A publication of
the Sinai Hospital
Welcome to the following THE Celebrating 60 Years of Service to the Sinai Hospital Family
new members of the JUST
Sinai Auxiliary FACTS By Phyllis Hersh
(as of March 1, 2008): What is “family?” Your parents? Siblings? Ancestors? How about the family you create –
Wendy Drazin Jamie Mossovitz
your spouse, and children, and grandchildren? Could it be your friends, some of whom are as
Beth Frank Joyce Ottenheimer dear to you as, well, your family? Do you have work colleagues who are “like family”?
Daina Garonzik Sheryl Reicher
Dottie Getzenberg Sheila Sachs
Would you extend the family connection to your community? To a group of volunteers with
Negin Hariri Rheta Schloss whom you work year-round as you strive to enhance the programs and setting of a large organization?
Merle Intner Sherri Silbiger If you are involved with the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary, the answer is “yes” to all of the
Esther London Barbara Smelkinson
above. For 60 years, since 1948, treating others…like family; helping others feel welcome…like
New Life Members family; supporting each other…like family. That’s what Auxiliary members are doing when they
Janet Billig raise funds, and directly or indirectly provide programs, that help people feel more comfortable
Dr. Marlene JaRo Feinsod in the fast-paced and sometimes scary environment of a busy metropolitan hospital.
Beth Taub “Family is the theme of our 60th Anniversary Celebration,” says Event Co-Chair (and
Upcoming Events: Auxiliary Co-President) Linda Haas. “It’s what the Auxiliary is about when we coordinate the
Family Walk during the annual Race for Our Kids. It’s knitting hundreds and hundreds of baby
60th Anniversary Celebration caps for Sinai’s newborns. It’s purchasing sleeping chairs so that patients’ families can stay with
Thursday, October 2, 2008 7:30 p.m. them during a severe illness.”
Beth El Congregation “It’s helping to fund Diabetes Education and Outreach programs,” Haas continues, “and
8101 Park Heights Avenue giving first graders an eyewitness look at the Hospital before they ever need to come here. It’s
offering Vendor Sales to our Hospital employees so they can purchase items at a discount. And
Featuring Kelly Corrigan there is so much more.”
Best-selling Author of Family is also crucial to Kelly Corrigan, a best-selling author who has written The Middle
The Middle Place and Place, a humorous, life-affirming memoir. The book is at once an ode to her family of origin, a
“Three of a Kind” Singing Trio captivating journal of a young wife and mother and the riveting story of a daughter-sister-wife-
mother who is battling a life-threatening disease.
Ms. Corrigan will address the Auxiliary and our guests on Thursday, October 2, at 7:30
p.m. at the Beth El Congregation as we conclude our 60th year of serving the Sinai family and
But what is “the middle place”? Here’s what the 41-year-old author, diagnosed four years
ago with breast cancer, says: “…[it’s] about calling home. Instinctively. Even when all the
paperwork – a marriage license, a notarized deed, two birth certificates, and seven years of tax
returns – clearly indicates you’re an adult, but all the same, there you are, clutching the phone
NEARLY NEW SALE and thanking God that you’re still somebody’s daughter.”
April 19-26, 2009
You cannot read The Middle Place without falling in love with the entire Corrigan
FLOWER MART mishpacha (family), especially with patriarch George Corrigan, a totally engaging source of
Thursday, May 9, 2009 optimism, joy and storytelling. Having inherited a sizable amount of those genes, Kelly Corrigan
faces her own illness, and subsequently her father’s, with a vibrantly aware sense of mortality.
RACE FOR The author makes you laugh, and sometimes cry. (So far, daughter and father are both doing
OUR KIDS well – “nothing short of a miracle,” says Kelly.)
And speaking of family, we’re hoping to introduce some of the author’s. Though Ms.
June 7, 2009
Corrigan and her husband live in San Francisco with their two daughters, there are some genuine
local connections: she attended college here, has many college buddies in town and “loves
Baltimore.” Booker Corrigan, one of the author’s brothers, and his wife, Jen, live in Baltimore
and both work at the McDonogh School. Ms. Corrigan’s parents live nearby – in Philadelphia.
The program on October 2 will include, in addition to Ms. Corrigan’s much-anticipated
Featured Inside talk, a musical segment by the popular local trio, “Three of a Kind.” The three talented
A Message from musicians – Leslie Pomerantz, Jonny Lewis and Michael Hoffman – will offer songs related to
Neil Meltzer ............................pg. 2 the evening’s theme.
