Hospital food usually gets a bad rap, but chefs from 11 North Shore-LIJ Hospitals competed last week in the health system’s first-ever cooking challenge to prove that hospital chefs can serve up gourmet restaurant-quality meals, but without the high fat, calories or sodium. Three celebrity chef judges awarded Forest Hills’ chefs with the top prize for their original dish of stuffed pork tenderloin with cranberry wild rice. Lenox Hill and Syosset hospitals finished second and third, respectively.
Researchers at the Feinstein Institute were also in the news this past week, with TV outlets across the country running a story featuring the Feinstein’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Bettie Steinberg talking about the success of the arthritis drug Celebrex in treating diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), such as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). In other research news, the Monter Cancer Center’s Dr. Iuliana Shapira presented data at last weekend’s American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago, identifying a genetic marker that indicates whether a patient with ovarian cancer has a benign or cancerous tumor, and if she will benefit from chemotherapy after surgery on the tumor.
Newsday also ran a great profile of Dr. Jennifer Mieres, who heads the health system’s Office of Community and Public Health, and her goals for reaching the region’s diverse communities.