Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital Earns Business Achievement Award

The Business Achievement Award is presented annually in appreciation of a business that is proactive in its support of the chamber’s mission and objectives and for the well being of the residents and community.

Oceanside, NY, December 02, 2010 --( The Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce recently named South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Cancer Center the recipient of its 2010 Business Achievement Award. Rajiv Datta, MD, medical director of the cancer program and chief of surgical oncology, and Cat Taylor, assistant vice president of oncology services, accepted the award on behalf of South Nassau.

“This award is a testament to our commitment to provide a cancer care program that combines an experienced team of oncologists and staff with leading-edge medical and cancer treatment technologies so that the residents of the communities we serve do not have to leave their neighborhood to access standard-setting cancer care,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital.

The Business Achievement Award is presented annually in appreciation of a Valley Stream business that is proactive in its support of the chamber’s mission and objectives and for the well being of the residents and community. “With the many outstanding businesses in this great village, it is a great honor to receive this award,” said Mrs. Taylor. “The residents, businesses and village officials can count on South Nassau for quality cancer care services.”

“Our commitment to excellence in the delivery of quality cancer care goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to be an active partner in enhancing business development and residents’ quality of life in the village,” added Dr. Datta.

Located at 1 South Central Ave. in Valley Stream, the Cancer Center is the hub of South Nassau’s comprehensive cancer program, which also incorporates the following specialty cancer care services:

· South Nassau’s GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream) - Utilizes minimally invasive surgical approaches to diagnose and treat early-stage, advanced, or recurrent gynecologic cancers as well as non-malignant gynecologic conditions.

· South Nassau’s Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside) - The treatment of choice for deep-seated brain abnormalities, including tumors considered to be inoperable.

· South Nassau’s Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside/Valley Stream) - In addition to prostate brachytherapy, radiosurgery, external beam radiation, hormone therapy and watchful waiting, the center now offers minimally-invasive, robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery.

· South Nassau’s Center for Breast Health (Valley Stream) - Offers advanced treatments for breast cancer and breast health problems, including sentinel lymph node biopsy and lymph node dissection; single channel balloon brachytherapy techniques; breast-conserving surgery; mastectomy and oncoplasty (which combines surgical cancer removal with plastic surgery).

· South Nassau’s Center for Lung Health (Oceanside) – Performs complex chest cancer procedures, radiosurgery and minimally invasive thorascopic surgery.

· South Nassau’s Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream) - Accredited by the American College of Radiology, the department combines leading-edge treatment and imaging technologies such as the Novalis Tx and multi-slice CT scanners to develop patient-specific, precise treatment plans.

· South Nassau’s Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream) - Specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures; tumors of the female reproductive system; soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma; head, neck, breast and chest tumors; esophageal and liver surgeries; and radio frequency ablation of the liver.

· Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside) – An American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, it uses advanced diagnostic and imaging technologies that are vital to detecting breast cancer and other potentially harmful breast health conditions.

· South Nassau’s PET/CT Service (Oceanside) - Provides sophisticated imaging to assess the original tumor as well as metastatic disease.

· Office of Clinical Research (Valley Stream) - A vital component of South Nassau’s Cancer Program is its commitment to clinical research. The program’s team of cancer specialists is active in clinical trials to develop the advanced treatments and technologies tailored to the needs of patients as well as improve patient outcomes.

South Nassau is the only hospital on Long Island with the combination of Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife®. The Novalis Tx is the medical industry’s most powerful radiation therapy technology and performs precise, image-guided treatments in a matter of minutes without needing to make a single incision. The da Vinci helps skilled surgeons perform complex cancer surgeries with refined precision and control through small incisions. A powerful radiosurgery tool, the Gamma Knife performs incision-less treatments for deep-seated brain abnormalities and tumors. A recipient of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award, South Nassau is one of just five hospitals in New York and 82 in the United States to receive the prestigious award. South Nassau is also a designated Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the ACS.

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South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker