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FEBRUARY 28, 2014  

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In This Issue

Stony Brook Earns Honor for Outstanding Nursing Quality 

New Technology at Stony Brook Improves Detection of Bladder Cancer 

Surgeons Reconstruct Baby's Skull with 3D Printing Technology 

Bariatric Program Receives Accreditation 

Cancer Center to Present Community Update 

Heart Month Event Features Panel Discussion for Community 

Margaret Parker, MD, Named Master of Critical Care Medicine 

Kristie Golden, PhD, Named Associate Director of Operations for Neurosciences 

In Memoriam: Matthew J. Cody 

Graduate Psychiatry Research Receives Support 

Stony Brook Seeks Volunteers with Pre-diabetes for Clinical Trial 

"Bridges" Newspaper Supplement Features Stony Brook Medicine 

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Stony Brook Reaches Agreement with MagnaCare

Over the past several months, Stony Brook has been in active discussions with several healthcare exchange providers in an effort to reach an agreement that is both beneficial for patients and fiscally responsible for Stony Brook and the insurance carrier. Stony Brook signed a provider services agreement with MagnaCare effective Feb. 15, which will allow the thousands of Long Islanders who are enrolled in Health Republic to access Stony Brook University Hospital and its physicians on an in-network basis. Of all the health exchange plans being offered, Health Republic has the largest enrollment of Suffolk County residents.

"We are pleased to have been able to amend our existing agreement with MagnaCare to include in-network coverage for thousands of Long Islanders participating in the New York State of Health Plan Marketplace," said Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine. "It supports New York State's mission to offer affordable care to our patients in a manner that is consistent with Stony Brook's core mission as the safety net provider for the area and source of specialized and unique care for populations at risk."

Stony Brook will continue discussions with other exchange plans in hopes of reaching additional agreements with the other healthcare exchange providers to provide even greater access for the community.


Stony Brook University Hospital Earns Honor from American Nurses Association for Outstanding Nursing Quality

Front, center: Kathleen Capps, RN, 15N; Back, from left, Rose M. Bukovsky, MS, RN, ANP-C, CNN, Quality Manager; Margarita Victoriano, Nursing Assistant, 12S; Barbara Wawer, Hospital Attendant, Patient Transport; Cheryl Schoedler, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, ANP-C, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Orthopedics; and Susan Cunneen, RN, Nurse Manager, CTICU/16S

Stony Brook University Hospital was one of six hospitals and the only academic medical center to receive the prestigious 2013 NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality. The award recognizes Stony Brook's overall excellence in nursing performance and patient outcomes throughout the past year. Winners were announced Feb. 5 during the American Nurses Association's (ANA) 2014 ANA Quality Conference.

Used by 2,000 hospitals nationwide, the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) is the nation's most comprehensive database of nursing performance measures. Stony Brook has been using NDNQI data to address a variety of nursing-quality issues, such as falls, pressure ulcers and nurse satisfaction.

SBM Nursing Award
Stony Brook University Hospital staff celebrate receiving the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality.

"At Stony Brook, we constantly strive to improve, and our nursing staff makes enormous contributions each day to ensure high-quality care is given to every patient who walks through our doors," said Margaret Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital. "It is an honor to be recognized for our clinical excellence and commitment to our patients."

To receive the award, all six awardees demonstrated the sustained ability to meet and exceed the ANA's standards for patient safety and quality of care benchmarks. Hospitals submitted data on a minimum number of clinical process and patient outcome measures in 2012 and 2013, with a total of 17 measures included in the overall quality assessment. Hospitals were ranked according to these overall scores, and the highest-ranking hospitals received the award.


Stony Brook Implements New Technology to Improve Detection of Certain Bladder Cancer Tumors

Wayne Waltzer, MD
Wayne Waltzer, MD

Stony Brook University Hospital is the only institution on Long Island to offer Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview, a new imaging agent for the detection of papillary cancer of the bladder in patients with known or suspected bladder cancer.

"Bladder cancer is the type of cancer that can get aggressive and metastasize quickly. So making an accurate diagnosis is key," said Wayne Waltzer, MD, Chair, Department of Urology. "Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview is important because it's a modality that is proven to make more sensitive diagnoses. We are able to find smaller tumors that may have been undetected."

