Staying Ahead of Health System Happenings
Every Woman Matters Walk Attracts 5000+
(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 led 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.
Monster's Kids Second Annual Woodstick Alumni Event raises funds for Autism
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 (CCMC) of New York. 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
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 (CCMC) of New York. 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.
A "Super" Sunday at Cohen Children's Medical Center
NEW HYDE PARK, NY— This past Sunday, February 5th, while the majority of people were home watching “the big game,” Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) hosted the Roslyn Football League (RFL) and the Kids Give 360 Foundation. Started from a pickup football game held every Sunday at the Roslyn High School, "RFL" which stands for the Roslyn Football League, teamed up with “Kids Give 360”. These 30 men, and their children, raised the money to purchase iPads and presented them on Sunday to CCMC staff. iPads provide a great way to distract kids who can play and stay focused on being a kid during their stay in the hospital.
Started in 2011, the Weisser family consisting of dad Michael, mom Caroline and their three children, Justin age 8, Lucas age 6, and Laila age 2, saw an opportunity to not only provide assistance but teach their three healthy children about the importance of giving back. Thus the concept “Kids Give 360” was built. “Kids Give 360’s” premise is that kids in need would receive help but other kids would learn the lessons of giving and community service all at a young age. “It was very clear that not only had we raised money to help children in need but also that our children also received an invaluable life lesson in the process,” said Michael Weisser, “Kids Give 360” president.
Donations like this are critical to our ability to care for children and their families at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. In addition to playing games, CCMC’s Child Life Therapists and Chaplain use iPads to teach children about medical procedures they will be undergoing, ways to get and stay healthy and even use illustrated books in multiple languages to meet the unique needs of our diverse community.
Thank you “Kids Give 360” and Roslyn Football League! This was a touchdown for both sides.
Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute -- Approaching the Next Decade Using Technology to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease
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.”
Father and Son Share More Than a Work Address
MANHASSET, NY -- The father/son team of Michael and Jamie Mazzei, owner and creative director, respectively, of the nuBest Salon and Spa, have shared a lot while working side-by-side for 22 years – and now that bond is even stronger. Jamie, 42, donated a kidney to his father Michael, 71, who underwent kidney transplant surgery in July at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH).
Earlier this year, Michael learned that he needed a kidney as a result of acute diabetes. Immediately, his son sprang into action, and after a round of testing, was thrilled to discover that his kidney was a perfect match.
During a news conference at North Shore University Hospital, Jamie said his father was concerned about subjecting his son to the surgery, which involved the laparoscopic removal of a kidney by Louis Kavoussi, MD, chair of urology of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “My father has always been my teacher,” said Jamie. “We’ve worked side-by-side for more than 20 years. There’s no question that I would provide my father with this gift of life.”
Father and son kissed and hugged several times during the event, with Michael noting that he would return to the salon with his son by the end of August. “We’ve never felt so much love, and we thank everyone,” he said.
Ernesto Molmenti, MD, surgical director of the NSUH Transplant Center, praised Jamie for being “a true 21st-Century hero.” Dr. Molmenti explained that healthy adults can lead active and complete lives with just one kidney and should not be afraid to offer a kidney to a parent in need. In the same way, said Dr. Molmenti, parents in kidney failure should not feel ashamed to ask their adult children for help. “As you can see from these two,” said Dr. Molmenti, “this procedure will have a wonderful outcome.”
The Mazzei’s are long time supporters of the health system. For well over 15 years, they have been friends of North Shore-LIJ by partnering with us at the Partners Council for Women’s Health Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show, during Breast Cancer Awareness month and taking part in our Every Woman Matters cause related marketing campaigns. Most recently, they have requested that any salon customers who wish to make a donation in their honor go to support the transplant center.
To learn more about the North Shore-LIJ Transplant Center, go to: www.northshorelij.com/NSLIJ/transplant. If you are interested in supporting the Transplant Center, please contact Christina Bishop-Feeny at 516-465-2554.
Grateful for the Care Given -- Family turns their Passion for the Briny Sea into a Dream for the Future
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.
Holiday In The Hangar -- A Day of Celebration for the Children from Cohen Children’s Medical Center
NEW HYDE PARK, NY — A never to be forgotten holiday experience was made possible for young patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center by Delta Air Lines and the Garden of Dreams Foundation at their Holiday in the Hangar event at JFK airport on December 6th,2011. It was a memorable day for these children, some of whom are coping with severe medical challenges.
The excitement mounted as the special guests were met at Terminal 2 by Delta Elves who escorted the families to the gate where they boarded a special plane for a 30 minute “flight” to their destination, Winter Wonderland.
The thrill of being on a festively decorated plane was written all over the children’s faces, and their parent’s as well. From the magical arrival of “snow showers,” greetings from the Radio City Rockettes, the Knicks, the Rangers and the Liberty, being surrounded by a fantastic luncheon buffet with an arcade of fun activities, to the surprise special appearance of singing star, Willow Smith, it was a day to remember. And of course, the day was topped off by the arrival of Santa with presents for all!
