Volume XI SUMMER 2008 Number 3
Special Honorees and
Theodore Roosevelt Award Recipients
See page 2 See page 2
A message from the President:
JOHN T. MATHER
Our Pillars of Excellence MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Board of Directors
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season - beaches, backyard
barbecues, family and friends – it’s a great time of year, filled with a lot of Chairman of the Board
memory making moments. At Mather, we’ve also had some memorable Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Esq.
summer moments. Among them, our Voyage to Excellence inauguration and
the dedication of our four “Pillars of Excellence” stand out as my favorite
Kenneth D. Roberts
I especially enjoyed that day for several reasons – it was a great summer Vice Chairmen
day; it was an opportunity for our Mather Hospital Family to gather together; it Betsy Noyes Britton
was the official launch of our Voyage to Excellence; it celebrated our ongoing Konrad J. Kuhn
commitment to our patients and it offered us a chance to honor our top Harold Tranchon, Jr.
Kenneth D. Roberts Service Excellence employees… and it was great!
The purpose of our “Voyage” is to reach a new and important vision – to John R. Sini
become the best community hospital in New York State; we want Mather to be
the best place to receive healthcare and the best place to work. The four great pillars in our courtyard Secretary
support the realization of John T. Mather’s personal vision – creating the first community hospital in the
Town of Brookhaven. What could be more fitting than to have these great pillars of John T. Mather’s
President, Medical Staff
vision now serve as icons for our vision – to be the best community hospital in New York State? Chairman, Medical Board
As we sail in pursuit of becoming the best, we will build upon our four “Pillars of Excellence” – Randall Schrager, M.D.
People, Service, Quality & Safety and Innovation & Growth – the core values, which will guide all our
Alan D. Beck
I take great pride in the fact that the Mather Hospital Family always rises above the challenge. Our James F. Canniff, Ed.D.
seven Voyage to Excellence employee teams have hit the ground running with several projects currently Gary Cress
underway. Mather Hospital, as a whole, has embraced the spirit of the Voyage early on, resulting in James Danowski
improved patient satisfaction scores already. Carl Ferraro
Our Voyage to Excellence is an exciting and fun opportunity for all of us to help make coming to M. Cecile Forte, Ph.D.
Mather Hospital an even better experience for our patients, their families and ourselves. Thank you for Judith A. Fortunato
your ongoing commitment to our patients and our community. I look forward to working with all of you Kathryn B. Frey
as we Voyage together. Robert A. Isaksen
Frederick C. Johs, Esq.
James F. Maiella
Inpatient Safety Wayne Rampone
Richard Savino, M.D.
Team Receives Leo Sternlicht
Honorable Mention Edward J. Weiss
Mather’s Inpatient Fall Performance Chairman, Public Affairs Committee
Improvement Team submitted a paper Gene Gerrard
to the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Co-Chairman,
titled “Getting Results: A Patient- Public Affairs Committee
Centered Fall Reduction Program: Alan D. Beck
Utilizing Safe Patient Placement.” The Vice President, Public Affairs
paper was submitted for the Hospital Marlene Israel
Council’s Excellence in Patient Safety
Award. Our team received honorable Director, Public Relations
mention in the program’s first year of Patrick Regina
award presentations. Our thanks go out Public Affairs Coordinator
to the entire nursing staff for all their Julie Parenti
support and cooperation.
Congratulations to all.
Team members (not all in photo):
Bernadette Brochard, RN, Joyce
DeMoore, RN, Grace Ebinger, RN,
Eugenia Ercole-Fricke, RN, Anna Gaeta,
RN, Kim Hagerman, RN, Marilyn
Hannett, RN, Allison Lombardi, RN, Julia
Macauley, RN, Deborah Schafmayer, RN,
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Laura Wooten. Additional Team
Supporters: Cathy Babst, NA, Darlene Public Affairs Department
Beirne-Steigman, RN, Dolores Heintz, (631) 476-2723 or ext. 4291
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43rd Annual Marsha and
One Enchanted Evening Henry Laufer
are Mather Hospital’s 2008 One
Community Enchanted Evening special
pillars and honorees.
Hospital Marsha is currently chairwoman of
benefactors the Brookhaven Democratic
Barney and Committee and serves on the board
Judi Fortunato of Planned Parenthood Hudson
Peconic and the Eleanor Roosevelt
will host the
One Enchanted According to her colleagues,
Evening Gala, Marsha brings an infectious
themed, enthusiasm to everything she does.
“Moulin As chief scientist, Henry is part of
Rouge,” which the leadership team at Renaissance
benefits the Technologies, which for more than
Fortunato 20 years has been at the forefront
Breast Health Center and breast cancer of research in mathematics and economic analysis. Henry is a strong
treatment at Mather Hospital. supporter of Stony Brook University and is a trustee of the Stony Brook
Entertainment will be provided by the Foundation.
sensational musical group, "Up Front." The Laufers are avid supporters of Mather Hospital and perennial sponsors of
Tickets to One Enchanted Evening are Breast Cancer Victory Day. Most recently, Marsha and Henry contributed to the
on sale now; call the Mather Hospital underwriting of a state-of-the art digital mammography machine for the
Office of Public Affairs at 631-476-2723 or Fortunato Breast Health Center.
caring for the community mather hospital celebrates the
2008 theodore roosevelt award recipients
Fifty years ago, the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council created the Theodore Roosevelt Awards to honor those who demonstrate exceptional volunteer
commitment to a member hospital and their community. Mather Hospital’s 2008 Theodore Roosevelt Award recipients (below) will be recognized October
10th at the 43rd Annual One Enchanted Evening gala for aiding the progress and development of Mather Hospital. Special honors also will be presented to
two community pillars for their philanthropic support.
