North Shore University Hospital

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North Shore University Hospital
North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) is one of the cornerstones of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, as well as an academic campus for the New York University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A Level I Trauma Center, the hospital has 788 beds, and a staff of more than 3,000 specialty and subspecialty physicians. It offers advanced care in all medical and surgical specialties, including cardiovascular services, cancer care, orthopedics, maternal-fetal medicine and a full array of women's health services. In addition, the hospital offers advanced neuroscience capabilities, including the Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience. These include the Chiari Institute, Movement Disorders Institute, Brain Tumor Institute, Brain Aneurysm Center, Headache Center and Spine Center as well as a state-designated stroke center. NSUH also excels in intensive care for newborn and pediatric patients. The NSUH campus is home to The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.


The hospital
North Shore Hospital was built on 12 acres (49,000 m 2) of land donated by John Hay Whitney. The hospital's groundbreaking ceremony occurred on May 6, 1951 and was televised by NBC. With an inpatient capacity of 169 beds, the hospital opened its doors to patients on July 27, 1953. The addition of the Payson-Whitney Pavilion in 1963 increased the inpatient capacity of the hospital to a total of 286 beds. Between 1969 and 1976, the hospital underwent many structural changes as the Cohen Pavilion and the Levitt Ambulatory Care Clinic were created. Additionally, the Payson-Whitney Pavilion grew to ten stories gaining its current name the Payson-Whitney Tower (now just Tower Pavilion). This brought the inpatient capacity of the hospital to a total of 512 beds. In 1992, the opening of the Don Monti Pavilion resulted in the current inpatient capacity of 731 beds. In 2006, North Shore University Hospital named its campus in honor of its greatest benefactor and trustee, Sandra Atlas Bass.

The health system
In 1990 the hospital expanded its borders beyond the current campus when The Community Hospital at Glen Cove (now Glen Cove Hospital - The Mildred and Frank Feinberg Campus) merged with North Shore University Hospital forming the North Shore Health System. The North Shore Health System continued to expand its borders to other communities on Long Island over the next several years as Franklin Hospital Medical Center (now Franklin Hospital), Central General Hospital (now Plainview Hospital) and LaGuardia Hospital (now Forest Hills Hospital) merged with the North Shore Health System. In 1997, North Shore Health System Chairman Saul Katz, North Shore Health System CEO Jack Gallagher, Long Island Jewish(LIJ)Medical Center Chairman Roy Zuckerberg and LIJ President Dr. David Dantzker signed an agreement to merge the two largest medical centers on Long Island. The merger created the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the third largest non-profit secular healthcare system in the United States, based on number of beds .

North Shore Hospital was transformed from a community hospital to a major academic center in 1969 after it formed an affiliation with Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Medical College of Cornell University) and changed its name to North Shore University Hospital. In 1994, the hospital forged a new academic affiliation with NYU School of Medicine. Its current affiliation with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine began after its merger with Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ). LIJ Medical Center is the Long Island campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. North Shore University Hospital also has formal agreements for student clinical rotations with New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, and SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook. In addition to undergraduate medical education, the North Shore-LIJ Health System provides graduate medical education to over 1200 residents and fellows through its 90 residency and fellowship training programs . In October 2007, Hofstra University announced that it will open New York State's first new medical school since 1963, in partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The Hofstra University School of Medicine is scheduled to open in 2011. It will be the only medical school in Nassau County, Long Island to grant the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.

Patient care
The hospital admits over 61,000 patients each year. The surgical staff performs over 27,000 operations yearly. The obstetrics service handles over 5,700 births each year. Approximately 4,700 gynecologic procedures are performed annually at the hospital. Money magazine has ranked NSUH's cardiac services among the best in the nation. Also, according to New York State’s latest report, the hospital has one of the lowest risk- adjusted mortality rates for angioplasty in the New York State.

The hospital has been recognized by several external organizations and agencies for excellence and patient care:
  • Ranked number one hospital on Long Island by Newsday
  • Number one hospital in New York State for survival rate among heart patients who have undergone angioplasty
  • Number one hospital in America by AARP magazine , the largest circulation magazine in the United States
  • Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals for recognition as a major teaching hospital for the first time by Modern Healthcare Magazine

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