SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

February 20, 2015 12:16 ET

North Shore-LIJ Health System Partners With Garden City SurgiCenter

Ophthalmic Surgery Center Performed More Than 6,000 Procedures Last Year

GARDEN CITY, NY--(Marketwired - February 20, 2015) - The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it has affiliated with Garden City SurgiCenter, a free-standing ambulatory facility specializing in ophthalmic surgery that performed more than 6,000 procedures last year.

The 10,069-square-foot facility has 39 ophthalmologists on staff, including oculoplastic surgeons, anterior segment surgeons, glaucoma surgeons, cornea surgeons, retina surgeons and anesthesiologists. The staff has treated patients with vision-related conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, since its opening in 1987. The facility features state-of-the-art technology in its three operating rooms. 

"The concept behind this is that ambulatory surgery centers are where most ophthalmologists around the country do their work. Hospitals have been in decline in terms of where ophthalmology occurs," said Ira Udell, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. 

"Most of these ASCs are owned by ophthalmologists as partnerships but there are some centers around the country that are run by hospitals in partnership with the private doctors which is the model we are adopting here," said Dr. Udell.

"The owners of the Garden City SurgiCenter are thrilled about our new partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System. We believe that the time was right to partner with the largest and most respected health care system in the NY metropolitan area in order to continue to deliver the highest standards of surgical care to our patients. Through our new partnership we will continue grow, expand, and innovate as we set new standards for the delivery of cutting edge ambulatory surgical care," said Jodi Luchs, MD, managing director of GCSC.

"This relationship affords our patients superb care for a wide spectrum of eye diseases and establishes a firm relationship with a renowned group of physicians as we continue our journey towards excellence and patient centered care for our community," said David Battinelli, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Kelley Fitzpatrick, administrative director of GCSC, said that she and the staff are excited about the affiliation and look forward to the center's next phase of growth with the health system.

The Garden City Surgical Center is located at 400 Endo Blvd. near the Meadowbrook State Parkway. The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call (516) 832-8504.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ 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. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com

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