Randall Schrager, M.D., Steven Rothstein, M.D., Fredric Matlin, M.D., Paul Elliott
joined the hospital’s medical staff in has been a valued member of the has been an esteemed member of is chairman, president and
1993 and has been Mather Hospital the Mather Hospital commercial
one of Mather’s Family since 1984. Family for more director of
most dedicated than 20 years. Prudential CRES
surgeons and Dr. Rothstein has Real Estate, one of
effective leaders. served as chairman Dr. Matlin’s the top
of the OR technical expertise commercial
Dr. Schrager has committee since was a key factor in services in the
been director of 2003. A respected Siemen/Philips region. Elliott’s
general surgery leader of the Corp.’s selection of level of success in
since 2003. As chairman of Mather’s medical staff, he has served as Mather as a clinical introduction business is matched by his
medical board and president of the president in 2003, vice president in site for a sophisticated operating commitment to community.
medical staff, Dr. Schrager has 2002 and secretary-treasurer room monitoring system. His
introduced innovative management in 2001. penchant for research and cost Great Rock Golf Club and the
techniques that have allowed more consciousness has helped to adjacent Blackwells Restaurant in
time to be focused on issues that Known for his business acumen, ensure state-of-the-art equipment Wading River, which he co-owns,
improve patient care. His colleagues Dr. Rothstein has an ability to for Mather physicians and high- are the sites of Mather Hospital’s
credit him with continuing to foster evaluate the long-term impact of quality care for patients. Dr. Matlin Annual Golf and Tennis Classic to
productive and efficient meetings decisions and has proved has also been instrumental in the benefit nursing education programs
and board activity. invaluable to his department and planning stages of operating and An Evening of Fabulous Food,
the hospital. “Mather is an excellent facilities, ensuring optimal which supports the chest pain
“It’s a privilege to work with such an hospital that gives so much back to installation of anesthesia utilities. emergency room.
esteemed medical staff,” Dr. the community,” Dr. Rothstein says. “Mather is the hospital my family
Schrager says. “Mather is an “For me to do the same is the right “I am very pleased that I am able to uses whenever there’s a need,”
outstanding community hospital and thing. It’s important.” contribute to Mather’s quality of Elliott says. “I was quite honored
I am proud to be part of the Mather service,” Dr. Matlin says. when they told me I was receiving
Mather Hospital’s 2008
United Way employee
campaign raised nearly
$24,000. The hard work and
dedication of our Mather
campaign managers helped
increase the campaign by
$6,000 over last year’s total. Pictured (from left to right) are United Way of Long Island
Thank you to everyone who President and CEO Christopher Hahn, Employee Campaign
contributed to this year’s Manager Brenda Bonacum, Committee Member Yvette
campaign! Martinez, Mather President Kenneth Roberts.
And the Winner is…
Mather’s Annual Car Raffle
Miller Place resident Olga Manolis (center) held the winning ticket
for this year’s Mather Hospital Car Raffle. Manolis chose the cash
prize option and was presented with a check for $15,000 by Mather
Hospital Board Member, Wayne Rampone (left) of Ramp Ford and
Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts.
Congratulations to Olga Manolis (who happens to be a Mather
employee) and thank you to Ramp Ford, Ramp Chevrolet, Riverhead
Toyota/Scion and North Shore Lincoln-Mercury for their generosity
and support. We also wish to thank our Car Raffle Co-chairs, Leo
Sternlicht (Riverhead Toyota/Scion) and Wayne Rampone for their
Community Gathers to Celebrate Creativity
It was a celebration of community and culture at Mather Hospital when the 28th
2008 Golf Classic Raises $120,000
Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show opened Friday, June 13. for Nursing Education Programs
More than 40 local artists are sharing their creative talents through the More than 130 competitors teamed up at Mather Hospital’s
outstanding exhibit. The 60 pieces are displayed throughout the hospital’s 23rd Annual
historic courtyard and grand lawn and they will remain there until August 31. Golf Classic
Mather employees Dawn Radu (mailroom), Peter Levine (nutritional services) at Great
and Christine Bilbao (administration) were among the artists. Rock Golf
July 4th Wading
Parade June 2. The
Volunteers more than
2008 Cash education
Cow Raffle programs at
Mather Vincent Bove Memorial Golf Award recipients – (from
Drawings for prizes, which range from $300 ($500 if Hospital. left) Dr. Nicholas Craig, Tony Naples, Louis Bove (son of
1,000 tickets sold) daily drawings to an early-bird After the Hon. Vincent Bove, presenting award), James
$5,000 ($7,000 if 1,000 tickets sold) prize, begin golf, guests Danowski - not pictured: Paul Naples
September 2 and continue through December 31. were treated
Tickets are $200 each – best of all, if you win, your to dinner, compliments of Blackwells Restaurant. More than
ticket goes back in the tumbler and you can win 100 raffle prizes were presented, as well as team trophies for
again and again. Raffle tickets are limited, so don’t first, second and third place. This year’s first place foursome
drag your hooves. Call Public Affairs, Mather was also the first recipients of the Vincent Bove Memorial Golf
Hospital at 631.476.2723 or visit Award, in memory of Mather Hospital’s longtime chairman.
www.matherhospital.org/cow. Photo: Mather auxilians and
volunteers (left to right) – Mafalda Smith, Barbara Zinna, Barbara Junior,
Lorraine Altman, Louise Grinere.
