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Monday, February 6, 2017

There was no actual golf played — rain kept participants indoors at The Village Club of Sands Point. But more than 80 attendees of the second Swing into Service Invitational, sponsored by the Service Guild of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, helped raise more than $45,000.


(L-R) Michael H. Goldberg, Executive Director of LIJ Medical Center; Leslie Lindenbaum, LIJ Associate Executive Director; Marilyn Obert-Thorn, President of LIJ Service Guild; and Chantal Weinhold, Northwell SVP and Central Region Executive Director.

For more than 50 years, the Service Guild has worked to enhance the lives of patients, families and the community. In 2016, the Guild awarded more than $65,000 in grants to benefit Long Island Jewish Medical Center programs and services.

The event’s special honoree was Chantal Weinhold, Senior Vice President and Central Region Executive Director for Northwell Health.


The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is awarding $260,000 in grants to The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital and Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support to breast cancer survivors throughout the East End.

The grant to The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center will fund a state-of-the-art high resolution ultrasound machine to provide essential ultrasound diagnostic services.

The grant to Ellen’s Well will provide funding for more than 300 breast cancer survivors to attend support groups and programs that focus on wellness, anxiety, stress reduction and mindfulness.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation serves the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in New York State. Ellen’s Run is the signature fundraising vehicle for the Foundation along with other events in the Hamptons.


Northwell Health leadership and employees rededicated the lobby at Syosset Hospital, which includes hi-tech furniture and a new coffee shop, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 9, 2016.


Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling (far right) helps rededicate the Syosset Hospital lobby in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The newly renovated lobby now includes furniture, which is not only functional, but has USB accessibility built in. Ample outlets will allow visitors and patients to charge their phones and other electronic devices. The cosmetic upgrade also includes a new coffee shop. The hospital’s pre-existing gift shop was relocated and refurbished.

There is also a six-cubicle, private consultation space where patients and families can meet with physicians. The private consultation room leads into the new waiting room, which is more open and spacious for patients’ families and friends. Patients and visitors will also notice a new front awning and covered handicap-accessible ramp, as well as new elevator cars that are faster and larger than their predecessors.


The Dolan Family Health Center has received a mobile testing van that will be used to do free, confidential HIV testing in the Huntington and Greenlawn area.


This mobile testing van will be used to do free, confidential HIV testing in the greater Huntington area.

The van was purchased with funding from Northwell Health’s Ryan White Part C grant, which pays for both the van itself and two testing and counseling personnel who will staff the mobile unit. HIV testing performed by the van can provide results within a half hour. The van was dedicated on World AIDS Day.


John T. Mather Memorial Hospital will become the first Long Island hospital to install a thermal (ice) storage system to help with cooling the hospital during warmer months. The new system, which is expected to be operational this summer, will shift a portion of the hospital’s peak electrical load from daytime to nighttime when electricity is more plentiful, less expensive and generated more efficiently, and will reduce consumption and peak demand.

Ice storage technology, similar to the system being installed at Mather, is a form of energy storage where the consumption of a customer’s electricity is shifted into the nighttime hours where energy is stored each night by using specialized air conditioning units to freeze large tanks of water into ice. During the day, the stored energy (in the form of ice) is then discharged (melted) in coordination with the traditional air conditioning systems to provide cooling without having to use large amounts of power when the grid is the most stressed. In addition to enabling the hospital to take advantage of lower nighttime rates, the system qualifies for new thermal storage rebates offered by PSEG Long Island under the Commercial Efficiency Program. PSEG Long Island preapproved a rebate of approximately $1 million to Mather to help fund the system’s installation.


Northwell Health has been named one of the nation’s top nonprofit employers of military veterans by the organization Military Friendly.

The New York-based healthcare system was rated the No. 2 nonprofit, earning high marks in each of the six categories Military Friendly used to rate the more than 200 companies it considered.

Northwell doubled its hiring goals and provided employment opportunities to more than 400 veterans in 2016, according to Juan Serrano, Director, Northwell Health’s Military and Veterans Liaison Services. Through programs and advocacy, Northwell also touched the lives of approximately 10,000 veterans in the greater New York City region.

Military Friendly weighed companies based on six criteria: Hiring and Onboarding, Opportunity and Advancement, Culture and Commitment, Support and Retention, and Policies and Compliance, along with Recruiting and Sourcing. Northwell Health greatly exceeded the standard in each.


Northwell Health has touched the lives of approximately 10,000 veterans in the greater New York City region through programs and advocacy.

On Jan. 11,2017, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center (BMHMC) celebrated the relocation of the Brookhaven Women’s Imaging Center. BMHMC President and CEO Richard T. Margulis, along with BMHMC staff and physicians, were on hand to officially cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the official launch of the new state-of-the-art facility, now located at 100 Hospital Road, Suite 100, in Patchogue, directly across the street from Brookhaven Hospital’s main campus. The Women’s Imaging Center is an award-winning ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This relocation will provide ease of access alleviating some stress to those patients utilizing our services.


Pictured (L-R) Christopher Schneider, BMHMC Senior Director of Radiology; Elizabeth Martin, MD, Women’s Imaging; David Mangiameli, DO, Surgical Oncologist and Program Director, Brookhaven Breast Health Services; Lisa Rose, Chair, BMHMC Board of Directors; Robert Schwarz, Trustee, BMHMC Board of Directors, Arlene Sussman, MD, Medical Director, Women’s Imaging; Michele Knapp, Trustee, Board of Directors, Eric Russo, Trustee, Board of Directors; Richard T. Margulis, BMHMC President and CEO


A new app connects Catholic Health Services clinicians in real time.

Communication is critical to high-quality, efficient care, and physicians, nurses and patients benefit from close cooperation. To facilitate that, a new app has been rolled out throughout Catholic Health Services (CHS). Uniphy Health provides a secure, cloud-based platform to access information, communicate and collaborate in real time.

A major component of the mobile app is HIPAA-compliant, two-way text messaging within the network, plus the following functionalities:

  • A searchable physician directory
  • A consult on a patient or clinical question
  • Photo sharing, which allows for remote consults and diagnoses
  • Message delivery and “read receipt” confirmation
  • Organizational news updates and alerts

CHS’s goal is to enhance patient care by connecting as many providers as possible through this app for more efficient, coordinated care.



The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation thanks EW Howell for their most generous support of the neurosurgical program in memory of John Bergin. Pictured L-R are Paul O’Rourke (EW Howell), Brian Bergin, Rosemary Bergin, Lauren Bergin Novellano, Thomas Ockers and Kevin Mullins, MD.

In an effort to honor a former employee and continue a history of charitable contributions, representatives from EW Howell recently made a $10,000 donation to the neurosurgical program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

The company raised the funds through an annual golf tournament and made the donation in memory of John Bergin, a former EW Howell employee who passed away on May 30, 2016. Bergin’s family was extremely grateful for the expert care he received from his neurology team at Good Samaritan. Their gratitude was the driving force behind the donation from EW Howell.