The patients, their siblings and parents were given an opportunity to forget their illnesses and focus on the fun and excitement of a very unique and uplifting holiday celebration – an effective medicine for all!
Children’s Heart Center is the proud recipient of artwork donated by The Teenok Heart Foundation
NEW HYDE PARK, NY – On November 22, 2011, there was a dedication of the beautiful artwork donated to the new Children's Heart Center located on 9 Vermont Drive, New Hyde Park. All art was funded by The Teenok Heart Foundation. The art serves to enhance the center and the experience of both the child and parent as well. The colors and engaging subjects add a level of peace and softness to the physical space and cutting-edge technology utilized to save and improve the quality of life for countless children every year.
The Children’s Heart Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the only program on Long Island that offers comprehensive pediatric cardiology care including pediatric open heart surgery. Our physicians, nurses and support staff are experts in the field of children’s heart disease and provide multidisciplinary services—including noninvasive echocardiography (ECG)—to diagnose fetal, newborn, and infant heart abnormalities.
The Teenok Heart Foundation was founded in mid-2009 in loving memory of Samara Beth Lessner. Born with cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect, Samara lived only four and half months. The Teenok Heart Foundation offers an extra "breath of life" to existing hospital and research programs in pediatric cardiology. Donations to the Foundation support on-going clinical research in infant heart disease, provide supplemental funding for equipment and personnel in pediatric cardiology units, and offer financial and/or social service support to patients and their families. The Teenok Heart Foundation is 100% volunteer run.
Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM) Holds Inaugural Event
MANHASSET, NY – “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.
For more information on AWSM or the lecture, visit: www.feinsteininstitute.org/Feinstein/AWSM or by email AWSM.Feinstein@nshs.edu.
To support AWSM or any of The Feinstein endeavors, visit: support.northshorelij.com/SupportFIMR
The Kaufman Conference Center:
A Hub of Learning and Communication
Located at North Shore University Hospital, the Florence and Robert Kaufman Conference Center encompasses the Rust Auditorium, five Tower Conference Rooms, and the Kaufman Board Room. Accommodating more than 6,100 reservations every year, it is a focal point for news conferences, celebrations, and high-level discussions of the latest advances in medicine among researchers and physicians throughout the health system and beyond. The Florence and Robert Kaufman Conference Center also serves as a place of instruction for the hospital’s medical students, house staff, doctoral candidates and physicians. Furthermore, North Shore-LIJ’s hospital sites rely on the teleconferencing capabilities of the Kaufman Conference Center to foster internal communication and support our seminars, lectures and other medical/educational responsibilities.
Recognizing the center’s importance, the North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary recently made a gift to support renovations and technology and equipment upgrades allowing for enhanced high-speed, high-resolution transmission of images, video and sound. These upgrades have improved networking between health system hospitals, while also providing an opportunity to link with other academic medical institutions across the country and around the world. The state-of-the-art technology upgrades will allow for high definition teleconferencing feeds from operating rooms to conference/class rooms, simulcasts directly to the Internet, and will allow audiovisual staff members to capture and digitally store presentations for subsequent educational opportunities.
Technology-based learning formats are particularly suited to medical training because they provide real-time, three-dimensional views of bodily structures, instruments and clinical techniques. The new capabilities of the Kaufman Conference Center will allow interactive live teleconferences from operating rooms, catheterization laboratories or any other North Shore University Hospital locations to auditoriums and classrooms throughout the health system and the world.
“These significant improvements will enhance standards of clinical training and allow for the instruction of multiple classes simultaneously -- a necessity given the recently opened Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine,” said Ralph Nappi, president of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation. “We appreciate the leadership, foresight and support of Florence and Robert Kaufman in helping establish the Conference Center almost 10 years ago.”
Extreme Makeover: Glen Cove Hospital’s Don Monti Cancer Center
GLEN COVE, NY -- Thanks to the generosity of two local families – Diana and John Colgate of Mill Neck, and Robert McLane of Locust Valley – Glen Cove Hospital’s Don Monti Cancer Center has been updated and redesigned to provide patients with a tranquil and spacious atmosphere while undergoing treatment.
“We are passionate about Glen Cove Hospital,” said Mrs. Colgate, a member of the hospital’s Advisory Council and the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Board of Trustees. “Once I saw the oncology unit I knew that patients could benefit from a calmer and healing environment.”
The newly revamped center features a stylish and modern reception and waiting area, with comfortable new furnishings. The hallways combine wood-look floors and soft pastel-colored walls, accentuated by a new ceiling design and lighting. The exam rooms have cubicle curtains with a nature-inspired motif, contemporary exam tables and seating. A larger treatment room gives patients and their loved ones more comfort and privacy during chemotherapy sessions, which can last four to six hours.