Hundreds of Bikers Ride to
Support Fortunato Breast
On Sunday, July 13, nearly 700 bikers, including a number of
Mather Hospital employees, rode in the 30-mile Sticky Finger
Motorcycle Run, which was supported by WBAB Radio,
Jagermeister, Allstate and the Great South Bay Music Festival. The
event raised more than $20,000 for the Fortunato Breast Health
Center at Mather Hospital. At the start of the Run at Dave & Buster’s
in Farmingdale, WBAB afternoon radio host Fingers (back row,
second from right) joins Mather Hospital benefactors Judy and
Barney Fortunato (standing in front of Fingers) and Mather
employees John Gluckler (on bike, left) and Glen Jamotta, (third
from right) of engineering; Ray Gulino, administrative director of
transfusion services (on bike, center); and Steve Vassallo,
phlebotomy supervisor (far right), along with several friends.
Pictured (behind children) at the starting ribbon for the 14th annual Families Walk for Hope
are Dr. Michelle Price and Dr. Joseph Carrucciu of the Fortunato Breast Health Center,
Director of Mather Hospital Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Dr. Arif Ahmad, Mather
Hospital President Kenneth Roberts and Board Chairman Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Suffolk County
Legislator Vivian Viloria-Fisher, New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Brookhaven
Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, Mather Board Member Gene Gerrard, Brookhaven
Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Suffolk County Legislator Dan Losquadro, Mather Hospital Board
Member James Canniff.
14th Annual Families Walk for
Hope & Obesity Awareness
Despite the wet weather, spring was still in the air and hope in every heart. On May
3rd, more than 1,200 walkers raised upwards of $130,000 for the Fortunato Breast
Health Center, breast cancer treatment and obesity awareness and education programs
at Mather Hospital.
After completing the journey, walkers were treated to a barbeque lunch and
refreshments served by members of the Port Jefferson Lion’s Club.
With a Little Help, Tony Wiley How can I prevent staph or
Kicks the Habit MRSA skin infections?
“I was a two-time drop-out of the Practice good hygiene:
Suffolk County program,” recalls CT • Keep your hands clean
Supervisor Tony Wiley, a 32-year by washing
smoker, who marks his 18th month of thoroughly with soap
being smoke-free in August. “I tried and water or using an
hypnotism, lozenges and other alcohol-based hand
medication. Nothing worked.” sanitizer.
Determined more than ever to quit • Keep cuts and scrapes
for good, Wiley signed up for the Get clean and covered
Quit program offered through with a bandage until
Employee Health Service, which provides prescription Chantix to participants. healed.
Chantix is designed to block nicotine addiction receptors in the brain. • Avoid contact with
“With Chantix, the nicotine doesn’t do anything for you,” says Wiley. “It took a other people’s wounds or bandages.
lot of the depression away and it made quitting so easy.” • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
Now, he’s not just a lot healthier, he’s a little richer. Get Quit Mather employees Are staph and MRSA infections treatable?
who stay smoke-free for a full year will be reimbursed for the Chantix ($30 per Yes. Most staph and MRSA infections are treatable with antibiotics. If
prescription) and also receive a $100 bonus. you are given an antibiotic, take all of the doses, even if the infection is
For more information, contact Employee Health Service at 476-2725. If in- getting better, unless your doctor tells you to stop taking it. Do not share
house, call extension 5903. antibiotics with other people or save unfinished antibiotics to use at
Service Excellence Awards
Kelly Abbe Jocelin Vargas Carolyn Mosley
Frank Clarke Christine Volk Joan Samborski
Danielle Colao Kristin Wagner Daria Dodds
Sandie Connolly Jean Englezos Jane Foley
Gail Garcia Gilma Godoy JoAnn Jelley
Kara Hickey Marie Kaplan Valerie Konon
Bini John Chanel Loganzo Meredith Rickenbacker
Sally Ann Lien Julia Vetere-Schuchman Kathleen Jochen
Susan Morin Caridad Bringuier Robin Lisanti
Melissa Musgrove Marie Hassard Carolyn Troxell
Lorraine Nigita Wayne Miller Theresa Carter
Frank Pizzurro Paul Zampieron
Sharon Scanlon Moria Farrell
Our Future in Their Hands
Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day
is a great way to introduce children to career opportunities, and to
envision their future. From having their blood pressure taken to
Jeanne Brennan Jennifer Flanagan Jill Snelders checking out Mather Hospital’s vast information technology
Ditas Burgos Gail Garcia Darlene Steigman system and visiting Pharmacy, Food and Nutritional Services,
Linda Folken Jim Hegarty Ramona Born Respiratory Therapy, Imaging Services, the Emergency
Susan Greco Christina Lauria Marina Grennen Department, Central Supply, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit,
Cristy Kokell Jean McCarrick Ginger Postiglione Nursing, Sleep Disorders Center, and the Physical Therapy
Audrey Krutys Karen Mercurio Peggy Sauve Department, these wonderfully inquisitive children between the
Luisa Machado Louise Reichel Bill Manzi ages of 8 and 13 had the opportunity to understand what many
Connie Reilly Andrea Wohlenberg Colleen McDermott
adults do during their work day. Participants were: Joseph
Teotimo Robles Mary Yakutsk Donna Baas
Shelley Rosenfeld Joann Brazil Anna Marie Braslow
Barttolotto, Hailey Connolly, Jared Ducker, Lauren Ducker, Taylor
Deborah Schafmayer Diana Caiazza Mary Ann Goodman Filiu, Sean Frank, Kaylie Gazura, Mackenzie Gazura, Gina Gordon,
Penny Stock Katherine Montefusco Jamie O'Hara Emily Kelliher, Nicholas Kelliher, Kylie Kramer, Kaitlyn Link,
Cara Taranto Danielle Rosenblatt Terry Carter Brianna Link, Anthony Martello, Jessie Quick, Rachel Robb,
Cynthia Whispell Lisa Eggers Anna May Drewes Rebecca Robb, Austin Schmidt, Maxwell Schmidt.
