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Friday, January 12, 2018

Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” With the generous support of Al’s Angels, Catholic Health Services (CHS) and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, have responded to this meaningful call of duty, and are motivated to feed not just one person, but many people on Long Island.


St. Catherine of Siena staff, including Elf Claire, delivered food for those in need this holiday season.

CHS has been working with Al’s Angels for many years to help distribute food to those in need across Long Island. This year, the organization provided 50 bins filled with groceries to prepare holiday meals. The mission of Al’s Angels is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, domestic violence and financial hardship. For more information about Al’s Angels visit alsangels.org.

St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Coordinator Mary Ellen McCrossen, St. Catherine’s Hospitalist and Intensivist Practice Manager Corey Gallagher, along with a St. Catherine’s well-known and rather helpful elf, Claire, facilitated the food deliveries. The busy trio have delivered food bins to food pantries at St. Anthony Padua in Northport, St. Philip Neri in East Northport, St. Joseph in Kings Park, St. Patrick’s in Smithtown, St. Joseph’s in Ronkonkoma and St. James in Setauket. The food will be distributed to those in need by each parish.

The American College of Surgeons, through its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), has recognized NYU Winthrop Hospital as one of only 66 hospitals, out of 680 adult and pediatric hospitals, to have achieved “meritorious” outcomes for surgical patient care. ACS NSQIP is the leading nationally validated quality improvement program that measures the care of surgical patients, aiming to enhance and improve outcomes. The program evaluates actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively in eight clinical areas ranging from cardiac incidents to respiratory issues, renal failure, infections and more. The recognition of NYU Winthrop Hospital as ranking among the superior performers points to the hospital’s high quality surgical care and patient safety, which produce optimal outcomes. This marks the third consecutive year that NYU Winthrop has been recognized in this meritorious manner.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, NYU Winthrop is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data related to patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.


As hundreds of Hofstra University students hula hooped and pranced the night away at Children’s Miracle Network’s (CMN) Dance Marathon, they also raised more than $17,000 for Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.


Hofstra University students proudly show off the results of the Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon at Hofstra, where participants raised more than $17,000 for Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The Northwell Health Foundation event, sponsored on campus by Hofstra’s student medical organization Phi Delta Epsilon and Danceworks Productions, saw participants fundraise and compete — over a 10-hour period on Nov. 11 — in group dances, obstacle courses, hula hoop and volleyball contests.

The Children’s Miracle Network’s mission is to increase funds and awareness for children’s hospitals across the country. Cohen Children’s, the New York metropolitan area’s first pediatric hospital, is the local CMN hospital for New York City and Long Island.


Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) was awarded $50,000 by the CLC Kramer Foundation to support its Breast Health Program. Positioned within the framework of ELIH’s broad-based programs, the Breast Health Program meets the complex challenges of women’s health needs. To further the foundation’s support of mammography services, Peter and Erica Harold of the CLC Kramer Foundation wanted to keep it local and reach people they see day in and day out.

The CLC Kramer Foundation’s donation is the second that ELIH has received from the Foundation for our Breast Health Program. In 2016, with their other Foundation’s help, the David J. and Bobbie Marks Family Fund, ELIH completed the hospital Storm Hardening Project consisting of three distinct components that will allow ELIH a better opportunity to shelter in place in case of an extreme weather emergency. ELIH has been fortunate to weather many storms and nor’easters, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.


More than $3.3 million was raised at Northwell Health’s Constellation Gala recently held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The signature event celebrated philanthropic support as the driving force of innovative collaborations throughout Northwell Health — particularly its Manhattan care locations — that are transforming health care throughout the country.


Sara Bareilles performs to more than 500 attendees at Northwell Health’s Constellation Gala.

Proceeds from the Constellation Gala will provide Manhattan communities with greater access to high-quality care by helping to advance services and programs at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.

Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles was the highlight of the evening’s program, performing for over 500 attendees.

The Constellation Gala Dinner Committee, led by committee Chair Ellen Crown, includes a dynamic roster comprised of a number of New York City leaders whose specialties span across the fields of medicine, publishing and media, philanthropy, and the arts. The generous support of Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker helped make this evening possible.


South Nassau Communities Hospital is the only hospital on Long Island to achieve Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award, and 5-star ratings for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and hip fracture treatment in 2018.

According to Healthgrades, the orthopedic surgery program at South Nassau is among the top 10 percent in the nation — in terms of favorable patient outcomes as measured by data reported to the federal government and compared to 4,500 other acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades is the leading independent, online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. South Nassau also earned high Healthgrades rankings for patient safety and women’s health, receiving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award two years in a row and the Healthgrades Gynecologic Procedures Excellence Award five years in a row.

In addition, Healthgrades has named South Nassau as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia three years in a row and Five-Star Recipient for Small Intestine Surgeries in 2018.


Alan M. Jacobson, MD, Chief Research Officer at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), totaling $4,232,222, to study the long-term neurocognitive impact of Type 1 diabetes on individuals with the condition. The grant, entitled “The Effects of Biomedical Risk Factors on Neuro-cognition Using MRI: Long Term Follow-up of the Diabetes Control & Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications Study Cohort,” will run through 2022. The purpose of the grant is to determine the long term impact of Type 1 diabetes on brain function.


From left to right: Thomas E. Murray Jr., Chair of the Board; Peter Harold; Anthony E. Mitarotondo Jr., MD, DABR, Chief of Radiology; Z. Micah Kaplan, MD, Vice Chair of Foundation; Erica Harold; Scott V. Bennett, Chair of Foundation; Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, CR/Foundation; and Paul J. Connor III, President and Chief Executive Officer

The grant will allow Dr. Jacobson and his colleagues to study the effects of Type 1 diabetes on brain structure and thinking processes, especially among the growing population of older patients who are at greatest risk for these potential complications. Using MRI techniques and cognitive testing, as well as blood sugar control and other information gathered over a 30-year period from early in the course of illness, the study will allow an unparalleled opportunity to examine important and unresolved questions about the frequency and causes of these problems.

By achieving these aims, Dr. Jacobson and his fellow researchers will determine key predictors of neurocognitive impairments and guide strategies to mitigate this risk. This research will address a topic of considerable concern, for which little definitive information is available to clinicians and patients, particularly those with long-standing Type 1 diabetes who are over 50 years of age.