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The Feinstein Institute Commemorates Women in Science during National Women’s Health Week
Monday, May 18, 2015


MANHASSET, NY (May 18, 2015) – An organization of female scientists, Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM), recently hosted its fourth annual awards breakfast on May 12 in celebration of National Women’s Health Week and in recognition of the numerous scientific accomplishments achieved at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and across the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Scientists, educators, business and community leaders from throughout the region attended the event to celebrate excellence and achievements of women in science.

“AWSM has spread a culture of women helping women to reach, preserve, take risks and succeed,” said Christine Metz, PhD, investigator at the Feinstein Institute and president of AWSM. “These reaches have led to significant achievements, including the translation of bench science into successful clinical trials.”

Awards in scientific excellence, innovation, mentorship, education and training, ranging from $1,500 to $25,000, were presented to the following female faculty at the Feinstein Institute:

  • Cynthia Aranow, MD
  • Ona Bloom, PhD
  • Nadeen Chahine, PhD
  • Amanda Chan, PhD
  • Sangeeta Chavan, PhD
  • Champa Codipilly, PhD
  • Anne Davidson, MBBS
  • Concepcion Goldberg, MD, PhD
  • Czeslawa Kowal, PhD
  • Meggan Mackay, MD, MS
  • Christine Metz, PhD
  • Kaie Ojamaa, PhD
  • Maria Ruggieri, PhD
  • Frances Santiago-Schwarz, PhD
  • Barbara Sherry, PhD
  • Sharon Singh, MD
  • Bettie Steinberg, PhD
  • Joy Yan, MD, PhD
  • Huan Yang, MD, PhD

In addition, Stacey E. Rosen, MD, vice president of North Shore-LIJ’s Katz Institute for Women's Health, presented a joint AWSM/Katz Institute award to Annette Lee, PhD, and John L. Lovecchio, MD. The 2015 AWSM Girl Scout Awards were also presented during the event. The winners of the awards were Annabel Lee, an 11th-grade student at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, and Pamela Guerra, an 11th-grade student at Locust Valley High School. Both are members of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County , and each will receive research training as summer interns at the Feinstein Institute and a $2,000 scholarship funded by supporters of AWSM.

Cori Bargmann, PhD, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, and head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, spoke at the event and was awarded the 2015 AWSM Award for Excellence. The award was conferred in recognition of her outstanding achievements in science, strong leadership skills and commitment to advancing women’s careers. Dr. Bargmann offered the insight that “we are successful by how we predict, interpret and influence others.”

In addition, artists and philanthropists Elizabeth Jordan and Michelle Ort presented and spoke about their light installations called “Refraction,” for which all proceeds are donated to AWSM. To date, $100,000 has been raised through the Refraction initiative to support women in science. Refraction combines contemporary art with science to create light sculptures and photographs. For more information about Refraction, visit

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Southside Hospital Pursuing Major Expansion of Bohlsen Family Emergency Department
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Southside ED Rendering

BAY SHORE, NY (May 4, 2015) -- Southside Hospital, a 341-bed tertiary facility in Bay Shore, NY, is in the early stages of a multi-million dollar expansion of its Emergency Department, which will be named in honor of the Bohlsen Family for their exceptional lead gift. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.

“This expansion will more than triple the size of Southside’s present Emergency Department, enabling the hospital to improve its level of service and efficiency to better accommodate the more than 70,000 visits it receives each year,” said Donna Moravick, the hospital’s executive director.

John D’Angelo, MD, senior vice president of emergency medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, said, “This emergency department will bring much more than simply greater space; it breaks away from traditional design to allow for optimization of flow and comfort for all patients regardless of acuity.”

In July 2014, Southside Hospital became the first Level II trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons on Long Island and in the entire metropolitan area. This achievement recognized the trauma center's commitment to providing high-quality service and excellence.

“We are very grateful to the Bohlsen Family for their extraordinary generosity and support as we move forward with a state-of-the-art expansion of our Bohlsen Family Emergency Department to create a facility commensurate with the medical excellence we provide.” said Ms. Moravick.

Ribbon Cutting Marks The Opening of an $84 Million Expansion at CFAM
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cancer Institute Opening 2015

LAKE SUCCESS, NY (November 20, 2014) –  Hundreds of donors, physicians and other supporters on Wednesday celebrated the completion of an $84 million expansion of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s headquarters at the health system’s Center for Advanced Medicine (CFAM) at 450 Lakeville Road in Lake Success.

“With an additional 93,000 square feet, the Center for Advanced Medicine brings together all cancer services offered by North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center under one roof,” said North Shore-LIJ Chief Medical Officer David Battinelli, MD. “The new space houses all ambulatory hematology/oncology, chemotherapy and radiation medicine, as well as surgical oncology and brain tumor services.”

CFAM was already home to diagnostic radiology, breast imaging, urology and ambulatory surgery services. In one convenient location that now includes a total of about 130,000 square feet of space, patients now have access to a fully integrated spectrum of comprehensive cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, genetic counseling, nutritional and social work, supportive care and survivorship programs.

Calling the new facility “the most beautiful place someone will never want to visit,” Louis Potters, MD, chair of radiation medicine of the health system and co-executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, hailed the expanded facility both for it technological provisions and the compassion of the staff. “Our Cancer Institute places great emphasis on the patient/family experience. Aside from the physicians, all of our navigators, dietitians, social workers and other staff are devoted to the comfort of our guests,” he said."In addition, the expansion and our move to this new facility give us the opportunity to invest in the latest technology in the field.”

In addition to its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient services, the Cancer Institute offers the 16,000 patients it diagnoses and treats annually access to more than 125 clinical trials at any given time, said Daniel Budman, MD, chief of hematology/oncology at NSUH and LIJ, and co-executive director of the Cancer Institute. “Over the past 30 years, more than 10,000 North Shore-LIJ cancer patients have participated in clinical research studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI),” said Dr. Budman, noting that the NCI Community Oncology Research Program recently awarded a $4.1 million grant to North Shore-LIJ -- one of only 46 providers in the US selected to participate, and one of only two in New York State and the only one on Long Island to receive funding.

At Wednesday’s celebration, two cancer survivors spoke of their personal journeys: Kimberly Hastings, of Lynbrook, and Barry Bassik, of Great Neck. In July 2013, Ms. Hastings went for her annual mammogram. A few months later, she felt a lump in her breast while showering. Her breast surgeon called for a biopsy, which revealed a malignant tumor that had spread to one lymph node. In December 2013, she underwent a lumpectomy, followed by 16 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments. In September 2014, Ms. Hastings completed all of her treatments and was deemed cancer-free. “Facing 16 chemo and 30 radiation treatments over an eight-month period was not a pleasant prospect,” she said. “Yet, my experience turned out to be very positive, without issue, and I am happy to say today that I am cancer free. I attribute this to the expertise of my team of doctors, the specific targeted treatment plan I was given, and the fact that I was able to receive the highest level of care at a conveniently located, full-service cancer treatment center right here on Long Island.”

Mr. Bassik, an attorney who relies heavily on his voice to carry out his job requirements, visited his internist in 2013 complaining of a sore throat. A subsequent CT scan and biopsy revealed a tumor lodged at the base of his tongue. He underwent chemotherapy and 36 radiation treatments until the end of 2013---all through the Cancer Institute. He is now cancer free and back at work. “For me to have all my treatments in one location has made the patient experience so much better,” Mr. Bassik said. “I continue to be grateful for the compassionate staff and the ease with which we were all able to communicate.”

About one-third (30,000 square feet) of the Cancer Institute’s newly expanded space is home to the health system’s Department of Radiation Medicine, which provides radiation therapy in a sleekly-designed, calming setting. Among new radiation oncology services offered at the site include: a Gamma Knife and three TrueBeam linear accelerators, in addition to a comprehensive brachytherapy program, stereotactice radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy.

Following is a summary of other new outpatient cancer services housed within the newly expanded North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute headquarters at CFAM:

  • An expanded capacity to the Monter Cancer Center and the Phyllis and Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center, which is doubling its space and will now house hematologists/oncologists from LIJ Medical Center in addition to NSUH.
  • A dedicated Division of Surgical Oncology that performs more than 2,000 procedures annually, including treatment for colorectal, pancreatic, kidney, bladder, breast, thyroid, chest, lung and skin cancers.
  • A Brain Tumor Center that combines the clinical expertise of the Cancer Institute and the Cushing Neuroscience Institute to offer comprehensive treatment for benign and malignant brain tumors.
Lenox Hill Hospital Celebrates a Year of Milestones,While Raising $1.6 Million for Programs and Services
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lenox Hill Autumn Ball 2014

NEW YORK, NY (November 12, 2014) – Lenox Hill Hospital’s Autumn Ball Tuesday evening raised $1.6 Million to fund the continuing growth and expansion of the renowned medical institution’s clinical programs that have been benefiting New Yorkers for 157 years. The evening, held at the American Museum of Natural History, also served as a celebration for the many milestones Lenox Hill Hospital continues to achieve across Manhattan. Star of stage, screen and film, Kristin Chenoweth added to the memorable evening with an intimate performance of quintessential New York standards.

“Lenox Hill Hospital has served the people of New York City for nearly 160 years and continues to grow and flourish,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which owns and operates Lenox Hill Hospital. “The hospital’s dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, administrators and partnering healthcare professionals continue to raise the bar in providing outstanding, compassionate care to countless patients and their families.”

This past year, Lenox Hill expanded its service coverage in Manhattan by moving into Greenwich Village, with the July opening of the first phase of the Lenox Hill HealthPlex. The new complex represents a new model of community-based care that integrates health and wellness services with seamless access to 24-hour emergency care and a full range of medical specialists. The HealthPlex also serves as a receiving facility for the New York City 911 Emergency Medical System. A range of other comprehensive medical services will be added to the six-story building in 2015, including: ambulatory surgery, outpatient rehabilitation, imaging, health and wellness services, medical specialty practices and home care.

Another venerated institution in the city, the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital at 64th Street, also saw continued progress in 2014 as Lenox Hill continues to add and expand ENT and other services, including orthopedic, and head and neck services.

The Lenox Hill Autumn Ball is driven by a dynamic roster of New York City leaders who span across the worlds of medicine, publishing, media, the arts and philanthropy. Serving as the Benefit Committee are Lily & Douglas Band, Jonathan Canno & Pierce Canno Roberts, Susan & Mark Claster, Ellen & Daniel M. Crown, Deborah & Philippe Dauman, Nancy & Robert N. Downey, Victoria & Lloyd Goldman, Diane & Paul B. Guenther, Judith & William O. Hiltz, Nancy & Jeffrey B. Lane, Phyllis & William Mack, Francesca & Richard B. Nye, Tara Kelleher & Roy J. Zuckerberg.

Raising Money for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research One Mile at a Time
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Step By Step

GREAT NECK, NY (October 14, 2014) – On an uncharacteristically warm Sunday in September, teams of runners traversed the length of Long Island in the annual Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay. Four of those teams consisted of runners from Step By Step, a nonprofit corporation, which raises money to fight cancer through providing endurance training programs for runners, walkers, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes. Step By Step’s ranks were bolstered this year by runners from the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, who Step By Step has selected as the exclusive beneficiary.

Joe Bencivenga, Founder and President of Step By Step, said, "We chose to partner with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute for many reasons. North Shore-LIJ is a prestigious healthcare system with hospital affiliates across Long Island, and at Step By Step, we like raising support for organizations on Long Island.” “More importantly,” continued Bencivenga, “we recognize that North Shore-LIJ continues to build a world-class cancer program and our donations are going to expedite the research needed at the highest level.”