Messages from our “We hope this wonderful celebration for Sinai Hospital Auxiliary will be an enjoyable
Presidents ................................pg. 2
evening for everyone,” adds Event Co-Chair Elaine Lowen. “Please come and bring your family,
Meaningful Greetings your friends, everyone who plays a significant role in your life. There is no charge for attending.
Revisited ..................................pg. 2 We consider this special event to be our gift to the community – our extended family.”
Sinai’s New Diabetes
Resource Center ......................pg. 3
60 Years – Remembrance of
Things Past ..........................pgs. 4-5 Thursday, October 2, 2008 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve Come a Long Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue
Way, Baby” ..............................pg. 6
Meet and Greet ........................pg. 6 You are our guest!
Nearly New Sale ......................pg. 7 Call 410-601-5033 to reserve your place.
Spotlight on Suasn Cohen ........pg. 8
Spotlight on Linda Haas ..........pg. 8
Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
A Message from Neil Meltzer
IMPACT Fall 2008
President, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
As most of you care, nursing leadership and of the entire nursing team for members of the Sinai Auxiliary. I
already know, innovations in professional nursing earning this gold-standard in nursing know our nursing staff is grateful
Sinai Hospital of practice. Additionally, Magnet excellence for it confirms my belief for your sponsorship of the Nursing
Baltimore received hospitals demonstrate adherence to in the skill, compassion and Lectureship Series, which enables
the American standards for improving the quality of excellence of our nurses and them to learn and grow in their
Nurses Credentialing patient care, leadership of the nurse everyone who works alongside them. profession.
Center’s highest executive in supporting professional
honor for nursing development of every nurse and The process of becoming a Magnet Please join me in celebrating our
excellence, incorporating cultural and ethnic Hospital also produced a sense of continued success in providing high
making it the first and only diversity of patients and their families. accomplishment throughout the quality patient care.
community teaching hospital in hospital. We should all feel proud
Maryland to carry the elite In an organization whose mission to be part of an organization that
"Magnet" designation. focuses on excellent patient care, fosters an environment where
Sinai Hospital found that pursuing anything is possible. And anything
The Magnet Recognition Program® Magnet status was clearly a logical is possible when we have the Neil Meltzer
recognizes excellence in quality patient step to take. And I am very proud support of individuals like the President, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
A Message from the President, A Message from the President
o, you are not seeing double and Past President Elaine Lowen graciously agreed to co-chair the
the above is not an editing oversight festivities of our 60th anniversary celebration on October 2 (Please
or printing mistake. Rather our see cover story, p. 1). Elaine and her committee decided that the
“double message’ is a reflection of one of celebration of our 60 years presented us with a wonderful way to
the many changes that have taken place in reach out to the general community. Mark your calendars. Kelly
the 60 years since the inception of the Corrigan will discuss her New York Times best selling book, The
Sinai Auxiliary. Aware that today’s Middle Place. “Three of a Kind,” a singing group with local ties, will
volunteers are often pulled in many directions at once - juggling precede Ms. Corrigan with a selection of music to set the tone for a
careers, family obligations, continuing education and a variety of memorable evening beginning 7:30 p.m. at the Beth El Congregation.
interests and activities – this year’s Nominating Committee decided
To achieve our ambitious goals, we need your help. There are many
on an innovative leadership approach: On June 11, 2008 we became
volunteer opportunities for anyone wanting to do good, feel good
the first Sinai Auxiliary Co-Presidents!
and have a good time! Our popular First Grader Program each
Our predecessors have passed on to us a healthy, vibrant Monday throughout the school year is a wonderful opportunity to
organization with a strong foundation on which we plan to build and interact with young children and share the excitement of what is for
expand. In last spring’s IMPACT, we proudly announced that the many, their first exposure and learning experience in a hospital
Auxiliary conferred a total of $3.5 million to Sinai during our 60 setting. Our Hospitality Cart travels to four important areas in the
years of service to the Hospital. We expect to continue that tradition Hospital – the Rubin Institute and waiting rooms adjacent to the ER,
through vendor sales, the annual Nearly New Sale, the Race for Our OR and Rehabilitation Department. We would love to have more
Kids and, of course, the Auxiliary-run Gift Shop. Open six days a volunteers so the Cart could go out each day and bring welcomed
week, the Gift Shop offers an ever-changing selection of quality snacks and beverages to those who wait. The Gift Shop needs
merchandise for patients, visitors and employees. additional sales volunteers and you can choose your days and hours.
