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Posted September 23, 2009
Reprinted from qgazette.com
To better serve the healthcare needs of the diverse population of seniors in Queens, the North Shore-LIJ Health System on September 17 announced the signing of a clinical affiliation agreement with Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Jackson Heights. Affiliation ceremonies heralding the signing of the agreement were preceded by a tour of the Regal Heights facility and a brunch at 10 a.m., after which Regal Heights Managing Partner William Madden and owner Jack O'Reilly, Regal Heights Administrator Kwang Lee, Regal Heights Medical Director Dr. Stephanie De Jesus, North Shore-LIJ Stern Center Medical Director Dr. Howard Guzik, Wayne Mahlke, chief of staff to state Senator Hiram Monserrate and Assemblymember Jose Peralta spoke about the affiliation and its impact on health care. Some brief remarks by Lee closed the ceremony.
Among the services that North Shore-LIJ will provide under the new agreement are: rapid intervention and referrals to specialists, support on clinical programs, geriatric medical education, quality initiatives, home care services, hospice care services, and palliative care/end-of-life care.
"Through our new affiliation, Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and North Shore-LIJ are answering the call for the need to improve and make more efficient today's complex health care system," Lee said, "In utilizing our combined vast medical expertise and resources, our mission is to ensure the delivery of quality care, and satisfaction to patients and the community."
Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, a 280-bed skilled nursing facility at 70-05 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, provides short-term rehabilitation services, subacute services, long-term care, dialysis, bariatric care and hospice. Among Regal Heights' specialized programs are the Perfect Knee and Hip program, which incorporates today's best medicine and technologies; Breath for Life, a comprehensive pulmonary care program headed by a specialized team caring for the most complex conditions such as pleurix catheter and tracheotomy, and Pain Management and Wound Care services, which provide the best outcome-based techniques and technologies by a specialized team approach. The facility also has a medical model adult day care program serving a large Asian and Latino population. Regal Heights has served its community since opening its doors in 2000. For more information, visit www.regalheightsrehab.com.
The nation's third largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, the North Shore-LIJ Health System cares for people of all ages throughout Long Island, Queens and Staten Island- a service area encompassing more than five million people. The health system consists of 14 hospitals, 18 long-term care facilities, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, five trauma centers, five home health agencies, a hospice network and dozens of outpatient centers. In addition, North Shore-LIJ is partnering with Hofstra University to develop a new medical school. Excluding its affiliate organizations, North Shore-LIJ facilities house 4,844 beds, have more than 7,000 physicians, and employ about 9,150 nurses and a total workforce of about 33,250—the largest employer on Long Island and the ninth largest in New York City.