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Annual Autumn Ball to Celebrate a Year of Milestones, Innovation
Monday, October 05, 2015

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday evening, November 11, 2015, the American Museum of Natural History will be the setting for the Autumn Ball 2015.  The gala celebrates the dedicated doctors, nurses, staff and benefactors of North Shore-LIJ Health System’s care locations in Manhattan, lead by Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.


For over a century, the Autumn Ball has been regarded as one of the season’s most glamorous events, and this year is no exception. The evening will honor Ellen and Daniel Crown for their 25 years of service to Lenox Hill Hospital and serve as a celebration for the many milestones Lenox Hill Hospital, MEETH and Lenox Health Greenwich Village continue to achieve in their commitment to improving the health of residents throughout Manhattan.


Last year’s Autumn Ball 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.


“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. “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.”


The 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. Guests include: Ellie & Edgar Cullman, Jr., Sandi & Andrew Farkas, Andi & Jim Gordon, June Jacobs, William P. Lauder, Tami & Fredric Mack, Lori & David Moore, Gary Podell, Lois Robbins & Andrew Zaro, Carolyn & Marc Rowan, John Seigenthaler & Kerry Brock, Candice & Steven Stark, Mimi & Barry Sternlicht, Michelle & Howard Swarzman, Madeline Weinrib & Graham Head, Lise & Jeffrey Wilks, Margaret Crotty & Rory Riggs, Ellen & Daniel M. Crown, Deborah & Philippe Dauman, Nancy & Robert N. Downey, Tracy & Peter Gaslow, Michael Gould, Diane & Paul B. Guenther, Judith & William O. Hiltz, Nancy & Jeffrey B. Lane, Phyllis & William Mack, Raffiq A. Nathoo & Michele Balfour-Nathoo, Francesca & Richard B. Nye, Lindsay & John V. Raggio, Roy J. Zuckerberg & Tara E. Kelleher


The largest and most important annual fundraising event of the Hospital, it will draw over 650 guests with its proceeds earmarked for the Hospital’s medical services and community programs.  The cocktail reception commences at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and dancing at 8:00 PM.


 For more information and tickets call the special events office at 212-434-6323 or visit

Restaurant & Wine Tasting Event Raises $20,000 for Glen Cove Hospital
Monday, October 05, 2015

Glen Cove HospitalGLEN COVE, NY – A crowd of more than 200 people made up of community members and staff from Glen Cove Hospital enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the Glen Cove Mansion on Sept. 21 sampling gourmet signature dishes from 35 local restaurants to raise $20,000 for the hospital.



Organized by the Auxiliary at the Glen Cove Hospital and its staff, the event also included fine wine tasting hosted by Marquis Wines and Spirits in Locust Valley. More than 100 raffle prizes donated by area merchants and businesses -- ranging in value from $50 to $1,000 -- dazzled event-goers. The money raised by the generous supporters will pay for hospital equipment and patient services.



“This event was spectacular – it exceeded my expectations,” said Susan Kwiatek, DNP, the hospitals executive director, who noted this was the Auxiliary’s sixth culinary fundraiser. “I am humbled at the outpouring of support and how generous the community has been. The event was truly over the top.”



Friends, neighbors and hospital staff mingled, visiting various food stations sampling savory cuisine ranging from lasagna, sushi, Thai noodles, Swedish meatballs and Glen Cove Hospital’s own grilled lamb chops and Israeli couscous salad to temping desserts such as cupcakes, carrot cake, pastries, tiramisu and home-made chocolate chip cookies.



Attendees, standing on the steps of the Glen Cove Mansion’s entrance, were treated to the heartfelt music of the nine-person Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band, which played under the stars in the courtyard.



Mike Grella, who plays on the New York Red Bulls soccer team, and his wife Jessica, residents of Glen Cove, shared the evening with fans and friends and family. Mr. Grella was especially delighted to attend the event with his mother, Grace Grella, who has worked for 35 years in the hospital’s Diet Office checking menus before they are delivered to patients.



Much of the credit for planning and turning out a successful evening goes to Julie Albin, a member of the Auxiliary for 42 years and a lifelong resident of Locust Valley.



