South Nassau opens new fetal medicine center


South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened its new Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the only center of its kind dedicated to high-risk pregnancies on the South Shore of Nassau County.

The center, located at 8 Oceanside Road in Rockville Centre, just steps away from the main Oceanside hospital campus, will allow specially trained obstetricians to combine advanced medical technology with genetic counseling to provide the specialized care mothers and their fetuses may need to monitor and manage high-risk conditions.

“A pregnancy that is or may become complicated can be extremely upsetting for any parent,” said Dr. Alan Garely, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at South Nassau. “Our new center offers the specialists, advanced technologies and services that enable parents to take an active role in assuring the best possible outcome for their pregnancy, while alleviating the burdens of their concerns and uncertain feelings.”

“This new center represents South Nassau’s ongoing commitment to bring the highest level of specialty services to the South Shore, so residents in the communities we serve can obtain high-end care close to home,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s president and chief executive officer.

The $3 million center provides comprehensive maternal-fetal care and services, and is staffed by specially trained obstetricians known as maternal fetal medicine sub-specialists. They utilize advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized comprehensive ultrasound, genetic testing, counseling and advanced fetal monitoring to closely monitor the condition of the child and mother and guide the progress of the pregnancy.

Dr. Dina El Kady, director of the center, and chief of the division of maternal fetal medicine at South Nassau has over 15 years of experience in the high-risk field. “Every day our team of experts, including specialized physicians, genetic counselors and MFM nurses and sonographers, work to create the best possible care plans for our patients,” she said. “I’m so pleased to be able to bring this type of expert, specialized care to the South Shore and look forward to working with expecting parents across Long Island.”

El Kady is board-certified in maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of California, Davis.

She is joined by Dr. Jonathan Y. Rosner, who is also board-certified in maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital and his fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center. He serves as chairman of South Nassau’s Obstetrical Performance Improvement Committee.

A patient-care team of highly qualified registered nurses, nurse practitioners and experienced maternal fetal medicine sonographers complement el Kady and Rosner. They have advanced knowledge regarding various fetal conditions and anomalies, and are skilled in identifying high-risk fetal conditions.

Compiled by Peter Belfiore