History of the North Shore-LIJ Health System
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (North Shore-LIJ or the Health System) was formed in 1997 with the merger of North Shore Health System and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. It is the largest provider of health care services in the New York metropolitan region and one of the largest health care systems in the nation. Seventeen hospitals, three long-term care facilities, a major research center (The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research), the area’s major home-care, hospice and ambulance providers, and a network of approximately 400 ambulatory sites comprise the Health System. Its five major tertiary teaching hospitals are Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH) in Manhattan (634 beds), North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset (764 beds), Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) North Campus (508 beds), Southside Hospital in Bay Shore (341 beds), and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in Queens (1,025 beds), whose campus is also home to two of the three free-standing specialty hospitals: the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (169 beds) and The Zucker Hillside Hospital (236 beds), a psychiatric hospital. The third and newest specialty hospital, South Oaks (258 beds), is a comprehensive, full service psychiatric facility serving the south shore of Long Island. The Health System’s variety of programs and services facilitate the coordination and management of patient care across the continuum.
The hospitals and other health care providers in the Health System annually care for more than 282,000 inpatients, perform over 190,000 surgical procedures, deliver 27,300 babies, accommodate approximately 645,000 emergency department visits, provide over one million ambulatory care visits, and have 4 million patient contacts, including over 688,000 home health visits. Given the location of the Health System facilities, its patient base comes from a broad geographic region, which encompasses urban to suburban landscapes and represents a full spectrum of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. The Health System’s diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention services generate annual revenue of $7.0 billion.
The Health System has more than 2,500 full-time and approximately 7,000 community physicians on its medical staff, employs more than 10,000 nurses, and has a total workforce of more than 48,000. It is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in the City of New York.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, established by North Shore-LIJ in 1999, is home to approximately 200 investigative scientists, many of whom constitute the core research faculty of the School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine. The Feinstein Institute ranks in the top seventh percentile for research support to organizations from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Feinstein Institute is home to leaders in translational and clinical research who consistently receive national and international peer recognition for their scholarship and mentorship, as manifested through honors, awards and publications in leading high impact biomedical journals. The Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, operated by the Feinstein Institute, is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York to confer a doctoral (PhD) degree to individuals who already have an MD degree.
The Health System directly sponsors 120 accredited graduate medical education (GME) programs and trains more than 1,500 medical residents and fellows annually. However, the Health System’s commitment to teaching and learning extends beyond its GME programs. The Health System’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program encompasses over 150 conferences, regularly scheduled series, and enduring materials, and provides approximately 2,000 hours of certified CME to approximately 6,000 physicians and other health professionals each year. In 2007 and again in 2013, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) awarded North Shore-LIJ Health System a six-year “Accreditation with Commendation”, the highest status available to a CME provider. To facilitate integration across the educational continuum, the School’s Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education also serves in the role of Chief Academic Officer in the Health System.
The Health System is nationally recognized as a leader in developing and investing in the skills and continuing education of its staff and employees. In 2002, North Shore-LIJ launched the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), the largest “corporate university” in the health care industry. CLI occupies a 45,000 square-foot facility that houses both the Clinical Skills Center, modeled after the USMLE clinical skills testing facility in Philadelphia, and the Patient Safety Institute (PSI). The largest simulation center in the Northeast, PSI features PC-based, interactive, high fidelity, digitally enhanced mannequins to help physicians, nurses, medical students, residents, and other health care practitioners diagnose and manage clinical problems without risk to actual patients.