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South Nassau Truth In Medicine Poll: Improper Use of Antibiotics Reported Among Some Area Residents

Posted: Apr. 4, 2017

Attitudes Differ Based on Gender, Race & Age. Some area residents say they pressure their doctors for antibiotics they don’t need, fail to finish antibiotics as they are prescribed and improperly dispose of leftover antibiotics, posing a potential threat to local water supplies, according to a new poll of New York City and Long Island residents. Use and misuse of antibiotics also varied significantly by age, gender and racial lines, the South Nassau Truth in Medicine poll of 600 metro area residents...

Medical Library Named, Dedicated in Honor of Former Medical Staff President Harbhajan Singh, MD

Posted: Feb. 14, 2017

A library is a reflection of the passion for lifelong learning, the search for answers and when either or both are attained, the reward of knowledge, understanding and discernment that is to the benefit of the individual as well as those served by the individual. So it was appropriate that on Friday, February 10 at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY, family, friends, physicians, hospital staff and board members joined together to celebrate the naming and dedication of the hospital’s medic...

South Nassau Receives $1 Million Donation from Feil Family Foundation

Posted: Feb. 8, 2017

Contribution Will Help Hospital Consolidate Cancer Services at Oceanside Campus. The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust has made a $1 million donation to South Nassau Communities Hospital that will help establish a new, expanded Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus in Oceanside. Currently, cancer services are spread over several different sites on the South Shore, making diagnosis and treatment services logistically challenging at times for patients. “We have an excellent cancer team right h...

Truth In Medicine Poll: One Third of Those With Flu Still Report to Work

Posted: Jan. 5, 2017

A third of workers who have the flu still report to work even though they are aware that the sometimes deadly disease is spread person to person, according to the results of a new public health survey of New York metro area residents. Men 50 years of age and older were more likely to report to work with the flu, the survey found, with 37 percent of men reporting that they had gone in to work despite having a flu diagnosis. By contrast, 28 percent of women 50 years of age or older reported that they went ...


National Awards Highlight South Nassau’s Service Excellence

Posted: Dec. 28, 2016

Home Care, Outpatient Dialysis, Stroke Programs Recognized for High-Performance. South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) received several prestigious national awards in 2016 for its commitment to quality and service excellence in the delivery of home health, dialysis and stroke care services. “These awards underscore our ongoing commitment to quality,” said Richard J. Murphy, president & CEO at South Nassau. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve patient care and patient satisfaction, so it’...

“Nurses 2B” Let’s High School Students Get a Head Start on Their Careers

Posted: Nov. 28, 2016

Late summer 2015, while on break for lunch, members of the nursing staff of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Pediatric Unit, also referred to as “2B” on the hospital’s campus map, delved into a deep discussion about the rising percentage of the nursing workforce nearing retirement age and the declining number of new nurses entering the profession. The discussion was prompted by the results of a 2013 survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The Forum of State Nursing Work...

2016 Annual Carnation Ball Raises $707,217 in Support of Emergency Department Expansion

Posted: Nov. 15, 2016

More than 630 supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital attended the Hospital’s 2016 Annual Carnation Ball held Saturday, November 5 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury. Participants helped raise a gross total of $707,217 (a net of $587,325), which will support South Nassau’s Emergency Department Expansion Campaign.  The campaign is a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative to help support a $60 million renovation and expansion of the Oceanside Emergency Department, serving all ...

Patients, Physicians Agree that Dr. Datta is One of “America’s Best Physicians”

Posted: Nov. 4, 2016

Prominent surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, has been named a 2016 “America’s Best Physician” by the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB). Physicians who earn the honor are recommended by peer physicians, patients, healthcare professionals or by the NCAB’s selection committee. “Dr. Datta is the epitome of a compassionate, expert, skilled physician,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau.  “His passion for his work and his commitment to providing standard-setting patient-cent...

FEMA Approves South Nassau’s Alternative Use Application to Expand Medical Services for South Shore of Nassau County

Posted: Oct. 26, 2016

Approval Paves Way for SNCH to Move Forward with Plans for its Long Beach Medical Arts Pavilion, Southwest Addition to the Hospital. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved South Nassau’s plan to improve medical services for the South Shore of Nassau County by expanding Emergency Services in Long Beach and investing FEMA funds at the hospital’s Oceanside campus to improve care for some 900,000 area residents. The FEMA approval of South Nassau’s plan will allow the hospital to move for...

Paul Black, Allscripts CEO, & RATP’s Helena Williams Among Honorees at South Nassau’s 2016 Carnation Ball

Posted: Oct. 26, 2016

Trauma nurse Margaret Puya, RN, Wins Cupola Ward; Community Honoree Award Goes To Retired Vascular Surgeon Luke LiCalzi, MD. Paul M. Black, chief executive officer of Allscripts, a global leader in healthcare information technology solutions, has been named the Corporate Honoree of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 2016 Annual Carnation Ball while former LIRR President Helena E. Williams was named the Mary Pearson Award recipient. Two South Nassau health care leaders, Dr. Luke K. LiCalzi of Rockville C...

South Nassau Supporters Donate $56K to Feil Cancer Center To Support Patients Undergoing Treatment

Posted: Oct. 14, 2016

South Nassau supporters who participated in the hospital’s 5K Walk last month donated more than $56,000 to the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center in Valley Stream this week to help patients undergoing cancer treatments and to expand cancer education efforts. More than 250 residents completed a 3.1-mile walk through Baldwin and Oceanside and used Internet-based Crowdrise to raise the funds, which along with event sponsorships, grossed more than $76,000. The staff of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Canc...


South Nassau Launches ‘Truth in Medicine’ Ad Campaign To Help Health Care Consumers Decipher Fact from Fiction

Posted: Nov. 30, 2015

Does dyeing your hair increase your risk of cancer? Does a heart attack feel like an elephant is sitting on your chest? Will you be less active after joint replacement surgery? Is having a leaky bladder during exercise normal? Do older adults need less sleep? The answers to those questions, which are posed in a new, multi-faceted South Nassau Communities Hospital advertising campaign called ‘Truth in Medicine’, can be found at In addition to addressing those specific questions, ...

Becker’s Names South Nassau to Its 2015 List of 100 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs

Posted: Oct. 31, 2015

South Nassau Communities Hospital is the only Long Island-based hospital to be named to the Becker's Hospital Review 2015 listing of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs.” Recently awarded the prestigious American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, South Nassau was selected for inclusion in the list based on a number of factors, including clinical outcomes, clinical expertise, cancer research and patient care and safety. "South Nassau is a m...

Developer Bruce Ratner To Be Honored at South Nassau’s 2015 Carnation Ball

Posted: Sep. 27, 2015

Emergency Department Chair Dr. Josh Kugler to Receive Hospital’s Mary Pearson Award Bruce C. Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, has agreed to be the honoree of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 2015 Annual Carnation Ball to be held Saturday, November 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The hospital also named Joshua Kugler, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, South Nassau’s chair of the department of emergency medicine, as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Mary Pearson Aw...