Since bladder cancer has a very high recurrence rate -- between 50 and 80 percent -- it requires lifelong surveillance and is one of the most expensive cancers to treat, with nearly 40 percent of the costs coming from surgical interventions to treat the recurrence.


Surgeons Reconstruct Baby's Skull with
3D Printing Technology

Infant Skull Reconstruction A team of surgeons at Stony Brook Medicine led by Michael Egnor, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, and Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Service, and Elliot Duboys, MD, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, have successfully remodeled the skull of a 6-month-old infant assisted by computerized virtual surgery and 3D modeling. The baby was born with plagiocephaly, a rare congenital malformation in which one of the growth plates of the skull fuses prematurely, resulting in a flattened forehead, prominence of the opposite forehead and orbital asymmetry.

Working with engineers at Medical Modeling, Inc. in Golden, CO, a copy of the infant's CT scan was sent, and surgery was planned virtually. Before and after 3D models were created so that the surgeons could accurately predict surgical results. Using the models as guides, surgery was successfully performed, and the infant is doing well postoperatively.


Bariatric Program Receives Accreditation

Bariatric Team
Seated from left, Catherine Tuppo, PT, Bariatric Coordinator; Aurora Pryor, MD, Director, Bariatric Surgery; and Dana Telem, MD, Associate Director, Bariatric Surgery. Standing from left, Kaitlyn Roggemann, Database Manager; Christine Erickson, Administrative Assistant; Kartik Gohil, MD, Fellow; Kathryn Cottell, RD, Dietitian; Darragh Herlihy, Nurse Practitioner; Maria Altieri, MD, Research Fellow; Genna Hymowitz, PhD, Psychologist; Renee Browning Goss, Pre-Certification Specialist; Jennifer Rosenstein, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, 9 North; and Donna Hoffman, RN, Nurse Manager, 9 North.

Stony Brook Medicine's Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center has been accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation demonstrates the center's commitment to delivering high-quality patient care. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of their care and needs, both before and after surgery.

"We are very pleased to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons," said Aurora D. Pryor, MD, Chief, Division of General Surgery, and Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center. "Accreditation is an important way for patients to verify that a practice has access to all the key resources necessary for optimal care, and we are proud to be acknowledged here for our excellence at Stony Brook Medicine."


Cancer Center to Present Community Update

Cancer CenterStony Brook University Cancer Center will host an informative and interactive day on the latest advances in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of several cancers, including gynecologic, colon, lung, thyroid, bone, head and neck cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphoma.

Called the Spring Community Update: The Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, the event will be held on Saturday, March 22, 8:30 am to 3 pm, at the Charles B. Wang Center. The program features a keynote address on "Treatments and Trials: The Progress We've Made" by Michael W. Schuster, MD, Director, Stem Cell Transplantation and Hematologic Malignancy Program, a theatrical presentation of "The Catalysts" and presentations on the prevention and treatment of cancer by Cancer Center physicians.

The event is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is required by March 14 and can be made online or by calling (631) 444-4000.


Heart Month Event Features Panel Discussion for Community

Heart Month Panel

What can you do at various stages of your life to prevent heart disease? Can heart problems affect sexual health? What are the new guidelines on statins?

More than 200 people attended Stony Brook University Heart Institute's first "Keeping Your Heart Healthy at Every Age" event to find out the answers to these questions and more. Held on Feb. 12 at the Charles B. Wang Center, guests enjoyed a heart healthy dinner buffet that featured recipes from the Heart Institute cookbook (all guests received a cookbook). Many of the guests were seated with physician and nurse experts and enjoyed informal conversation on heart-related topics, such as recognizing signs and symptoms.