“Through this new partnership, Step By Step’s support of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute will make a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families,” said Louis Potters, MD, Co-Executive Director, North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and Chair of Radiation Medicine. “With modern technologies and new advances in cancer genetics, cancer vaccines, surgical and imaging techniques, and targeted therapeutics, the promise of safer, more effective cancer treatments and cures has never been more in sight. Step By Step shares our relentless commitment to innovation and to accelerating new breakthroughs, so that this promise becomes a reality.”

In exchange for endurance training, runners have fundraising goals for each event they participate in. This year, the team ran the Long Island Marathon in May, the Ocean to Sound Relay in September and on November 6, Step By Step will be holding their end of year benefit honoring two of North Shore-LIJ’s most prominent physicians in the pediatric cancer field: Mark Atlas, MD, Chief, Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program and Mark Mittler, MD, Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. All the money raised at this year’s benefit, the Ocean to Sound Relay, and other races from this past year, will support pediatric brain cancer research. Each year, the organization will join with the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute to select a different form of cancer to highlight and support. Information on attending the gala can be found on the Step By Step website.

$1M Donation to Support Feinstein Institute’s New Brain Tumor Biotech Center
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brain Tumor Biotech Center

MANHASSET, NY (September 29 2014) – The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has established the world’s first Brain Tumor Biotech Center that will bring together scientists, clinicians and biotech companies to accelerate the delivery of novel drugs for treating the deadly cancer. To support the Feinstein Institute’s efforts, Voices Against Brain Cancer this week made a $1 million donation to kick-start the new center.

“We are very thankful to Voices Against Brain Cancer and their generous support,” said John A. Boockvar, MD, investigator in the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy at the Feinstein Institute, director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital, and professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. “This support will help expedite the discovery and delivery of novel drugs and therapeutics to patients living with brain cancer.”

Dr. Boockvar, who was recruited earlier this year from Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center in Manhattan, is co-director of the Feinstein Institute’s new Brain Tumor Biotech Center with Marc Symons, PhD, an investigator and director of the Feinstein Institute’s Light Microscopy Facility, and professor of molecular medicine and neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

More than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors every year. Treating brain cancer through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of those methods is often complicated by the fact that there are more than 120 types of brain tumors. Some forms of brain cancer spread far into normal brain tissue and are very resistant to current therapies, posing a major challenge to successful treatment. Eliminating all brain tumor cells through surgery without adversely impacting a person’s function is very difficult. Chemotherapy has limited benefits in shrinking tumors because the brain is protected from foreign substances circulating in the blood Radio-therapy is a standard therapy for brain tumors, but tumors often become resistant to radiation. In addition, radio-therapy has many side effects, especially in children.

“The treatment of brain tumors is an extremely challenging endeavor,” said Dr. Symons. “This new center is unique in its capabilities of speeding up new treatment developments.”

Through the Feinstein Institute’s new Brain Tumor Biotech Center, researchers are hoping for greater advancements in drug development, saying it will serve as an interactive hub for scientists, clinicians and biotech companies studying neuro-oncology. Leveraging the Feinstein Institute’s expertise, the Brain Tumor Biotech Center will partner with biotechnology companies as they complete preclinical testing, navigate the regulatory landscape and execute on clinical development initiatives. Researchers will have the added benefit of being able to interface with the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s vast patient population and access other resources needed to pursue new, effective treatments.

The $1 million gift from Voices Against Brain Cancer, to be distributed over five years, will establish a venture fund to be used entirely for supporting activities within the Brain Tumor Biotech Center. “We’re doing this because we see this being the fast track to providing relief to our patients and their families, and really taking on this terrible disease,” said Michael Klipper, chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer.

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Hundreds attend Les Nelkin Pediatric Cancer Survivors’ Day Sponsored by Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Friday, September 26, 2014

3rd Annual Pediatric Cancer Survivors Day

EAST MEADOW, NY (September 25 2014) – Guest speaker Matthew Zachary, the founder of Stupid Cancer, addresses the crowd at Eisenhower Park earlier this week during the third annual Les Nelkin Pediatric Cancer Survivors’ Day, presented by the Survivors Facing Forward Program at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Matthew was a 21-year-old college senior and concert pianist when he lost use of his left hand. Tests were performed and he received a diagnosis of medulloblastoma. Eighteen years later, Matt continues to be a passionate advocate for young adults affected by cancer.

More than 400 survivors of pediatric cancer were joined by their families and the staff of Cohen‘s to celebrate their triumph. The day is made possible through the generosity of Ruth and Harold Nelkin who have been great friends and supporters of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant. They honor the memory of their son, Les, through their support of this emotional event.

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Partners Council Luncheon & Fashion Show Raises Close to Half Million for Women’s Health
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Partners Council Fashion Show

OLD WESTBURY, NY (September 24, 2014) – A capacity crowd of 500 filled the tent at Old Westbury Gardens to support the Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System at a fashion show presented by Americana Manhasset featuring the Giorgio Armani fall/winter 2014 collection.

The annual program, in its 22nd year, was dedicated to helping create an endowed professorship in women’s health and raised more than $450,000 toward that goal. Endowed professorships are established in order to make a significant impact in both medical education and scientific inquiry.

The program opened with women sharing empowering messages such as “I support women’s health;” “I want a better, kinder, smarter culture of care;” “I am here because of my sister;” “I am here because of my mother;” “I am here because of my daughter;” and “I deserve to be heard, empower me.”

Echoing those sentiments was Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of WNYW-TV FOX 5’s Good Day New York, who for the second year served as master of ceremonies. Ms. Scotto reminded the attendees why supporting the Katz Institute for Women’s Health is vital.

“The Katz Institute allows us to take better care of ourselves, our mothers, our sisters and our daughters through outreach, education, research and clinical practice, she said. "Women deserve a kinder, smarter culture of care.”

Dr. Stacey Rosen, Vice President of Women’s Health told the crowd that every woman in the room deserves to be heard.

“Who here hasn’t been touched by a medical issue whether themselves or a loved one that has changed our lives?” she asked.

Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System has raised more than $6.5 million over the past 22 years. North Shore-LIJ continues its commitment to transforming women’s health services throughout the region with the Katz Women’s Hospitals and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health.

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Train Concert Raises $1.5 Million for The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Friday, July 18, 2014

Feinstein Summer Concert 2014

MANHASSET, NY (July 18, 2014) – The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Train took center stage Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay, NY for a private benefit concert supporting The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The event also featured Endometriosis Foundation of America’s (EFA) co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

The $1.5 million raised at the event will be used by the Feinstein Institute to fund research in such therapeutic areas as cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Feinstein Institute is the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Speaking on behalf of the band Train, lead singer Pat Monahan shared the band members’ feelings about performing at the Feinstein Institute summer concert. “We recognize how profoundly lucky we are to have our health and the health of our families. When we were asked to play, we immediately said ‘yes’ because we understand the importance of the Feinstein Institute research as it relates to curing diseases. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and inspired by the work being done.”

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program, thanking the attendees and supporters, that “the history of science, like all history is a series of stories, and the connection of those stories lead to the present and point to the future… It is as if the spirit of history has moved through and put us all in this position at this time to accomplish what we can, and you are a part of it. You are here supporting our work and without you, we can’t get there.” Dr. Tracey’s research was recently featured in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine. To learn more, click here.

The evening also included the presentation of the 2014 Fellowship Award named in honor of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to Feinstein Institute investigator, Maya Tevlin, PhD. Dr. Tevlin is an investigator for an endometriosis study that is being supported by the EFA, called Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (ROSE). The award was presented by EFA co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

“The Endometriosis Foundation of America is pleased to present Dr. Maya Tevlin with the 2014 Fellowship Award for her dedication to the cause of endometriosis, which affects 176 million women and girls worldwide," said Dr. Seckin. "The EFA is committed to supporting research that will help unravel the mysteries behind this most devious and debilitating disease and, ultimately, enable us to find a cure. The EFA’s sponsorship of ROSE at the Feinstein Institute is one of our crowning achievements, and just the beginning of a long-term partnership in endometriosis research."

"We are honored to acknowledge Dr. Tevlin as the first EFA Fellow and salute the Feinstein Institute for its commitment to this serious health issue and the ROSE Project,” said Padma Lakshmi, EFA Co-Founder."

Emceeing the evening was Laura Benanti, who earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. She was also nominated for her performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and in Swing! Ms. Benanti has also been cast in several television shows including The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order SVU, among others.

Pictured: Attendees of the Feinstein Institute Summer Concert Benefit; Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, Laura Benanti, Mr. and Mrs. Feinstein, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Mrs. and Mr. Zucker.

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Artist Inspires Patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Sima Levy

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (July 1, 2014) – Sima Levy, a volunteer art teacher at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, enjoys nothing more than the “joy of watching children immersed in art being able to forget their pain and their illness.” A mother to three children, she explains, “To watch these young patients, is the power of creativity and artistic expression.”

As a child, Mrs. Levy became passionate about giving back to the world through charitable works and education. That desire led to the creation of Mothers Art World, an educational initiative dedicated to teaching art to children in a fun and motivating manner.

The company is now publishing its first book in the new Meet the Artist series, A Day with Degas. Mothers Art World’s mission is to provide opportunities for children to be enriched through its art education programs, and A Day with Degas reflects the heart of that commitment. Founder of Mother’s Art World, Mrs. Levy believes that art is an essential part of childhood development, which is why she feels passionately about the inspirational impact art can have on even the youngest patients at Cohen Children’s.

Inspiring others through her art and book series, Mrs. Levy donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of A Day with Degas to support programs at Cohen Children’s.

Friends of Glen Cove Hospital “Shake it Up” at Beatles Benefit Concert
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Tunes 2014

OLD WESTBURY, NY (June 14, 2014) – Beatles fans of all ages were treated to a spectacular summer concert at Old Westbury Gardens featuring music by the Fab Four Ultimate Tribute Band. The June 14 music extravaganza benefitted Glen Cove Hospital.

The Los Angeles Times has called the Fab Four “The best Beatles band on Earth.” And hundreds of concert goers could attest to this as they took to the great lawn and danced the night away.

Dressed in costumes from the 60’s and 70’s, the Fab Four entertained the crowd with an incredible line up of songs from every era of the Beatles’ legendary career. The Fab Four was introduced by “Ed Sullivan,” who emceed the show.

Since 1982, Glen Cove Hospital has held an annual benefit concert. Known as June Tunes, this is the second year in a row the event featured the Fab Four playing the music of the Beatles.

The money raised will support Glen Cove Hospital’s mission to provide the best healthcare to the communities.

For more than 90 years, Glen Cove Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has been serving neighboring communities with competence and compassion.

The communities’ support has led to the growing success of this annual event and helps Glen Cove Hospital, a full service facility, to continue providing excellent healthcare for all.

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Pediatric Cath Lab Opens at Cohen Children's Medical Center
Friday, June 20, 2014

Pediatric Cath Lab

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (June 19, 2014) – Cohen Children’s Medical Center opened a new cardiac catheterization laboratory – a $6 million investment that features diagnostic imaging equipment and other technology used to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat abnormalities.

The new unit, made possible through the support of Jay Goldman, distinguishes Cohen as the only children’s hospital on Long Island -- and one of the few in the New York area -- with a cath lab dedicated exclusively to diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions in children. Cardiac patients at Cohen previously were treated in the cardiac cath labs at LIJ Medical Center, which is connected to the children’s hospital.

"The opening of a cardiac catheterization lab is a monumental occasion for the children's hospital that enables our pediatric cardiologists to deliver care in the safest possible environment for our kids," said Kevin McGeachy, executive director at Cohen Children's, which was ranked this week by US News & World Report as one of the nation' top children's hospitals.

