Local hospitals seeks to further their patient care services



Northwell Hospital is locted in Manhasset. The hospital recently received a grant, which will be used to expand upon the care which they can offer to HIV patients.

Serena Tapia, Staff Writer

Several hospitals on Long Island have decided to take a large step toward implementing new medical advances, in order to address two important medical concerns.  One of these institutions is NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, which has recently partnered with NYU Langone Hospital.
Both hospitals have decided to work together and incorporate cardiovascular treatment on diseases such as vessel disease, heart rhythm problems, also known as arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, amongst others.
Additionally, these two hospitals have benefited patients by giving them the option to be evaluated for a possible heart transplant while also being treated for their condition.
“Heart transplants can be very difficult for both the patient and the family which is why I believe that the NYU hospitals are not only helping in the medical aspect, but also in the emotional one by making this stressful moment a little easier for the patients to be near their loved ones,” said junior Anais Puentes.
In terms of the procedure, NYU Winthrop Hospital has been designated to be the center in charge of both pre- and post-surgical care while NYU Langone Hospital will be where the transplant services take place.
At NYU Langone Hospital, a team of doctors, nurses, and social workers will be in charge of evaluating patients who are enlisted for a transplant.  Dr. Nader Moazami, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been appointed to lead the process of bringing heart transplant services to Long Island.  The services that these two excellent NYU hospitals are offering will bring great benefit to not only our community, but others as well.
“It’s better because people don’t have to travel as far for treatment.  Also, more money can be used to treat more patients and work on better cures,” said senior Sean Lui.
In addition to the heart transplant services brought to Long Island, North Shore University Hospital has recently received a $837,935 grant towards HIV care which was given by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
These services, provided to infants, children, women, and family members infected with this disease, can be life changing.  Because of the grant that North Shore Hospital got, Long Islanders have an easy access to great health care, from the Young Adult Adolescent and Pediatric Health Center at the hospital, while also addressing the specific needs of each patient.
“I think that opportunities like these that offer medical assistance to people on Long Island are outstanding. I hope that these changes can do great things for the hospitals and their patients,” said junior Hannah Roth.
All of these medical advances have a great impact in both Long Island and our town; they bring assistance to those who need it and, in the long run, reduce mortality rates.  Both human immunodeficiency virus and heart disease are known for being very critical diseases which, without treatment, can bring bad consequences.
Both North Shore Hospital and NYU Winthrop Hospital services benefit the town by bringing the resources needed to aid these diseases to our community, allowing patients to feel close to their home and family.  Moreover, it gives patients a larger variety of hospital options from which to pick and feel more comfortable.
“Many people I know, including family in town, suffer from heart issues. Having a complicated procedure be relatively close by is reassuring if worse comes to worse.  For HIV, being able to provide care in order to halt aids is fantastic,” said junior Max Welsh.
All these medical advances are allowing our community to provide the necessary health care needed for both HIV and heart disease patients in Long Island.  Furthermore, bringing the option of heart transplants and HIV treatment shows that our community, as a whole, truly cares about its members.
“It can definitely impact our town by giving people with those issues a better way to treat their diseases and maybe even cure it,” said senior Stephanie Babayoff.