Following dinner, health screenings and a visit to an array of informational exhibit tables including the "Mended Hearts" support group, all entered the Wang Center theater to tunes such as "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "Open Your Heart" for the highlight of the evening -- a panel discussion led by moderator Peg Duffy, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer. Panel experts -- Smadar Kort, MD; William E. Lawson, MD; Allison McLarty, MD; Michael Poon, MD; Eric J. Rashba, MD; Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD; Kathleen Stergiopoulos, MD, PhD; and Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, MD -- addressed audience questions ranging from keeping a healthy heart lifestyle and how heart attack signs are different for women to dealing with atrial fibrillation, vascular disease and heart failure. Suzette Smookler, RD, was on hand and answered several nutrition-related questions. Opening remarks were made by James R. Taylor Jr., MD, and closing remarks were made by Harold A. Fernandez, MD.

Look for the Web link to the "Heart Healthy" video that feature highlights from the panel discussion in the next issue of Stony Brook Rounds.


Margaret Parker, MD, Named Master of Critical Care Medicine by National Society

Margaret Parker, MD
Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, Chief, Division of Critical Care, Stony Brook Children's Hospital (center), with Sandra Lee Blosser, Chancellor, American College of Critical Care Medicine (left), and Carol Thompson, President, Society of Critical Care Medicine (right) 

Based on her achievements in critical care medicine, leadership and outstanding contributions to research and education in the field, Margaret Parker, MD, FCCM, Chief, Division of Critical Care, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, has been selected as a Master of Critical Care Medicine by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Parker has practiced pediatric critical care medicine since her arrival at Stony Brook in 1991. She has directed the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since 1995 and also served as Interim Chair, Department of Medicine, from 2006 to 2011. Her 35-year career in medicine includes a fellowship in critical care medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There she led the NIH's Critical Care Section from 1982 to 1991 before coming to Stony Brook.

"It is humbling to join the ranks of the giants in critical care medicine," said Dr. Parker. "I am tremendously honored, and the selection is a reflection of the respect my colleagues have for me and a recognition of the contributions I have been able to make to the Society and to the critical care field."


Kristie Golden, PhD, Named Associate Director of Operations for Neurosciences

Kristie Golden
Kristie Golden, PhD

Dr. Golden is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified rehabilitation counselor for people with disabilities, a former credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor and recipient of a Lean training certificate. Most recently, she served as the Administrator for the Department of Psychiatry, where she was responsible for clinical and business operations, planning, department finances, cost-containment activities and capital improvements, while overseeing human resource functions.

Dr. Golden's previous experience includes her role as a Vice President at South Oaks Hospital and Broadlawn Manor. There, she was responsibile for healthcare operations and business planning within a 206-bed hospital and 320-bed nursing home, which included ambulatory sites, service lines, government contracts, grants, research activities, community-based locations of care and school programs. In her new role, Dr. Golden will work with hospital leadership, physician leadership and key stakeholders to focus administrative efforts on the success of the neurosciences service line.


In Memoriam: Matthew J. Cody

Matthew J. Cody
Matthew J. Cody

The Stony Brook community mourns the passing of Matthew J. Cody, Stony Brook Foundation Trustee Emeritus (1945-2014). A dedicated friend and supporter of Stony Brook University, Cody was noted for his commitment to research of childhood autism and autism spectrum disorders.

Cody served on the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2012 and as Treasurer between 2003 and 2012. Together with his wife Debra, Cody was instrumental in furthering advances in research and care for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook is named in recognition of their significant philanthropic support.

Cody's strong commitment to a vision of what he called an "all-encompassing, multidisciplinary center, from diagnosis to elder care, from education and research to clinical services and outreach" stemmed from his and Debra's experiences with their three children with autism. At the time that their children were born, there was little support on Long Island for families facing the challenges of autism and related developmental disabilities, and Matt and Debra Cody's loyal dedication to the Cody Center continues to change the lives of the center's patients and the lives of those who love them.


Stony Brook Graduate Psychiatry Research
Receives Support

Psychiatry Grant
From left, fourth-year psychiatry residents Jesse Contovasilis, MD; Patricia Fertig, DO; and Meghan Malhotra, MD; Michael Schwartz, MD, Residency Training Director; Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; and Rathna Mallela, MD, child psychiatry fellow

A $254,000 bequest from the estate of Drs. Robert and Olga Von Tauber will encourage research and innovation by fourth-year residents and fellows in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. The endowment created by the Robert Von Tauber and Olga Von Tauber Fund will enable them to present research findings at national meetings and supplement a newly established research track for psychiatry residents.

