SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

November 09, 2015 14:07 ET

ENT and Allergy Associates®, LLP Affiliates With North Shore-LIJ

Clinical Partnership to Focus on Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Care on Long Island

NEW HYDE PARK, NY--(Marketwired - November 09, 2015) - The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it has signed an agreement to form a 'first on Long Island' clinical affiliation with ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA). The teaming of the two organizations provides a bridge between community-based and academically-based medical care, ensuring a continuum of services from primary to tertiary pediatric ENT treatment. The agreement also includes plans to jointly pursue clinical research initiatives centered within a wide range of relevant areas of expertise.

"The affiliation means that pediatric patients can be transferred from their doctor's office to North Shore-LIJ facilities -- especially Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park -- for complex issues, and return for follow-up-care back in their own communities," said Andrea Vambutas, MD, chair of otolaryngology at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center."We have long been aware of ENT and Allergy Associates' growing presence in so many of the Long Island communities we serve and are extremely gratified that we have been able to form an alliance with them that holds such promise."

ENTA's CEO Robert Glazer said that the organizations had been discussing an affiliation for some time and that patients are the ones who will benefit the most. "We have long recognized the benefits to our patients that an affiliation like this will yield. I am thrilled to now be able to announce its completion."

Charles Schleien, MD, chair of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center, said the clinical affiliation further promotes ease of access for ENTA patients and their families. "This partnership ensures that children can begin their care in an ENT and Allergy Associates' office, and be easily transferred, if necessary, to Cohen Children's Medical Center or other North Shore-LIJ facilities for more-complex treatment before returning to their local ENTA office for follow-up care," said Dr. Schleien.

ENTA currently has clinical sites located in Garden City, Lake Success, Riverhead, Southampton, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Bay Shore, Smithtown and will soon be adding Hauppauge. In addition to Cohen Children's Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ has hospitals located in Valley Stream, Glen Cove, Huntington, Manhasset, New Hyde Park, Plainview, Syosset, Bay Shore and Riverhead.

Michael Mendelsohn, MD, fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist partner at ENTA's Garden City office, said, "Our ability to pick up the phone or click a button on our Electronic Health Records system and instantly transfer a pediatric patient in need from our office to North Shore- LIJ will be an invaluable resource to our patients."

To learn more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, or to conveniently find an ENT doctor or Allergy Doctor and then quickly book an appointment at the nearest New York (NY) or New Jersey (NJ) location, please visit www.entandallergy.com.

About ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP:

ENTA has 170+ physicians in 41 office locations in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, New York City and northern/central New Jersey. The practice sees over 70,000 patients per month. Each ENTA clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT Services. ENTA has a clinical alliance with the Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and esophageal cancer, a clinical alliance with the Montefiore Medical Center and The North Shore-LIJ Health System for the tertiary treatment of pediatric patients and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials. ENTA's management and marketing teams also have been recognized with awards and accolades, including Health Leaders Media 2011 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare, Top Doctor Awards, ACS recognition award, AHAA Audiologist awards, the Westchester County Association Big W Awards and the Healthcare Marketing Report Healthcare Advertising Awards. Visit www.entandallergy.com for more information.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.

One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

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