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The impact on the health of the communities we serve is greatly enhanced by the level of philanthropic support we receive, made possible by the generosity of community-minded citizens who have decided to make a difference. This commitment is reflected by the programs we offer ranging from access to care for the medically underserved to management services for the chronically ill. Some of our most important outreach activities and programs are critical to the communities we serve and at the core of our goals as a health system.
Gratitude showcases inspiring stories of supporters whose gifts help further our mission.
Summer 2014 Fall 2012
Lighting the path for women in science
For nearly a decade, Elizabeth Jordan has been creating art in support of worthy causes. Inspired by the desire to empower women, Ms. Jordan is donating one hundred percent of the proceeds from her latest project, called “Refraction,” to Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. AWSM was created to advance the career opportunities of female scientists at the Feinstein Institute and to motivate female faculty to support one another. The group also enhances the visibility of the Institute by celebrating these scientists’ achievements.
“I create art for a purpose,” says Ms. Jordan. “My art is inspired by causes that will have an impact on my life and my family. And the Feinstein Institute is home to some of the most talented women scientists and researchers in the world.”
Ms. Jordan, in partnership with creative director Michelle Ort, came up with the inspiration for Refraction following their visit of the Institute’s laboratories. “Seeing the labs firsthand and meeting several of the scientists, we knew we had a great opportunity to create something that would marry art and science,” explains Ms. Ort, who also sits on the AWSM advisory committee. “I am fortunate to be in a position to give back, and realize that without our health, we have nothing.”
Ms. Jordan, alongside Ms. Ort, designed the contemporary light sculptures, which use scientific items donated from the Feinstein Institute’s laboratories, such as beakers and test tubes. “We played with the idea of lighting up the sculptures with fiber optics, which transmit and deliver information and also serves as a metaphor for knowledge,” says Ms. Jordan, who also expressed this sentiment in front of the crowd gathered for the third annual AWSM Awards breakfast. The Awards breakfast, an annual event held in the spring, serves to recognize the numerous scientific accomplishments achieved at the Feinstein Institute and across the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Ms. Jordan joined the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan as an artist in residence this past fall through the end of January to highlight the creation process behind the Refraction exhibit. Every Thursday of the month, Ms. Jordan is on site to foster a dialogue with the public, as she provides an explanation about the inspiration behind the sculptures and the importance of medical research. The public will also have the opportunity to view and purchase the remaining pieces of the collection at Donna Karan Urban Zen, located in Greenwich Village.
“By doing something valuable, I have the opportunity to celebrate women and support the science behind the medicine,” affirms Ms. Jordan.
Rory and Danielle Rosegarten: A daughter’s gratitude
Rory Rosegarten was “broken” when he came to Transitions of Long Island®, a comprehensive, outpatient neuro-rehabilitation center, part of the North Shore-LIJ Rehabilitation Network. Rory sustained a stroke that left him with neurological injuries thrusting him into an overwhelming journey of recovery. His communications skills were markedly impaired; he had right sided weakness and was seeing double out of both eyes.
His then 21 year-old daughter, Danielle, saw the work that lay ahead for her father. “There were days he didn’t want to get out of bed,” says Dani. “Through the encouragement of our family and the therapists at Transitions, my dad made a full recovery and has since returned to work.”
The care and compassion of the therapists made such an impression that Dani wanted to pay it forward. “I am so grateful for the help my dad received. I know what we have and what we could have lost. A mere thank you was not enough and so with my parent’s blessing, I started an online fund raising campaign in support of Transitions.” Through emails, social media and networking, word spread about Rory’s recovery and Dani’s fund raising efforts. Rory and his wife, Wendy, couldn’t be any prouder or filled with more admiration for Dani and those who have donated.
“We were completely surprised to learn of the fund raiser,” said Dr. Jean Elbaum, director of Transitions. “The money raised will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment from our wish list, helping others rehabilitating from brain injuries.” “Everyone has the ability to make a difference. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” states Dani. “Seeing my dad back at work, living a normal life was nothing short of a miracle.”
