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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 $21M, 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.

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 BioheatOnline.com 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: www.bioheatonline.com.

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.


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