Ellen Dwyer Marie Hassard
Employees Mather Hospital
for 40 Years Stuart Fisher
of Service as New Director
Three dedicated employees of of Engineering
Mather Hospital were honored for Stuart Fisher of Setauket has
their 40-years of service to the joined the staff of Mather Hospital,
community and hospital at a as its new director of engineering.
recent reception. On hand to offer Fisher brings more than 30 years of hospital facility
congratulations to Vice President experience to his new position, where he will oversee
of Nursing Barbara Farruggia of plant maintenance, grounds, equipment and hospital
Setauket (seated, left) and utilities.
Suzanne Bittner, RN, of Miller Fisher says he is looking forward to exploring ways to
Place (seated, right) were make Mather Hospital more energy efficient. “The fact that
(standing from left) Mather Hospital’s Board I can now take all of my experience and use it to benefit a
Chairman Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Vice Chairman community hospital right in my own neighborhood is
Betsy Britton, and Mather Hospital President wonderful,” said Fisher.
Kenneth Roberts. Forty-year celebrant Ramona He is also taking the energy-saving efforts personally.
Born, LPN, of Medford is also pictured with Ken He’s hoping a proposed bike route between Setauket and
Roberts. Port Jefferson comes to fruition so he can pedal to work
and leave his car at home. A real savings, considering just
prior to joining Mather he was with Hoboken University
Medical Center in New Jersey and commuting about four
hours a day.
We lcome Ne w Doctors
Joshua Rothenberg, DDS Keith Harris, DO
Orthodontics Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. Rothenberg earned his dental degree and Dr. Harris is a pulmonologist who has additional
certificate in orthodontics from New York University. training in critical care medicine. He will focus on
He completed his residency at Long Island College the care of patients in the intensive care units at
Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Mather Hospital.
During his residency, Dr. Rothenberg was a dental Dr. Harris earned his medical degree at
emergency clinic attending, supervising dental Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He
residents from the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital
and New York University College of Dental Residency. He is affiliated with Medical Center in West Islip and his internal medicine residency at Stony
the American Dental Association and the American Association of Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Harris recently concluded a
Orthodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Stony Brook.
Dr. Harris is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary
medicine. He has presented his research findings at international
Denise C. Monte, MD, FACS conferences and has been published in medical journals and newsletters.
Specializing in pediatric otolaryngology/head and
neck surgery, Dr. Monte earned her medical degree at Mather Hospital also proudly welcomes the
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., where she following physicians who will be featured in the
was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical next issue of Mather Matters:
Society. She completed her internship, residency and William Buffone, DPM, Podiatry Irene Patrylo, MD, Physical
chief residency at Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y. Medicine & Rehabilitation
Joshua Kalowitz, MD, Radiology
Prior to joining Mather, Dr. Monte was on the full- Michael Sileo, MD, Orthopedics
time faculty at Stony Brook University Medical Craig Litman, MD, Otolaryngology
Center. Theofanis Mitsinikos, DO, Brian Webber, DO, Radiology
Dr. Monte is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Stony Brook, Endocrinology Jonathan Weinstein, DO, Cardiology
and she is affiliated with a number of medical organizations, including the Pragnesh Patel, MD, Endocrinology
American College of Surgeons.
Marie Mulligan, RN, Named Vice Theresa Grimes, NP, Named Associate
President for Nursing Services Vice President for Nursing Services
Marie Mulligan, RN, has been named vice Theresa Grimes, NP, has been named associate
president for nursing services. Mulligan joined vice president for nursing services. She is a 17-year
the Mather Hospital Family in 1993 as assistant veteran of Mather whose previous positions include
vice president for surgical services. She rose to unit nursing coordinator for critical care and
the position of associate vice president for telemetry, nursing coordinator and nurse
nursing in 2007 and has been an integral part of practitioner for pain management for both Mather
our Hospital’s success. In addition to her role at and St. Charles Hospital. She has been recognized
Mather, she is an adjunct instructor at Adelphi and honored for her outstanding work throughout
University and St. Joseph’s College. her career. Congratulations Terri!
Nurses Week: Thank
You for All You Do!
Though the celebration is just one week out of each
year, our appreciation for our nurses is shared 24/7 –
365 days a year. Employees and patients are very
proud and fortunate to have such a dedicated and
talented team of health care professionals as part of
our Mather Hospital Family. We salute you all!
Record Donation Will Help Fund Emergency
It’s a record! At Mather Hospital’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party,
members of the Hospital Auxiliary proudly presented a check for $203,500
to hospital representatives, which will be used to help renovate and expand
Mather’s emergency department.
It was another banner year for Mather’s Auxiliary members with the Thrift
Shop’s record donation of $131,500; the Gift Shop donating $37,500; and
the flower and lobby sales raising $34,500.
Volunteer Service Awards
Auxiliary and Thrift Shop Treasurer Dorothy Milau, Mather Hospital Thrift Shop Liaison
Louise Grinere, Mather Hospital Senior Vice President Kevin Murray, Auxiliary
President Ida Forstel, Mather Hospital Chairman Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Auxiliary 1st
Vice President Helen Rodowicz, Gift Shop Manager Kathleen DeBenedetto
Geranium Time of Year
Each year, the Auxiliary raises approximately $3,000, which benefits
various Mather programs, through various flower sales. Assisting with
the late spring geranium sale were (from left) Audrey Freudenberg, Ida
Forstel, Susanne Klenk, Dot Duggan and Helen Rodowicz. Robert Lundquist Nancy Cherinak Linda Delvecchio
4,000 hours 1,000 hours 1,000 hours
Ida Forstel Jeannine Cook Joe Grinere
9,000 hours 6,000 hours 4,000 hours
Happy 95th for 20-Year Volunteer
Barbara Junior Louise Grinere Clint Stepanek
surprised Harriet 1,000 hours 4,000 hours 1,000 hours
center) of Miller 2,000 hours 3,000 hours 3,000 hours
Place with a Christa Sonowsy Richard Skelton Terry Saverase
birthday party in
July at the Thrift $5K Lotto Winner in
Shop where she
has volunteered Hospital Gift Shop
since 1985. The Scott Viscardi of Imaging Services recently
retired attorney, won $5,000 with a Lotto ticket he purchased in
who is 95 years the Hospital Gift Shop. “I was shocked,”
young, celebrated exclaimed Scott. “When I told my mother that I
her milestone birthday at the Thrift Shop with (from left, seated) Lois was giving her $1,000, she started to cry.” As
Nevius, Genevieve Mikorenda, (standing) Eleanor Tisall, Lorraine Altman, for the rest of the money, Scott says he has to
Louise Grinere, Corny Wakefield, Toni Ricottone and Netti Minella. think about it a while. Congratulations, Scott!
