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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.

Orthopedic Surgery

Welcome from the Chief
dagostino As Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital for over a decade, I would like to welcome you to our department. As a specialty, we perform over 1,000 surgical procedures a year and are recognized as one of the busiest departments at St. Francis.

- Richard D’Agostino, M.D., Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
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Orthopedic Surgery - An Overview

The Orthopedic Surgery Department at St. Francis Hospital covers the full range of surgery in our field, with particular specialties in sports medicine, hand surgery, adult reconstructive surgery, and fracture care.

Sports Medicine is the largest component of our department. All of our physicians are board certified, and must have fellowship training in subspecialties.

Our Chief of Orthopedic Surgery specializes in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. He is among a small group of surgeons in New York State performing autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), a cutting-edge procedure to repair damaged articular cartilage in the knee using cartilage cells harvested arthroscopically from the patient.

Our joint replacement surgeons are experts in using minimally invasive techniques for hip and knee replacements. They use the latest techniques in adult reconstruction, including unicompartmental knee replacement and ceramic hip replacements.

We also have a fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the general orthopedic care of pediatric patients, as well as reconstructive surgery.

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Conditions Treated

  • All orthopedic diseases
  • Adult reconstructive surgery, including hip and knee replacement
  • Sports injuries
  • Hand, foot, ankle and spine injuries
  • Pediatric orthopedics

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Key Treatments

Sports Medicine

Arthroscopic surgery allows athletes to go home the same day of surgery, with quicker recovery rates. Postoperative recovery rates have diminished over the years, with some major procedures, such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and rotator cuff surgery, now being performed as day-op procedures.

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)

Damaged articular cartilage in the knee is repaired using cartilage cells harvested arthroscopically from the patient. The procedure involves growing the cells, and the re-inserting them surgically as a patch. During the months that follow, the cells continue to multiply, forming the building blocks of healthy cartilage and integrating with the surrounding cartilage. With time, the cells mature to form a cartilage repair.

Knee and Hip Replacement

As baby boomers reach middle age, more will require hip and knee replacement. The Orthopedic Surgery Department is at the forefront of joint replacement surgery, having remained at the leading edge of the latest techniques. Newer skills are being developed by several of our physicians. Minimally invasive surgery, guided navigation surgery, and alternative materials such as ceramics, are all used by our reconstructive surgeons.

Hand Reconstructive Surgery

Our physicians are all fellowship trained in hand surgery. Many are leaders in their field both clinically and at the research level. Fracture care for the hand has seen recent innovative procedures, all used by our physicians.

Pediatric Orthopedics

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeon is fellowship trained, adding an important dimension to our department. He is trained in current reconstructive procedures, fracture care, and hand procedures for the pediatric patient.

Fractures and Trauma

Although not considered a trauma center, St. Francis sees hundreds of patients requiring care of fractures. Our physicians are fellowship trained in trauma, performing up-to-date techniques used in the management of fractures, simple or complex. They are experts in pelvic and hip fractures, as well as upper extremity and lower extremity, hand, foot and ankle techniques.

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