Robert Von Tauber, PhD, was a chemist who served as Honorary United States Consul in Haiti. Olga Von Tauber, MD, was a Viennese psychiatrist who emigrated to the U.S. in 1945. She practiced psychiatry on Long Island for 25 years, rising to the rank of Deputy Director of Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital and then Director of Northeast Nassau Psychiatric Hospital. After retirement, she joined the volunteer faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook.

"We are grateful to the Von Taubers for encouraging research and innovation in psychiatry, especially among young professionals who are poised to make important decisions about their careers," said Ramin Parsey, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. "Presenting research findings on a national stage can be a life-changing experience."


Stony Brook Seeks Volunteers with Pre-diabetes for Clinical Trial

For individuals who are insulin resistant and prone to developing type 2 diabetes, taking low-dose doxycycline may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The Stony Brook Medicine "Doxycycline for treatment of insulin resistance in obesity" study is seeking participants for a three-month clinical trial.

According to Marie Gelato, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator and Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Medicine, doxycycline reduces inflammation related to being overweight, exhibits cellular improvement of insulin resistance and improves vascular changes associated with hypertension.

The clinical trial consists of being randomly assigned to take either a low dose of doxycycline twice a day (a common formulation used to treat gum disease) or a placebo for three months. Volunteers from both groups will undergo tests for improvement in insulin resistance and reduction in inflammation. Compensation for volunteers is up to $450.

For more information about the study and eligibility criteria, call Stony Brook's Clinical Research Center at (631) 444-1175.


Newspaper Supplement Features
Stony Brook Medicine

Bridges Cover

Fresh off the presses, "Bridges" is a Times Beacon Record Newspapers resource guide spotlighting Stony Brook Medicine.

This newspaper supplement, which has a distribution of nearly 45,000 households throughout Suffolk County and an additional 10,000 locations within the Stony Brook community, highlights some of Stony Brook Medicine's many unique programs and services -- including expansion plans at Stony Brook, the Burn Center opening, personalized medicine, the new Ronald McDonald Family Room, as well as healthcare reform, our patient portal and emergency preparation.

Pick up a copy in the hospital lobby, on the units, in waiting rooms or Stony Brook's off-site locations.

Upcoming Events

White-A-Thon for Stony Brook Children's

Now through Thursday, March 27, Ira D. Koeppel, DDS, 126 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket, (631) 689-9777

The office of Ira D. Koeppel, DDS, is sponsoring a White-a-Thon. Receive a custom-fit professional teeth-whitening kit for only $150 (a $450 value). All proceeds will be donated to Stony Brook Children's Hospital. To make an appointment, call (631) 689-9777.

Safety Education Fair

March 3 and 5, 11 am-2 pm, Outside the Hospital Cafeteria

Part of Patient Safety Awareness Week. Learn more about infection control and hand hygiene, medication safety at the "Ask the Pharmacist" booth, Patient Safety First, and Environmental Health and Safety.

Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Seminars

March 3 and 17, 5-7 pm, Hospital Cafeteria, Level 5, (631) 444-4000

Learn about the impact of obesity, including causes, health risks and today's surgical treatment options. Aurora Pryor, MD, Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, and Dana Telem, MD, Associate Director, will lead the discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session. To register, call (631) 444-4000.

Patient Safety Health Fair

March 4, 10 am-2 pm, Lobby Conference Rooms

This annual fair features screenings and risk assessments for venous thromboembolism (VTE), healthcare professionals on hand to answer questions, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and anticoagulation safety.

Genetic Medicine...Where Are We Now?

March 6, 6:30 pm, Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, (631) 689-5888

Part of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Navigate Your Healthcare series, this lecture will explore the promise of early disease detection and targeted drug therapies. The evening will feature speakers Alexander Krasnitz, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Janice Lu, MD PhD, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Stony Brook Medicine, and will be moderated by Lina M. Obeid, MD, Vice Dean for Research, Office of Scientific Affairs. The fee to attend is $25 and includes a buffet dinner. Space is limited. Register online or call (631) 689-5888.