Birthdays Laboratory: Birthday wishes to Claudette McGinley
4/26, Blanca Schineis 4/23, Stacey Keane 6/24, Woj
the wedding is set for Sept 18, 2009. Imaging
Services: Wedding bells will be ringing as Sue
TCU: Birthday wishes to Lee Viggiano 6/16, Susan Strus 4/14, Ray Gulino 6/22, Peter Bell 6/25, Donna Dolson’s son, Cory, got engaged to Lindsey on 5/16,
Krietzman 6/22, April Conte 4/25, Marion Porter 5/9. Morgan 5/24, and Don Baker. and an August 2009 wedding is planned. Congrats
Public Affairs: Happy birthday to Cynthia Court to Donna Blaskopf’s son, Brian, who married Dena
4/27, Randy Ackerman 5/11, Hannah Feldman 5/12,
Nancy Fischetti 5/24, Laura Juliano 6/9, Dale Moller
Birth Announcements on 3/22. TCU: Congratulations to the newlyweds,
Victoria Cafarelli and Brian White, who wed on 6/20.
6/22. Administration: Happy birthday to Wayne Business Office: Dorothy Morabito’s son and Physical Therapy: Congratulations to Melissa
Shattes 4/1, Kevin Murray 4/12, Christine Bilbao daughter-in-law, Keith & Melissa Bauman, gave birth Musgrove, who wed Dan Hafner on 6/20 at Larkfield
6/28. Respiratory Care Services: Birthday to Shawn Brady on 5/23/08 – Congratulations. Pat Manor in Northport – A great time was had by all!
celebrations by Bill DeMicco 6/6, Nancy Corso 6/16. Parente’s daughter gave birth to Diondre Julian House Staff: Nancy Kennedy’s son, Sean, became
Security: Best Wishes to to Ken Sullo 6/12, Robert Denson, weighing in at 6 lbs 9 oz. Congratulations engaged to Pam Friedt from Washington, D.C. and
LaRocca 6/17. Environmental Services: Many to the proud parents, Kristina & David Denson. will be married in the fall of 2009. Andrea, daughter
birthdays celebrated by Tania Gonzales 3/21, Maggie Environmental Services: Jan Paskoski has become of Patty Fernandez, was married on 6/13/08 to
Batista 4/7, Sofia Arroyo 4/12, Vadalisa Garcia 4/28, a proud, first time grandparent as her son, Staff Sgt. Robert Day. Social Work: We want to extend all the
Jan Paskowski 4/24, Eric Ekert 5/6, Tracy Wilson Andrew Brophy and wife, Melissa, gave birth to best of luck to TCU Social Worker Victoria Cafarelli
5/6, Jon Weisbrod 5/8, Justin Decarlo 5/8, Kevin precious little Alaura 5/13, 7 lbs. 4 oz. 21” long. Port on her marriage to Brian White on 6/20. She was a
Winter 5/10, Frank Armenti 5/23, Marty Callahan Jeff Wound Care: Jan Doscher celebrated the birth beautiful bride. After their wedding at Good
6/2, Maureen Gross 6/4, Azee Hanson 6/6, Brian of her grandson, Tobin, in Hawaii. Imaging Shepherd Church in Holbrook they had a fabulous
Alfredsen 6/9, John Louhney 6/21. Purchasing: Services: Nuclear Medicine’s Jean Dumas became a reception at the Inn at Fox Hollow. Much fun and
Happy birthday to Sabrina Davis 5/20, Jeremy grandpa to twin girls. Debbie Garsik’s daughter merrymaking was had by all.