Rubin Cooper, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology at Cohen, said the children's hospital already performs more than 250 cardiac catheterization procedures annually on children. "The introduction of this new catheterization lab dedicated exclusively to children enables us to build on the hospital's expertise in pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, especially minimally and non-invasive procedures”.

For instance, Dr. Cooper noted that the catheterization lab will also be used for implanting the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, which offers children and adults a revolutionary option for treating failing heart valves without open-heart surgery.

The new catheterization lab has the added benefit of offering the lowest-dose radiation of any similar system in the region, ensuring the safety of children undergoing diagnostic imaging, Dr. Cooper said.

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Susan G. Komen Greater New York City Affiliate Grant Supports LIJ Medical Center’s Cancer Screening Program for Uninsured Women
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Susan G. Komen Greater New York CityNEW HYDE PARK, NY (June 3, 2014) – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it has received a $74,840 grant from the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® to offer outreach and patient navigation services through its Cancer Community Connection Program.

The breast cancer screening program at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., offers a variety of free cancer screenings for underserved and inadequately insured women. These screenings are funded by the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program.

This is the third consecutive year that Komen Greater NYC has funded the Cancer Community Connection Program, and it brings their total support to more than $238,000 for community outreach and education and patient navigation services that promote breast health, regular breast cancer screening, and early detection.

With funding from the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, clinicians at LIJ Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Unit & the Mitchell A. Goldman, MD Diagnostic Imaging Center in New Hyde Park provide free state-of-the-art 3D mammograms to the uninsured. The program also offers free pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings by clinicians, ensuring a seamless connection to other preventive and diagnostic services.

“Having regular breast, cervical and colon cancer screening tests increases the chance of detecting these diseases early, when they are most likely to be curable,” said Jill Maura Rabin, MD, chief of the Division of Ambulatory Care and head of urogynecology at LIJ Medical Center.

Studies show that health disparities are particularly pronounced among African-American women, who are diagnosed at later stages and consequently face higher breast cancer mortality rates. Hispanic, Asian, undocumented, uninsured and young women also have considerably lower screening rates than the general population.

Komen Greater NYC supports a comprehensive breast cancer services that include outreach, education services and patient navigation to underserved women.

“Continued funding support from Komen Greater NYC ensures that LIJ Medical Center will make a significant difference in the community,” said Ann Stephens, the program’s Outreach Coordinator at LIJ Medical Center. In addition to education and outreach, the program will identify and eliminate each woman's barriers to care. All incoming patients are guided through the entire continuum of care, from screening to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.

“Since the support of the Komen Greater NYC funding in 2011, patient volume has more than tripled and more than 20 community-based partnerships have been formed, greatly increasing the program’s impact,” noted Kaitlin Doyle, MSPH, Women’s Health Coordinator at LIJ Medical Center.

To make an appointment for a cancer screening, please call the LIJ Medical Center Ambulatory Care Unit at 718-470-4165.

Thousands Walk In Support of the Katz Women’s Hospitals and Katz Institute for Women’s Health
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 ewmw

WANTAGH, NY (May 18, 2014) – The North Shore-LIJ Health System, along with the Commerce and Industry Council, hosted the fifth annual Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and Their Families this past Sunday, May 18. The nearly 5,000 attendees were there to support The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospitals, specialty hospitals and programmatic initiatives that are transforming women’s healthcare forever.

Prior to the start of the Walk, Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Public Health at North Shore-LIJ, took to the podium and told the walkers, “Women are the CEOs of their families and yet often times, they go without taking care of themselves. We need to educate ourselves about the differences in women’s health and understand that we are not the same as men, which is why the Katz Institute and Katz Women’s Hospitals are such vital assets to have in our community.” Alexa Tiven, along with her sister Nicole Mancini, walked in memory of their mother, Dianne Tiven who lost her battle with cancer. “This event is very important to us as sisters, as aunts, as moms. Every woman matters!” proudly exclaimed Tiven and Mancini.

Superstorm Sandy compromised last year’s Walk with the closing of the Jones Beach boardwalk, so this year’s Walk was not only highly anticipated but celebrated. Walkers had an opportunity to visit the health and wellness showcase tent, enjoy entertainment provided by K98.3, grab a few snacks from our food and beverage tent and snap a few photos at our "flex station" at the end of our 5k Walk.

Since the inception of the 5k Walk in 2010, close to $2 million has been raised for the Katz Institute and Katz Women’s Hospitals. Fundraising will continue through Friday, June 6, 2014 online at the Walk’s website:

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Kohl’s Department Stores Donates More than $267,000 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center Healthy Living Education Program
Monday, May 12, 2014

ohen Children’s Medical Center was awarded a grant of $267,839 on behalf of Kohl’s Department Stores during the recent Kohl’s Cars Keeping Kids Healthy Top Chef Cook-off.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (May 12, 2014) – Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is proud to be awarded a grant of $267,839 on behalf of Kohl's Department Stores, through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program.

Funds awarded support Cohen’s Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program, which combats the childhood obesity epidemic through fitness and nutritional education, as a means to prevent excessive weight gain in childhood. The program partners with area elementary schools and community-based organizations to deliver interactive education and activities that reinforce the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. On May 10, the program hosted the Kohl's Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Top Chef Cook-off, the culmination of a regional competition challenging children and their families to create nutritious and tasty recipes. The Top Chef Cook-off brought together families, community members and Top Chef alum Danny Gagnon, as the young chef finalists prepared their dishes for judging. Kohl’s donation to the medical center was presented in conjunction with the competition.

“The partnership between Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Kohl’s is truly helping to educate our community on making choices that promote good health. We are proud to be a part of this innovative program that champions proper nutrition and physical activity as the keys to wellness,” says Cohen Executive Director, Kevin McGeachy.

Since 2001, Kohl’s has donated more than $3.7 million to Cohen’s. Other medical center outreach initiatives supported through Kohl’s Cares® have included car seat safety and motor vehicle injury prevention and safety.

Kohl's commitment to Cohen Children’s Medical Center is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys and 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

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Mets Welcome Home Dinner Is A Home Run for Women's Health
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

From left: Michael and Dayle Katz, Michael Ruth Slade, Iris and Saul Katz.

NEW YORK, NY (March 31, 2014) – The Annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner at the Hilton New York officially welcomed back the team to Citi Field on March 31, 2014. The evening featured a dinner program and concluded with an autograph session with the 2014 New York Mets.

During the program, Dayle Katz and Ruth Slade, both Associate Trustees of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, were presented with the “Every Woman Matters Award.” Each year, the award is presented to individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership, care and achievement in promoting women’s health. As co-chairs of Partners Council for Women’s Health since 2000, both Dayle and Ruth have greatly enhanced the health system’s ability to purchase important equipment, fund critical research projects and build programs for the betterment of the women in our community.

The dinner raised more than $500,000 for The Katz Institute for Women's Health and Katz Women's Hospitals and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Photo Caption: (From left) Michael and Dayle Katz, Michael Ruth Slade, Iris and Saul Katz.

North Shore University Hospital Receives Donation to Bring iPads to Cardiology Reception and Waiting Area
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Gregory Galdi, left, and Kenneth McMillan, Senior Director, Development, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation.

MANHASSET, NY (March 6, 2014) – A donation made by Linda and Gregory Galdi of Lloyd Harbor, NY, will support the installation of several iPad kiosks to engage the 37,000 patients and family members who utilize the Cardiology Reception and Waiting Area at North Shore University Hospital each year.

Located on the first floor of the hospital, the Cardiology Reception and Waiting Area serves as a central hub of activity. Whether going for a routine exam, stress test, echocardiogram, or follow-up appointment after a more complex and specialized procedure, a majority of the 23,000 patients cared for annually by the Department of Cardiology come through the reception and waiting area. The hospital is in the process of renovating this high usage area to incorporate features that will help enhance the comfort of patients and their families while increasing operational efficiencies. Part of the redesign will see the addition of iPad kiosks for the use of patients and families thanks to the support of such generous donors as Mr. Galdi.

“Whether as a patient or as the family member of a patient, we have all experienced the angst of waiting while minutes ticked by like hours,” said Mr. Galdi, President of Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. “It is my hope that with this donation of iPads, some of the stress of waiting will be alleviated. We may still wish we were someplace else, but hopefully the iPads can help us escape for a few moments,” said Galdi.

The highest quality of care, comfort and compassion for our patients has always been, and will always be the hallmark of North Shore University Hospital “Waiting rooms are often a place of anxiety, which is why Linda and Greg Galdi’s donation provides a real benefit to patients and families,” stated Derek Anderson, Senior Director, Hospital Operations for North Shore University Hospital. “Having this technology allows people to browse the web and check their email, providing entertainment and comfort during the brief time they may have to wait to see our care providers. We have already seen great use of the iPads installed in our surgical waiting area and are pleased to expand the availability of this technology to a second reception area within the hospital,” said Anderson.

Montauk Canyon Challenge Benefits the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From left: Rich Lucas, David O’Halloran, and Dr. Stephen Sachs MONTAUK, NY (February 26, 2014) — For the past two years, the Montauk Canyon Challenge has helped raise $8,000 for the Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  

Proceeds from the sales of raffle tickets and donations from participants of the annual off-shore fishing challenge help to cover costs typically not covered by insurance providers and other organizations. These include the purchase of specialized equipment, such as Haberman Feeders and feeding plates, that ease the difficulties children born with clefts or other craniofacial disorders often experience during feedings. Haberman Feeders are specially designed for babies with impaired sucking abilities and are provided at no charge to families. The plates are customized for each patient to help improve feedings by covering the hole present in those with cleft palates. Funds have also been put towards the purchase of specialized nasal molding devices that help realign the nose, often reducing the amount of surgical correction required during treatment.

“Children with craniofacial disorders require many services that are considered non-essential by insurance providers,” said Stephen Sachs, DDS, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Hagedorn Center. “Having the support of Rich Lucas and David O’Halloran, who organize the Montauk Challenge every year, provides an invaluable service to children.”

This exceptional two weekend tournament has seen the participation of 200sport fish enthusiasts and hopes to attract new anglers in upcoming years. The 2014 tournament presented by Staten Island Yacht Sales will take place July 18 through July 27. To find out more information on the challenge, contact Rich Lucas at or David O’Halloran at, or visit:

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Awards Grant to Create Mentoring Program Designed to Promote Humanistic Patient Care
Monday, February 24, 2014

The Arnold P. Gold FoundationMANHASSET, NY (February 24, 2014) — The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the North Shore-LIJ Health System to establish a new structured, longitudinal mentoring program focused on promoting humanistic patient care. North Shore-LIJ and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine will launch the MAP-IT (Mentoring and Professionalism in Training) Program, designed to rigorously train and empower a cohort of experienced physician and nurse mentors, who will guide medical students, residents, and early-career nurses through teaching and modeling humanistic behavior.

Under the leadership of Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, as well as key educational and clinical faculty within the health system and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, the mentorship program will directly impact a large number of early-career professionals. “The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s commitment to fostering caring, empathetic physicians and nurses will serve to cultivate future providers who will put into practice the values of patient-focused, humanistic care,” states Dr. Fornari.

Through MAP-IT, physician and nurse mentors will complete a Mentoring Humanism curriculum, designed with input from Dr. William Branch Jr., a renowned leader in humanistic medicine. The 12-month curriculum will focus on increasing participants’ knowledge and skills, specific to mentoring of early-career professionals, through an interactive small-group learning model. This interdisciplinary process will foster a community of practice mentors who will have the opportunity to lead by example and positively influence the development of a cohort of 120-150 mentees—comprised of medical students, residents, and early-career nurses. Mentors will work with their mentees to develop nurturing relationships and transfer the skills essential for humanistic practice in order to cultivate a high-skilled workforce grounded in the values of patient-centered, compassionate care.

