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Nassau U. Medical Center to Double Size of ED

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., plans to build a $55-million emergency department that will double the size of emergency facilities.

The board of directors of the Nassau Health Care Corp. announced yesterday its approval of the project, intended as the centerpiece of the hospital's modernization efforts. It will include new radiology facilities and an expanded psychiatric emergency program. Construction is expected to begin next year.

The result, said Arthur Gianelli, president of the corporation, will be "increased ability to respond to mass casualty scenarios." In addition, it will "solidify NHCC's position as a major health care provider on Long Island."

Funding will come, in part, from a county program that uses money from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit several years ago against large tobacco companies. The project also will rely on state Department of Health grants that help restructure health care facilities.

The new facilities will be double the current 26,000 square feet and have 82 treatment rooms, almost double the existing 43, and a separate pediatric treatment area.

A new roof helipad, portable decontamination shower tents and isolation rooms will be in place to help personnel respond in a disaster. Officials from the Nassau County Police Department ambulance and aviation bureaus were included in design discussions.

Cannon Design, a Manhattan architectural firm, designed the new structure, hospital spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg said.

Riverhead hospital expands

A recent $1-million gift from Bobby and Dhonna Goodale of Flanders will help fund the $50-million hospital expansion project under way at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

The hospital recently opened one part of the project, an $8- million, 10,000-square-foot emergency center with 17 treatment rooms. A 40,000-square-foot surgical pavilion is expected to open next year.

"In these uncertain economic times, the Goodales' desire to invest in our medical center emphasizes their belief in our mission and commitment to the overall well-being of their community," said J. Gordon Huszagh, chairman of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation.

"Peconic Bay Medical Center is in this community for the benefit of all of us," said Bobby Goodale, chairman of the hospital's board of directors. "And each of us should see how we can support our medical center, either by contribution of money or assets or even a contribution of time."

St. Francis cardiology head

Dr. Richard Shlofmitz is the new director of the cardiology department at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Shlofmitz began working at St. Francis in 1987; in 2000 he was appointed director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory and interventional cardiology.

Last year New York magazine listed him as one of the best doctors in the metropolitan area.

"Dr. Shlofmitz brings with him a vast experience in interventional cardiology," said Dr. Jack Soterakis, vice president of medical affairs at St. Francis.

Shlofmitz graduated from New York University Medical School and did postgraduate training at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he was chief medical resident. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Heart Association and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

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