Robitsek 5/6, Maureen Mischler 5/26. Melville Jessica, gave birth to a baby girl on 3/14, Kirsten
Wound Care Center: Birthday wishes to Eileen Elizabeth. Danielle Flaherty had another beautiful
Seidell, Patricia Monroe, Chanda Jeffries & Janice daughter, Kiera Grace. Physical Therapy: Vacations
O’Connor. Port Jeff Wound Care: Birthday candles Congratulations to Dena Promutico on the birth of Environmental Services: Marty & Mary Callahan
were blown out by Elizabeth Looney, Anne Marie her daughter, Sophia Noel. Congrats to Sherri took their first cruise to beautiful Bermuda, and now
Daley and Deborah Lamendola. Imaging Services: Schafer who gave birth to Sabrina Lynn. ASU: Lilly they can’t wait to go back. Maria Fernandez took a
Many birthday wishes to Mark Profitt, Tim Collejo, Lauckhardt was born on 4/2 to Grandma trip to beautiful Cancun. The fun continues as
Suellen D’Andria, Carol Borsman, Rob Wells, Mr. Lauckhardt; Carson Taylor Kagan came into this Sophia Arroyo and Azee Hanson traveled to Costa
Joe Cline, Marilyn Pizza. Physical Therapy: Happy world on 4/29 to Grammie O’Hara; Jacob Ryan Rica, which will never be the same. Then Sophia
birthday to Samantha Schmidt, Daniel Epstein, Anne Massaro was delivered via stork on 5/23 to took another trip to Santo Domingo, and she’s all
Babcock, Lena Debono. ASU: Birthday celebrations Grandma Massaro – Congratulations to all! Partial vacationed out. Jan Pasoski and her husband, Bob,
by Peggy Sauve, Irma Rivera, Terri McDonald, Joan Hospitalization: Best wishes to Ann Weiss, our lead took a trip to Niagra Falls. Imaging Services: Nancy
Adams, Mary Friel, Jen Whitfield, Katie Nowaski, teacher who had a baby boy, Maximus. Presurgical Salino vacationed in Montauk with her sister. Mary
Margaret Massaro, Joann Meisenzahl, Valerie Testing: Double congratulations to Michele Leary, McIntosh, Bob and Terry Murphy also vacationed in
Broderick. Finance: Many birthday candles blown who is a new grandma to beautiful twin girls, Montauk. Vivian Langford visited her parents in
out by Elaine Conroy 4/8, Anne Marie Brooks 4/8, Morgan & Emma, born 6/4. House Staff: Jeff India. Laura O’Brien cruised to Bermuda. Katie Rush
Rosemarie Barbato-Schor 4/13, Theresa Healy 4/18, Kniffen’s son, Dylan Ian, was born 6/24, weighing 5 went to North Carolina and Patti Nugent vacationed
Joanne Machacek 6/7, Morgan Miller 6/9, Joseph lbs, 17” long. Laboratory: John William Trinkwald IV in Florida. Roseanne Russell sunned herself in Aruba
Wisnoski 6/14, Christine Livreri 6/16, Samantha was born 6/3, 8 lbs. 14 oz, 20-1/2” long, to grandma on her 60th birthday, thanks to her generous son!
Bublik 6/17, Linda Klein 6/22, Ruth Wheeler 6/26, Claudette McGinley. The outer banks will never be the same after being
Susan Kehoe 6/30. Partial Hospitalization: Happy visited by Suellen D’Andria, Laura Manne and Donna
birthday to Moira Farrell, Sharon Zariello, Paul
Zampieron and Renee Lake. Presurgical Testing:
Anniversaries Blaskopf. Physical Therapy: Jay Swarz cruised the
beautiful Carribean. ASU: Karen Tuzzolo and family
Volunteer & Auxiliary: Congratulations to Fred &
Best wishes to Carol Murphy, Pat Slokovitz, Patty Anne Behr who celebrated their 57th wedding visited Disney World the end of June. Partial
Zarb, Loretta Sleavensky & Maria Rubino. Admitting anniversary on June 2. Respiratory Care Services: Hospitalization: Joan Auguste and her husband
& ER Registration: Birthday wishes to Alexandra Ted Nilsson celebrated 24 years of marriage on 4/29. spent a week in gorgeous St. Kitts. Daria Dodds &
VanSteen 4/11, Denise Leombruno 4/17, Lisa Environmental Services: Frank & Lorraine Armenti Marie Hassard went to Mexico for a relaxing week in
Kaufman 5/1, Suzanne Donadio 6/26, Joan Clare celebrated their anniversary on April 1st - No Joke!! a spa. Anita Mayer and her husband visited the
6/28, Carol Salzman 6/22, Cindy Polistina 6/22. Business Office: Pat Parente & husband, Frank, Bahamas with some friends and had a great time.
House Staff: Happy birthday to Loretta Didwell, who celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on 6/28. Denise Driscoll and her son, Daniel, enjoyed relaxing
celebrated the BIG 50 with a great party at Macari Port Jeff Wound Care: Happy anniversary Barbara & on the beach at Montauk. Presurgical Testing: Rose
Vineyards. Food and Nutritional Services: Many Tony Yamitelli celebrating 28 years of wedded bliss. Plank celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with
birthday celebrations by Kyle Brochard 4/4, Carin Imaging Services: Donna Blaskopf celebrated her a cruise to Bermuda in July. Laboratory: Blanca
Cecere 4/14, Susan Sullivan (Coffee Shop) 4/22; 30th anniversary with a well deserved vacation in Schineis enjoyed sunny California. Stacey Keane
Everette Charles, 4/25, Kelly Denimarck, 4/30, Bermuda. ASU: Pat Rivers celebrated her 45th enjoyed a Vegas vacation in June. Pat Callaghan had
Jacqueline Magee 4/12, Chris Ramirez 4/23, anniversary with a city trip overnight at the Sheraton a great time in Italy.
Christopher Schumacher 4/27, Linda Uebel, 4/25, Towers, dinner at Orso’s, and to see the show
Carrie Bruno 5/31, Kelly Faller 5/4, Michael Giordano
5/10, Enrique Gonzales 5/24, Celeste Gorman 5/12,
“South Pacific.” Admitting & ER Registration:
Happy anniversary to Jennifer & Michael Thebner
Bob Jackson 5/20, Sharon Rhodes 5/21, Steven
Squillace, 5/25, James Campbell 5/29, Ingrid
who celebrated 17 years on 4/7, and congrats on
Diane & Jim Trube’s anniversary on 5/10. House
Schmidt (Coffee Shop) 5/9, Susan Page (Coffee TCU: Susan Krietzman’s son, Christopher, graduated
Staff: Patty Fernandez and husband, Ruben, high school – congratulations. Finance: Congrats to
Shop) 5/25, Derek Woodward 5/16, James celebrated their 37th anniversary on 6/19.