The opportunities are endless. Just call the Auxiliary Office, 410-601-
We have also forged a partnership with the LifeBridge Development
5033, and we’ll match your interest with our need. Remember it’s all
Department that should benefit our Auxiliary in all areas of
about teamwork and we need you on the team!
fundraising. Julie Cox, Vice President Development, and Shannon
Wollman, Campaign Manager, Annual Gifts LifeBridge Health, have As we go to press, the Jewish New Year is rapidly approaching. We
signed on to be our liaison with the Hospital. They will assist the wish you all a healthy, happy 5769.
Auxiliary in our efforts to raise additional funds so that we can make
even more substantive contributions to Sinai.
Susan Cohen and Linda Haas
We also hope to encourage and attract young members of our
community to join the Auxiliary. At our June 11 installation we were
pleased to welcome several young women to our Board (please see
Meet a Sampling , p. 6) and look to them for new, fresh ideas.
Meaningful Greetings Revisited
N eed to send a card for a special occasion: condolence, birth of a
baby, get well wish or just about anything? At some point we all
send cards for one reason or another; by choosing one of the Sinai
Auxiliary’s newly re-designed Meaningful Greeting cards, you will also be
making a contribution that will support important programs and
departments within the Hospital.
Betsy Frahm and Leah Goldseker designed two cards, “Best Wishes” and
“Our Prayers Are With You.” The cards are blank inside so you can
personalize your message and specify the program or department you
would like your contribution to support. For a generous contribution of
$25 or more we also have an elegant certificate embellished with a gold
emblem, appropriate for any occasion.
To purchase our beautiful cards or certificates, you don’t even have to leave
your house! Simply call the Auxiliary office at 410-601-5033 and we’ll fill them
out and mail them for you. Cards can also be purchased in our lobby Gift Shop.
While supplies last we will continue to sell our previous array of cards.
Our cards and certificate are a meaningful way to honor or remember
Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
IMPACT Fall 2008
Education and Self-Management: the Cornerstone of
Sinai’s New Diabetes Resource Center By Jill Waldman
TreatingWhen patients chronic diseases is oneare the and
toughest problems facing today’s patients, doctors
with chronic diseases
of standard of care. In order to make diabetes services consistent
across the country, there are specific standards and a very
defined curriculum. The educational program involves
carefully followed, many severe and costly complications between ten and twelve hours of patient participation over
can be prevented, but these patients require a coordinated the course of three to four months. The programs are guided
effort by dedicated staff able to help in self-management and certified by the ADA. Because diabetes self-management
of these difficult problems. education is the cornerstone of care for all patients with
diabetes, the ADA recommends a team approach. Programs
Diabetes is arguably the most common chronic condition. may include a nurse educator, pharmacist, nutritionist and a
The disease has reached epidemic proportions in both the behaviorist.
United States and much of the developed world. It currently
ranks as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. At Sinai’s Diabetes Resource Center the protocol is for
Many of these deaths could be prevented with proper daily patients with ongoing or newly diagnosed diabetes to call the
care and education. Center to make an appointment. They then meet with a
certified diabetes educator and a nutritionist who perform a
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce needs assessment so that diet and treatment can be
insulin (type 1) or improperly uses insulin (type 2). Insulin is individualized.
a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other
food into energy needed for daily life. Without proper insulin Over the course of three months, most patients will attend a
action, blood sugar levels can fluctuate wildly, damaging series of group classes, ideally with eight to ten patients.
tissues throughout the body. Type 2 diabetes is the most Research has shown that patients with diabetes gain as much
common type and is caused by both genetic and from group classes as from individual teaching with the
environmental factors. Although patients cannot alter their added benefit that comes from group support. A month or
genetics, they can be educated to better manage their two after the conclusion of the sessions, patients will return
condition through lifestyle changes when indicated, i.e. a loss to meet with the educator and the nutritionist for a progress
of weight and increase in exercise. evaluation. Patients will also come back annually for a two
The long-term effects of diabetes are brought on by elevated
blood sugar. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, Dr. Pinkstaff believes that the medical community needs to be
new cases of adult-onset blindness and non-traumatic integrated into the Center. “A strong clinical center for
amputations. Cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and excellent diabetes care translates into many services,
stroke are the leading causes of death in diabetes patients. including cardiac, pulmonary, eye and surgical care because
people with diabetes have this chronic condition that affects
Over the past ten years, the incidence of diabetes has greatly almost all their organs. A good diabetes center must
increased. It afflicts nearly 24 million Americans, or 8% of communicate with the patients’ doctors and educate the
the U.S. population. Currently there is no cure for diabetes physicians. It’s a labor-intensive project, but getting health
and effective treatment requires lifelong day-to-day care providers connected to the service we provide raises the
management by the patient. Without training in diabetes self- standard for everybody and improves the care.”
