Northwell Health, formerly known as North Shore LIJ, has done a remarkable job for healthcare in my community. My family has many friends who are board members, overseers and trustees for this network of health care facilities, and I’m proud everyday to support the work they facilitate statewide.

Almost every adult with children understands the stress of bringing a child to the hospital. I myself have been there many times, but luckily whenever I’ve brought my children to Northwell Health we have left feeling extremely taken care of. As with all parents, our children mean the world to us, so it’s important that they are treated well by kind and qualified professionals.

Most recently, my father was taken care of at Northwell, and I felt he was in the safest, most caring environment imaginable. Whether you have children, aging parents, a sick spouse or a medical condition of your own, it eases the mind and heart to know you have a good hospital with caring doctors at your disposal.

My experience with Northwell aligns almost exactly with their mission. According to their website, Northwell “strives to improve the health of the communities it serves and is committed to providing the highest quality clinical care; educating the current and future generations of health care professionals; searching for new advances in medicine through the conduct of bio-medical research; promoting health education; and caring for the entire community regardless of the ability to pay.”

Northwell Health was officially founded in 1997 when the North Shore Health System merged with LIJ Medical Center. The merger created a network of what is now 21 hospitals, an institute for medical research, rehabilitation and nursing facilities, a home care network, hospice network and more. It’s the largest integrated health care system in New York state, and the state’s largest private employer.

Northwell Health was rebranded this January, but its commitments remain the same in spite of its name change. They are dedicated to community, quality, research and education, and aim to be not just a good health provider, but a leader in national health care. This shows in everything they do.

Supporting local hospitals and health providers, to me, is a moral thing to do, and an easy thing decision provided you have the resources. Without quality hospitals that push the envelope and provide cutting-edge care, our own health and that of our families and friends could be at stake. We should never take this kind of care for granted, which is why my family and I will continue to support Northwell Health. We support them so they can support us, and just as importantly, countless other patients in need.