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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Frank Bonura, MD, lectured on Understanding and Preventing Osteoporosis

Stonebridge Golf Club was filled with community members eager to listen to newly appointed Medical Director of The Menopausal and Osteoporosis Programs at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Frank Bonura, MD, as he lectured on Understanding and Preventing Osteoporosis. The free community education event was sponsored by Siena Women’s Health — a specialized division of St. Catherine of Siena, and more than 150 were in attendance.

The Q&A educational format offered attendees the unique opportunity to engage in open dialogue — and the questions were many. The packed room spoke to the need for increased awareness and education regarding women’s health, including osteoporosis — a call Siena Women’s Health is happy to answer, as preventing chronic diseases is a health priority for the hospital.


There was recently a dose of serendipity at NYU Winthrop Hospital regarding “paying it forward.” South Hempstead resident and Fire Commissioner Tommy Maher founded the Honor 58 organization, which completes random acts of kindness in honor of the 58 men and women who were killed in the Las Vegas concert shooting last year. Among those victims was Sonny Melton, a nurse in the emergency department of a Tennessee medical center. Sonny was killed while shielding his wife Heather, an orthopedic surgeon, from gunfire.


Tommy Maher and NYU Winthrop Emergency Department staff

Maher wanted Melton to be remembered, but was in for a surprise when the NYU Winthrop staff coordinated a collection to purchase lunches for the entire staff at two Las Vegas hospital emergency departments. Those colleagues sent in return letters of appreciation and a banner of thanks with signatures from the staff.

The next day, Maher delivered 20 pizzas to the NYU Winthrop Emergency Department staff to honor Sonny Melton. His name will now be remembered with great kindness by a group of emergency department nurses who are very grateful that there are people in the world like the selfless Sonny Melton.


Becker’s Hospital Review has named Adhi Sharma, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, in its prestigious list of “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know” in the United States.


Adhi Sharma, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital

In his new position, Dr. Sharma is responsible for facilitating medical staff interactions with hospital administration and the governing board, and for assuring the effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care consistent with the mission of South Nassau. He also oversees strategic planning and execution, as well as the implementation of care management programs, and monitors the effectiveness of management practices and productivity indicators. Prior to joining South Nassau in 2014 as the hospital’s medical director for utilization, Dr. Sharma held senior administrative and clinical leadership positions for some of the region’s most respected healthcare providers, including chair of the department of emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, which is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

Dr. Sharma is a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine and American College of Medical Toxicology and serves on the practice and education committees, respectively. Dr. Sharma has co-authored papers published in The Journal of Emergency MedicineAcademy of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. He has authored chapters published in clinical textbooks, including Rosen’s Emergency Medicine5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult and Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies.


Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, recently turned a hot summer afternoon into a cool visit for young patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Mund, who hails from North Dakota, stopped at the Dairy Queen in Massapequa to get ice cream and then headed to Cohen Children’s with treats in hand. The visit was arranged by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thursday, August 2 was Miracle Treat Day and participating DQ restaurants around the nation donated $1 or more of Blizzard sales to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.


Suffolk resident and President/CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital (Mineola, NY), John Collins, was elected chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at the group’s Annual Meeting held July 11, 2018. His two-year term expires in 2020.


President/CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital (Mineola, NY), John Collins

Collins is a renowned healthcare strategist and financial expert. His keen business foresight led to the successful acquisition of 60-plus faculty and community practices in over 150 locations. More recently, he led the hospital into an affiliation agreement with NYU Langone Health, enabling the two organizations to expand, enhance and clinically integrate the healthcare services of these two outstanding healthcare entities.

Collins began his career at Winthrop in 1997 as chief financial officer. He later assumed the duties of chief operating officer, before being named President/CEO in 2009. Under his leadership, NYU Winthrop Hospital was recognized in the first-ever edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings for 10 high-performing specialties.

Prior to joining NYU Winthrop Hospital, Collins served as chief financial officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College and is a certified public accountant.


Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD, received a five-year $3.5 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to develop a post-surgical care program for stage II bladder cancer patients and their caregivers. This is the first study to address the needs of bladder cancer patients and their caregivers with the goal of reducing infections and unplanned nurse/ER visits while improving their quality of life.

Diefenbach’s study will create an in-person, pre-treatment education program provided by a nurse or trained health professional for patients and their caregivers. Depending on the course of treatment selected by the patient to replace their removed bladder, the professional will demonstrate the necessary tools and techniques for care of the device. Diefenbach will develop a recovery website for bladder cancer patients and their caregivers as part of the second phase of the study, which will contain important recovery information, videos about postsurgical care, testimonials by other patients and physicians, and other educational resources.


Good Shepherd Hospice (GSH) presented its Living the Mission Award to Home Health Aide Shaneik Brown for exemplifying Catholic Health Services’ (CHS) mission and values. Nominated for her outstanding qualities, Brown was recently honored at GSH’s Farmingdale office.


The Living the Mission Award was presented to Shaneik Brown

Brown’s peers noted her extraordinary selflessness in assisting those in need, as well as her positive attitude and work ethic. Her colleagues praised her for her “pleasant, professional and personable” qualities in caring for her patients.

The Coram resident has been part of Catholic Home Care since 2015, representing the agency at the Long Island State Veterans Home. Prior to joining CHS, she worked as a customer service representative and cashier.


Globally-renowned lupus scientist, Betty Diamond, MD, hosted Jason Econome, a Stuyvesant High School science teacher, at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Econome learned research techniques and followed the scientific process from start to finish to gain a greater understanding of science, which he can take back to his classroom of students.


Globally-renowned lupus scientist, Betty Diamond, MD

“A great way to inspire and nurture the next generation of research scientists is to get their teachers who interact with them every day excited about research as well,” says Dr. Diamond, who is also an APS member. “I was happy to take part in this fellowship program and to provide Jason with a biomedical laboratory experience which he can bring back to the classroom.”

Under the Frontiers in Physiology Program, eight high school teachers from across the country were selected to be part of a seven to eight week summer program where they were paired with an APS member who is a researcher in physiology. By spending the summer learning research techniques and following the scientific process from start to finish, the teachers gain a greater understanding of science, which they can pass off to their students during the school year.