management, keeping these patients healthy is a daunting
challenge. Ms. Walpert has had twenty-two years of experience in
diabetes education, and
Last July, Sally Pinkstaff, she sees significant
MD, PhD and Naomi changes as a result of the
Walpert, RN, MS, CDE of new Resource Center.
the Division of “Before the Resource
Endocrinology at Sinai, Center, patients would get
developed and began basic information, how to
implementing a Diabetes give themselves insulin in
Resource Center at Sinai. a hospital, for example,
The multidisciplinary but there would be no
outpatient initiative was place for them to go after
started in an effort to discharge. They really
deliver the best possible need education. They
care to people with need to know what type
diabetes, empower patient of insulin they need, how
participation in self- long it lasts, what to do if
management and thus their blood sugars are
help patients achieve low, what to do if their
optimal health status and blood sugars are high,
quality of life. what to eat, etc. Before
now there has never been
Dr. Pinkstaff explains, a place for patients to go
“The overall goal is to for education once they’ve
support the health care been diagnosed.”
system and our
community in the delivery Diabetes Team (from left to right: Jamie Strauss, Regina Falato, Robin Schuster,
Naomi Walpert, R.N. and Dr. Sally Pinkstaff)
It is Dr. Pinkstaff’s and
of high quality diabetes Ms. Walpert’s hope that
care. At our outpatient the Center will be up and
Diabetes Resource Center the goal is patient education and fully running this winter. Space will be on the fifth floor in
self-management. Patients need to know as much as possible the Hoffberger building at Sinai. Dr. Pinkstaff will serve as
so they can participate in their own care and make necessary the medical director and Ms. Walpert the nurse coordinator.
lifestyle adjustments to better manage their condition.” The Sinai Auxiliary is pleased to have helped fund the start-
up costs to help get the Center running.
By improving patient education in diabetes, Sinai hopes to
establish a link between the inpatient and outpatient centers Already the rewards of having a dedicated Center are being
in order to provide ease of transition for patients who are felt. Ms. Walpert shared a story about a patient who came in
discharged from the Hospital. In addition, Sinai seeks to to one of her classes and said, “You’ve opened my
become a certified center for outpatient diabetes education. eyes…being able to question you and interact with you and
ask questions was really helpful.” Continues Walpert,
A diabetes education program for patients is a required “Hearing comments like that makes all of our hard work
component of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) worthwhile.
Remembrance of Things P
In highlighting the Auxiliary’s 60th anniversary in the current issue of Impact, we thought it appropriate to con
Their responses reveal strong, committed women who, despite differin
Without exception, all of our past leaders referenced the many lasting friendships they made through their Auxiliary connectio
experienced from tackling important and meaningful work. In the interest of saving space and with the Pas
We note with pride that many Auxiliary Presidents went on to beco
Two, Ellen Zamoiski and Ronnie Footlick (currently Chair of the Board of LifeBridge Health), became Chairwoman of the Board
Barbara Himmelrich—After 26 years, we finally got an “office” of our own and a staff person, Joyce Levy.
Our Board was very energetic. We engaged Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, to speak at a general
membership meeting and held the first Intellectual Health Fair. We ran the Gift Shop and Fountain Shop and gave
our huge profits to the Department of Pediatrics. Our ubiquitous yellow pinafores could easily identify us! Through
teamwork, we helped provide high quality services for the Sinai family. There were hours of aggravation, hours of
anticipation and frustration but lots of hours of stimulation and gratification.
Suzanne Cohen—I have always believed that health care should be a human right and not a privilege. During
my tenure the Auxiliary endowed a Chair in the new Department of Psychiatry. We raised annual membership dues
so we could become an even more substantive partner of Sinai Hospital. Sinai and the Auxiliary will always have a
special place in my heart because they helped shape the person I am today.
Marion “Sis” Decker—I assumed the presidency of the Sinai Auxiliary during a chaotic and tumultuous
period in U.S. history – the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ensuing riots, followed by the
assassination of Robert Kennedy. Sinai Hospital and our Auxiliary represented an oasis of calm and order during
dark and unsettled times. Much has changed since those days, both in our country and at Sinai Hospital and our
Auxiliary, but I still find my Auxiliary affiliation as meaningful and worthwhile in 2008 as it was 40 years ago
when I was the president!
