GREAT NECK, NY -- Focus on Health, a new TV news magazine, debuts Nov. 2 on WLNY-TV 55/10. The 30-minute show consists of single-themed episodes comprised of three separate segments that feature interviews, video and discussion on specific healthcare topics. The show airs Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and runs for 13 weeks. An encore run follows in the spring.
Hosted by Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Focus on Health is produced by the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The inaugural episode addresses breast cancer and includes interviews with physicians, researchers and patients who share their often emotional and powerful stories of survival.
“In our breast cancer episode, we tell the stories of several women who, with the help of their physicians and families, fight this disease in their own unique way,” Dr. Steinbaum said. “All of these women are required to make difficult choices under the most difficult circumstances. For example, one of the patients was diagnosed right before her Far Rockaway home was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Their collective strength and willingness to share such personal stories is as inspiring as it is informative.”
Upcoming episodes will focus on diabetes, health care reform, infection prevention, mental health and neurology. Subsequent episodes on cardiology, veterans programs, adolescent services and wellness and personal finance will follow.
“Our approach to the show is designed to be a sort of ’60 Minutes meets health care’ in half the time.” Dr. Steinbaum explained. ” We approach health care from a news feature perspective – hoping not only to educate but also entertain our viewers.”
Focus on Health is carried by most cable and satellite TV providers in the New York area. WLNY-TV can be accessed on:
• Cablevision channel 10 (standard definition-SD) in New York and New Jersey, channel 15 (SD) in Connecticut and high-definition (HD) channel 710;
• Time Warner channel 55 (SD), HD channel 755 in the five boroughs, HD channel 755 in the Hudson Valley and HD channel 753 in New Jersey;
• Verizon FiOS channel 10 (SD) and HD channel 510;
• RCN channel 14 (SD);
• Comcast channel 10 (SD) and HD channel 810;
• DIRECTV channel 55 (SD) and HD channel 55; and
• Dish Network channel 55 (SD).
Non-cable subscribers can also access WLNY over the air on channel 55.
To see a listing of upcoming shows or to view individual episodes, go to: http://www.northshorelij.com/hospitals/news/focus-onhealth