North Shore-LIJ Names Brian Lally Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GREAT NECK, NY  (February 10, 2014) — The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the appointment of Brian Lally as senior vice president and chief development officer. In leading the North Shore-LIJ Foundation, Mr. Lally will work to cultivate private charitable support for the health system’s programs, endowment and facilities. He will be responsible for establishing charitable partnerships with the region’s leading individuals, corporations and foundations.

Mr. Lally succeeds Foundation President Ralph Nappi, who has assumed the position of executive vice chair of the health system’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Lally has led development operations for several high-profile healthcare organizations over the past 30 years. He comes to North Shore-LIJ from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, where he was chief development officer/associate vice president. Previously, he was with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon/Hanover, NH, for 13 years, serving first as vice president for development and alumni relations before being promoted to the position of chief advancement officer. He began his career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he held numerous positions of increased responsibility over 16 years, including director of development/individual gifts.

Mr. Lally received a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and an MBA in finance from St. John’s University, Queens, NY.

North Shore-LIJ Foundation Launches Mobile Version of Website
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

We've Gone Mobile!GREAT NECK, NY (January 8, 2014) — The North Shore-LIJ Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, announced that it has launched a mobile version of the Foundation website. The new mobile-optimized site provides a better user experience for smart phone visitors.

Accessible from any web-enabled phone or smart phone, the site connects on-the-go supporters with the ability to make a donation from their phone. Mobile usage and accessibility prompted the need to develop a streamlined version of the North Shore-LIJ Foundation site, which allows supporters to make donations with the touch of a button.

Additional features of the site include:
• The latest news articles about our donors and the much needed support they provide.
• Upcoming events, which allow visitors to purchase tickets right from their phone.
• The ability to watch videos shot at past events and our incredibly moving patient stories.
• The ability to stay in touch with the Foundation through their social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

Site images were optimized to load quickly and are sized for small screens, while text and navigation buttons were made for use with fingers, not a mouse and keyboard. The full site is also accessible through the mobile site.

Long Island Bike Challenge Raises $12,000 to Support Medical Research at The Feinstein Institute
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

From left: Edmund Miller, PhD, head of the Center for Heart and Lung Research at the Feinstein Institute; Edward Diller, found and director of the Long Island Bike Challenge; and Robin Ross, consultant, the Feinstein Institute.MANHASSET, NY (December 18, 2013) — Participants of the third annual Long Island Bike Challenge (LIBC) raised $12,000 to benefit The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Edward Diller, a lifelong cyclist and native Long Islander, started LIBC in 2010 with the goal of raising money for medical research conducted locally on Long Island. “All of the donations raised by our riders directly support the outstanding medical research being done right here within our community,” said Diller. “The Feinstein Institute is doing great things that will not only benefit Long Island, but everyone in our society.”

The money will support the work of the Feinstein Institute’s scientists who study many diseases, including cancer, inflammation, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Diller presented the $12,000 check to Edmund Miller, PhD, head of the Center for Heart and Lung Research at the Feinstein Institute.

This past August, 4, 2013, the 33 LIBC participants, including several North Shore-LIJ employees, rode 40, 60 or 100 miles, ending in East Hampton. Diller hopes to increase ridership next year and is setting a fundraising goal of $20,000. LIBC occurs annually on the first Sunday in August, and is gearing up for the fourth challenge next August 3, 2014. Diller added, “whatever the weather, we ride.”

JFK's Delta Air Lines 4th Annual Delta Golf Classic Supports Cohen Children's Medical Center
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Delta Golf Classic ImageNEW YORK, NY (September 19, 2013) — This past September 19, 2013, Delta Air Lines, JFK held the 4th annual Delta Golf Classic supporting Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). This year, the Delta Golf Classic raised $270,000, money designated towards the lifesaving work being conducted at CCMC.

Delta has been a great friend to CCMC providing opportunities for their employees to get involved in order to raise money for Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “Together, with our business partners, Delta has raised close to three-quarters of a million dollars to date, critically needed funds which have impacted so many of the lives of the children, and their families, at CCMC,” states Henry Kuykendall, Vice President, Delta Air Lines, JFK and this year’s honorary chairperson.

21st Annual Partners Council Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show Raises over $475,000 for Women’s Health
Friday, September 20, 2013

Partners Council for Women’s Health Committee

OLD WESTBURY, NY (September 19, 2013) — The tent at Old Westbury Gardens was filled to capacity with 565 guests all in attendance to preview the Fall 2013 collection of American designer Michael Kors and to support the 21st Annual Partners Council for Women’s Health Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The event, sponsored by Americana Manhasset, raised more than $475,000 for the Katz Women’s Hospitals at LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital and Katz Institute for Women’s Health (KIWH).

Taking the stage as emcee for the day’s event was Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of WNYW-TV FOX 5’s Good Day New York. Ms. Scotto along with Stacey Rosen, MD, Vice President of Women's Health, spoke to the packed house of the importance of the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, why women’s health is different and the need of caring for the women in our lives. Introducing a video that captured the stories of female patients treated at the health system, they reflected on the exceptional team of doctors who specialize in women’s healthcare and who are passionately dedicated to giving women of all ages the tools, information and support they need to make the healthiest choices in every area of their lives.

The runway showcased the fall fashion collection of Michael Kors. Accentuated by vibrant oranges, animal accents, cool blues and graphic prints, the models wore styles for both daytime and evening. The Michael Kors fashions were complemented by the effortless makeup and sleek hair styles provided by nuBest salon and spa in Manhasset. All guests were treated to cosmetic bags courtesy of nuBest along with a gift certificate to the Michael Kors shop at Americana Manhasset.

Acknowledging that her success was due in large part to the women in her life, Rosanna cited that had it not been for her sister, her mother, her aunts and grandmothers, all who served as the foundation of the Scotto family, she wouldn’t know where she would be. “The Scotto women are the lynchpins of my family,” shared Ms. Scotto. “I understand the importance of taking care of a woman’s health and recognize the need to support the work being done at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health at North Shore-LIJ.”

All funds raised will help North Shore-LIJ in its continued effort to transform women’s health services throughout the region. The Katz Women’s Hospitals, along with the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, continue to grow and serve as a valuable resource for women and their families.

Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System has raised more than $6.5 million over the last 20 years to help buy important equipment, fund critical research projects and build programs for the betterment of the women in and around our community.

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Benefit Concert Raised More Than $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute
Thursday, July 18, 2013

From left Leonard Feinstein, Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute; Kelly Clarkson, multi-platinum singer and songwriter; and Richard D. Goldstein, chairman, North Shore-LIJ Board of Trustees.

Grammy award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson performed to record-setting crowd.

MANHASSET, NY (July 17, 2013) - The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research held its eighth annual summer concert on Wednesday, July 17, at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY. Taking center stage to perform for this private benefit was multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Kelly Clarkson, who is also known as the original American Idol.

The Feinstein Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has made important discoveries in many therapeutic areas including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Clarkson was drawn to the Feinstein Institute because of its success in shedding light on what triggers those diseases, which affect millions of Americans.

Emceeing the evening was Good Morning America’s weather anchor, Sam Champion. Champion, who shared his thoughts about the benefit on the Thursday, July 18th edition of Good Morning America, also commented at the event on the record-setting $1.5 million raised and the important work being conducted at the Feinstein Institute. “Your attendance here tonight validates the research already in progress at the Feinstein, and now, more than ever, with reduced government funding, tighter budgets and diminished support from the National Institutes of Health, philanthropy is playing a greater role.”

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the program at the concert, “The mission of the Feinstein Institute is to discover the basis for curing disease…There is no better way to celebrate our progress to date, and to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work – to completing our journey, to discovering cures – than by coming together with music.”

The evening also included the announcement of the 2013 Fellowship Award in honor of Barbara and Donald Zucker, who are long-time supporters of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Ms. Zucker currently serves as the chairwoman of the Feinstein Institute Board of Directors and a trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, while Mr. Zucker serves on the executive committee of health system board of trustees. This year’s fellowship award was presented to Bart Peters, MD, PhD. Dr. Peters is a trainee in the Zucker Hillside Hospital and does research on schizophrenia, a major disease that affects young people in the prime of their lives with devastating and debilitating consequences. His promising work is opening a path for not only a bright future for him, but hope for people with this devastating disease.

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Marinelli Siblings Hang Out for a Cause to Help Cure Leukemia
Monday, June 03, 2013

Participants of Hanging Out for a Cause pictured at Port Washington Harborfest.

PORT WASHINGTON, NY (June 3, 2013) – Once a month, a group of teenagers gather around the table at the Marinelli household to paint birdhouses. They come together not only to share a meal, hang out and have fun, but for a cause: to raise money for cancer research.

The group started “Hanging Out for a Cause” after the Marinelli children’s grandfather was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Christina, age 15, explains, “I like participating in Hanging Out for a Cause because we all know someone who is struggling through something." Her grandfather has been responding well to treatment thanks to the care provided by Kanti Rai, MD, chief of the CLL Research and Treatment Program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

The Marinelli children and their friends sold 50 birdhouses at the Port Washington Harborfest on June 2, 2013, and will donate all $1,100 of the proceeds to the CLL Research and Treatment Center. Nicholas, age 16, who was in attendance at the event stated, “I am grateful that I can help my grandfather and others with this disease while having fun with my friends.” This past summer in 2012, Julianna, age 11, presented Dr. Rai with a check donated from the proceeds of her handcrafted jewelry sold at various events that support CLL. Julianna, who hopes to be a genetic research scientist, speaks for her siblings when she says, “I am so happy to be able to do something to help my grandfather.”

Junior Coalition Raises Funds to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research
Friday, May 31, 2013

Members of the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer

MANHASSET, NY (May 30, 2013) – The Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC) presented a $10,000 check to Feinstein Institute for Medical Research investigators Iuliana Shapira, MD and Annette Lee, PhD (holding check in photo). The Junior Coalition of MWCABC are high-school age members who run their own fundraising efforts in support of North Shore-LIJ programs, as well as share holiday treats with families on the North Shore University Hospital Palliative Care unit. The money, part of the MWCABC’s $90,000 gift made in April 2013, will go directly to the Breast and Ovarian Specimen Bank, a joint research endeavor of the Feinstein Institute and North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute. The specimen bank serves as a vital resource for discovering and validating new biomarkers for the early detection of breast and/or ovarian cancer, as well as predicting the disease course and outcomes, treatment response and risk of relapse.

Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Foundation Benefits the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lindsey Chalifoux

BLUE POINT, NY (May 11, 2013) – While pregnant with her second son, Courtney Blakeslee-Cush learned that she had stomach and esophageal cancer. Her caregivers at North Shore University Hospital not only played an important part in her care, but provided support to her family. Courtney told her sister, Lindsey Chalifoux, “When I get better, I’m going to volunteer here because the staff is unbelievable.” Sadly, Courtney succumbed to this disease shortly following the premature birth of her son, Sloane.

To celebrate her life and honor her memory, her family formed the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Foundation, whose mission is to help families that have a parent who is terminally ill and need financial support. Spearheaded by her sister Lindsey, the foundation held its inaugural “Courtney’s True Blue 5K” race in May 2012 to raise money for these families. A portion of the proceeds were donated towards the Katz Women’s Hospital’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy) at North Shore University Hospital, under the direction of Burton Rochelson, MD.

Lindsey recently honored her sister at the second annual “Courtney’s True Blue 5K” race on May 11, 2013 and is planning for 2014’s race. 





North Shore-LIJ Gala Raises $21 M, Exceeding Expectations
Friday, April 26, 2013

From left Leonard Feinstein, Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute; Kelly Clarkson, multi-platinum singer and songwriter; and Richard D. Goldstein, chairman, North Shore-LIJ Board of Trustees.

NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2013) - The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it raised a record $21.5 million at its spring gala, Destination Celebration, held last Thursday, April 25, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. The system-wide fundraiser exceeded expectations, attracting a sold-out crowd of more than 1,200 who enjoyed special performances by Harry Connick, Jr. and the LaGuardia Arts High School. The event, which the health system holds every five years, was co-hosted by Bravo television host and author Andy Cohen and NBC-TV News special correspondent Meredith Vieira.

North Shore-LIJ President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Dowling said the health system's multi-year fundraising campaign, called Destination 2020, is the largest fundraising campaign in the health system's 16-year history. "Every five years we hold a health system gala to benefit the more than seven million people living in the communities we serve across the metropolitan area," he said. "It is our mission to be constantly transformative and innovative but at the core of all we do, it is always about the patient."

Thanks to the proceeds from Thursday night’s gala, North Shore-LIJ Chairman Richard D. Goldstein said, “We have surpassed the halfway mark of our $750 million campaign, Destination 2020. It was truly a remarkable evening and all of our patients and supporters should be proud of what we have accomplished.”

Mr. Cohen and Ms. Vieira talked about the important services and programs provided by North Shore-LIJ and the more than four million lives that the health system touches every year. “North Shore-LIJ has an unparalleled commitment to our military men and women, and is working directly with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help those returning soldiers and their families,” said Mr. Cohen. Ms. Vieira added, “As a mother, I know the importance of having a dedicated children’s hospital and Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State.”

Both also spoke about the role of North Shore-LIJ’s Center for Emergency Medical Services in meeting the needs of local residents and employees during Superstorm Sandy, noting that all 16 hospitals remained fully operational and accepted and transported more than 700 patients from other facilities, as well as provided mobile medical services in devastated regions like the Rockaways.

The evening’s performances began with a patriotic rendition of, “God Bless America,” sung by the show choir of the famed LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. After dinner there was a special performance by Grammy award-winning, multi-talented Harry Connick, Jr. and his orchestra, followed by a spectacular fireworks display by Grucci on the Hudson.

CNN News anchor Chris Cuomo presented Mr. Dowling during the evening’s program. Also in attendance were award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon, music industry icon Clive Davis, co-host of ABC’s The View Sherri Shepherd, award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, award-winning actress Christine Baranski, fashion icon and supermodel Carol Alt, award-winning photographer Joe McNally and sports commentator Al Trautwig.

The event not only announced the launch of the public campaign but also celebrated North Shore-LIJ’s growth and progress achieved over the past five years, including the opening of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the health system’s expansion into Manhattan with the addition of Lenox Hill Hospital.

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TD Charitable Foundation Provides Grant to Help Launch the Nurse-Family Partnership Program at North Shore-LIJ
Friday, April 12, 2013

MANHASSET, NY (April 9, 2013) – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced the receipt of a $7,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, which will enable The Katz Institute for Women’s Health to launch the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program to first-time mothers throughout Queens and Long Island.

The NFP program is a national evidence-based community health model that brings invaluable resources to mothers early in their pregnancy. The program partners expecting mothers from low-income, minority and other at-risk communities with registered nurses (RNs), who then conduct ongoing home visits that continue through the child’s second birthday. First-time mothers from underserved communities often face a host of challenges, which can lead to negative outcomes for them and their children if left unaddressed. Visits from the RNs help transform the lives of vulnerable women pregnant with their first child by helping them engage in good preventive health practices, which not only improves pregnancy outcomes but improves child health and development. Women in the program also learn to develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.

The NFP model has been implemented by a growing number of organizations throughout the United States with astounding results: In New York, 93 percent of mothers had children immunized by 24 months; 88 percent of mothers initiated breast-feeding and 33 percent continue to breastfeed at child age 6 months; 76 percent of mothers had no subsequent pregnancies; and 49 percent of mothers are in workforce at program completion, up from 35 percent at intake.

TD Bank has been extremely supportive of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and The Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospitals over the past four years. They have sponsored the Commerce and Industry Council’s corporate breakfasts since 2009 and have sponsored the Every Woman Matters Walk since 2010. In addition to the recent TD Charitable Foundation grant, TD Bank will be one of the sponsors at the upcoming North Shore-LIJ Health System Gala to be held April 25, 2013.

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

Moms Who Kick
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From left: Asia Lee, Victoria Cuomo, Joanne Hutchins, President & Founder of Moms Who Kick Inc., Marisa Marciano,  Dr. Iuliana Shapira, Dr. Annette Lee.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (April 10, 2013) – Moms Who Kick Inc. is a volunteer-driven organization committed to funding research that can improve women’s health and aid recovery from cancer. Their mission is to inspire, motivate and empower women to choose a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a nutritious diet. This group of amazing women made a commitment to support the efforts of the North Shore-LIJ Health System by participating in the Every Woman Matters Walk, and raising significant funds for breast & ovarian cancer research. Dr. Annette Lee, associate investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Dr. Iuliana Shapira, director of cancer genetics at North Shore-LIJ’s Monter Cancer Center, are leading a multi-year research project that analyzes patient tissue samples used as a resource to discover and validate biomarkers for early detection and predictors of disease outcomes and responders to treatments. Deciphering the genetic underpinning of prognosis and disease response to treatments is unprecedented, making their research so important.

New $130M Pavilion Dedicated at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Monday, April 08, 2013

Alexandra and Steven Cohen third and fourth from left front join representatives from Cohen Children's Medical Center and the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (April 4, 2013) – Hundreds of supporters of Cohen Children’s Medical Center recently celebrated the upcoming opening of a new $130 million pavilion that will house the region’s largest, dedicated pediatric emergency department and 50 additional beds, further enhancing the hospital’s reputation as the leading provider of children’s health services in the metropolitan area.

The six-story, 120,000-square-foot facility doubles the size of Cohen’s Emergency Department to 30 beds and two trauma bays, and expands the number of beds in its pediatric intensive care unit to a capacity of 37. The new pavilion also contains shell space for pediatric operating rooms. The expansion was especially important in meeting community needs, considering that Cohen is one of only two pediatric trauma centers in the New York area and the number of emergency visits has jumped by more than 20 percent in the past five years to over 60,000 children annually.

The new facility, scheduled to open April 22, also includes the lowest radiation dose computed tomography (CT) scanner, a dedicated pediatric-only pharmacy and 25 additional medical-surgical beds – all private rooms to accommodate parents and loved ones. In total, the expansion increases the bed capacity of the children’s hospital to more than 190.

“Alex and I are committed to helping sick children get well and we are very pleased that the Cohen Pediatric Center will help innumerable Long Island families and their children heal,” said benefactor Steven Cohen. The children’s hospital was named in honor of his wife Alexandra and him in 2010, after their $50 million pledge enabled the new pavilion to be built.

“This pavilion is an exciting new chapter in the illustrious 30-year history of what is truly becoming a world-class children’s hospital,” said Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, of which Cohen Children’s is a member.

“We stand as a beacon of hope for the communities in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond,” said Kevin McGeachy, executive director of Cohen Children’s. “Last year alone we received transfers of more than 2,500 patients from more than 100 hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan region.”

Charles Schleien, MD, chair of pediatrics, said the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department and pediatric ICU (PICU) will have a dramatic impact on the delivery of pediatric care in the community. “Obviously, the idea of bringing their child to an emergency room or intensive care unit is traumatic for the parents as well as the patients,” he said. ”Great care was placed in the design of this new facility.” For example, the new PICU has been designed as a forest, with custom floor patterns, mosaic murals of wildlife and unique staff stations. To add to their comfort while visiting, each private patient room contains a dedicated parent area.

The expanded medical-surgical unit has been designed as a mountain ecosystem. Tracks of mountain animals crisscross the floor, encouraging discovery and play. Rooms designed with families in mind have a sleeper sofa and two televisions in each patient room (one for the patient, one for family) and a gaming system for the child. Each unit will provide family focused amenities such as shower facilities, free WiFi, a parent/family lounge and a dedicated playroom for patients.

This modern facility would not have been possible without the generosity and vision of Steven and Alexandra Cohen, who have enjoyed a 17-year-relationship with the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to the $50 million gift that led to the renaming of the Children’s Hospital in March 2010, the Cohen Foundation donated $7 million to North Shore-LIJ to build a new ambulatory pediatric chemotherapy unit at the children’s hospital and to establish an endowment called the Philip Lanzkowsky, MD, Professorship in Pediatrics. Dr. Lanzkowsky, the long-time executive director of the hospital, was one of more than 200 supporters to attend the dedication of the new facility.

The opening of this new facility marks a crowning achievement in the history of the hospital, which celebrates its 30th anniversary of service to the community since its official opening in 1983.

Mets Welcome Home Dinner Raises Funds for Women's Health
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Saul Katz presents the Every Woman Matters Award to Stacey Rosen, MD.

NEW YORK, NY (April 1, 2013) – The Annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner at the Hilton New York officially welcomed back the team to Citi Field on April 1, 2013. Mets players, coaches, alumni, along with over 650 guests were in attendance.

During the dinner program, Stacey E. Rosen, MD, Vice President, Women’s Health, Katz Institute for Women’s Health (KIWH), was presented with the “Every Woman Matters Award.” Each year, the award is presented to an individual associated with the KIWH and Katz Women’s Hospitals of the North Shore-LIJ Health System who exemplifies outstanding leadership, care and achievement. Dr. Rosen oversees the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated approach to women's services at North Shore-LIJ. 

The dinner raised more than $550,000 for The Katz Institute for Women's Health and Katz Women's Hospitals and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Additionally, the Mets announced their continued commitment to North Shore-LIJ by promising to donate $2,500 to the KIWH and Katz Women's Hospital for every game won at home or away.

An AWSM Event for Girl Scouts
Monday, March 25, 2013

Girl Scout troops and members of the Advancing Women in Science and Medicine program.

GREAT NECK, NY (March 25, 2013) – Girl Scouts are most often known for their famous cookies, but they also have the potential to grow-up into leaders in the science industry thanks to the Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. At an event hosted by AWSM in February 2013, tenth and eleventh grade Girl Scouts had an opportunity to explore various career options in the world of science and medicine.

Through a community outreach program, AWSM invited Girl Scout troops across Nassau County to meet the many women who work in varying positions at the Feinstein Institute. The girls got to see firsthand how varying skills and interests could lead to a career path as a scientist, scientific writer, administrator, or other positions in medicine. In addition, eleventh graders were invited to apply for the 2013 AWSM-Girl Scouts summer internship, where one recipient will gain hands-on research experience under the mentorship of an AWSM faculty member at the Feinstein Institute. The paid internship is made possible through the fundraising efforts of AWSM, who will also award the winner a monetary scholarship toward her educational endeavors.

The AWSM group was created to advance the career opportunities of women scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. By extending those efforts through this event, AWSM is bridging the gap between the scientific world and the local community.

Mazzei Family Hosts Gift of Life Fundraiser Benefitting the North Shore-LIJ Transplant Center
Monday, March 18, 2013

From left:  Donna Mazzei, Jamie Mazzei, Christine Sardo, Dr. Ernesto Molmenti and Michael Mazzei

MANHASSET, NY (March 15, 2013) – The Mazzei family’s “Gift of Life” benefit, hosted by Michael and Jamie Mazzei of NuBest Salon in Manhasset, NY, was held at the North Hills Country Club with proceeds directed toward scientific investigations to advance the transplantation specialty conducted at North Shore-LIJ Transplant Center. The Mazzei family was inspired to support the Transplant Center as a result of the successful transplant they personally experienced in 2011 when Jamie donated his kidney to his father, Michael. The surgery was performed by Ernesto Molmenti, MD, surgical director of the Transplant Center, and Louis Kavoussi, MD, the health system's chairman of urology. The guest emcee for the evening was Mona Rivera, radio personality and reporter for 1010 WINS Radio.