Ellen Zamoiski—While I was President, the Auxiliary-run Lobby Shop began delivering flowers and packages to
patients’ rooms. In a community outreach initiative, our Board and the Women’s Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital
held a joint meeting highlighting our mutual interests. During my tenure, we wanted to give the Auxiliary newsletter,
"The Sponge", a facelift and new name to go with it. One day while on a boat outing with my friend Suzanne Cohen,
also an Auxiliary Past President, we hit a huge wave. “That’s it!” I exclaimed to Sue. “We have the name we’ve been
looking for: IMPACT!” You see, even during moments of recreation, the Auxiliary was always on my mind!
Patsy Gilbert—During my tenure we erected the first sukkah, a tradition that has continued ever since. We
invited State Senator Rosalie Abrams to speak to Board members on health care legislation at state and federal
levels. Presidency of the Auxiliary was a full time job that I truly loved. I was there five days a week.
Beverly Feldman—We invited Lynn Caine, author of Widow, to address a general membership meeting. Her
speech and the reactions it generated planted the seeds for a bereavement program that was very well received and a
source of support to many within the community for a number of years. My years as Auxiliary president were
exciting and fulfilling.
Brenda Nudelman—I’m proud of several creative initiatives that were instituted during my presidency as part
of the Auxiliary’s educational and community outreach programs. We fully funded the Widowed Persons’ Service, a
resource addressing grief, loss and widowhood that maintained an active membership of over 150 and received the
Harry Greenstein Award. Auxiliary programs such as the first Family Health Fair, sponsoring free diagnostic testing
and screening, demonstrated our commitment to promoting preventive health care. It was a busy and fulfilling time!
Barbara Shapiro—We published multi-language pamphlets to aid communication between foreign-speaking patients
and staff. We introduced a Super Sibling Program to help expectant parents and their children prepare for a new arrival and
began a Car Seat Safety Program. Since keeping our Board and constituents informed about the latest in health care was
always a top priority for me, we invited many speakers to discuss current health-related issues and funded closed circuit TV,
channel 3, with programs geared to patient and staff health education. It was a challenge, an inspiration and fun! Best of all
were the terrific people I worked with, especially the late Ellen Rappaport and Karol Levitt and the incredible Joyce Levy!
Carol Sandler—We presented a specially-equipped car to the Department of Rehabilitation to retrain
handicapped drivers, provided a coffee service for families waiting in the Emergency Room and initiated Premier
Years, a free membership program for seniors. As President, I was eager to discover each Board member's talents
and interests and match them with Auxiliary needs and programs. This helped enhance teamwork and supported
our goal of providing high-quality services to Sinai. And we had fun together!
Polly Senker—We brought many well known speakers to Baltimore as part of our Celebrity Speakers Series,
including Judith Viorst, Dr. Bob Arnot and Jane Brady. We funded the Premier Years Program and began a life
membership initiative, the Life Member Circle. Our ranks have grown each year and today the Auxiliary boasts 178
life members. It’s gratifying to know that so many people are committed to our wonderful organization.
Past: Those Were the Days
ntact our Past Presidents and ask them to recall some special moments or accomplishments during their tenures.
ng focuses and approaches, share a devotion to Sinai and the Auxiliary.
ons; the gratification they derived from working with creative, dedicated volunteers and professionals; and the satisfaction they
st Presidents’ permission, we have culled a few remarks from each of our correspondences or conversations.
ome community leaders following their terms in office here at Sinai.
d of Directors of Sinai Hospital and many served, and continue to serve, in leadership roles in a variety of community philanthropic
Judy Mehlman, editor
Ellen Small-Dale—The Auxiliary’s 60th anniversary really makes me feel nostalgic as I'm celebrating an
anniversary too- 30 years since I moved to Baltimore. The Auxiliary was the first organization I became involved
with, the family that welcomed me and made me feel like a member of the community. I loved the Auxiliary's
history and combined missions of education, program and financial support. I enjoyed the chance to be a hands-on
volunteer and to welcome celebrity speakers like Barbara Walters and Dr. John Grey.
Ronnie Footlick—I tried to update the organizational underpinnings of the Auxiliary by hiring a new
Executive Director and decentralizing the activities of the Board Vice Presidents by making them overseers of
committee activities. We started a Docent Program in which community groups were given tours of Sinai, hosted by
trained volunteers from our Board. Warren Green became the CEO of Sinai during my tenure, heralding a new era
of Hospital cooperation. In retrospect, I guess the most meaningful parts of my presidency were the many
opportunities I had to work with very creative Auxilians and dedicated Hospital administrative personnel.
