North Shore-LIJ Plots $175 Million Cancer Care Move

Crain’s Health Pulse
April 12, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Plots $175 Million Cancer Care Move

Ratcheting New York City's cancer care competition up a notch, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced yesterday it will spend $175 million to expand its cancer services, open new cancer treatment centers and make the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute a systemwide cancer care brand. The move will consolidate some service locations and upgrade equipment.

In announcing the investment, the system said that historically its cancer services had been delivered by its individual hospitals and affiliated community-based physicians. That treatment volume is more than 16,000 new cancer patients annually, more than any of its competitors in the area. The Cancer Institute's market share is 11.9% of all medical-surgical discharges of cancer patients in the New York area and 15.4% of all oncology surgeries, according to the system.

"While the health system's current cancer program is quite large—probably larger than most people think—we're looking to grow but also to create an identity and brand," said Dr. Louis Potters, co-director of the Cancer Institute and NS-LIJ's chair of radiation medicine.

Some facilities will get a sizable investment, including a $67 million construction project underway at the system's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, where 61,150 square feet are being added for cancer services. Radiation medicine and surgical, gynecologic and neuro-oncology services now delivered at LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital will be relocated to CFAM, where nearly 50,000 square feet have been set aside for three linear accelerators, a gamma knife and other equipment. Diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, uro-oncology and ambulatory surgery programs were already based at CFAM. NS-LIJ also is acquiring physician practices, adding about 150 doctors in 20 cancer specialties.

"Is it a $400 million building like the Sinai building for cancer?" said Dr. Potters, referring to Mount Sinai's new 50,000-square-foot Derald Ruttenberg Treatment Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute. "No, but the dollar amount is big."

At Lenox Hill, the money will pay for upgrading radiation therapy services, including the purchase of external-beam and new high-dose radiation systems.

"We understand the competitive nature of cancer services on the East Side of Manhattan," said Dr. Potters. "We're creating high-quality services at Lenox Hill that will be competitive in quality and -outcomes with everyone else."

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Newsday
April 12, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Spending $175M to Expand Cancer Care
By Ridgely Ochs

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is spending $175 million over the next few years to expand its cancer services, it announced Thursday.

About $67 million of that money is already being spent to expand the health system’s Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success. About 61,150 square feet are being redeveloped next to the Monter Cancer Center. Much of it will be home for ambulatory hematology/oncology and chemotherapy treatment services for North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Radiation medicine and surgical, gynecologic and neuro-oncology services now delivered at LIJ and North Shore will be relocated to the center, where nearly 50,000 square feet of space will be used for three linear accelerators, a gamma knife, stereotactic radiation and brachytherapy services, the health system said.

Other investments include establishing a cancer center in Bay Shore that will offer imaging, radiation medicine, and medical and surgical oncology; buying a medical oncology practice in Greenlawn; upgrading radiation therapy services at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, including the purchase of external-beam and new high-dose radiation systems; and expanding the Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood-Related Diseases on the campus of Staten Island University Hospital North.

The health system said it has signed on about 150 physician members throughout the metropolitan area in 20 cancer specialties.

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Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Investing $175M in Cancer Institute Expansion

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it is making an initial investment of $175 million to expand its cancer services throughout the New York metropolitan area. In establishing the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, the health system is opening and expanding cancer treatment centers throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

Historically, North Shore-LIJ's cancer services have been delivered by its individual hospitals, working through their full-time hematologists and oncologists, and affiliated community based physicians, who collectively treat more than 16,000 new cancer patients every year -- more than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. As part of the health system's new initiative, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute now has signed on approximately 150 physician members throughout the New York area in 20 cancer specialties.

"Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in this country and aging baby boomers will increase the demand for cancer services," said Daniel Budman, MD, co-director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, and chief of hematology/oncology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center. "Bringing together the tremendous talent and expertise into one group will reduce fragmentation and improve the coordination of multidisciplinary care across the continuum."

To establish a broader regional presence, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute is investing $175 million over the next several years to open new cancer treatment centers and expand existing ones throughout the New York area.

A $67 million construction project is already underway at North Shore-LIJ's Center for Advanced Medicine (CFAM) in Lake Success, where 61,150 square feet of interior space is being redeveloped contiguous to the current Monter Cancer Center. Nearly 40,000 square feet are being added to the current 37,000-square-foot Monter Center, which has been serving North Shore University Hospital's (NSUH) oncology outpatients since 2006. It will now be the new home for the fully integrated ambulatory hematology/oncology and chemotherapy treatment services delivered by both NSUH and LIJ Medical Center.