McConville 6/4, Drew Kaelin 6/26, Kathy Marshall Ruth Wheeler’s son, Christopher, who graduated
6/23, Robin Martinez 6/16, Charlete Piggott 6/7, Lisa from Ward Melville High School and will be attending
Ragozzino 6/20, Richard Scott 6/14, Winston Engagements/Weddings Vassar College this fall. Respiratory Care Services:
Thomas 6/5, Michael Varga 6/20, Jonathan Andrews Purchasing: Congratulations to Sabrina Davis on the Kudos to Cathy Catalanotto’s daughter, Alyssa, who
6/27, Linda Howlett 6/29, Maria Nuzzi 6/28. engagement of her daughter, Taryn to Antonio, and See FAMILY on the next page
graduated from Miller Place High School and will be graduated from 8th grade at the James W. Young would like to extend a warm welcome Rose
attending Coastal Carolina University in South Middle School in Bayport, and Paige Miller, daughter Brisciano, our new part-time clerical assistant.
Carolina in the fall. Ted Nilsson’s son, Jared, of Cassidy Conley, graduated from Pre-K at Scraggy Laboratory: Welcome to Lynn Mitchell, Tara
graduated from Westhampton Beach High School Hill Elementary School. Branden Kelledy, grandson of Gallagher, KaTyma Rhymer, Cathy Miller, Tracey
and will be attending SUNY @ Albany in the fall. Port Jean Kirouac and son of Deanne and Michael Kelledy, Siciliano, and welcome to our students, Theresa &
Jeff Wound Care: Annette Dale’s daughter, Nicole, graduated from Noah’s Ark Pre-School in Diana.
graduated from 8th grade and received the Merit of Ronkonkoma. Nicholas Keissling, grandson of Chris
Excellence award. Imaging Services: and Frank Reganato and son of Susan and Gene
Congratulations to Amanda Smith for graduating Keissling, graduated from Pre-K. Social Work: Retirements
from St. Joseph’s College! Care Management: Diane Congratulations to Danielle Duryea’s daughter, Nursing Administration: Barbara Farruggia retired in
Martin’s daughter, Colleen, graduated cum laude Crystal, for graduating with honors from Sachem June after 41 years of employment at Mather
from SUNY Cortland and is headed to Phoenix to East HS. She will be attending St John’s University Hospital. Barbara plans to take life a bit slower and
teach sixth grade physical education. ASU: Karen majoring in Italian Education. Jordan Schwartzberg, to enjoy more time with her family and 11
Tuzzolo’s daughter, Brittany, graduated Farmingdale son of Marlene Dmytryshyn & Harvey Schwartzberg, grandchildren. Congrats to you, Barbara! You will be
High School and will be going to Marist College for MD, graduated from Ward Melville High School. He missed by all!
Special Education. Scarlet and Michael, Irma Rivera’s will be attending Fordham University studying Pre-
daughter and son in-law, both got their master’s
degree. Pileigh Shahinian graduated kindergarten
Health Sciences, and was voted “Funniest Male” in
his graduating class.
Class of 2020; Britany Whitfield graduated high
school and will be attending Hunter College; Amanda
items of interest
DeTuris graduated from high school and will be New Employees/ Public Affairs: Terri Quinn’s son, Kyle Nigro, was
promoted to SPC (Specialist) and is presently
attending Marist College; Cecilia Hassett graduated
from high school and will be attending Stony Brook
New Appointments stationed in Iraq. Respiratory Care Services: Jared
University; Dan McDonald graduated Suffolk TCU: A warm welcome to our new employees: Tomy Nilsson, son of Ted Nilsson, is the Suffolk County
Community College and will be joining NYC Police Troche RN, John Baitz RN, Diane Cesario C.N.A., Spring Track and Field 110 meter Hurdles Champion
Academy in January. Human Resources: Human Henry Pahl C.N.A., Victor Emponsa RN , Luisa (14.54 secs) and is ranked fourth in New York State.
Resources congratulates Jazmine Ducker, daughter Machado C.N.A., Stephanie Carr C.N.A. Health Information Management: H.I.M. had their
of Christina Ducker, on her graduation from Newfield Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy: We are first annual picnic at Southaven Park in June. The
High School. Jazmine will be attending Baruch happy to introduce Penny Stock, Certified barbeques were blazing all day while the children
College and will be playing basketball and earning her Occupational Therapy Assistant, who joined us in tossed water balloons, hopped in potato sacks, and
business degree. Good luck Jazmine! Katie Beacon, May. She has an outstanding background in had three legged races. The bocce balls were played
daughter of Kathy Beacon, graduated Magna Cum orthopedic and interdisciplinary rehabilitation, and after the horseshoe competition. Fun was had by
Laude from Marist College with a B.S. Degree with a looks forward to her success at Mather Hospital. family & friends, and looking forward to next year!
Marketing major and Music minor. Congratulations Respiratory Care Services: Welcome to Respiratory Care Management: Ellen Kasprzak’s son, Michael,
Katie! Presurgical Testing: High School graduation Therapists Gary Eyrich, Stephanie Brown and Brian graduated from Chaminade High School and will
celebrations by Mary, daughter of Carol Murphy, and Whist. Infection Control: Jean Nesbitt is the new attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall. Michael works in
Brittany, daughter of Denise Bonneville. College Infection Control Secretary – welcome! Purchasing: Environmental Services. Marca Enriquez’s daughter,
graduation celebrations by John Paul, son of Rose We are thrilled to have Susan Rivera come aboard Katlin, graduated from CHS and will attend Mount St.