Linda Haas—During my presidency we began our first major fund-raising initiative, A Day at the Ringling
Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a big success and continued for several years as a yearly fundraiser. I like to
think that our Day at the Circus put the fun into fundraising! We also sponsored the placement of an outdoor
menorah on the front lawn of the Hospital as part of an annual celebration. We dedicated the new Auxiliary office
and Josepha S. Miller Auxiliary Conference Room.
Pam Platt—I loved the camaraderie and growth in leadership during my years as President. During my tenure we
celebrated our 50th anniversary and created a Strategic Plan that helped set the course for the future. Along with
the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah, we co-sponsored Reach Out and Read, a program addressing literacy needs for
children in the Sinai community. We developed a First Grader program to introduce young children to a hospital
setting and make them aware of the importance of health care and hygiene. We worked as a strong team to raise
money and enhance the lives of the patients and staff. I spent two days a week in the office and truly enjoyed
working with the group of women who were on the Board at the time.
Elaine Lowen—While I was President we brought the Auxiliary into the community by introducing Share-A-
Smile, a fun day at the Owings Mills Mall during which children painted tiles and pictures to make a beautiful wall
collage for Sinai’s Pediatric Department. The smiles from our young artists were matched only by the smiles on the
pediatric patients’ faces when they saw their beautiful new collage. We also co-sponsored community-wide
educational programs addressing important issues confronting everyone: “Women with Heart” helped raise
awareness of heart disease and its impact on women; “Raising Careful, Competent Kids in a Crazy World”
addressed the many mental health problems confronting our children.
Sharon Rosen—I’ll never forget sitting at an Auxiliary Board meeting on September 11, 2001 when we heard about the
terrorist attacks that were occurring. Everyone froze; no one knew what to expect, but we all took comfort from being
together…. I love the Auxiliary, cherish my time doing Auxiliary projects and have even enlisted the help of my kids at times.
During my presidency we installed a new computerized system in the Gift Shop, got the Hospitality Cart up and running,
placed tzedukah boxes throughout the community and brought Elfie the Elephant to the Pediatric Department each week to
cheer the patients. We began what has now become a yearly fundraiser, the Nearly New Sale. We conducted the first combined
meeting of the Auxiliary presidents of LifeBridge constituencies - Sinai, Northwest and Levindale. At a Board retreat we
collaboratively developed a document “The Perfect Auxiliary” as a blueprint for successful future growth.
Sharon Goldstein—At this time of year the upcoming presidential election is front and center on everyone’s mind.
Perhaps that’s why, when I was asked to recall my tenure as President of the Auxiliary, I couldn’t resist searching for parallels
regarding the “presidential experience!” In assuming the role of President, one inherits both the good and bad. At Sinai I
tried to continue the wonderful programs begun by my predecessors and plant a few seeds of my own. I'm gratified that my
successors were able to sow some of the seeds I planted. During my presidency we updated the Gift Shop’s computerized
system. I'm especially gratified to have laid the foundation for the very successful "RACE FOR OUR KIDS”. I'm proud of
the work of the Sinai Auxiliary and to say that I was President “back when.” Bravo, ladies and gentlemen!
Trudy Magarill—From the moment I took office and realized the depth and scope of talents of our Board
members, I knew we had the ability to enlarge our membership, involve more of the community, modernize our
beautiful Gift Shop and raise more money to enhance our services and programs for Sinai’s patients, staff and
community. I tried to serve as a catalyst for others to participate and become involved in our wonderful Hospital
Joy Katzenberg—I’m especially proud of how well we worked together as a team, enabling us to streamline our
operations and reach new plateaus as an organization. An increase in revenue, from the Gift Shop, Nearly New Sale, vendor
sales and membership, enabled us to award more grants and offer greater financial support to the Hospital. Grants during the
past two years provided funds for an ER Eye Exam Room, 20 sleep chairs (please see p.7), the Diabetes Education Center
(please see p.3), the Fit and Healthy Kids Program, pediatric oncology and the new Labor and Delivery Unit. Through outreach
and marketing strategies, we made the Auxiliary more visible both within the Hospital and in the community at large.
Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
IMPACT Fall 2008
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
Following is an excerpt from an article written for “Reflections Magazine” by Paul Umansky shortly after his retirement from Sinai Hospital in 1997 as
the manager of the Public Relations department. Considered by many to be Sinai’s historian emeritus, Mr. Umansky retired after 23 years of devoted
service to the Hospital. Knowing that the Auxiliary is celebrating its 60th anniversary year, he thought we might appreciate the following excerpt.
As a footnote, Mr. Umansky informed us that the Auxiliary was known as the Women’s Auxiliary until 1968 when it changed to its current non-gender
specific name to acknowledge and encourage male membership.
