This hospital system has a scope that stretches long beyond Long Island. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NS-LIJ) operates 16 hospitals in Long Island and New York's outer boroughs; several of these facilities are affiliated with regional medical schools, including New York University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The system has a mental health facility (Zucker Hillside Hospital), several long-term care facilities, rehabilitation services, and outpatient surgery centers. Other operations include home care and hospice services, diagnostic laboratory facilities, and emergency medical services.
The NS-LIJ system has about 4 million patient contacts and provides emergency medical services to more than 640,000 patients. In 2011 it also enabled 25,600 births and conducted 503,700 home care visits. NS-LIJ employs about 9,000 doctors and 10,000 nurses.
NS-LIJ has a $400 million bond which provides funds to cover construction costs and allows the health system to consolidate and refinance the debt of several hospitals - Franklin, Huntington, Lenox Hill, Southside and Staten Island University Hospitals. In addition, in 2011 the NS-LIJ System Foundation raised $92.5 million in charitable pledges from multimillion-dollar donors such as Sandra Atlas Bass, Robert Entenmann and the estate of William Entenmann, Frank and Mildred Feinberg, Jay Goldman, and North American Partners in Anesthesia.
If medicine is NS-LIJ's calling, training doctors is its mission. The system partnered with Hofstra University a few years ago to create the Hofstra University School of Medicine. NS-LIJ already offers undergraduate and graduate medical education programs through its affiliations with local universities. It also provides a full range of continuing medical education courses and credits.
In addition to the new school, the health system is in the midst of building a $300 million women's hospital. The Katz Women's Hospital will be housed in a 10-story tower being built near the existing hospital in Queens. In 2012 it opened an additional inpatient pavilion at the Zucker Hillside Hospital that will bring the hospital's bed count to about 220.
NS-LIJ also grows through affiliations such as the one if formed in late 2010 with Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center to provide a continuum of care for seniors in Staten Island.
Along with providing a dizzying array of health care services, NS-LIJ performs research through the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. At any given time the institute has hundreds of scientists conducting studies in oncology, immunology and inflammation, genetics, psychiatry, and neurology, among other specialty areas. The Feinstein Institute receives funding for its studies from the National Institutes of Health and other federal sources, as well as from philanthropic donations.
In 2010 NS-LIJ opened its first retail drugstore called the Vivo Health Pharmacy, stocked with medications, over-the-counter drugs, and health and wellness supplies.
NS-LIJ is the product of the 1997 merger between the North Shore Health System and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. – less