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Accomplished Rockville Centre Surgeon Dr. Luke K. LiCalzi, Dies

Posted: Dec. 13, 2017

One of South Nassau’s most revered general and vascular surgeons, Luke K. LiCalzi, MD, has passed away.  He was 68 years old. While his achievements were many during his illustrious 45-year career in medicine, Dr. LiCalzi will be remembered for his clinical leadership; surgical skill; commitment to excellence; and passion for the medical profession. “Dr. LiCalzi was an exemplary gentleman and physician,” said Dr. Rajiv Datta, Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of the Cancer P...

South Nassau is Only Long Island Hospital Named One of 100 Best for Orthopedics in the Nation, Out of 4,500 Surveyed by Healthgrades

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

South Nassau Communities Hospital is the only hospital on Long Island to achieve Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™, Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™, and 5-star ratings for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Hip Fracture Treatment in 2018. According to Healthgrades, orthopedic surgery at South Nassau is among the top 10% in the nation— in terms of favorable patient outcomes as measured by data reported to the federal government and compared to some 4,50...

South Nassau Opens Two New Modernized Surgical Suites

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017

Two new, larger operating rooms designed to accommodate leading-edge medical technology recently opened at South Nassau Communities Hospital, representing another phase in the hospital’s ongoing expansion project. The $7 million project converted storage space into two new, state-of-the-art operating rooms that can accommodate larger surgical teams, frees up floor space and lines of sight that will enhance communication among surgeons, nurses and support staff. Each new operating room features new equipm...

Ray Sultan, MD & Jason Esses, MD, FACC Join the Full-Time Faculty at South Nassau

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017

South Nassau Communities Hospital is pleased to announce that Ray Sultan, MD has joined the full-time faculty of South Nassau Physicians, PC and Jason Esses, MD, FACC has joined the full-time faculty of the Center for Cardiovascular Health at South Nassau. Our existing faculty, the Chairman of Surgery, Dr. Rajiv Datta, and Aaron E. Glatt, MD, Department Chair of Medicine, welcome Dr. Sultan and Dr. Esses to South Nassau Communities Hospital. Dr. Sultan is board-certified in urology. He obtained his medic...

South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll: Men Lag Behind Women in Cancer Screenings

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017

Men are less likely to receive potentially life-saving screenings for cancer, according to the latest South Nassau Truth in Medicine Poll of metro area residents. Women have a greater understanding and follow through on mammogram screenings than there is among men about prostate cancer screenings or among both genders about colon cancer screenings, the poll results show. Some 74 percent of women age 40 and older reported having a mammogram screening for breast cancer during the past year, the poll found....

South Nassau’s 5K Walk & Health Fair to Help Raise Funds for Cancer Care Free Health Screenings, Games, Food & Fall Fun for the Entire Family

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017

South Nassau Communities Hospital will host a fun-filled fall festival that will include a 5K Walk, Health Fair, games, food and entertainment on Sunday, October 22 to raise funds to support cancer patients at the hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center . The 5K Walk traverses the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital from 9 -10AM, and the Health Fair and Fall Festival will be held outside in the hospital’s parking lot from 10AM – 1PM.  Admission to both events is FREE . Bridgeview Nursi...

First Phase of $60 million Emergency Department Expansion is Completed

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017

A new 10-bed unit designed to reduce wait times in South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Emergency Department is set to open following a $4.5 million renovation, completing the first phase of a multi-year construction effort to expand a critical area of the hospital that serves 65,000 patients a year on the South Shore. The newly renovated Emergency Department annex, which previously was used for storage, will help maintain emergency service to the community as other parts of the Oceanside Emergency Depart...


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...


South Nassau is Top Performer Nationally in Use of Electronic Medical Records and Patient Safety According to Medicare

Posted: Dec. 21, 2014

Requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Enhance Patient Safety, Quality After months of meetings, meticulous planning sessions and detailed test runs, on October 27, South Nassau Communities Hospital became one of the first hospitals on Long Island and one among only 840 hospitals nationwide to complete the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Electronic Health Record Incentive Program attestation requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2). MU2 increases health information exchange between providers ...

Joint Commission Names South Nassau “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®”

Posted: Dec. 14, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the Joint Commission has named South Nassau Communities Hospital a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for its exemplary use of evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. South Nassau was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. "This recognition is a direct result of our commitment to our mission to provide the communities and patients we serve ...

$29,900 Gift Supports Breast and other Women’s Cancer Services for Underserved Women

Posted: Nov. 12, 2014

$29,900 Gift Supports Breast and other Women’s Cancer Services for Underserved Women The LI2Day Walk has awarded South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center with a $29,900 gift in support of its screening, early detection and diagnosis services for medically underserved and low income patients with suspected or confirmed cancers. This is the seventh consecutive year that LI2DAY has supported the program for a combined total of $203,400. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, 62...

Physician is More than a Specialist in Pain Management

Posted: Nov. 11, 2014

The Long Island Business News (LIBN) recently awarded its “Health Care Heroes” Physician Hero Award to Neil Kirschen, M.D., chief of pain management at South Nassau Communities Hospital. LIBN’s “Health Care Heroes” awards honor individuals and organizations in the health care industry in Nassau and Suffolk counties for outstanding leadership and commitment. An anesthesiologist and chief of pain management at South Nassau for more than a quarter-century, Dr. Kirschen runs several interventional pain manag...