As they are today, women were the backbone of the volunteer force from the very beginning, raising funds through various events to finance the start of the
Hebrew Hospital. When it opened, they filled the traditional roles of knitting and sewing, transported patients and had a broad array of other duties.
The volunteers were absolutely essential during World War II. While many nurses were serving overseas, they fulfilled those helpful activities that made the
lives of patients and staff so much easier, and everyone was much appreciated.
But there was one period during the late 1800’s when a member of the board of directors “unjustly criticized (the Ladies
Auxiliary) for not contributing any important aid to the hospital.” No record of the women’s verbal reaction could be found
for this article, but it doesn’t take much imagination to hear their response; according to one source, they were said to have
spoken loudly and clearly, walked out, and then disbanded.
It was not until 1948, according to Joyce Levy, long-time pillar and advocate of today’s Sinai Auxiliary, that the women
of the community saw the need to reestablish their formal role as advocates for this growing and vital Jewish institution.
There was no thought to raising money in those days – as the Auxiliary does now for so many Hospital projects,” said
Ms. Levy. “There were 60 women active in the Jewish community who were the nucleus of today’s Auxiliary. They knew
that the only way to achieve leadership on the board was to volunteer,” and lots of women worked to achieve that.
Meet and Greet
Recently inducted Board members were asked to fill out questionnaires telling a little about themselves.
We’re sharing a few excerpts from four of our new members so you can help us welcome them.
Name: Negin Harari
Family Information: : I was born in Iran and moved with my parents, brother and sister to the US at the age of 15. We lived in St. Louis, Missouri where I
attended high school and college. I moved to Baltimore in 1997 after I was married and my husband was finishing dental school. My husband and I have
two young daughters.
Profession: Trained as a medical sonographer, I am at present a stay at home mom so that my two girls are well taken care of and raised.
Reasons for wanting to join the Auxiliary Board: Knowing the reputation of the Sinai Auxiliary and all the good deeds it does, I did not think twice when I
was asked to join. I know it is going to be a very rewarding experience.
Name: Wendy Drazin
Family Information: I am married, have two daughters and a son, a dog and two cats!
Profession: Although I am a LCSW –C social worker, I am currently not practicing. I help out in my husband’s law office.
Reasons for wanting to join the Auxiliary Board: I enjoy volunteering my time and interacting with people.
I am sure that my time on the Auxiliary Board will be a meaningful and worthwhile experience.
Name: Beth Frank
Family Information: I’ve been married for 13 ½ years. From the Auxiliary’s perspective,
my claim to fame is my sister-in-law, Betsy Frahm, Auxiliary First Vice-President.
Profession: I am retired from the mortgage industry where I worked for 26 years.
Reasons for wanting to join the Auxiliary Board: My Mom served proudly as President of the
Auxiliary for Northwest Hospital. I would like to follow in her footsteps and give of myself.
Name: Jessica Grosman
Family Information: I am married and the mother of a toddler daughter.
Profession: Trained as a dietition, I am currently home with my daughter. New 2008-2010 Board Members
Reasons for Wanting to Join the Auxiliary Board: As a relative newcomer to Michele Phin, Negin Hariri, Wendy Drazin,
Baltimore, I’m looking for opportunities to strengthen my commitment to Millie Keller, Beth Frank, Jamie Mossovitz,
philanthropy and volunteerism. I believe the Sinai Auxiliary is a wonderful Daina Garonzik, Andrea Suchin, Sherri Silbiger,
organization where I hope to expend considerable time and energy! Dr. Marlene JaRo Feinsod - Not pictured: Jessica Grosman
Have A Good Night's Sleep On Us Race for Our Kids 2008 Sinai’s Gift Shop
Through a generous gift from the Sinai Auxiliary, Quite a feat, almost $80,000 raised. Manager of Sinai’s Gift Shop since February
20 Sleep Chairs have been purchased for use 2008, Allen Feinberg worked in mortgaging and
throughout the Hospital so family members can banking and for 25 years in retailing.
spend the night next to hospitalized loved ones.
Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
IMPACT Fall 2008
Sinai Auxiliary Nearly New Sale: Everything’s Coming Up Roses
By Doris Bernhardt
In 2006, Sinai Hospital Auxiliary’s Joyce Franklin and Sharon Rosen planted a seed called the Nearly New Sale
(NNS). In 2007, Sherrie Frankel and Phyllis Hersh, assisted by numerous volunteers, nurtured the plant. In 2008,
with the help of over 60 volunteers, Doris Bernhardt, Lisa Singer and Beth Taub saw the plant blossom and realized
a record profit of $30,000.