“I think the community is glad the hospital is operating and doing well,” Ms. Albin said. “The turnout for the event was unbelievable. Shopkeepers donated in a big way. The community has put its heart and soul into this event and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”


Katz Institute for Women’s Health Fashion Show raises more than $500,000
Friday, October 02, 2015

Fashion Luncheon Backstage


OLD WESTBURY, NY – There was a surprise at the 23rd annual Katz Institute for Women’s Health Luncheon & Fashion Show under the tent at Old Westbury Gardens on September 17. Before viewing the luxurious cashmere and fur fashions from the Brunello Cucinelli at Hirshleifers Collection, more than 500 guests were visibly moved by some very special models. A two-time cancer survivor and a heart attack survivor graced the runway along with a woman who battled infertility and fibroids for years who walked with her young daughter. Each model received comprehensive, integrated treatment from North Shore-LIJ’s exceptional clinicians at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health.

Presented by the Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and sponsored by Americana Manhasset, the program was hosted by Rosanna Scotto who served as master of ceremonies for the third year. The co-anchor of WNYW-TV FOX 5’s Good Day New York thanked attendees for their steadfast support of KIWH’s goal of partnering with women to take better care of themselves and their families. “The Katz Institute is passionate about giving women the tools, information and support they need to make the healthiest choices in every area of their lives,” Ms. Scotto conveyed.


The money raised at this year’s event will support community programs, physician education and clinical excellence at the Katz Institute, which directly benefits patient care throughout the health system. Since 1992, Partners Council for Women’s Health has raised more than $7 million in support of the Katz Institute. Striving to improve the health of women across their life span, the Katz Institute provides a path to coordinated, accessible care across the North Shore-LIJ Health System.


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Southside Hospital Held First Annual Fire Island Fest
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Southside Pirate FestivalKISMET, NY – Southside Hospital raised more than $120,000 during its first annual Fire Island Pirate Fest in August.

More than 500 people took part in the various activities during the Aug. 4 event. Among the attractions were a pirate costume parade; treasure hunt; rum runner competition hosted by Surf’s Out; a live auction; a tennis clinic held by Amie Crisera; yoga with Lauren Diesu; rum and spirit tasting hosted by West Islip Wine and Liquors at the Kismet Inn; and wine tastings hosted by Beach and Vine.


In addition to the fun had during the events of the day, this was also an opportunity to educate people about Southside Hospital’s services. Southside Hospital in Bay Shore is one of the closest hospitals for people vacationing or living on Fire Island if they need medical care. The hospital is an American College of Surgeons verified Level II trauma center. Southside has a helipad, allowing the Suffolk County Police Department’s helicopter to easily deliver patients from Fire Island. Once on the main land, the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s SkyHealth, its air medical program, can easily transfer patients, if needed, between facilities. In addition, North Shore-LIJ has two immediate care centers in Cherry Grove and Ocean Beach.  


“While vacationing on Fire Island should be a relaxing time, emergencies arise,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital. “During the Fire Island Pirate Fest, we wanted to make the community aware that Southside Hospital is ready, willing and able to provide people with high-quality care through our top-notch trauma center and emergency department.”


The event was organized by a committee, chaired by Patty Diesu and included Oriana Bohlsen; Jean Cacciabaudo, MD; Susie Imbert; Jane Mooney; and Marijane Voltz.For more information about the Fire Island Pirate Fest, contact Southside Hospital’s development office at 631-968-3478.


North Shore-LIJ to Change Name to Northwell Health
Monday, September 14, 2015

Northwell HealthGREAT NECK, NY -- Eighteen years after the historic merger that created the North Shore-LIJ Health System, its Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a name change for New York State's largest private employer and health care provider -- Northwell Health.

"Being highly visible and clearly understood within and beyond the New York metropolitan area requires strong brand recognition," said Michael J. Dowling, the 21-hospital network's president and chief executive officer. "The Northwell Health name is a reflection of our past and a beacon of our future. It's unique, simple and approachable, and better defines who we are and where we are going."

The new Northwell Health name will be the centerpiece of a broad rebranding and marketing campaign that will launch in 2016, beginning a multi-year process to build recognition of the new name and distinguish the organization in a cluttered health care market. As a first step, the health system will begin introducing the new brand to its more than 61,000 employees, 10,000+ affiliated physicians and other internal audiences, including more than 13,000 nurses.

