01/31/15 6:00am
01/31/2015 6:00 AM

‘Glow Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer,’ a PBMC Health fundraiser for the Long Island 2Day Walk, will take place Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. Admission is $20 per person, which includes three hours of glow bowling, shoe rental, DJ music, two pizza slices and soda. There will also be “red pin” prizes, raffles, a 50/50 and giveaways. Call 369-2770 by Feb. 6 to register. (more…)

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01/29/15 8:00am
01/29/2015 8:00 AM
A blood drive is being held at North Shore Christian Church on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

A blood drive is being held at North Shore Christian Church on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

With blizzard conditions sweeping the region this week, the last thing on many people’s minds has been donating blood — and it’s created the largest loss of blood donations since Hurricane Sandy, according to New York Blood Center officials. (more…)

01/27/15 3:00am
01/27/2015 3:00 AM

Father Piotr Narkiewicz and Father Robert Kuznik shovel the front steps of St. Isidore’s Church during a snowstorm earlier this year. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)

I stepped outside, shovel in hand, and eyed my very snow-worthy Jeep.

But I was overconfident.

As I began to dig into the white stuff, I soon realized I had underestimated the 10 or 12 feet I had to remove in order to actually access my car. Being the overeager newbie reporter that I am, I had unwittingly offered to take photos of the freshly fallen snow, aptly timed as the first task of my morning — or so I thought. (more…)

01/21/15 12:00pm
01/21/2015 12:00 PM

Despite news that Southampton Hospital is one step closer to merging with Stony Brook University Medical Center, officials of the East End Health Alliance say their association with the South Fork hospital is intact — at least for now.

Formation of the Alliance — established in part to offer community hospitals better leverage in dealing with large insurance companies and to minimize competition among facilities — was recommended in a 2006 report by the Berger Commission, a state panel that examines health care capacity and resources in New York State.

Last Tuesday, the State University of New York Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with an affiliation that, once finalized, will allow Southampton Hospital to provide care under Stony Brook’s state operating license.

Any agreement would require the approval of multiple state regulatory authorities, including the state Department of Health, Attorney General’s office and state comptroller, according to a Stony Brook press release about the decision.

Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital — the other members of the East End Health Alliance — are also pursuing affiliations with a larger health system and are currently in talks with both Stony Brook and North Shore-LIJ.

If all three East End hospitals do not choose to align with the same larger system, “the Alliance would disestablish,” said ELIH president and CEO Paul Connor, an Alliance spokesman.

Alliance members met most recently Dec. 14, when they finalized a new contract with Empire Blue Cross that took effect Jan. 1, Mr. Connor said.

“No determination has been made to end the Alliance,” he added.

Disbanding it would require coordinated meetings and conversations by the organization’s board, said Demetrios Kadenas, chief development officer for PBMC Health.

The potential mergers are a response to new insurance reimbursement methods brought about by the Affordable Care Act, which now place a value on the quality and outcomes of care provided instead of the extent of care, Mr. Connor said in a release.

“ELIH has much to gain in terms of financial stability by partnering with one of these [larger systems],” he said.

Stony Brook officials are now working to file a Certificate of Need with the state health department that will be evaluated to ensure services align with community needs, according to the health department website.

Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of PBMC Health, said that “as an integral member of the East End Health Alliance, we look forward to reviewing the Southampton Hospital-Stony Brook transaction when it is brought forward to the Alliance.”

Mr. Kadenas said Southampton Hospital’s affiliation “currently has no impact on PBMC Health and does not affect any current collaboration between PBMC Health and [Stony Brook].”

Mr. Connor added, “Until Stony Brook and Southampton gain all the requisite approvals, ELIH will not be impacted.”


01/18/15 7:00am
01/18/2015 7:00 AM

Sipping bone broth: good or bad for you?

One new trend popping up in some health circles is sipping broth made by boiling the bare bones of chicken and other types of meat.

A quick Google search of “bone broth” describes the elixir as an immune-boosting, digestion-improving, cellulite-busting remedy that will even leave you with a dewy, wrinkle-free complexion — though those benefits can change depending on who you ask. (more…)

01/15/15 8:00am
01/15/2015 8:00 AM
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference this week with elected officials. (Credit: Courtesy)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a Monday press conference with elected officials. (Credit: Courtesy)

In the ongoing effort to combat the growing use of heroin across Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Monday announced a new strategy aimed at making a special drug more accessible to addicts at treatment centers and county facilities — though experts warn it’s no panacea.


01/11/15 7:00am
01/11/2015 7:00 AM
Maximus Health & Fitness owners Frank Distefano (from left) and Phil Durinck look on as personal trainer Greg Trent tries out one of the new LifeCycle GX spin bikes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Maximus Health & Fitness owners Frank Distefano (from left) and Phil Durinck look on as personal trainer Greg Trent tries out one of the new LifeCycle GX spin bikes in May. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

So, it’s that time again. The calendar flips to another year and you announce and start to make good on your New Year’s resolution.

Often, that resolution is a commitment to improving one’s health, whether it be quitting smoking, losing a few pounds or watching what you eat. (more…)

01/06/15 12:00pm
01/06/2015 12:00 PM
A female deer tick (Credit: Dan Gilrein, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)

A female deer tick (Credit: Dan Gilrein, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County)

Chronic Lyme disease patients are now one step closer to being able to access a wider range of treatments, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month signed a new law protecting physicians who use treatment options outside federal guidelines.

As with any disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had developed guidelines for treating Lyme, but the CDC guidelines have long created dilemmas for doctors who want to help Lyme patients, since rendering treatment outside the guidelines could leave doctors liable for investigations by the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct. (more…)