Plank, and Kelly, daughter of Kathy Wilson. here. Congratulations to Maureen Mischler who Vincent in the fall. ASU: Six ASU Nurses just became
Admitting & ER Registration: Congrats to Annette moved on to become our contract manager. Melville ASU-CAPA Certified: Chris Brons, Sue DeTurris,
Rivers’ daughter, Amanda Ann Smith, who graduated Wound Care Center: The Melville WCC welcomes Andrea Lauckhardt, Trisha Calverse, Jamie O’Hara
from Saint Joseph’s College, and begins her new Patricia McGowan, our new receptionist. Business and Shirlee McKenna - Congratulations. Partial
career as a Spanish teacher in Sachem North. House Office: The Business Office welcomes Michael Hospitalization: Barrie Jacobsen’s son, Matt, moved
Staff: Congrats to Genine Schwinge’s daughter, Lee Giordan. Port Jeff Wound Care: Welcome Patsy to Hollywood working for Bravo as a post production
Ann, who graduated from Longwood High School. Santoro, Reimbursement Clerk. Imaging Services: assistant. Presurgical Testing: Good luck to Joseph,
Food and Nutritional Services: Congratulations to Welcome Andrew Adams to CAT Scan. Physical son of Maria Rubino, who deployed to Iraq with the
our High School graduates: Dan Huber, Joe Meyer, Therapy: Welcome Dawn Robson. ASU: Jennifer U.S. Army. PST celebrated the Voyage to Excellence
James Campbell, Kevin Ford, Maria Nuzzi (Coffee Whitfield went from per diem to full time Nursing with a Lido Deck Party. Tropical food was enjoyed,
Shop), Laura Adcock (Coffee Shop), Paige Deale, Aide, and we welcome Mary Friel as our new ASU and our manager, Patty Zarb, was enthusiastic and
Christina Taranto, Dana Court, Lauren DeBiase, Eric Receptionist. Human Resources: Human Resources motivated in her “sailor suit,” and shared her
Doxey, son of Rosemary Doxey, Danielle Alicastro, welcomes Jennie Coletti from IVF! Gale Elling moved experience in Florida at the Baptist Hospital. House
daughter of Darlene Alicastro, Morgan Altinok, to the position of Secretary in the Finance Office. Staff: Congratulations to Dennis Ryker, who was
daughter of Kim Altinok. Joseph Ryan, grandson of Presurgical Testing: A big warm welcome to Kelsey named Chief of the Physician Assistants in the
Jean Kirouac and son of Chris and Dan Ryan, Hagerman and Bindy Koontz. Social Work: We Intensivist Program. Laboratory: Fran & her band “T
Bone & Franny Mae” will be playing at Mather’s
Long Island Community employee picnic in September!!
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(l to r): Associate Director of Celebrating the Champions
Imaging Services Dr. Louis
Amblard, Director of Surgical On Saturday,
Services Karen Tuzzolo, RN, September 20,
Imaging Systems Administrator renowned cancer
Jeanine Genco, Imaging researcher Dr.
Systems Specialist Marie Diane Esposito,
Laudisio, Senator LaValle, pioneering
Mather Hospital Board Chairman
Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Mather psycho-oncologist
Hospital President Kenneth Marlena Vega,
Roberts PhD., and breast
State Senator LaValle presents $300K for Jeannine
Marlena Vega, PhD.
Grantham will be
State-of-Art Imaging Systems guest speakers at
New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle recently arranged for John T. Mather Memorial Hospital to receive the 12th Annual
$300,000 to upgrade its operating rooms’ imaging system from film to high definition digital display. The new Breast Cancer
system provides surgeons with immediate access to images (x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, etc.) and with greater Victory Day at
detail than traditional film. The funding has also made it possible to upgrade the hospital’s EKG system from Mather Hospital.
traditional paper print-out to an internet accessible system that displays results digitally on screen. The combined Victory Day
benefits of these state-of-the-art upgrades provide superior diagnostic capabilities for Mather physicians. celebrates the
triumph of those
Assemblymen Alessi who already have Dr. Diane Esposito
and Englebright cancer, and offers
Support their example as
Mather’s those whose fight
continues or is
New Digital just beginning.
More than 800
Mammography breast cancer
New York State Assemblymen survivors, family
Marc Alessi and Steve Englebright members and Jeannine Grantham
recently arranged for Mather to friends are
receive $150,000 to support the expected to take part in the
purchase of its new digital celebration.
mammography unit for the (l to r): New York State Assemblymen Marc Alessi and Steve Englebright, Dr. Esposito is a researcher at Cold
Fortunato Breast Health Center. Mather Hospital benefactor Judith Fortunato, Mather Board Chairman Kenneth Spring Harbor Laboratory.
The new digital unit captures A. Jacoppi Dr. Vega is a third generation breast
dramatically detailed diagnostic cancer survivor and one of the nation’s
images in high definition (HD), thereby providing the Breast Center’s two exclusively dedicated foremost experts on survivorship.
mammography physicians with images that are remarkably clear and incredibly valuable when making a Sponsored by the Mather-St.
diagnosis. Charles Health Alliance, Marsha &
Henry Laufer and Astoria Federal
Savings, Victory Day is the
Allstate Supports Fortunato Breast Health Center/ largest non-fundraising
Motorcycle Run awareness gathering on
Allstate Insurance Company presented Long Island. Victory
Mather Hospital with a check for $5,000 in Day will take place from
support of the hospital’s Fortunato Breast 12 noon until 2:30 p.m.
Health Center and Sticky Finger Motorcycle To register or for
Run. On July 13, hundreds of Long Island updated information on
bikers hit the highway for the 2nd annual Breast Cancer Victory
motorcycle event, which raised funds for the Day, call 631-474-6030
Breast Center. or visit www.mather
Allstate Corporate Relations Manager Krista
Conte (left) presents a check for $5,000 to This memorable
Mather Hospital’s Fortunato Breast Health event is free to all.
Center. Seated on bike are WBAB afternoon
radio host “Fingers” and Fortunato Breast
Health Center Director Eileen Swieczkowski, RN.