The names of all of the health system’s hospitals will remain intact, in recognition of their rich and unique community-based histories, such as: North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Staten Island University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Huntington Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco..

“While we have considered many different ideas over the years, our Board of Trustees selected a new name that signals a clear vision for the future of health:  Northwell Health,” said board chair Mark L. Claster. “All those associated with this organization clearly are proud of our heritage and deeply grateful for the extraordinary support we receive from the communities we serve. Yet, our trustees recognized the need for a more consumer-friendly name that did not confine us geographically and reflects our emergence as a regional health care provider with a coverage area that extends beyond Long Island.”

With the continuing shift in the nation’s health care delivery system and the growing emphasis on health and wellness promotion and disease prevention, Mr. Dowling said, “We wanted a name that underscores our focus on keeping people well and better managing their health, rather than only treating them when they are sick or injured. The future of health care is about guiding and engaging consumers in a very different way.”

Earlier this year, the health system began working with branding consultants Monigle and Interbrand to develop a new company name and brand platform.  In addition, the marketing communications firm J. Walter Thompson was brought in to develop a broad communications program. “Leveraging the new Northwell Health name, we will build strong recognition regionally and nationally, with the goal of elevating our reputation among both consumers and medical professionals,” said Ramon Soto, the health system’s chief marketing and communications officer. “We have a powerful story to tell and we believe our new name is the ideal platform to deliver that message."

The health system’s current name stems from the 1997 merger of the North Shore Health System and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System name has proven to be confusing to consumers, the news media, medical professionals and even the health system’s own employees. In addition, the health system’s name is not well recognized among consumers outside of Long Island, so the goal is to develop a marketing/communications plan for Northwell Health that will be driven by a compelling, powerful brand vision that resonates with the public.

Since the creation of the North Shore Health System in 1992 and its eventual 1997 merger with LIJ Medical Center that created the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the organization has evolved into a vast clinical, educational and research enterprise. It has grown over the years to become the largest private employer in New York State and the 14th-largest health system in the nation, with annual revenues of nearly $8 billion. Among the milestones over the past two decades include:

  • the 2010 expansion into Manhattan with the addition of Lenox Hill Hospital and the 2014 opening of Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency center, Lenox Health Greenwich Village;
  • the 2013 creation of the health system’s own health insurance company, CareConnect;
  • the 2014 addition of two Westchester County hospitals, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco;
  • the August 2015 strategic affiliation with Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn,;
  • the September 2015 addition of Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead in eastern Long Island;
  • a major ambulatory expansion that now includes about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the metropolitan area;
  • strategic alliances with such internationally renowned institutions as the Cleveland Clinic, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Beyond its hospitals, the health system also offers a full continuum of care through a broad network of skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation programs, home care, hospice services, urgent care, primary care and specialty services throughout the metropolitan area, as well as access to more than 2,100 clinical research trials that have enrolled over 15,000 participants.

“This has been an incredible journey over the past two decades,” said Mr. Dowling. “The name change and rebranding campaign represent a very exciting milestone that positions us for even greater success in the years to come.”

Volunteers Donate More Than $27,000 to Glen Cove Hospital
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Glen Cove Auxiliary

GLEN COVE, NY (September 8, 2015) – The volunteers at Glen Cove Hospital not only generously contribute tens of thousands of hours of service each year to the facility, but they also recently donated $27,425 to the hospital for patient programs and services.


On behalf of the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary, Joy Leale, the group’s president, presented a “big check” to Susan Kwiatek, DNP, the hospital’s executive director, at the facility’s critical care unit.


“We are very grateful to members of the Auxiliary who help the hospital purchase equipment that enhances patient care and that we would otherwise not be able to provide,” said Dr. Kwiatek.


Ms. Leale said the Auxiliary received a “wish list” from administrators and has purchased or is in the process of delivering several items. The largest purchase is a digital retina camera outfitted with software to detect diabetic retinopathy, one of the most common eye diseases and a leading cause of blindness. The high-tech camera will be used in the Family Medicine Center, strengthening the hospital’s expertise in diabetes prevention and management.