Staten Island University Hospital Service Auxiliary Celebrates 150th Anniversary
Monday, March 11, 2013

Members of the Staten Island University Hospital Service Auxiliary and friends who helped to assisted with the fashion show.

STATEN ISLAND, NY (March 10, 2013) – The Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) Service Auxiliary is the oldest continuous auxiliary in the United States, and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2013. To kick-off this milestone, the Service Auxiliary held a fashion show fundraiser on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

The event, held at the Vanderbilt at South Beach, featured physicians, staff and volunteers modeling trendsetting casual and special occasion outfits on the runway. The show wrapped up with members of the SIUH family wearing period clothing courtesy of Historic Richmond Town. All proceeds from the show benefited hospital programs and projects. In 2012, the Service Auxiliary helped Staten Island University Hospital purchase medical and surgical support equipment for both hospital sites. Auxilians also donated $6,000 to further a breastfeeding initiative and $2,000 for a bereavement tree for families who lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or complications during delivery.

Auxiliary president Barbara Strype spoke of how the Auxiliary continues to support the mission of the SIUH a century-and-half later. Founded in 1863, the Service Auxiliary has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years to assist the hospital in attaining its goals and providing the best in healthcare to Staten Islanders.

LifeRocks Provide Peace for Patients at North Shore-LIJ
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pictured, one of the six LifeRocks installed at LIJ Medical Center.

LAKE SUCCESS, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System is proud to announce the receipt of seven “LifeRocks” donated by Gary Brustein of Brookville, NY and Robert Schoner of Manalapan, NJ.

Six of these truly exquisite pieces of naturally sculpted art have been installed in the Women’s Garden adjoining the new Katz Women’s Hospital at LIJ Medical Center and one large piece has been installed near the main entrance at North Shore University Hospital.

Mr. Brustein, wanted to give back to the Katz Women’s Hospitals and North Shore University Hospital, where his children were born. “Hopefully the patients, families and visitors of these two hospitals who view these LifeRocks will find peace, hope and release from any stress and anxiety,” he said. Mr. Schoner, who worked in China for more than a decade, spoke of the feeling of serenity and peace he felt upon first seeing these naturally formed structures in Chinese gardens. He said he wanted to share that feeling with other people, adding, “These rocks will give anyone in need of positive energy a sense of hope.”

There is a deep history behind the LifeRocks, or gongshi, which translated means “spirit stones.” The collection and appreciation of gongshi as a favored Chinese tradition is believed to have originated during the Tang Dynasty, which ruled China from the 7th through 10th centuries, though some scholars believe it may trace back to the much earlier Han Dynasty, 206 BC – 220 AD. Characterized by different color streaks and a distinctive form, each stone is thought to embody its own life force and can impart inner harmony to those who meditate on their beauty.

Like every hospital, LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital are places where people may undergo periods of significant stress and uncertainty. Gifted in the spirit of love and compassion for patients, families, visitors and employees, it is hoped many will find peace, balance and a brief respite from their concerns while gazing upon the beauty and reflecting in the added level of serenity these LifeRocks bring to the environment.

Couple Donates to Southside Hospital
Friday, February 08, 2013

Susan and Richard Imbert

BAY SHORE, NY (February 8, 2013) – Southside Hospital will benefit from a leadership gift from local couple, Susan and Richard Imbert. Their donation will support the hospital’s $60 million campaign to transform the Southside campus in Bay Shore, NY and create several ambulatory centers within the community.

In conjunction with its upgraded status as North Shore-LIJ Health System’s newest tertiary-level hospital, Southside launched its first major capital campaign on the occasion of its Centennial celebration in October of 2011. Residents of the South Shore have responded warmly to these critical fund raising efforts and the health system is extremely pleased that Susan and Rick Imbert have supported the Campaign. The couple knows first-hand the importance of having exceptional healthcare both available and accessible.

Susan and Rick Imbert are an extraordinary couple and they epitomize community service, success and sharing. Leaders in the insurance community, their respective careers have been change agents for the industry. Susan instituted the Making a Difference program for agents and their clients resulting in millions in contributions to charities during her time as Assistance Vice President for New York Life. Richard is currently President and CEO of American Professional Agency, Inc., in Amityville, NY, which he founded in 1980. He also serves as Managing General Agent to the insurance industry and is President and CEO of IMP Properties, Inc., RCI Industries, Inc.

The Imberts are committed to helping Southside Hospital fulfill its destiny as the healthcare heart of its community. With their continued drive and support, the impact of their initiatives within the insurance and philanthropic sectors continues to be felt.

Public Vote Can Help Support a Bereavement Camp at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Monday, January 28, 2013

Help Cohen Children's Medical Center win a grant from The National Biodiesel Board and Bioheat® Fuel

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (January 28, 2013) – The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC) has a unique opportunity to receive a grant from Bioheat® Fuel. A public voting selection process will determine if CCMC will receive funding. New York residents are asked to visit to vote for the charity they feel best helps those in need starting January 28, 2013.

If awarded, funds will support CCMC’s Center for Healing Opportunity Perseverance and Enlightenment (the Center for HOPE), which delivers innovative bereavement programs for children and families. The Center’s mission is to nurture children’s natural capacity to heal after a loss by providing a safe haven, innovative educational programs, and skilled counseling that support the grieving and recovery processes.

Specifically, funding from Bioheat would be used to re-establish Camp HOPE, the Center’s free weekend-long bereavement camp, which had previously been suspended due to budgetary constraints. This grant would enable the camp to re-launch for a weekend in September 2013 and bring together twenty-five 7-13 year-old children for fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support. Susan Thomas, Bereavement Coordinator and Director of the Center states, “This unique camp experience resonates with children, offering campers the opportunity to establish friendships within a compassionate and caring community.” A grant from Bioheat would allow Camp HOPE to remain free of charge to all children and would cover all related expenses, including bus transportation, campsite rental fees, staffing expenses, activity materials, and food and beverage for campers.

Bioheat established their NYC Bioheat Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup campaign to thank New York City for its recent mandate requiring all heating oil contain B2 Bioheat® Fuel, which is renewable and burns more cleanly. The campaign also serves to give back to the New York community following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Superstorm Sandy has impacted the financial stability of many families, including those in need of the services provided by the Center for HOPE.

Voting begins January 28th through February 17th. Voters may make multiple entries for their favorite charity, but only once per day. Please support the Center for HOPE by going to:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Provides Hope to Patients at LIJ Medical Center
Monday, January 07, 2013

From left: Stacey Rosen, MD, VP of Clinical Services for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health; Ruth Slade, co-chair of Partners Council for Women’s Health; Robert Verdi, master of ceremonies; Dayle Katz, co-chair of Partners Council; and Jennifer Mieres,

NEW HYDE PARK (January 7, 2013) – For some women, the prospect of breast cancer screening or treatment elicits feelings of fear, anxiety and trepidation. But for many women residing in Southeast Queens and Jamaica, emotional distress is often not the only barrier to prevention and care. Many face a host of barriers to early detection and treatment, including poverty, joblessness, lack of insurance, language barriers, and inadequate transportation or child care. The resulting health disparities are particularly pronounced among African American women, who face higher breast cancer mortality rates and, consequently, are diagnosed at later stages. Similarly, Hispanic, Asian, undocumented, uninsured, and young women, also have considerably lower screening rates than the general population.

Vanessa Stephens, a resident of Jamaica Queens, recently found herself facing many of these obstacles head on. Vanessa last had a mammogram five years ago stating, “I let my health sit on the wayside, hoping and praying that nothing would happen.” Though she knows the importance early detection plays in uncovering any health concerns, working as a security guard did not afford her the means to buy into her company’s medical insurance. Thanks to a friend who noticed a flyer in their local library, Vanessa learned that she could receive a free, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms breast cancer screening at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. In addition, LIJ Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Unit clinicians also offer free pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings, ensuring a seamless connection to other preventive and diagnostic services.

Community outreach for the program is funded through a grant from the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. To reach the target community of predominantly uninsured women, Ann Stephens, Outreach Coordinator at LIJ, plays an active role within the neighborhood. With support from the Komen Greater NYC grant, Ann distributes information and holds meetings at local churches, libraries, nail salons, and other venues and works within the community to raise awareness of this free health service. “There are challenges beyond education,” stresses Ann. “Setting up an appointment and getting them in the door is the real measure of success.”

Vanessa spoke of her experience as very pleasant stating, “The staff was helpful and willing to work around my work schedule.” She utilized the program’s Saturday’s hours, which are offered once a month. Jill Maura Rabin, MD, Chief, Division of Ambulatory Care and Head of Urogynecology says, “The need is there for Saturday hours, as we often see upwards of 20 patients in that one day. Many of these women have family histories but can’t afford to seek medical care due to a lack of insurance and fear. That’s why this program serves such an important function.” Vanessa echoed that sentiment saying, “This is an awesome thing. Everyone made me feel confident about going and I knew I would be in good hands.”

The Komen Greater NYC grant also ensures that all incoming patients are guided through the screening process by patient navigator, Maritza Rodriguez. “We work to identify and remove barriers, including providing transportation and child care. Once we get them through the door, I work with each woman throughout the entire screening process and assess what other services they may need”, said Maritza. In Vanessa’s case, she required a second screening to rule out a questionable mass, which fortunately proved negative.

Within the first month of the program, LIJ Medical Center detected five cancer cases. “Early detection is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy,” says Kaitlin Doyle, MSPH, Women’s Health Coordinator at LIJ. A life-saving tip that Vanessa is now actively sharing with all her friends.

To reserve an appointment for a free cancer screening, call the LIJ Ambulatory Care Unit at 718-470-4165.

Nancy’s Friends Fill the Hallways at LIJ Medical Center
Monday, December 03, 2012

From left: Mary Curran, director, Patient Care Services; Julie Denninger, RN; Sandra Basile, assistant nursing manager; Stacy; Branson Sparks; and Chantal Weinhold, executive director, LIJ Medical Center.

NEW HYDE PARK (November 30, 2012) – LIJ Medical Center recently launched Nancy’s Friends volunteer program, which recruits and trains volunteers to provide companionship and supportive care to cancer inpatients.

Among the patients is Branson Sparks, a medical student at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. About six months ago, Branson had trouble breathing and sought treatment with internal medicine specialist Jennifer Diane Verbsky, MD. Initially put on antibiotics, he wound up in the Emergency Room at LIJ Medical Center when his condition worsened prior to his follow-up appointment. Doctors there noticed fluid around his lungs but also spotted a mass under his breast bone. A biopsy determined it was cancer.

Currently on 9 South at LIJ Medical Center for chemotherapy treatments, Branson spoke of the excitement for the Nancy’s Friends program. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for oncology patients. It can get lonely and having Nancy’s Friends on the unit can ultimately improve the quality of patients’ lives,” he said. Branson also relies on the support system he receives from his fellow students at Hofstra, administrators, faculty and staff. Following the discovery of three brain lesions, he is taking a year off from his studies to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute performed by oncologist Ruthee-Lu Bayer, MD. He maintains a positive attitude, which will now be aided by the presence of Nancy’s Friends.

The Nancy Klauber Forest Foundation was established in memory of Nancy Klauber Forest, whose dignity during her difficult illness with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, as well as her kindness to her caregivers inspired the Foundation’s mission. Chantal Weinhold, executive director at LIJ stated, “Having Nancy’s Friends in our hallways will build upon the strength of our current volunteer services here at LIJ. Based on studies, we know that dedicated support of this kind has a positive impact on treatment.” Funded through a variety of charity events, Nancy’s Friends provides organized activities, such as crafts and performances around the holidays for inpatients at LIJ Medical Center. Most recently, the Foundation funded video game therapy equipment for 9 South.

