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Welcome to the Cardiac Fitness Center of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center - the only hospital-based program of its kind on Long Island.


The center is located on the park-like grounds of The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale.


Located just off Northern Boulevard, its serene setting offers plenty of convenient and accessible parking.


Our popular fitness center enjoys more than 60,000 visits a year and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.


Visitors are greeted by our friendly staff to make sure every exercise session feels like a welcome visit.


All of our cardiac fitness programs are medically supervised by a doctor, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, who are always on site.


Our award-winning center is equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.


The workout circuit includes bicycles, treadmills, weight lifting stations and an indoor walking track.


All patients are prescreened for an appropriate fitness plan to ensure all of their cardiac needs are met.


Everyone is continually monitored for their progress by our highly dedicated staff.


For more information on how you can step up to better health and how we can help, call (516) 629-2040.

Gastroenterology

Welcome from the Chief
celifarco We welcome you to the Division of Gastroenterology at St. Francis Hospital. Although our hospital is well known for its cardiac care, its success requires the support from the many subspecialty services that bring our institution a step above others.


Anthony J. Celifarco, M.D., Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
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The Division of Gastroenterology - An Overview

Our division not only has the skill and expertise in diagnosing and treating all forms of gastrointestinal illnesses, but also the essential state of the art technologies that have made us confident in treating the most difficult of disorders.

In addition to consultative services, we provide all forms of endoscopic and non-endoscopic studies on an in-patient or out-patient basis. We have a modern endoscopy unit staffed with a team of professionals who provide our patients with warmth and comfort. Procedures offered include colonoscopy, not only for routine colon cancer screening, but also to help diagnose causes of bleeding, diarrhea or constipation. We also utilize upper endoscopy to evaluate causes of abdominal pain, bleeding, weight loss and difficulties swallowing. We perform endoscopic dilation, stent placement for obstructive lesions, and enteroscopy to help visualize and treat potential disorders of the small intestine.

One of the latest technologies, Capsule Endoscopy, can take images of the entire small bowel to find obscure causes of gastrointestinal bleeding, and help find evidence of undiagnosed disorders such as Crohn’s disease. This device, which is a “vitamin- sized” capsule that contains a minute video camera, takes thousands of images as it migrates through the small intestine, after it is swallowed by the patient. This data is then interpreted by one of the experienced Gastroenterologists on staff.

We are also highly regarded in diagnosing and treating multiple disorders of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. We are skilled in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which allows non-surgical treatments (including temporary or permanent stent placement) for many disorders of the pancreas of bile ducts. St Francis facilitates transfers from many area hospitals to help patients gain access to many of the gastroenterological procedures that we offer.

Many of our Gastroenterologists are also skilled in nutritional support, and can provide intravenous or enteral feedings, an important part of post-operative management for patients. Our team of Gastroenterologists are always accessible for patients who arrive at the Emergency Room with any serious gastrointestinal problem, and also available for follow-up appointments with patients at their offices, upon discharge.

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Conditions Treated

  • Digestive disease
  • Gastroesophogeal reflux
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable colon syndrome
  • Colon cancer screening
  • GI complications from cardiac surgery
  • Peptic ulcer disease

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Key Treatments

Colonoscopy

Colon cancer, the third most common cancer, is a preventable condition. By using colonoscopy we are able to remove polyps and prevent the disease from occurring.

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

This condition is diagnosed using gastroscopy and colonoscopy, and frequently can be treated without requiring surgery.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This disease is diagnosed based on history, physical examination, laboratory tests, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. Patients are then treated with dietary measures and if necessary, medication.

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