Among the other items, the hospital bought a special lift used by nurses to safely transport patients from their beds to chairs. Patients in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit benefit from four new iPads, which are used to help people with speech difficulties to communicate. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit received a patient-powered knee scooter to get around more easily.


The large donation was made possible by numerous fundraisers organized by the Auxiliary and sales from the hospital’s volunteer-run gift shop.


For more information about the Auxiliary at Glen Cove Hospital, call 516-674-7365.

Seussical Comes to Cohen Children's Medical Center
Friday, August 14, 2015

Seussical Comes to Cohen Children's

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (August 14, 2015) – A very happy patient greets the cast of “Seussical” after a lively performance recently at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Presented by the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, patients were joined by friends and family members to enjoy a full-blown, Broadway-level hour of musical entertainment. The evening was made possible through the generosity of Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.



Southside Hospital Opens New Pediatric Playroom
Monday, August 10, 2015

Bob Venero of FutureTech and members of Southside Hospital including Executive Director Donna Moravick cut the ribbon to open the new pediatric playroom.

BAY SHORE, NY (August 10, 2015) – Children at Southside Hospital’s inpatient pediatric unit can take an entertainment break thanks to generous donation from FutureTech Enterprise, which contributed an array of new technology in the pediatric playroom.


The playroom features a large-screen TV, X Box video gaming system, six laptops and areas for children to sit and play.


“It’s important for children who are in the hospital to have a chance to just be kids,” said Barry Goldberg, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology, at Southside Hospital.


Sunil Sood, MD, chairman of pediatrics at Southside Hospital, added that having this break from being focused on medical treatments has helped children to heal more quickly and have a better prognosis.


Southside Hospital’s pediatric department features physicians and other medical personnel who specialize in various aspects of pediatric care. In addition to the services at the Southside, the hospital is affiliated with Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, so children who require additional services can be transferred quickly to receive that care.


“We are proud to serve some of the youngest members of our community with this pediatric program and can leverage the strength of being part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System to ensure that our patients receive the care that they need,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital.


For more information about Southside’s pediatric program, call 631-968-3000.

Dolan Center Thanks Pink Aid for Breast Screenings Grant
Friday, August 07, 2015

Pink Aid

HUNTINGTON, NY (August 7, 2015) – The Dolan Family Health Center has been given a one-year, $25,000 grant from Pink Aid. The grant is to encourage women who do not have health insurance to get free mammograms, sonograms and breast biopsies.


The mammograms and other breast screenings will be performed at Huntington Hospital’s Women’s Center and at the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington.


“We are very grateful for this grant, which will help so many women to get the medical care that they need and it will also help their families,” said Kathy Giffuni, RN, Nurse Manager of the Dolan Family Health Center.


Pink Aid is a 501c3 group that provides grants to help women better survive breast cancer.


“The Dolan Family Health Center provides great services for the medically-underserved in the Huntington area,” said Ali Mitchell, a founding member of Pink Aid. “We are glad to be able to help more women get breast cancer screenings because being able to diagnose and treat cancer as soon as possible is critical to survival.”


For more information about breast screenings, call the Dolan Family Health Center at 631-425-5250.

Michael David Falk Imaging Suite Opens in Lenox Hill Hospital's Emergency Department
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Paul Guenther, Chairman, LHH Executive Committee; Yves Duroseau, MD, Chairman, Emergency Services, Lenox Hill Hospital; Rebecca Steindecker, Harry Falk, Serafina Weiner, Maurice Falk and Dennis Connors, Executive Director, Lenox Hill Hospital

MANHATTAN, NY (August 6, 2015) – A ceremony, held recently at Lenox Hill Hospital, marked the official opening of the Emergency Department’s new Michael David Falk Imaging Suite. The suite features a new CT machine which will scan approximately 12,775 patients per year, and two new x-ray rooms which will significantly cut down the wait time for patients in our Emergency Department who need to have these radiology services. The new suite was made possible thanks to a gift from the Falk family, long time benefactors and friends of Lenox Hill Hospital.



New Imaging Facility Opens in Huntington
Monday, August 03, 2015

Reichert ribbon cutting

HUNTINGTON, NY (August 3, 2015) – A new, state-of-the-art and spa-like imaging center recently opened in Greenlawn on the campus of the Dolan Family Health Center.


The Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington was made possible through the generosity of the members of the Reichert family, who have been long-time philanthropists and advocates of nearby Huntington Hospital.


This 10,750 square-foot imaging center offers a full spectrum of diagnostic radiology services, including wide bore MRI, low dose CT, ultrasound, digital X-ray, image guided biopsies and therapeutic procedures. In addition, the center provides comprehensive breast imaging services which include 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsies - MRI guided, ultrasound guided and stereotactic.


As part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, this facility offers access to the largest group of fellowship-trained, subspecialist radiologists on Long Island. North Shore-LIJ Imaging was the first practice in New York State to be designated by the American College of Radiology as Diagnostic Centers of Excellence.


The medical leaders of the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington are Ross Wank, MD, chief of radiology at Huntington Hospital, and Ralph Millilo, MD, medical director of the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington.


“This facility offers patients a comfortable atmosphere close to their home to receive the radiological tests they need,” Dr. Wank said. “We appreciate the generosity of the Reichert family and look forward to providing the community high-quality radiological care.”


For more information on the Charles and Helen Reichert Imaging Center at Huntington, call 631-670-3434.

The Feinstein Institute Summer Concert Raises More Than $1.6 Million
Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Feinstein Concert

MANHASSET, NY (July 20, 2015) – Sheryl Crow headlined a private benefit concert at Old Westbury Gardens in support ongoing research initiatives of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.


Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, explained that having nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow perform, “Raised the energy, raised the enthusiasm to generate the kind of support we need to create a new future. A future where people will suffer less from disease and the world will be a better place.”


Over the last ten years, this event has raised more than $11 million dollars for research that is improving and saving lives through the work of more than 1,500 Feinstein scientists and researchers who have made important discoveries in several medical fields, including sepsis, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.


Dr. Jennifer Ashton, senior medical contributor at ABC News and recurring co-host on The Doctors, served as emcee and talked about what really sets The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research apart. “They are great at doing the research and then literally, immediately, translating that into patient care.”


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Kohl’s Department Stores Donates More than $333,000 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Seraphina O’Brien (left) is joined by her father and sister at the finish line for the Manorhaven School’s Walk to Fitness. The walk was made possible through the Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY (June 23, 2015)  – Pupils from Manorhaven Elementary School in Port Washington wrapped up their “Walk to Fitness” at the school yesterday as part of a ceremony that featured Kohl’s Department Stores donating $333,855 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center.


The grant was awarded through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program.


The funds will support Cohen’s Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program, which provides fitness and nutritional education designed to combat childhood obesity. 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.


Cohen’s worked with Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program to organize a Walk to Fitness at the Port Washington school. Pupils were provided with pedometers and other support materials through the Kohl’s Cares program to conduct a virtual walk from the school to various locations across the country.


The Walk was made especially poignant because the school and students dedicated it to 9-year-old Seraphina O’Brien of Port Washington, a student at Manorhaven, who was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in October of 2014. Seraphina is in remission thanks to the care she received at Cohen.


At an event that celebrated Seraphina’s remarkable progress and her eventual return to school, hundreds of students gathered on the athletic field to complete the last lap of their Walk to Fitness. Dressed in purple (Seraphina’s favorite color), the children circled a field to pass by the victory flag held by Seraphina, her sister, and her proud parents.


Following the check presentation from Kohl’s to the hospital, Debbie Riccardi, PNP, Director of Community Outreach at Cohen, said, “ These wonderful children have together walked over 11 million steps---more than 5,000 miles---in honor of Seraphina.


“We know that walking is the easiest way to achieve fitness. We thank Kohl’s for their partnership since 2000, which has resulted in over $4 million in support to help us keep our children healthy.”


Also moved by the vision of hundreds of purple-clad children was Michael O’Brien, Seraphina’s father, who thanked Kohl’s for developing programs to help children and their families’ lead healthy lifestyles.


On a more personal note, he said, “As we approach Father’s Day, I especially want to thank everyone at Cohen who provided the excellent care that put Seraphina back on the road to health.”