Investiture Ceremony for Yusuf A. Hannun, MD

March 11, 11 am, Charles B. Wang Center Theatre, Stony Brook University

All are invited to celebrate as Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, is formally appointed to the Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research. Faculty members who currently hold endowed professorships and chairs will also be recognized during the program.

Partners in Quality and Patient Safety Day

March 12, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Health Sciences Galleria

This day-long program on quality improvement and patient safety features lectures, poster presentations and a panel discussion with Stony Brook Medicine experts.

Town Hall Meeting on Men's Health Issues

March 12, 6-7 pm, 24 Research Way, Suite 500, East Setauket, (631) 444-4000

Howard L. Adler, MD, Medical Director, Prostate Care Program, will address questions and concerns on a number of men's health issues, including PSA testing, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction and testosterone replacement. Seating is limited. Call (631) 444-4000 to register.

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day and Information Fair

March 13, 8 am-4 pm, Outside the Hospital Cafeteria

Learn about the many services and coordinated care approach of the MS Comprehensive Care Center, as well as the latest clinical research trials for multiple sclerosis (MS) at Stony Brook Medicine and the patient education seminar series.

Michael A. Maffetone Community Service Awards Ceremony and Reception

March 14, 3:30 pm, Health Sciences Galleria, Level 3, (631) 444-4000

Join us in honoring the 2013 community service efforts of Stony Brook Medicine employees. RSVP to (631) 444-4000.

Varicose Vein Screening

March 15, 8 am-2 pm, Stony Brook Vein Center, 37 Research Way, East Setauket, (631) 444-VEIN (8346)

This free screening is open to individuals between the ages of 18 to 80 who suffer from large varicose veins that are causing pain and/or swelling. A brief, noninvasive examination of the lower legs will be provided by board-certified physicians. Patients should wear or bring shorts to the screening. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call (631) 444-VEIN (8346).

Inaugural Core Fair

March 18, 10 am-2 pm, Health Sciences Galleria, Level 3

Presented by the Stony Brook Medicine Office of Scientific Affairs, the fair provides an opportunity to learn about Stony Brook's state-of-the-art research facilities and biomedical services.

Maurice Goldenhar 40th Annual Family Medicine Update

March 19-21, Health Sciences, (631) 444-2094

Presented by the Department of Family Medicine, this three-day program offers education on current and common areas of clinical practice in both daytime sessions and evening workshops. CME credits are available. For more information and to register, call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at (631) 444-2094 or visit the Office's website.

Spring Community Update: The Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

March 22, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, (631) 444-4000

Learn about the latest advances in the prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment of several cancers, including gynecologic, colon, lung, thyroid, head and neck, leukemia and lymphoma. This full-day program features keynote speaker Michael W. Schuster, MD, interactive workshops and a performance of "The Catalysts." View displays about the services provided at Stony Brook University Cancer Center, and receive information from community organizations. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Registration is required by March 14. Register online or call (631) 444-4000.

Mall Walkers

March 26, 8-10 am, Food Court, Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove

Enjoy a morning of exercise, complimentary snack, blood pressure screening and an update from Stony Brook University Hospital CEO L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, on the latest at Stony Brook Medicine. For more information, call (631) 444-4000.

Heartsaver/AED CPR Class

March 26, 4-7 pm, Stony Brook University Hospital, (631) 444-3322

Learn how to respond to adults, children and infants who are unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. Demonstrations on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to respond to choking emergencies are also covered. Led by nurse educators from Stony Brook University Heart Institute. Registration required (same-day registration is possible, but please call first). The class is free ($10 AHA CPR card optional). To register, call Yvonne Leippert, RN, MS, CCRN, at (631) 444-3322.

Sunrise Fund's Little Miracles 5th Dinner and Fashion Show

March 26, 6:30-10:30 pm, Villa Lombardi's, 877 Main Street, Holbrook, (631) 444-4000

Contemporary fashions as well as fairy-tale inspired costumes will be modeled by our "Little Miracles," their families and staff. Proceeds to benefit Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Join us for what promises to be a magical evening. For information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call (631) 444-4000.

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