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ENT and Allergy Associates®/ North Shore-LIJ Team Up for the Kids

11/10/2015 in news

ENT and Allergy Associates®/ North Shore-LIJ Team Up for the Kids

Long Island’s Premier Ear, Nose and Throat Group and Premier Health Care System Join Forces and Form Unique and Valuable Pediatric Affiliation

Tarrytown, NY: November 10th, 2015—Approximately three million people live in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  Of those, roughly 24% are children under 18 years of age.  That translates to around 750,000 noses, 750,000 throats, and 1,500,000 ears.

So it is not surprising that ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA)-the preeminent otolaryngology, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area-has nine of its 41 state-of-the-art offices, 40 of its 170+ board certified physicians, and 27 of its 94 licensed audiologists located in those two robust and important counties, offering children and their families the expert care they need and deserve.

And it’s also not surprising that ENTA—which always goes the extra step to ensure its patients receive the finest medical attention possible—announced today that it has signed an agreement to form a ‘first on Long Island’ clinical affiliation with  the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which is changing its name in January to Northwell Health.  This teaming will provide a seamless and patient friendly bridge between community based and academically based medical care, and in doing so ensure the most comprehensive solution for those needing everything from primary to tertiary pediatric ENT care.  The agreement also includes plans to jointly pursue clinical research initiatives centered within a wide range of relevant areas of expertise.

The ENTA/North Shore-LIJ  affiliation means that pediatric patients can begin their care in the comfort and familiarity of their neighborhood doctor’s office, be easily transferred—if needed—to North Shore-LIJ facilities for complex issues, and then return for aftercare treatment back in their own communities.  The timing could not be better, given that the state’s largest integrated health system recently opened a significant addition to its Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, including a new state-of-the-art, pediatric emergency department.

“We have long been aware of ENT and Allergy’s growing presence in so many of the Long Island communities we serve,” said Peter Costantino, MD, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, “and are extremely gratified that we have been able to form an alliance with them that holds such promise”.

Added Andrea Vambutas, MD, Chair of  Otolaryngology- at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, “Creating a seamless patient pathway between the superb pediatric clinicians of ENTA and our team of extraordinary head and neck surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and other medical professionals, will truly result in an unparalleled resource to help those in need”.

Lee Smith, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at  Cohen Children's Medical Center, noted, “Teaming up with ENT and Allergy Associates and being able to offer the kids of our communities such a uniquely beneficial path to the finest treatment at every stage is extremely gratifying.  I can’t imagine a better way to practice medicine.”

“Our ability to simply pick up the phone or click a button on our Electronic Health Records system and almost instantly transfer a pediatric patient in need from our office to North Shore LIJ will be spectacular,” observed Michael Mendelsohn, MD, fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist partner at ENTA’s Garden City office. Added Todd Schaeffer, MD, otolaryngology partner at ENTA’s Lake Success office, Associate Chair of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders at North Shore University Hospital. “Our young patients deserve every possible medical resource available to them, and this affiliation both expands and accelerates what we can offer them.  This is a true win, win, win!”

Richard Litman, MD, otolaryngology partner at ENTA’s Port Jefferson and East Patchogue offices, commented, “Having a special relationship with a medical care organization with the resources, facilities, and expertise of North Shore-LIJ is exactly what I want to be able to offer my young patients…and now I can”.  This thought was echoed by Kevin Braat, MD, otolaryngology partner at ENTA’s Southampton and Riverhead offices: “There is simply no finer academic medical care provided on Long Island than that offered by NSLIJ.  I welcome this affiliation wholeheartedly.”

Added Robert Glazer, CEO of ENTA, “We have long recognized the benefits to our patients that an affiliation like this will yield, and have been working to finalize an agreement with NSLIJ.  I am thrilled to now be able to announce its completion”.

Robert Green MD, President of ENTA, summed it up as follows: “The impact that North Shore-LIJ has had on healthcare in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties is absolutely tremendous.  The North Shore-LIJ Health System is a truly unique and highly effective multi-location model for hospital care, and we at ENTA are thrilled to have finalized an arrangement that allows our patients to fully and quickly avail themselves of it.  Today is a banner day for the children of Long Island”.

ENTA currently has clinical sites located in Garden City, Lake Success, Riverhead, Southampton, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Bay Shore, Smithtown and will soon be adding a location in Hauppauge.

In addition to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ has hospitals located in Valley Stream, Glen Cove, Huntington, Manhasset, New Hyde Park, Plainview, Syosset, Bay Shore and Riverhead.

To learn more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, or to conveniently find an ENT doctor or Allergy Doctor and then quickly book an appointment at the nearest New York (NY) or New Jersey (NJ) location, please visit

About ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP:

ENT and Allergy has over 170 physicians in 40+ office locations in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties, New York City and northern/central New Jersey. The practice sees over 70,000 patients per month. Each ENT and Allergy Associates clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT Services. ENTA has a clinical alliance with The Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and esophageal cancer, a clinical alliance with the Montefiore Medical Center for the tertiary treatment of pediatric patients in New York City and the Hudson Valley, a clinical alliance with Northwell Health System for the tertiary treatment of pediatric patients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials. ENT and Allergy Associates Management and Marketing teams have been recognized numerous times with awards and accolades including Health Leaders Media 2011 Top Leadership Team in Healthcare, Top Doctor awards, ACS recognition award, AHAA Audiologist awards, The Westchester County Association Big W Awards and the Healthcare Marketing Report Healthcare Advertising Awards. Visit for more information.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.

One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system 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. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,300 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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