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North Shore-LIJ and Long Island Home Sign Clinical Affiliation Agreement - Collaboration to focus on strengthening network of behavioral health services and enhancing quality initiatives

(May 13, 2011) GREAT NECK, NY - The North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Long Island Home, operator of South Oaks Hospital and Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitative Center in Amityville, today announced a clinical affiliation agreement aimed at improving access to mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents and adults in the New York metropolitan area. The health system and Broadlawn Manor signed a previous affiliation agreement in June 2008.

"With an increasing critical demand for behavioral health services in our region, the North Shore-LIJ Health System is pleased to partner with South Oaks Hospital, a recognized leader in providing high quality, specialized mental health and chemical dependency services to people from diverse communities," said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. "Through the affiliation agreement, North Shore-LIJ's Behavioral Health Services, led by The Zucker Hillside Hospital, will collaborate with South Oaks on initiatives to increase access to inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs as well as provide quality improvement initiatives and staff development."

Robert E. Detor, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Home, said, "While we have had a working relationship with the North Shore-LIJ Health System for a number of years, this important affiliation will strengthen South Oaks Hospital's ability to access resources and the clinical expertise of The Zucker Hillside Hospital and other facilities to further enhance our cutting-edge behavioral health services and delivery of care. In addition, being part of a larger healthcare system makes our campus more vibrant, providing opportunities for research and developing innovative and effective ways to best meet the behavioral healthcare needs of the populations we mutually serve."

North Shore-LIJ is committed to continually investing resources, both clinically and financially, to improve all healthcare for the communities its serves, including behavioral health services. This is evidenced by the rebuilding efforts of The Zucker Hillside Hospital, which will include a 115-inpatient bed pavilion, increasing the total number of beds to 221, and encompass 130,000 square feet. The $125 million project is slated to open in early 2013. In addition, the National Institute of Mental Health has funded several major initiatives at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, including two multidisciplinary research Centers and a national project intended to improve the outcome of early phase schizophrenia. With these and other grants, The Zucker Hillside Hospital has over $45 million dollars in federal funding for research

"The affiliation with South Oaks Hospital will help create a stronger continuum of care for people with behavioral health disorders, providing optimal access to psychiatric and addiction services, especially in Suffolk County," said John Kane, MD, vice president for behavioral health services of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and chairman of psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital. "Improving community access to services also includes helping to break the stigma of psychiatric illnesses and chemical dependency and both organizations are deeply committed to this. Our new collaboration with South Oaks will offer opportunities for additional research and clinical trials as well education and teaching."

The North Shore-LIJ Health System provides inpatient and ambulatory behavioral health services in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. The health system has 505 inpatient behavioral health beds in 10 hospitals (including 425 psychiatry and 80 substance abuse beds), and 183 psychiatry and substance abuse beds at Nassau University Medical Center, an affiliated facility. North Shore-LIJ also operates four outpatient psychiatric programs and three outpatient substance abuse programs, but none in Suffolk County. With 193 inpatient beds, South Oaks Hospital provides comprehensive treatment and recovery services from acute psychiatric illness and addiction. The facility offers specialized programs for children and adolescents, adults, senior adults, suicide prevention, chemical dependency and substance abuse as well as community-based programs.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The winner of the National Quality Forum's 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, including nationally renowned children's and psychiatric hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. As an integrated, academic health system, North Shore-LIJ's 110 residency and fellowship programs serve as a training ground for more than 1,200 future physicians, many of whom hone their skills at North Shore-LIJ's Patient Safety Institute - the nation's largest patient simulation center. As evidence of its commitment to community health and patient-focused research, Feinstein Institute scientists and North Shore-LIJ physicians enroll more than 1,200 people every year in clinical research studies. North Shore-LIJ's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,600 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 42,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City.

About Long Island Home
The Long Island Home is a not-for-profit organization comprised of South Oaks Hospital and Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. For more than 125 years our mission, "We Care For People," lives through the outstanding dedication and commitment of our employees in providing comprehensive quality behavioral health and long term care for our community.

South Oaks Hospital is recognized as one of the most respected healthcare facilities offering a broad range of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults suffering from acute mental illness, substance abuse and addiction. South Oaks' inpatient and outpatient programs including our Child and Adolescent Center of Excellence are crucial to our community. South Oaks continues to be an innovative service provider with a strong focus on evidenced-based practices, treatment and prevention.

Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a 320-bed facility offering comprehensive long-term and sub-acute care for senior adults. Specialty programs include: skilled nursing, sub-acute care, short term rehabilitation, Alzheimer's and related disorders, hospice care and intravenous therapy. Broadlawn Manor also offers outpatient rehabilitation and adult day health services.

The Long Island Home is situated on a tree-lined campus in the suburban town of Amityville located on the Nassau/Suffolk border.

Betty Olt/Terry Lynam, North Shore-LIJ
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Mary Jeanne Corea, Long Island Home

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