LEAC keeps our hospitals in top health

With 13 hospitals and more than 8,000 doctors, our County healthcare system includes the best rated health and hospital facilities in the nation—LEAC is looking to keep it that way.

Nassau County’s stellar healthcare system includes the award-winning North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (the County’s largest health care provider), the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, award winning Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, South Nassau Communities Hospital, and the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

While our hospitals keep our residents in top health, our County’s scientists keep the industry on the forefront of innovation. We benefit from a major research presence in the biological sciences industry. In fact, the structure of DNA discovery was announced at Nassau County’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where 2,000 scientists and students – including seven Nobel Prize winners – currently work to solve medicine’s most pressing concerns.

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Winthrop-University Hospital are two award-winning research and teaching hospitals that ensure Nassau County maintains its competitive edge in healthcare. In fact, Winthrop-University Hospital is currently constructing a new $55 million, 71,000-square foot research center which will focus initially on diabetes and obesity. Winthrop has recruited specialists from all over the country to take part in the efforts to cure diabetes at the research center, which is scheduled to open in 2014. LEAC looks forward to what the future holds for the health of our County and the globe.

Launching medical research centers is just one of the ways LEAC is helping our County’s leading healthcare providers.

CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES OF LONG ISLAND, INC.

Founded in 1997, the Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Inc. (CHS) continues to be one of our community’s major employers with a staff of more than 17,500 individuals. With a system that spans across six hospitals and three nursing homes, CHS also acts as a source for regional home care for persons with special needs.

However, providing such high-standard community healthcare comes with rising costs. That’s why CHS turned to LEAC to fund its renovation of St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. With LEAC’s $67.8 million in financial assistance, St. Francis Hospital was able to equip its facilities with ultra sound videos and processors, anesthesia machines, video laparoscopes, endoscopic video towers for operating rooms and more.

With nearly $38 million in financial assistance from LEAC, Mercy Medical Center was also able to modernize its facilities. The money saved with LEAC went towards upgrading the center’s most innovative facilities such as the “Brain Lab” and MRI suite, as well as the most basic needs like additional beds. LEAC’s assistance also enabled Mercy Medical Center to pioneer the Miracle Building, which provides care for underserved communities so that more than 35,000 cancer patients can find care locally. Mercy Medical Center and LEAC understand that hosting a nearby cancer center helps courageous patients benefit from the comfort and care of the community.

The combination of LEAC’s care and CHS’ passion for healthcare has eased the burden of the thousands who walk through their doors. With the upgrades and additions, LEAC and CHS will be able to help thousands more for years to come.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

As Long Island’s first voluntary hospital, Winthrop University Hospital has more than a century of experience in caring for the community. Founded by a group of local physicians and citizens in 1896, the university-affiliated medical center and New York State-designated regional trauma center offers top-notch care in multiple specialties of healthcare.

With a staff of doctors, nurses and voluntary medical workers, Winthrop University Hospital attends to more than 66,000 emergency visits, performs 4,892 cardiac catheterizations and conducts more than 18,500 surgical procedures annually. So when Winthrop University Hospital decided to expand its facilities to meet the growing needs of the County, LEAC helped them secure a 95,000 square feet medical research building.

The newly constructed research building will provide Winthrop University Hospital with clinical research space, science research rooms and support space. The added square footage also means that Winthrop University Hospital scientists can ramp up their research in cardiovascular health, cancer, neuroscience, pulmonology and more. The research facility will also provide space for new and merging talent, as the Hospital plans to accept up to 80 new medical students from the local Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

The $65 million facility will also bring the community nearly 600 new jobs, 45 of which will be in research and technology.