerous examples underscore this integration in action.  In conjunction with North Shore-LIJ, we’ve upgraded our cardiology capabilities to include defibrillator therapy and improvements to our heart failure services.  We now have a new full-time neurosurgeon on staff, contracted through North Shore-LIJ.  We’re in the process of jointly hiring a new pediatric cardiologist who will split time between both health systems to provide care for high-risk pregnancies that involve fetuses with heart problems.  We’re also integrating our pathology services, searching for a new department chairperson and building a blood bank service.  And in anesthesiology, we’re contracting with an independent group that also works with the North Shore-LIJ health system. All of these efforts merely mark the latest steps in building on a strong foundation of partnership and integration, raising the bar for NuHealth in particular and health care in general.
In closing, we’re excited about our prospects moving forward; the narrative of this report goes into more detail in describing the many steps we’re taking to effect positive change. In the end, health care is all about people, and we’re fortunate to have many outstanding physicians, nurses and staff members who are helping to shape the contours of NuHealth.  On their behalf, I want to thank the state and local governments, along with our many generous donors, for their continued support.  And I want to renew our pledge to our patients and community: simply put, we believe everyone has the right to great health care.   And we intend to provide it.

NuHealth is Officially Social Networking!

Posted by Mama Yauk Thursday, July 7, 2011 0 comments

Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554     516-572-5809

NuHealth, is now involved with all Social networking platforms such as, FacebookTwitterFoursquare, etc. NuHealth is a public benefit corporation committed to helping all Long Islanders get good health care and basic coverage. Also known as the Nassau Health Care Corporation, NuHealth operates through numerous Centers of Care to deliver coordinated medical care and disease and lifestyle management to everyone, at every stage of life.

Expanding our Social Media will now give patients opportunity to interact with NuHealth first hand. NuHealth will be announcing the latest news and updates via Facebook and Twitt
er, as well as daily information on our Blog. If you have not already done so, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and gain access to the latest specials NuHealth will be running on Foursquare. It has never been so easy to receive information, coupons, news, and much more!

To view the details NuHealth click HERE.

NuHealth is committed to delivering higher quality and more accessible, affordable, and patient-friendly health care here on Long Island.