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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

On Oct. 26, two entities of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS)—St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, gathered in Commack to celebrate the opening of a joint collaboration—The St. Catherine and St. Charles Center for Health and Wellness.


Center for Health and Wellness St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Office Paul J. Rowland, St. Charles Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer James O’Connor, New York State Senator John J. Flannagan, Catholic Health Services Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO (cutting the ribbon), with Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy—at the St. Catherine and St. Charles Center for Health and Wellness Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The new, 40,000-square-foot facility, located at 500 Commack Road, offers physicians and multispecialty services, all under one roof, in Commack. The facility is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The center combines St. Catherine’s excellence in imaging with the top orthopedic practice on Long Island: St. Charles Orthopedics.

St. Catherine and St. Charles received a tremendous amount of support at the ribbon cutting, including New York State Senator John J. Flanagan, Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo, Smithtown Councilman Edward Wehrheim, Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Smithtown Chamber Executive Director Barbara Franco, Kings Park Chamber Executive Director Diane Motherway, along with dozens of physicians, health professionals and community leaders.

During the ribbon cutting, special recognition was given to the Lostritto Family for supporting the purchase of diagnostic imaging equipment.


John T. Mather Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary received the Hospital of the Year Award, Large Hospital Category, from the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for demonstrating “outstanding achievement and service within its healthcare facility and community.”


At the Auxiliary of the Year award ceremony were (L to R): VP for Public Affairs Nancy Uzo; Dale Kulak, Mather Thrift Shop; Auxilians Ann Bayard, Nancy Hutchinson, Zinna, and Janice Krass; Director of Volunteer Services Keri Dunne; and Auxilian Louise Grinere.

The award was presented on Oct. 26 in Albany at HANYS’ 51st Annual 2017 Institute for Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders. HANYS established the Auxiliary of the Year Award to recognize numerous ways that auxiliaries help strengthen New York state’s healthcare system.

Since its founding in 1949, the Mather Auxiliary has raised more than $6 million through its fundraising activities, including the Thrift Shop, Gift Shop, lobby sales and events such as the annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show. The award noted the Auxiliary’s $210,000 donation to support the needs of the hospital’s Environmental, Engineering and Nutritional Services departments, and its participation in the hospital’s Paint Port Pink breast cancer awareness community outreach, which this year had more than 100 community partners including local businesses, schools, library and theater.


Two new, larger operating rooms designed to accommodate leading-edge medical technology recently opened at South Nassau Communities Hospital, representing another phase in the hospital’s ongoing expansion project.


(L to R): Jonathan E. Singer, MD, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Rajiv Datta, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center

The $7 million project converted storage space into two new, state-of-the-art operating rooms that can accommodate larger surgical teams, frees up floor space and lines of sight that will enhance communication among surgeons, nurses and support staff.

The new operating rooms are another part of South Nassau’s overall expansion plans. In late September, South Nassau completed the first phase of a multi-year construction effort to expand its emergency department with the opening of a $4.5 million, 10-bed emergency department annex. Nearly $300 million in expansion plans are in the design stage for the Oceanside and Long Beach medical campuses.


Catholic Health Services is proud to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art infusion center. The Catholic Health Services Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital, a six-chair infusion unit, provides intravenous therapy in a comfortable and controlled environment. Designed for patient satisfaction and comfort, the treatment unit delivers specialized, high quality, individualized care. Under the supervision of Bhoomi Mehrotra, MD, Chair of Catholic Health Services Oncology Service Line and Director of Oncology for St. Francis Hospital, and Natalya Krichmar, MD, Chief of Hemotology/Oncology, the unit offers a staff of certified infusion therapy/chemotherapy nurses, including nurse practitioners certified in oncology, treatment available six days a week and convenient morning to early evening hours.


St. Joseph Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer, Peter Scaminaci cuts the ribbon on the new CHS Cancer Center as team members look on.

Northwell Health has named its corporate headquarters in honor of an extraordinary figure who helped shepherd the development and growth of the health system from a single hospital into one of the nation’s largest health care providers.


(L to R): Michael J. Dowling, Northwell president & CEO; Maureen Nappi; Ralph A. Nappi, Executive Vice Chair of Northwell Board of Trustees; and Mark L. Claster, Chair of Northwell Health Board of Trustees.

Ralph A. Nappi, Executive Vice Chair of the Northwell Board of Trustees, who has been a fixture in the health system for more than 50 years. He has been president of the Northwell Health Foundation, served as chair of the North Shore University Hospital Board and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

In recognition of Mr. Nappi’s lengthy service and pivotal contributions, the health system’s headquarters at 2000 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park has been designated the Northwell Health Ralph A. Nappi Campus.

Mr. Nappi earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and was a real estate attorney from 1959-90. He worked closely with then-CEO John S.T. Gallagher as a member of the North Shore board, starting as an associate trustee in 1966 and later as Foundation president. He was part of the executive team that executed the merger between the North Shore Health System with Long Island Jewish Medical Center to form the North Shore-LIJ Health System.


St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held its 17th Annual Gala on Oct. 13 at Oheka Castle in Huntington. More than 450 attendees were there to support the hospital and its future developments.


(L-R): Christine Sini, St. Catherine’s Gala Honoreee Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini and wife Amanda Sini, Most Reverend Andrzej Zglejszewski, D.D. of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Frank Sini.

Most Reverend Andrzej Zglejszewski, D.D. of The Diocese of Rockville Centre delivered the invocation during the awards ceremony.

This year Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini was honored for his commitment to ethics, community, integrity and faith. Also recognized at the gala were Dr. Sanford Scheman, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the medical center for nearly five decades, and Mario Mattera, recipient of the hospital’s Theodore Roosevelt Volunteer Award for distinguished service.

The annual gala is the hospital’s most prominent fundraiser, organized by the hospital’s Foundation and with continued support from premier platinum sponsors — including St. Catherine of Siena Medical Staff and Island Medical Management — along with gold sponsor Suffolk Anesthesia Associates and silver sponsor Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees. The event raised $286,120.00 in gross proceeds. Proceeds will help support the construction of a new EMS access entrance on the medical center campus.


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