Mr. McLane, a lifelong resident of the North Shore, said that he and his family have had many positive experiences over the years at Glen Cove Hospital and he thought that giving back to the hospital was a way to make a difference in the community. “I’m very proud of the hospital’s services,” said Mr. McLane. “I know patients and family members will appreciate the larger treatment area with more open space,” he said.
“At Glen Cove we have always delivered state-of-the-art care in a sensitive and caring way,” said Eileen Sheehy-Milano, MD, the hospital’s chief of hematology/oncology. “We truly appreciate the Colgates’ and McLanes’ gifts that made the center’s makeover possible. Now, patients have a more modern and comfortable place to receive their medical care. Patients commonly need at least 30 or 40 visits during a course of treatment, so we want to do anything we can to make the experience less stressful.” said Dr. Milano.
The commitment to patient service extends to every department in the hospital, she added. Work on the center was carried out by the hospital’s Engineering Department during evenings and weekends so that patient care would not be affected.
Glen Cove Hospital’s cancer program has a multidisciplinary team of specialists providing care in the fields of medical oncology, hematology (the study of blood diseases), radiation medicine, state-of-the-art imaging; surgical oncology; pathology, nursing, dietary, rehabilitation, education and community outreach.
Mrs. Colgate said the remake of the cancer center has motivated other community members to get involved. “We are looking to add flat-screen TVs in patient areas, music, artwork and upgrades to doctors’ offices,” she said. “I’m thrilled with the outcome. The center looks fabulous.”
Mr. McLane added, “I think it’s important to support Glen Cove Hospital. It’s an outstanding facility and the doctors and nurses have given so much to the community.”
19th Annual Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show Raises $450K+ for Women’s Health
Old Westbury Gardens was a blaze of color on September 14, when Partners Council for Women’s Health and the North Shore-LIJ Health System held the 19th Annual Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show. The glamorous afternoon, sponsored by Americana Manhasset and featuring the Etro Fall 2011 collection, attracted over 600 guests and raised a total of more than $450,000 for Katz Women’s Hospitals and Katz Institute for Women’s Health. WABC-TV Eyewitness News co-anchor, Diana Williams, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The runway at this year’s Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show was alight with reds, golds, greens and incredible patterns adorning garments made for both men and women. Etro started as a textile house and showcased their trademarked paisley patterns throughout their fall fashion line.
This past spring, Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset opened and as we get ready for winter, we can look forward to celebrating the opening at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Katz Women’s Institute, along with both hospitals, are dedicated to improving the health of women throughout their lifespan in services and education, reflecting the heart of our commitment to the community.
Partners Council for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System has raised over close to $6 million to help buy important equipment, fund critical research projects and build programs for the betterment of the women in our community. We look forward to celebrating the council’s 20th anniversary next spring.
Final beam placed on new pavilion at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
On July 27, 2011 the final beam was placed on the 115,000 square foot pavilion being erected at Cohen Children’s Medical Center 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.
6th Annual Concert Raises $1.2 Million for Feinstein Institute
Nobody did it better on July 13, 2011 at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. That’s because world-famous singer, songwriter and musician, Carly Simon, took center stage with her incredible band including both her daughter and son who accompanied her in the singing of some of her hits including, “Anticipation,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be,” “You’re so Vain,” and “Jesse.”
The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s sixth annual benefit concert, attended by nearly 1,000 of our closest friends, raised a record-setting $1.2 million for The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. A gorgeous summer night set the tone for a fun-filled evening further enhanced by stunning décor, cocktails and a buffet dinner provided by Lawrence Gottesman, owner and president of Lawrence Scott Events, a generous supporter of North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation.
Prior to Ms. Simon’s performance, the winner of the 2011 Fellowship Award was announced by Dr. Kevin Tracey, president of the Feinstein Institute, and presented by Diane Miller, daughter of Ruth and Leonard Litwin. This year’s award was given in honor of the Litwin’s, whose name graces the Litwin-Zucker Center for Research in Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders at The Feinstein Institute. The award was presented to Dr. Daniel O. Griffin, Elmezzi scholar. Dr. Griffin has identified an immune cell that could hold the key to many diseases from pneumonia to lupus to coronary artery disease and even to Alzheimer’s disease.
Pops Concert Raises More Than $345,000
Over 1,000 people showed up Saturday night, June 18, for Glen Cove Hospital's 29th Annual Summer Picnic POPS Concert, held at Old Westbury Gardens. The performance by the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra raised more than $345,000 in proceeds for the hospital. From left are: jazz musician Bob Merrill, Frank Harrington, chair of the Summer Picnic Pops Committee, Glen Cove Hospital Executive Director Dennis Connors and Louis Panacciulli, music director of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra.
For more information on how to get involved with Glen Cove Hospital, please call Beth Behr at (516) 476-7669.