2nd Annual Physicians’ Celebration Raises Scholarship Money to Benefit Medical Students
Friday, September 28, 2012

From left: Stacey Rosen, MD, VP of Clinical Services for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health; Ruth Slade, co-chair of Partners Council for Women’s Health; Robert Verdi, master of ceremonies; Dayle Katz, co-chair of Partners Council; and Jennifer Mieres,

OLD WESTBURY (September 22, 2012) – Over 800 guests were in attendance at the 2nd Annual Physicians’ Celebration, held at Old Westbury Gardens on September 22, 2012. The “Endless Summer Night” themed event brought together faculty and friends for an exciting evening of dinner, dancing and live entertainment by the Broadway Summer Stage from John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport.

With over 9,000 physicians, the event aims to bridge the miles between our physicians and build camaraderie across the health system. Following the success of last year’s Physicians' Celebration, the evening raised money for the Physician’s Scholarship Fund. These scholarships benefit the medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. All students were invited, representing both the first and second classes of the medical school giving them a chance to mingle and network with their new colleagues, professors and peers.

The nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ is home to more than 9,000 physicians. Our dedicated physicians care for over 1 million patients each year with compassion and sensitivity. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and beyond.

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Over 700 Gather in Celebration of Pediatric Cancer Survivors Day
Monday, September 24, 2012

Pediatric Cancer Survivors Day

Donors Ruth and Harold Nelkin honor the memory of their son Les through their support of this wonderful event for all cancer survivors.

EAST MEADOW, NY (September 23, 2012)—Eisenhower Park was filled with the laughter of over 700 pediatric cancer survivors and family members for the inaugural Les Nelkin Pediatric Cancer Survivors Day organized by Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC). Music carried across the large tent, where guests mingled, enjoyed an array of food and participated in a variety of carnival-like activities, from climbing the inflatable rockwall and making sand art to meeting Mr. Met and the NY Islanders Sparky. Most importantly, the day focused on celebrating the hundreds of children who survived cancer.

Former child cancer patients of all ages were present, including Tracy Vicere who is celebrating 22 years of survivorship. Diagnosed at age 16 with two different types of cancer, Hodgkin’s disease stage 3A and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 1A, CCMC became her home away from home. Despite the difficulties of treatment, she had the support of her family and made many great friends with the hospital staff and her team of doctors. She says, “I felt I was saved for a reason and am thankful to give back to Cohen’s through my foundation, Friends and Angels: The Tracy Vicere Foundation.” The foundation hosts fundraisers to benefit the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at CCMC.

The crowd was full of other inspirational voices, including cancer survivor and New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich. At 21 years old, a MRI uncovered a rare form of bone cancer. Diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, he was told that he would not be able to play football again, and may never run again. “I decided that I wasn’t going to let cancer beat me,” Mark told the audience of survivors. His dream of playing football pushed him to not just be a survivor, but to “be a thriver.” A three-year cancer survivor, he encouraged everyone present to achieve their dreams even in the face of harsh obstacles.

Kevin McGeachy, executive director of CCMC, echoed Herzlich’s sentiment. He remarked, “Today, we celebrate the amazing things that are happening here.” The event happened largely thanks to the support of Ruth and Harold Nelkin as a way to honor the memory of their son Les, who succumbed to a form of pediatric cancer. As a leading center of pediatric oncology, CCMC sees approximately 200 new cases of childhood cancer every year. Thanks to improvements in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, there are over 300,000 children, teens and young adults in the United States who are survivors of childhood cancer and require ongoing care. To help meet the complex needs of survivors, CCMC pediatric oncologist/hematologist Jonathan Fish, MD, created the Survivors Facing Forward Program (SURFF). Dr. Fish expressed, “though we cannot choose our challenges, Survivors Facing Forward will help survivors face the unique concerns ahead, and will advocate for your well-being and serve as a resource.” Survivors also know the importance of a positive attitude, a fact evident in the smiles of the hundreds present.

To make a donation to support the Division of Hematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, visit:

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20th Annual Partners Council Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show Raises $450,000 for Women’s Health
Thursday, September 20, 2012

From left: Stacey Rosen, MD, VP of Clinical Services for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health; Ruth Slade, co-chair of Partners Council for Women’s Health; Robert Verdi, master of ceremonies; Dayle Katz, co-chair of Partners Council; and Jennifer Mieres,

OLD WESTBURY, NY (September 19, 2012) The tent at Old Westbury Gardens was filled with 530 guests to preview the autumn and winter fashions from the luxury Italian designer Max Mara for the 20th Annual Partners Council for Women’s Health Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show. The event, sponsored by Americana Manhasset, raised more than $450,000 for the newly constructed Katz Women’s Hospitals at LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital and Katz Institute for Women’s Health (KIWH).

Hosted by leading lifestyle expert, celebrity stylist and television personality, Robert Verdi entertained the crowd before the models took to the stage. The runway showcased the neutral palette of rich caramel coats, winter white suits and classic black dresses. The Max Mara fashions were complemented by the effortless makeup and sleek hair provided by nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset. All guests were treated to gift bags courtesy of the Beauty Bar of nuBest and the latest issue of New York Cottages & Gardens, the New York metropolitan area’s newest home and design publication.

All funds raised help North Shore-LIJ in its continued effort to transform women’s health services throughout the region. The Katz Women’s Hospitals, along with the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, continue to grow and serve as a valuable resource for women and their families.

Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System has raised more than $6.5 million over the last 20 years to help buy important equipment, fund critical research projects and build programs for the betterment of the women in and around our community.

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Teen cleans-up and helps Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Friday, September 14, 2012

MANHASSET, NY  Samantha is a bubbly, energetic 14-year old just beginning high school, trying out for the school’s volley ball team and excited about the year ahead. She knows how lucky she is. And that’s why, every year since she’s been 11, Samantha has made a decision to make a difference.

Living on a golf course, Samantha’s backyard has naturally become a repository for abandoned golf balls. So at the start of summer, for the past three years, Sam begins collecting the golf balls that were left in the yard behind her house. This summertime ritual involves her entire family.

Once collected, the golf balls are cleaned, organized according to type and placed in buckets outside her house for anyone to use. A small sign accompanies the buckets asking for a small donation that will be given to a children’s hospital at the end of the season. This year Samantha has chosen to give all money collected to Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

Sam knows how fortunate she is having witnessed firsthand the hospitalization of her younger brother who was successfully treated and released. “I love doing charity work because I know how fortunate I am to be healthy and living in a nice home with a good family,” says Sam.

From that point on, through the encouragement of her mother, Dawn, she decided that she could make a difference. Together the family collects, cleans, organizes and distributes the golf balls. This summertime ritual goes through the fall after which all the money collected, is donated to a children’s charity.

Kevin Dwyer, North Shore-LIJ Foundation’s Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President remarked, “Samantha is a very special young lady and we thank her for her energy and generosity and willingness to help others.” Mr. Dwyer continued,” To see young people being so entrepreneurial in nature is very encouraging and we look forward to meeting Sam at CCMC for a visit.”

For Samantha, this was a “drop in the bucket,” but to us, Samantha is a very special young lady. What a great example she is setting for her younger brother and all young people in the community.

Summer Concert Got to 'Dance All Night Long' with Lionel Richie, Raising $1.5 Million for The Feinstein Institute
Monday, July 16, 2012

MANHASSET, NY (July 12, 2012) – On July 11, 2012, the North Shore-LIJ Health System held the seventh annual summer benefit concert raising a record-setting $1.5 million for The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Held at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, internationally-acclaimed Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, Lionel Richie and his band took center stage and thrilled the nearly 1,000 attendees.

Emcee for the night’s event was ‘Today Show’ personality, Al Roker. Mr. Roker spoke to the audience before the concert, sharing the accomplishments of the Feinstein Institute scientists who are shedding light on what triggers rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases affecting millions of Americans.

Michael Dowling, North Shore-LIJ’s CEO and President offered his thoughts on the evening. “While it may not be evident yet, we are going to experience a sea of change in the delivery of healthcare like never before in the history of this country,” said Mr. Dowling. “We are being challenged to think about patient care differently and have aligned ourselves with innovative healthcare organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Reform, the Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth University, Montefiore Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center to do just that.”

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, addressed the audience of the concert and said “I love this night because we are here to listen to music, celebrate science and the research that is conducted at the Feinstein Institute.” “Some of you might not be particularly worried about many of the diseases my colleagues are seeking to cure, while some unfortunately have been touched by illness and you are hoping for a breakthrough in science that will lead to cures. Your desire for these breakthroughs is the driving force that gives energy to the scientists at the Feinstein Institute – we are driven to deliver these cures to you.”

Some of the most recent breakthroughs and ground breaking research being conducted at the Feinstein Institute were showcased at the event, including the moving story of a young female teacher who suffered with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RPP), caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Controlling growth of these tumors typically involves invasive, painful throat surgery. Bettie Steinberg, PhD, chief scientific officer at the Feinstein Institute, and Allan Abramson, MD, chairman of otolaryngology at North Shore-LIJ, worked with the young patient and now she is in remission after living with RRP for 10 years.

Dr. Tracey presented the winner of the 2012 Fellowship Award. This award was named in honor of Maureen and Ralph Nappi, visionaries and long-time supporters of the Feinstein Institute. This year’s recipient was Dr. Yong-Rui Zou, assistant investigator in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases, who is currently working on the role that chemokines play in lupus disease.

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Pro Golfer Jim Furyk Swings for Charity
Friday, July 13, 2012

MANHASSET, NY (July 12, 2012) – Professional golf player Jim Furyk took a break from the 2012 PGA Tour for the day to help raise funds for Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, Children’s Miracle Network local community hospital. Donors had the chance to play the course at Deepdale Golf Club with the 2010 FedEx Cup Champion and 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Jim is very involved with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, supporting children’s causes across the country. In 2011, Jim created Miracle Birdies, a campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Supporters were able to make a donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every time Furyk hit a Birdie during the 2011 season, which raised over $69,000 to support children’s hospitals. Jim has teamed up with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals again for the 2012 season, making miracles for kids across North America every time he scores a birdie.

Present from North Shore-LIJ Health System were president and chief executive officer, Michael Dowling and senior vice president and chief development officer Kevin Dwyer. Both expressed their gratitude for Jim’s commitment to this cause that directly impacts child life and is critically important to our mission. Attendees enjoyed perfect weather on the course, followed by a luncheon with an opportunity for a question and answer panel with Jim.

The new online face of North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Welcome to the new online face of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation. We have moved things around to make it easier for you to donate, read our stories, attend our events and support the areas around the health system enabling us to bring exceptional patient care to all. Improvements include:

  • Streamlining navigation facilitating donation opportunities throughout the site
  • Mobile accessibility
  • The ability to read and watch the compelling stories of our champions in the health system
  • Being able to purchase and sponsor events
  • Downloading collateral material and our soon-to-be released Gratitude magazine
  • Communicating with us online through our Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Sharing photos taken at Foundation-sponsored events

But we want to know if you have any other suggestions, comments, feedback. Please tell us what you think by filling in the form below. All comments are confidential and we appreciate your feedback.

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30th Annual POPS Concert Raises $300,000 for Glen Cove Hospital
Sunday, June 17, 2012

OLD WESTBURY, NY (June 16, 2012) Hundreds gathered on the lawn at Old Westbury Gardens on June 16th for the 30th Annual Summer Picnic POPS Concert. The concert honored the past Chairmen of POPS and all funds raised went to benefit the new Traumatic Brain Injury Unit (TBIU) at Glen Cove Hospital. The TBIU will be the only New York State-designated, hospital-based adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County and will expand and enhance the continuum of care for brain injured patients within North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra played a marvelous selection of music, with guest artist Bob Merrill. After putting the audience in a “New York State of Mind” with Billy Joel’s famed song, special guest Grammy Award Winning Artist Jimmy Webb took to the stage. Known worldwide as a master of his trade as a songwriter, composer and singer, he performed some of his platinum selling classics including, “Up, Up, and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Wichita Lineman.”

