GARDEN CITY, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it has affiliated with Garden City SurgiCenter, a free-standing ambulatory facility specializing in ophthalmic surgery that performed more than 6,000 procedures last year.
The 10,069-square-foot facility has 39 ophthalmologists on staff, including oculoplastic surgeons, anterior segment surgeons, glaucoma surgeons, cornea surgeons, retina surgeons and anesthesiologists. The staff has treated patients with vision-related conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, since its opening in 1987. The facility features state-of-the-art technology in its three operating rooms.
“The concept behind this is that ambulatory surgery centers are where most ophthalmologists around the country do their work. Hospitals have been in decline in terms of where ophthalmology occurs,” said Ira Udell, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
“Most of these ACSs are owned by ophthalmologists as partnerships, but there are some that are run by hospitals around the country in partnership with the private doctors and that’s the model that’s going to occur here,” said Dr. Udell.
This is the first of two such ambulatory surgery centers that the health system will partner with to treat ophthalmology needs; a site in Syosset is currently being developed.
“This relationship affords our patients superb care for a wide spectrum of eye diseases and establishes a firm relationship with a renowned group of physicians as we continue our journey towards excellence and patient centered care for our community,” said David Battinelli, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Kelley Fitzpatrick, administrative director of GCSC, states that she and the staff are excited about the affiliation and look forward to the center’s next phase of growth with the health system.
The Garden City Surgical Center is located at 400 Endo Blvd. near the Meadowbrook State Parkway. The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call (516) 832-8504.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 18 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,200 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 50,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.