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St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

For Immediate Release:


Contact:   Kevin Ryan
Director, Public and External Affairs
Phone:   (631) 862-3616

Date:                  April 27, 2011



 Smithtown, N.Y. - St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will host two continuing medical education (CME) lectures this May.

On May 18, 2011, a program titled Opiates for Non-Cancer Chronic Pain: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will be presented by Oscar A. de Leon Casasola, MD in the lower level of the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Nursing Home from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Dinner will be served.

Physicians will earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits for this lecture and learn how to effectively implement evidence-based, effective pain management protocols to positively impact their practices. Specific topics include: current demographics on chronic pain in the U.S., data supporting the use of opioids in chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, and neuropathic pain and the timing of therapy with opioids in these three conditions, the pitfalls of chronic opioid therapy and associated long-term morbidity and mortality.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Office of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management for more information at 631-862-3548.

On May 21, 2011, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will host Long Island’s Colorectal Disease Symposium 2011 from 7:00am to 4:00pm in the lower level of the nursing home. This course offers 7 Category 1 CME credits and is directed by David E. Rivadeneira, MD, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Director of the Colon & Rectal Program at St. Catherine’s. Twelve specialists will speak about a variety of colorectal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, benign anorectal disease and pelvic floor disorders. For more information on Long Island’s Colorectal Disease Symposium 2011, please call 631-870-3444.

These programs have been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. St. Francis Hospital is accredited by MSSNY to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


For more than 10 years, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been a trusted health care resource. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 558-bed, not-for-profit hospital (including 240 nursing home beds), a 298-unit senior housing facility and a medical office building. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

St. Catherine of Siena provides approximately $10 million in community outreach and charity care each year. The Medical Center’s community activities include a variety of lectures, screenings, health fairs, blood drives and other programs.

For information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, please call 631-870-3444.