Northwell Health - Kids First

Spring 2016

Look North is a magazine published by the Northwell Health System. This publication features health and wellness information geared toward healthcare consumers in the Long Island and New York City region.

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We Cohen Children's Medical Center is dedicated to providing the absolute best care for the children and parents in our community and beyond. Welcome to the latest issue of Kids First! You may have noticed a change within our health system. North Shore-LIJ Health System is now Northwell Health. This new name signals our emphasis on innovations in providing the very best care for our communities. As always, Cohen Children's is dedicated to giving kids advanced, family-centered care. Our cover story features Rei Karki, a competitive tennis player from Phoenix whose dreams of playing in the US Open Men's Final were sidelined by scoliosis. Fortunately his family put their trust in the experts at the Billie and George Ross Center for Advanced Pediatric Orthopaedics and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. Now, following surgery, Rei is back on the court. Another teen beat very different odds when Cohen Children's admitted him for treatment after a knife attack. Our clinicians at Cohen Children's, the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the metro area, made all the difference to Mohmund Farhadi and his family. See the amazing story on page 4. We hope you are able to get outdoors with your children and enjoy an active lifestyle as a family. Please consider joining us at one of our three Northwell Health Walks in May. You can read about those on page 15. We hope to see you there. Kevin McGeachy Executive Director kids FIRST Follow Us! Our treatment is just the right size for kids. To find a pediatrician, call 888-321-DOCS. Visit to stay up-to-date on developments at Cohen Children's Medical Center. 3 Breathe Easy 4 A Group Effort to Save a Life 6 Giving Fernando a Second Chance 8 Finding a Marrow Match 10 Celebrating Two Lives A Perfect Round for Philanthropy 11 Straight from the Heart 12 Scoliosis Treatment Keeps Teen in the Game 14 Specialty Care, Close By 15 Uniting on the Path to Good Health 16 Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle contents Dear Friends, Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Change Kids' Lives Better for the Change Kids' Lives Michael Dowling President and CEO Northwell Health Kevin McGeachy Executive Director Cohen Children's Medical Center Charles Schleien, MD Chair, Northwell Health Department of Pediatrics, and Philip Lanzkowsky Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Giustine Altschuler Senior Development Director Cohen Children's Medical Center Terry Lynam Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Northwell Health Public Relations Brian Mulligan Assistant Vice President Northwell Health Public Relations Maria Conforti Director, Editorial Services and Executive Communications Northwell Health Public Relations For more information about making a contribution to support Cohen Children's Medical Center, please call 516-465-2550 or visit cohen-childrens-donation. 2 kidsFIRST | Spring 2016

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