2,000 Celebrate Cancer Survivors’ Day
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Cancer Survivors Day

LAKE SUCCESS, NY (June 8, 2015)  – Amid the music and their memories, about 2,000 cancer survivors from North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center and their loved ones gathered under a tent to enjoy the Don Monti Cancer Survivors’ Day held outside the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute’s headquarters in Lake Success, NY.


Along with North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling; Board Chair Mark Claster, Chairman, and George Raptis, MD , acting executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, a most-special guest was Caroline Monti Saladino, president of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, who was presented with the health system’s Compasssionate Care Award.


After receiving the prestigious award, Mrs. Saladino shared the emotional story of her family’s lifelong commitment to battling cancer. In June 1972, her 16-year-old brother, Don Monti, died at North Shore University Hospital of myeloblastic leukemia.


“Don Monti, or Donni, as we called him, was my brother. My parents were determined not to end his life, so they established the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation one week later,” she said. Looking directly at the audience, she added, “I see faith, hope, lots of love, courage—but most important, I see success. Today is a celebration of Don’s life, my parents’ lives…and it is a celebration of your life.”


Since its inception over 40 years ago, the Don Monti Memorial Foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars in support of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these shattering diseases.


Also on hand to share her experiences was Suzanne Ludlum, a nurse practitioner at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, who shared her personal reflections on battling breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. “I would encourage all of you here today, and even those who have just received a diagnosis, to remain positive. Stay informed, seek out resources that will work for you,” she said. “Talk it out. Express your feelings of fear, loss and sadness. But, most important, look for the positive,” she said.


The event’s keynote speaker was Mark Herzlich, a linebacker with the New York Giants, and a survivor of a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing sarcoma. Mr. Herzlich began his remarks by sharing the chain of events that almost robbed him of the thing he loved the most in life. “You choose the thing you love in life…that thing, for me, is football,” he said.


In 2008, when he was 21, Mr. Herzlich described the terrible pain he endured while playing squash with his mother. Various tests revealed nothing, and he returned to college hoping to continue with his studies and his beloved football. Eventually, the pain became so severe that he had to stop playing. His parents were seated in the doctor’s office with him when a doctor presented him with the diagnosis.


“I had the feeling that I had to do something. I told my father that day that I wasn’t going to accept this. I said, ‘I’m going to beat this and play football again.’”


It was then that his father said the three important words that Mr. Herzlich will never forget…”Let’s do this!”


During his remarks, Mr. Herzlich reflected on the skills he had learned as an athlete that enabled him to take on cancer and triumph.


After a grueling course of treatment, Mr. Herzlich remembered another three words spoken by his father as they rejoiced after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Thewords were, “We did it!”


In conclusion, Mr. Herzlich told the crowd, “All of you here with me now…we’re all working toward one common goal. We want to be able to say there was cancer but there is no more. We can beat this.”


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Susan G. Komen Greater New York City Grant Supports LIJ Medical Center’s Cancer Screening Program for Uninsured Women
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Susan G. Komen Award

GREAT NECK, NY (May 26, 2015) – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that LIJ Medical Center has been recognized by Susan G. Komen Greater New York City as its Community Impact and Innovation Award honoree this year.


LIJ Medical Center is a Komen Greater NYC community partner working to address breast health disparities for African American and Hispanic women in the southeastern Queens and Jamaica, Queens areas through its Cancer Community Connection program, which is funded by Komen Greater NYC.


This is the fourth consecutive year that Komen Greater NYC has funded the Cancer Community Connection Program, bringing its total support to more than $240,000 for community outreach, 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, uninsured women between the ages of 50 and 64 are provided with free, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms, and are offered free pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings by clinicians at Schlanger, Gottlieb & Partners Council Breast Imaging Center in Lake Success, and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park.


“Early detection is critical to saving a woman’s life and giving her the best quality of life,” said Jill Rabin, MD, co-chief of the Division of Ambulatory Care and Women’s Health Programs-PCAP services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “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.”


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.


“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.”


“With the support of the Komen Greater NYC funding since 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, Director of Women’s Health Projects at LIJ Medical Center.


Screenings are available by appointment on weekdays and Saturdays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 718-470-4165.


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.


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