The benefit concert successfully raised $300,000 towards the construction TBIU, helping Glen Cove Hospital remain as the premier health care provider for the local community.

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Every Woman Matters Walk Attracts 5000+
Monday, May 21, 2012

WANTAGH, NY (May 21, 2012) — More than 5,000 attendees turned out last Sunday for the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s third annual Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and Their Families at Jones Beach State Park. The event brought together family, friends and the whole community to celebrate women’s health and wellness, and support an incredible initiative that promises to transform women’s healthcare throughout the region: North Shore-LIJ’s Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospitals.

Highlights of the day included demonstrations of the da Vinci robot, the state-of-the-art surgical instrument that allows surgeons to remotely perform minimally-invasive surgeries, a stage performance lead by Donna Martini, Commerce & Industry Council member and wellness advocate, which included yoga, zumba and kickboxing performance from the Moms Who Kick, The Katz Institute of Women’s Health showcase tent and giveaways from event sponsors. Many participants registered online, encouraged by the incentive of receiving two tickets to an upcoming New York Mets game, donated by Saul Katz, president of the Mets and long-time North Shore-LIJ trustee and former chairman.

Since the inception of the 5k walk in 2010, close to $1.5 million has been raised to support the Katz Women’s Hospitals. The Commerce & Industry Council helped to make this 3rd Annual Walk an incredible success. Fundraising for the Walk continues through June 8, 2012.

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Monster's Kids Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Event raises funds for Autism
Saturday, May 05, 2012

GARDEN CITY, NY (May 5, 2012) This past Saturday, Garden City High School hosted Monster's Kids Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Event to benefit Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC). Lacrosse players from Garden City and Manhasset took to the field, with a final victory for Manhasset. All participants walked away winners, as the teams helped raised $39,650 for the Center for Autism at CCMC.

Tim Goettelmann noted, “After watching the game, I realized how lucky I am to be a part of this long standing tradition between two great towns. This event allowed many of us to catch up with old friends and make many new memories.”

Monster's Kids was an idea that Goettelmann came up with while reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to his children. While reading, he thought about how fortunate he and his wife were to have healthy children. Inspired, he decided to start a charity that would help children in need of medical care. What excites Tim about Monster's Kids is that he was able to take two things that he is very passionate about, children and lacrosse, and combine them into a successful charity.

A player for the Long Island Lizards, Goettelmann decided to donate his entire salary to make the Monster’s Kids a reality in 2009. Additionally, the Long Island Lizards organization and Major League Lacrosse provided significant support to get the charity up and running. Over the last three years, Monster's Kids has raised nearly $125,000 for the NICU, Child Life and the Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Unit at CCMC.

This event was a tremendous success and kick starts the goal of raising $100,000 this year. Monster’s Kids next event will be a cocktail party on December 7th at Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success. So mark your calendars now and get ready for another “MONSTER” event.

Charity Hockey Game Raises $6,000 for the Carleigh Mac Fund and the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at CCMC
Sunday, March 11, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY (March 10, 2012) — Nassau Coliseum saw participants from Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington, NY take to the ice for a charity hockey game that raised $6,000 for the Carleigh Mac Fund. Monies raised will be applied towards life-saving equipment for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC). March’s event was organized by long time friend and advocate, Sean McAuley, who rented the ice rink for the afternoon’s charity game. Over the past 10 years, nearly $2 million have been raised in name of the Carleigh Mac Fund.

The organization was created by Jim and Heather McCormack after they lost their infant daughter to a heart condition. Carleigh only had one ventricle in her heart, but was too frail for corrective surgery. Devastated by losing Carleigh only after a few days, the McCormacks continue to commit themselves to helping infants and children with heart conditions.

Grateful for the Care Given—Family turns their Passion for the Briny Sea into a Dream for the Future
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

When you speak to Josephine Stefanatos, you understand how important the interchangeable waterscape was to her late husband, John, a retired master plumber. Weather and tide permitting, John and Josephine cruised the Long Island Sound in their Tiara yacht aptly named, “Our Dream.” Josephine, John’s first mate for 44 years, accompanied him even though she wasn’t a swimmer.

John was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that typically comes from exposure to the asbestos used in the construction of buildings during the 1900s. Undetectable until it’s too late, this deadly disease left John with only a handful of years.

John was referred to Dr. Harry Raftopoulous, a thoracic oncologist practicing at Monter Cancer Center. John referred to Dr. Raftopoulos as 'Dr. Harry' where they soon developed a great patient-doctor relationship. "John trusted Dr. Harry and had every confidence in him as his doctor," said Josephine. "They developed a close relationship sharing in their Greek heritage." During John's treatment under Dr. Raftopoulos, they chatted about the thoracic program Dr. Harry dreamed of developing, helping those, like John, diagnosed with lung cancer.

Josephine soon realized what John’s legacy would be. She sold their boat and donated the proceeds to Dr. Raftopoulos in honor and in support of the treatment he received under Dr. Harry’s care. Dr. Harry’s program was no longer a dream but a reality. The John and Josephine Stefanatos Thoracic Tumor Board, named this fall, will consist of an interdisciplinary board of professionals all working together to treat lung cancer. Medical specialists review and discuss the condition and treatment options of a patient - the board consists of medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation medicine specialists, pathologists, radiologists and pulmonologists. The board will provide additional learning opportunities, offering a weekly series for discussing strategies for treating the disease as well as annual conferences with a designated expert speaker.

Josephine recognized that as a health system, this gift will benefit more than just the treatment and understanding of lung cancer. In fact, more women die from lung cancer than breast cancer. Knowledge gathered through the board would be shared across many disciplines. With this gift, John and Josephine’s dream lives on.

Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) Holds Inaugural Event
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MANHASSET, NY (October 11, 2011) “It is so exciting to see what an alliance of women can achieve,” shared Dr. Christine Metz with the audience at the inaugural program for Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) held on Tuesday, October 11 at The Feinstein Institute. “The goal of the group is to maximize the success of women in science and medicine.” Dr. Metz, the president of AWSM is also the Director of the Laboratory of Medicinal Biochemistry and Investigator for Center for Immunology and Inflammation at The Feinstein and a professor at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine.

The vision for the group came from Dr. Betty Diamond, Feinstein’s head of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders, who organized the first meeting over a year ago. Dr. Diamond’s desire to galvanize her colleagues in support of other female scientists served as the group’s inspiration. AWSM’s mission is to advance the career opportunities and satisfaction of female scientists at The Feinstein and to enhance the visibility of the Institute through the scientific productivity and excellence of its female scientists. This endeavor speaks to the diversity and inclusion mission of the health system and will serve to improve the visibility of The Feinstein both nationally and internationally.

Psychologist Gail Golden, PhD, MBA, of Chicago-based Gail Golden Consulting led the discussion on “Advancing Careers and Achieving Full Potential” to a crowd of more than 145 people. Dr. Golden’s presentation described the issues and concerns women face − the sticky floor, the leaky pipe, and the glass ceiling − three scenarios depicting the struggle women have in obtaining the recognition that their fellow male counterparts rarely have to endure. She stressed the importance of creating an environment where women can achieve their full potential.

Echoing Dr. Golden’s sentiment of the importance of a supportive, collegial team effort, Dr. Diamond stated, “Our overall goal is to help women in science and medicine achieve their full potential through mentoring, advocacy, career development, recognition, networking and education.” Dr. Metz concurred, “We are fortunate to be scientists at Feinstein where the environment is friendly and supportive of one another and to have Dr. Kevin Tracey, our Chief Operating Officer, who has been extremely supportive of AWSM’s endeavors.”

AWSM has developed award programs designed to recognize the achievements of female scientists and also provides networking and mentoring opportunities for faculty, trainees and students. The group’s next lecture will be on January 13th, 2012 with Dr. Elaine Fuchs of Rockefeller University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute who will share her studies investigating stem cells of mammalian skin.

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Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute—Approaching the Next Decade Using Technology to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease
Friday, August 19, 2011

MANHASSET, NY — In 1984, John Raggio forged a partnership with his then nephrologist, Dr. Mossey who believed that education was the key to preventing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and that patients are responsible for advocating on their own behalf to drive their care. Sharing Dr. Mossey’s belief, John pledged his commitment to that vision, ultimately giving rise to the Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute.

Started in 2000, the Institute’s tenets have remained true to Dr. Mossey’s philosophy that education, awareness, screening and outreach are the best ways to prevent kidney disease. Under the direction of Terry Tan, the Institute’s Program Coordinator, outreach is provided via workshops and programs presented at the community level sharing prevention techniques especially in areas lacking resources for educating those at the highest risk.

The National Institutes of Health estimated that 26 million people in the United States have CKD and efforts to prevent renal failure have been hampered due to the fact that most Americans are unaware of risk factors and how to control it. Two leading causes of CKD are diabetes and hypertension and it is estimated that nearly 785,000 people will be receiving treatment for kidney failure by the year 2020. African Americans are at greater risk for those diseases and as such are at higher risk for kidney failure.

This past summer, Mr. Raggio, a North Shore-LIJ Health System trustee, along with his wife Janet, provided additional funding to continue the institute’s work which is now in its second decade of operations. An innovative pilot program is being launched and will be maintained by the Institute’s first fellow graduate, Kellie Calderone. This pilot program is ground breaking as it will seek out Stage 2 CKD candidates using Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of patients at North Shore-LIJ’s General Internal Medicine group. Serving as a “patient navigator,” Kellie will utilize the group’s EMRs looking for correlations of risk factors and analyzing those patients identified as at high risk for CKD. Her role will be to monitor and collaborate with physicians on staff. Trending towards wellness is a top priority for the health system and this pilot program fits in with the system’s goal of embracing prevention as a model of care.

Dr. Alessandro Bellucci, Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital and current medical director of the Institute believes just as Mr. Raggio and Dr. Mossey did.” This ground breaking work could not have been done without the support and forward thinking of the Raggios and Dr. Mossey,” declared Dr. Bellucci. “We are in the business of delivering value care, not volume care.” When speaking to John you can feel his excitement. “We are in the midst of great change, becoming more outcome-oriented and looking at the best ways to educate patients and physicians, empowering them to be their best advocates.”

Final beam placed on new pavilion at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (July 27, 2011) — On July 27, 2011 the final beam was placed on the 115,000 square foot pavilion being erected at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in New Hyde Park, NY. This expansion will further enhance the hospital’s national reputation for excellence in pediatric healthcare. The need for specialized pediatric services has grown tremendously and this new addition will enable us to continue to be a truly world-class children’s hospital unmatched in the New York area.

The six-story, state-of-the-art pavilion will offer our patients access to the most advanced care, treatments and technologies in a family-friendly environment. In his remarks prior to the raising of the beam, Dr. Arthur A. Klein, Executive Director and Chief of Staff at Cohen Children’s Medical Center noted, “In troubled economic times some may ask why this glorious pavilion? The answer to me is simple - we cannot afford for the sake of our communities, our children and our professionals that our services and the venue in which they are provided are anything less than world class and a reflection of best regional and national standards. We want this building to be a go-to place where other pediatric leaders come to see how program, technology, art and exquisite care for children come together in an extraordinary way.”

This addition will house Long Island’s only freestanding Emergency Department dedicated exclusively to the care of children, a new pediatric surgical suite, a new pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), a state-of-the-art surgical suite, 25 additional private patient rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents, as well as training facilities for our residents and fellows.

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