South Shore University Hospital receives donation to expand neuroscience program


Bay Shore’s South Shore University Hospital will be expanding its neuroscience department with its new, state-of-the-art Linda and John Bohlsen Neuroscience Center. 

This latest expansion is thanks to the Bohlsen family’s $5 million donation to the hospital. 

The center includes the Linda and John Bohlsen Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, which is managed by the neurointensivist physicians who are fellowship-trained in neurocritical care. 

The difference between neuroscience ICUs from general ICUs is the specialized equipment, intensive bedside care, and shorter lengths of stay.

These additional services allow South Shore University Hospital to provide higher-level care for patients with complicated neurological conditions, such as brain tumors, seizures, stroke, neurotrauma, and brain bleeds.

David Chalif, chair of the hospital’s neurosurgery department and neurosurgeon, will lead the program and cultivate it into a collaborative, patient-centric environment, as well as expand the hospital’s specialized neurosurgical technology and services. 

He previously worked at North Shore University Hospital and has 34 years of neurosurgical experience. 

Justin Michael Thomas, the department’s vice chair, neurosurgeon and Long Island native, has worked at the hospital for seven years and will be working alongside Chalif to create an educational space, quality analysis, improved performance efforts, and other initiatives within the neuroscience division. 

This isn’t the first big donations from the Bohlsen family who helped pay for the hospital’s new lobby and expanded emergency department.

Donna Moravick, executive director of South Shore University Hospital, said the philanthropy and generosity from donors like the Bohlsens are why the hospital is able to provide excellent care to those in the community and the rest of Long Island.  

“We have created a state-of-the-art neuroscience ICU and are doing complex brain surgery and improving the outcomes of stroke patients by offering rapid, endovascular interventions,”  said Moravick. “Southside’s evolution from a community to a tertiary hospital continues to be driven by the expansion of key clinical programs such as these and the support of generous philanthropists like Linda and John Bohlsen.” 

For more information about neurosurgery at South Shore University Hospital call 631-591-7470 or visit

Top: (L-R) Southside Hospital’s David Chalif, MD, and Donna Moravick, NP, with donors Linda and John Bohlsen (courtesy)

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