In addition, radiation medicine and surgical, gynecologic and neuro oncology services now delivered at LIJ Medical Center and NSUH will be relocated to CFAM, where nearly 50,000 square feet of space has been set aside for three linear accelerators, a gamma knife, stereotactic radiation and brachytherapy services. Diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, uro-oncology and ambulatory surgery programs are already based at CFAM, providing a fully integrated spectrum of comprehensive cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, genetic counseling, nutritional and social work, supportive care and survivorship under one roof -- all under the auspices of the Cancer Institute.

"Having all of these services available in the same building will strengthen the continuum of care and provide easy access to a full range of services, which is especially important because of the multidisciplinary approach that has become so essential for cancer patients," said Louis Potters, MD, co-director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, and the health system's chair of radiation medicine.

Other investments that North Shore-LIJ is making in its Cancer Institute throughout the region include:
   -- A comprehensive cancer center in Bay Shore on Suffolk County's south
      shore that will offer imaging, radiation medicine, and medical and
      surgical oncology.
 
   -- The acquisition of a medical oncology practice in Greenlawn on Suffolk
      County's north shore.
 
   -- The upgrade of radiation therapy services at Lenox Hill Hospital in
      Manhattan, including the purchase of an external-beam and new high-dose
      radiation systems.
 
   -- The expansion of the Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood-Related 

      Diseases on the campus of Staten Island University Hospital North.

"Establishing such a broad network of providers and treatment centers will meet the strong local demand for timely, seamless, comprehensive cancer care, including supportive care services. Doing so under the auspices of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute will provide seamless integration of all essential cancer-related services throughout the health system, with easy access to hospital-based services if needed," said George Raptis, MD, the new vice president for the Oncology Network with the health system. "Additionally, the Cancer Institute's Oncology Network will provide easier access to a large portfolio of cancer clinical trials closer to home. In turn, the access to larger populations of patients at risk for and with cancer will allow us to design and conduct more novel investigator-initiated studies within the Cancer Institute."

The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute is comprised of 12 centers of excellence focused on: brain tumors, breast cancer, cancer genetics, gastrointestinal oncology, gynecologic oncology, head and neck oncology, hematologic oncology, lung cancer, melanoma and rare skin cancer, supportive oncology and pain management, pediatric hematology/oncology, and prostate and genitourinary cancer. "Our goal is to create destination cancer centers throughout the region," said Dr. Potters.
In addition to treating 16,000 new cancer patients annually, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute already accounts for: 11.9 percent of all medical-surgical discharges of cancer patients throughout the New York metropolitan and 15.4 percent of all oncology surgeries.

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Long Island Business News
April 15, 2013
North Shore-LIJ Invests $175M in Cancer Program
by Claude Solnik

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has created the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, an umbrella for its cancer efforts, and is investing $175 million to expand cancer services.
The system, which created the institute in January, said it will expand existing and open new cancer treatment centers throughout Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute has already signed on 150 physicians in the New York area in 20 cancer specialties for the institute and expects to bring more on board.

“We’re opening new facilities in Bay Shore and Greenlawn, expanding the services on Staten Island and at Lenox Hill in Manhattan,” North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam said. “We’re providing care close to home where people live and work.”

Dr. Daniel Budman, co-director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, and chief of hematology and oncology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, said uniting experts in “one group will reduce fragmentation and improve the coordination of multidisciplinary care across the continuum.”

Dr.George Raptis, the new vice president for the Oncology Network with the health system, said the new approach will “provide seamless integration of all essential cancer-related services throughout the health system, with easy access to hospital-based services if needed.”

The system already has begun a $67 million expansion and transformation of Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success that will be a keystone of cancer care.

As part of that project, North Shore-LIJ will add 40,000 square feet to its Monter Cancer Center, located within the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Radiation medicine and surgical, gynecologic and neuro oncology services delivered at LIJ Medical Center and NSUH will be relocated to the Center for Advanced Medicine, where nearly 50,000 square feet of space has been set aside for three linear accelerators, a gamma knife, stereotactic radiation and brachytherapy services.

Diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, uro-oncology and ambulatory surgery programs already are offered at the Center for Advanced Medicine.

The system also plans to open a cancer center in Bay Shore on Suffolk County’s South Shore, and is negotiating to acquire a medical oncology practice in Greenlawn on Suffolk County’s North Shore.
The system also plans to upgrade and expand radiation therapy services at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and expand the Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood-Related Diseases at Staten Island University Hospital North.

 

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