Around the Network

The expansive Cancer Institute at Great South Bay in Bay Shore will give patients access to medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation therapy services.

Suffolk Network Expansion

The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute is significantly expanding its resources in the Suffolk region. In 2016, a new 40,000-square-foot facility at Great South Bay on Main Street in Bay Shore will offer full cancer and imaging services, including:

• A Medical Oncology Division with disease-oriented cancer specialists.

Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy treatments, as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

• A new Department of Radiation Medicine location, with a wide range of innovative radiation therapy and brachytherapy services.

• A surgical oncology team skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures and robotic-assisted techniques and treating rare, complex tumors as well as common malignancies.

• Co-located with the Cancer Institute at Great South Bay is the North Shore-LIJ Imaging Center at Bay Shore. This full-service, convenient facility offers up-to-the-minute technology plus an interventional radiology suite for testing and procedures. Staffed by the largest group of subspecialized, fellowship-trained radiologists in the area, North Shore-LIJ’s diagnostic imaging services offer Long Island’s only American College of Radiology- accredited Centers of Excellence.

Jeannine Villella, DO, Joins Cancer Institute

The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital recently welcomed Jeannine Villella, DO, as chief of gynecologic oncology. She will also serve as associate professor at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Board-certified in gynecologic oncology, Dr. Villella performs minimally invasive and radical surgical procedures and administers chemotherapy. Furthermore, she collaborates on comprehensive gynecologic cancer care with Lenox Hill’s Women’s Cancer Center.

Dr. Villella’s clinical practice parallels her innovative research in ovarian cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Villella will offer patients not only expert clinical care for gynecologic cancers, but also access to innovative clinical trials. Her current research focuses on developing novel, immunotherapeutic approaches for ovarian cancer through vaccine trials. She also works to improve outcomes of ovarian cancer patients by participating on the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists’ Clinical Practice Committee and the Gynecologic Oncology Group’s Vaccine Committee.

“Dr. Villella is well-published in the field of gynecologic oncology, and she will enhance our already exceptional gynecologic oncology research and clinical program,” said George Raptis, MD, acting executive director of the Cancer Institute.

“In an accelerating, transformative health care environment, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute at Lenox Hill is committed to providing innovative interdisciplinary and collaborative paradigms to deliver the very best care to gynecologic cancer patients,” said Dr. Villella.

A Sunny, Airy Space for Hematology/Oncology Care

The refreshed Hematology/Oncology Unit at Huntington Hospital is making a big difference for patients and their loved ones. New windows and revamped lighting give the space a sunny, airy feel. New floors and beautifully tiled bathrooms enhance completely renovated patient rooms, with new equipment including the nurse-call system. Sleep chairs let family members stay overnight comfortably. Special flooring material in the hall abates sound, helping to enhance a calmer environment.

Patients and visitors can unwind quietly or, if they prefer, enjoy some diversion via upgraded flat-screen monitors and DVD players or computer access via the two patient/family lounges. An outdoor veranda offers tables, chairs and umbrellas, plus planters filled with blooming flowers.

A larger infusion room makes the space more amenable, and the chemotherapy bays offer comfortable new infusion chairs, individual TVs, new windows and floors, and staff who focus on making each visit as pleasing as possible.

The makeover was possible thanks to funding from the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, the Friends of TJ Foundation, and proceeds from events sponsored by supporters.

Outstanding Cancer Achievement

The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Cancer Institute at SIUH is one of only 75 US health care facilities to receive the national honor.

The award acknowledges the Cancer Institute at SIUH for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The Commission on Cancer evaluated cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. To qualify, the Cancer Institute at SIUH had to achieve commendation-level ratings for seven Commissions on Cancer standards.

Raising Funds, Hope and Heart Rates

The Step-by-Step Charitable Foundation raises funds to defeat all types of cancers, and you can see ’em sweat doing it. In its second year of partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, the group has worked to defeat cancer by raising funds through running competitions since 2002.

The Long Island-based nonprofit provides an in-depth training program for athletes of all skills. The goal is to participate in and finish at least one endurance race event. Step-by-Step runners committed to raising at least $750 for May’s Long Island Marathon or Long Island Half-Marathon or $400 for the Long Island 10K. For the Ocean-to-Sound Relay Race in September, teams of eight runners will run six- to seven-mile legs between Jones Beach and Oyster Bay for a 50-mile total, with a minimum fundraising goal of $250 each.

After giving to many different cancer organizations over the years, Step-by-Step decided to find one Long Island cancer organization to support every year, said Joe Bencivenga, Step-by-Step’s founder. “The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute was the clear winner in our search. Participation is increasing this year, and it’s fantastic to see so many Cancer Institute clinicians and others from the North Shore-LIJ Health System participate.”

Last year, participants raised $25,000 for the North Shore- LIJ Cancer Institute’s pediatric brain cancer research/advocacy efforts. In 2015, Step-by-Step is raising funds for the Cancer Institute’s gastrointestinal research and treatment programs. Gastrointestinal cancers can affect the stomach, esophagus, colon/ rectum, pancreas and gallbladder.

“Step-by-Step’s relationship with us is so meaningful because it’s rare for an organization to put their full faith in a single partner for maximum impact,” said Ben Maltz, the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s director of corporate and foundation giving. “We’re incredibly grateful to them for that.”

Read the next article, Trustee Profile: Caroline Monti Saladino, The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation.

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