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Women’s center opens in Suffolk County

Monday April 22, 2013
From left, nurse practitioners Barbara Principio, RN, Laura Doti, RN, and Tracy Sullivan, RN, attend the Contemporary Women’s Care open house.
From left, nurse practitioners Barbara Principio, RN, Laura Doti, RN, and Tracy Sullivan, RN, attend the Contemporary Women’s Care open house.
(Photo by Tracey Boyd, Nurse.com)
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CWC Director Brian McKenna, MD, third from right, cuts the ribbon at the facility’s open house. Joining McKenna are North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling, second from right; Adiel Fleischer, MD, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, far right; and CWC staff.
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ISLANDIA, N.Y. — The North Shore-LIJ Health System conducted an open house Feb. 11 to dedicate the new space of its Contemporary Women’s Care practice in Islandia.

The practice, acquired by NSLIJ last year, was relocated from its previous space in Smithtown to a 17,000-square-foot facility at a cost of $3.5 million to complete.

The new facility is double the size of the previous space with more resources, more support and state-of-the-art equipment, said CWC nurse practitioners Barbara Principio, RN, MS, CNP and Tracy Sullivan, RN, MS, CNP.

"We now have double the exam rooms and more practitioners, which allows us to see more patients," Sullivan said. The practice offers OB/GYN services to about 30,000 patients and delivers about 400 babies a year at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

The CWC treatment suite offers the latest technology, allowing physicians to perform many gynecological procedures on an outpatient basis.
(Photo by Tracey Boyd, Nurse.com)
Along with 12 exam rooms, ultrasound suites and a recovery suite, the new space offers two operating rooms — the old space had none. Staff now have the facilities to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopic and hysteroscopic myomectomies in-house. Staff also are able to perform point-of-care testing in the phlebotomy suite, including blood draws and dip sticks.

In addition to OB/GYN services, the center offers esthetic services, including laser hair removal, vein therapy and skin tightening.

At the ribbon cutting, North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling was joined by Adiel Fleischer, MD, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology; and Brian McKenna, MD, one of four physicians and the only male on the CWC staff. The group expressed excitement at bringing the CWC into the health system.

"You get better by bringing in people who are better than yourselves, and that’s what we have done," Dowling said. "This center strengthens our focus on women and women’s health."

Laura Doti, RN, MS, CNP, another of the NPs at the center, echoes Dowling’s sentiments. "I think it’s wonderful that North Shore took the time and effort to build this type of facility in Suffolk County," she said. "Services will be more seamless, more smooth ... a hub for women’s health where women can get everything they need in one place."

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.

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