Local News

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mercy Medical Center Council of Leagues Treasurer Doreen Baldwin (second from left) presents check to Mercy’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Beth Vlahavas, RN (second from right) while Council President Barbara Cheslock (center), Vice President Kathleen Fee (far right) and League Liaison Jeannie Jaeger (far left) look on.

At its February meeting, the Mercy Medical Center Council of Leagues presented a check to the hospital representing the proceeds raised from the Council’s annual Tree of Lights Celebration.

The Council of Leagues is an all-volunteer group of more than 2,000 members representing the various communities Mercy serves, including Rockville Centre, Bellmore/North Bellmore, East Meadow, Floral Park, Garden City, Hempstead, Glen Cove, Hicksville, Syosset, Westbury and more.

Council of Leagues President Barbara Cheslock explained that the Leagues raise significant funds for Mercy each year through the local fundraising efforts of the individual groups. Council Treasurer Doreen Baldwin noted that the Leagues raised more than $135,000 in 2016, with proceeds going directly toward the fulfillment of pledges to the medical center for specific equipment or services.


Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million over the next five years from the New York State Department of Health to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The goal is to build networks where families are supported and encouraged to meet their breastfeeding goals. The initiative expands community-based breastfeeding coalitions while increasing NYS Breastfeeding Friendly designations in obstetric and pediatric practices and child care/day care centers. In addition, mothers will be supported during their transition as they return to what will become breastfeeding-friendly worksites. Mothers also can find both peer and professional support at Baby Cafes, which are local meeting sites which will be established to further promote this breastfeeding initiative.

Five other organizations will also receive grants for the initiative in New York City and upstate New York.


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently announced that Winthrop-University Hospital (WUH) has joined the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (Portfolio Program). WUH physicians who are board-certified by one of the 21 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program may now obtain ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for participation in organizational quality improvement (QI) initiatives. The new WUH “MOC Program” is one of 83 Portfolio Program participants which include hospitals, health systems, medical societies and healthcare organizations across the country.

The Quality Improvement Maintenance of Certification (QI-MOC) Subcommittee of the Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC) will oversee the WUH program, which will be managed by Winthrop’s Office of Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE). The WUH MOC Program team will work closely with the QI department to facilitate and build skills in improvement science while offering Improvement in Medical Practice (MOC Part IV) credit to approved QI projects at Winthrop.



NUMC’S Psychiatry Residency Program was awarded Platinum Level by the American Psychiatric Association.

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHealth/NUMC’s President/CEO, and Nyapati Rao, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at NUMC, announced that the American Psychiatric Association has awarded the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) Psychiatry Residency Program the PLATINUM Level of its 100% Club. The American Psychiatric Association is the main organizational home of United States psychiatrists for scholarly presentation, continuing education,advocacy for patients and expanded treatment resources.

Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator for the American Psychiatric Association, indicated in a recent letter that The Nassau University Medical Center had attained approximately 100 percent resident membership enrollment in the American Psychiatric Association, placing the residency program in the Platinum Level.



The Foundation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Golf Honorees Christine and Tom Fitzgerald of the Smithtown Children’s Foundation

The Foundation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will host its 17th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Huntington Country Club, on the North Shore of Long Island.

Tournament registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Event proceeds will benefit the development of a new Pediatric Urgent Care Program at St. Catherine of Siena.

Golf Chair is Fred Cambria, former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a member of St. Catherine’s Community Advisory Board. The day before the golf classic, on Sunday, May 21, 2017, Cambria will collaborate with the St. Catherine of Siena Foundation to implement a baseball clinic for 6–14-year-olds titled “Field of Dreams” at the Smithtown Historical Society Baseball Field, 239 Middle Country Road, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In addition, St. Catherine’s physicians will be onsite to inform parents about concussions and other orthopedic-related injuries. Following the clinic, a free BBQ lunch will be served by local volunteer firefighters.

To register, or to find out more information about either event, please contact Development Coordinator Lia Crowley at 631-862-3523. Please register early, as space is limited for both events.


The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust has made a $1 million donation to South Nassau Communities Hospital that will help establish a new, expanded Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus in Oceanside. Currently, cancer services are spread over several different sites on the South Shore.

The Feil family has gifted more than $5 million to South Nassau in the past several years. This includes a $3 million donation to South Nassau in the spring of 2011 that supported the continued growth and expansion of the hospital’s existing Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, located in Valley Stream.


Eastern Long Island Hospital is pleased to honor Patricia and Donald Brennan at the 25th Anniversary ELIH Golf Classic at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, Shelter Island on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Participation in the 2017 Golf Classic directly supports the Emergency Department at ELIH, and its mission to provide essential healthcare services to the communities of the North Fork and Shelter Island.

Both Patricia and Donald have been major supporters of the growth and expansion that ELIH has experienced over the past 18 years. The Brennans hosted the very first Gala for ELIH in 1999. Their personal involvement in the Gala each year, first as hosts, and then as Champion Sponsors, has helped ELIH raise funds for the Emergency Department.

Patricia is a registered nurse from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan.

Donald is a retired chair of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and is currently an Advisory Director to the Board of Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1982, he was vice chair of International Paper Company. He was chair of the board of the trustees of the Maritime College and vice chairman of St. Vincent’s Hospital of New York. He is a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander and a past member of the board of directors of the United States Naval Institute.



Northwell Health held its sixth annual Ultimate Chef Healthy Cooking Challenge at Glen Cove Hospital to win the top prize for their original spring-inspired, three-course menu.

Three hospital chefs with more than 50 years of combined culinary experience impressed judges at Northwell Health’s sixth annual Ultimate Chef Healthy Cooking Challenge to win the top prize for their original, spring-inspired three-course menu.

Culinary masters from 17 hospitals around the New York metropolitan area competed in the contest held at Glen Cove Hospital, proving they can serve up delicious, restaurant-quality meals, but without the added fat, calories or sodium. The winning chef team represented North Shore University Hospital (James Liquori); Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (John Geoghan); and Staten Island Hospital North (Christopher Amabile).

At the event, Northwell Health unveiled the health system’s new nutritional guidelines, known as Healthy Choice. The new guidelines support quality standards that will better serve the health and healing of patients, along with the health of visitors and employees. Healthy Choice stickers will appear on foods in hospital food service eateries and items in vending machines.

For a complete list of sponsors or to sign up online, visit elih.org/golf. For more information, call 631-477-5164.