Prior to returning to college, Dani and Rory paid a visit to Transitions to thank his therapy team. While there, Rory saw a patient working on ambulation and recalls, “I remember those days. I have good memories of being here because every single therapist was so positive.” Rory will always stand out as someone who made remarkable progress. He provides evidence and hope to new clients that incredible recoveries are possible.
BAE Systems helps expand veteran initiatives
BAE employees located in the company’s Greenlawn location have enthusiastically supported and participated in charitable events throughout the year to raise money and awareness for the North Shore-LIJ Office of Military and Veterans’ Liaison Services. In addition to issuing a $5,000 grant, BAE’s employees have participated in company-sponsored fundraising events throughout the year, with proceeds supporting North Shore-LIJ’s newest veteran’s support program, the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families, located in Bayshore, NY.
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The Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Bendheim Family
In every sense, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, with support from the Bendheim family, exemplifies a legacy of giving to help the community. For over seventy years, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has been fortunate to have the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and Bendheim family’s compassionate, dedicated support as witnessed by the many areas, programs and buildings bearing their name.
For more than seven decades, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and Bendheim family has have made gifts in support of many transformational projects, which include among them donations to help establish a new ambulatory care and adolescent pavilion at The Zucker Hillside Hospital and an endowed endoscopy suite at Cohen Children’s.
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Supports Novel Parkinson’s Study
A three-year, $568,941.07 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has allowed The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to launch a groundbreaking new research study focused on identifying potential biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Biomarkers are critical for identifying and tracking the onset and progression of PD, ultimately leading to better preventive therapies and improved disease management for patients.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with 50,000-60,000 new cases diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD in the United States. Today, treatment for those who suffer from Parkinson’s only temporarily alleviates symptoms.
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The Ross Family
Young patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center will now have the chance to play and learn from their bedside, even though hospitalized, because of the generous donation made by Billie and George Ross.
Their most recent donation supports an interactive patient system for pediatrics, called P-care that is geared to meet the unique needs of young patients and their families. Available in all rooms, the system features a lively, engaging interface of educational programs about common health conditions, like pneumonia and asthma, presented by animated characters that children can relate to. A family of a young patient shared, “P-care helps explain information in a simple, fun way that my daughter not only understands, but enjoys watching!” Patients also have access to age-appropriate movies, TV shows, games and the internet. As functional as it is fun, patients and caregivers can also make special requests right from the bedside.
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Barbash Family Endowed Chair
Two cases of exceptional care have inspired a family to endow a chair in North Shore-LIJ’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Alan Hartman, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery, is the first chair holder.
The Barbash family’s support was in recognition of the extraordinary care provided to Lillian and the late Murray Barbash by Dr. Hartman at Southside Hospital. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Hartman performed aortic valve replacement and double bypass surgery on Mr. Barbash, who remained an active skier and sailor until he was 88 years old. In fact, Mr. Barbash would send post cards to Dr. Hartman every year from whatever black diamond ski slopes he was conquering.
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“It’s important to give back to an organization that helps other people,” state the Erlichs, who have supported North Shore-LIJ for the last 10 years. Barbara and Scott Erlich sought care for all of three of their children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Their relationship with CCMC became even more important, when their son David was a freshman in high school and fractured his left femur during a sledding accident.
The Florina Rusi-Marke Cancer Foundation was created as a way to honor the memory of Florina, who lived her life with optimism and full of energy until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003. Over the past five years the foundation has been able to carry on her legacy through its support of the cancer services at Staten Island University Hospital. These funds support programs that provide a relaxing and inviting environment for patients during treatment.
The memory of Richard Mark Smith lives on thanks to his exceptionally caring family and friends, who established the Richard Mark Smith Fund to support the LIJ Ambulatory Chemotherapy and Transfusion Unit (ACT), under the direction of Dr. Kanti Rai, Chief, CLL Research and Treatment Program.
For more than 50 years, the Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation (JFCF) has been one of North Shore-LIJ’s most dedicated partners, making major investments in primary facilities, technology, and research. Over its impressive history, JFCF has raised significant funds through special events and other initiatives, rallying the community and making a difference. .