During the week of last year’s sale, our many hard-working volunteers were delighted with all the positive feedback
from shoppers, including such remarks as:
“Why can’t you be gets better with every sale.” “Have you set
open more than one week a the dates for next
year?” year’s sale?”
“We brought our “We couldn’t wait until you
neighbors this year.” opened again this year.”
The Sinai Auxiliary Nearly New Sale presents a win-win opportunity: in a tightening economy the sale offers the
community quality furniture, clothing, housewares, linens, toys and books at very reasonable prices. At the same
time, profits generated from the NNS enable the Auxiliary to enhance existing programs and services at Sinai
Hospital and to implement new ones.
Doris, Lisa and Beth are now planning our next sale to be held April 19-26, 2009. Donations will be accepted
from November 2008 through February 2009 with dates and times of collections to be announced. However,
furniture is currently being collected and sold, by appointment only, until the sale date. Please call the Auxiliary
Office 410-601-5033 if you want to donate furniture. Call also if you have children or grandchildren going back
to college or furnishing their first apartments, and we’ll arrange an appointment for them to check out the
furniture at our store, 919 Reisterstown Rd. (next to the Suburban House).
6 Stay tuned: We’re planning another banner year!
Nearly New Sale Nearly New Sale
Ready…Set…Shop! Wearing their cashier “hats”, volunteers JoAnn Nagy and Sherrie
Frankel ring up the purchases of a tired, but happy customer
Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
IMPACT Fall 2008
Spotlight on Our New Co-Presidents By Marion Decker
The Auxiliary is charting a new course this year with the election of Co-presidents, Susan Cohen and Linda Haas. Both
women have dedicated many years of service to the Auxiliary, each bringing her own special interests and talents. Theirs is a
symbiotic relationship, with Susan contributing a fresh and innovative perspective and Linda bringing the leadership skills and
experience she acquired as Auxiliary President from 1994-1996. Teamwork is what it’s all about, and we are fortunate to have
two such capable and committed leaders at the helm of our organization.
A Familiar Face in a New Role: She’s B-A-A-C-K:
Susan Cohen By Marion Decker Linda Haas By Marion Decker
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, Susan One of Thomas Wolfe’s celebrated
moved to Baltimore 42 years ago when novels is entitled You Can’t Go Home
she and her husband Stephen were Again. Obviously, the author never met
married. Her ties to Sinai Hospital are Linda Haas because Linda is back
far-reaching, strong and heartfelt. Even again- to Baltimore, the Auxiliary and
before joining the Auxiliary Board, to the presidency of the Sinai Auxiliary,
Susan was an active volunteer at the this time sharing the leadership post
Hospital, in the Orthopedic Department, with Co-President Susan Cohen.
as a patient advocate and in the
Auxiliary Office. Since joining the Linda was born in Harrisburg,
Auxiliary Board, she has readily Pennsylvania where she spent her early
accepted many responsibilities: Assistant years. She attended the College of
Treasurer, Treasurer, 1 Vice-President and now Co-President. Susan
William and Mary, but transferred to the College of Notre Dame
approaches each new role as an opportunity to contribute to a when she and husband John were married and moved to Baltimore
Hospital that plays such a central role in her life. Husband Stephen is 45 years ago. After graduating from Notre Dame, Linda worked as
Sinai’s Chief of Urology, so it’s a real family affair. a paralegal in a local law firm. She and John have two sons and a
daughter and are the proud grandparents of seven.
Susan’s interest in the medical field started early in life. A graduate of
Temple University, she became a dental hygienist and worked in that For many years, Linda expended much time and energy as a
profession for ten years, retiring to take on the challenges of volunteer at the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of
motherhood. Baltimore. There she actively participated in campaigns and served
as Chair of the Young Women’s Leadership Council. These
An active member of the Beth El Sisterhood, Susan enjoys gardening, experiences gave Linda leadership training and helped her develop
painting and cooking in her free time. Most important in her busy life, skills that have subsequently served her (and us) so well at the Sinai
however, are her family connections, to husband, parents, son, Auxiliary. After joining the Auxiliary board, Linda became Vice
daughter and four “fantastic” grandchildren! President and served as President from 1994-1996.
In approaching her new role as Co-President of the Auxiliary, Susan Linda’s commitment to Sinai is strong and sincere. She refers to the
says it’s the most important challenge she has faced. She looks forward Hospital as a “jewel among hospitals” and feels it is an honor to
to working with our able and dedicated board members and helping return again to play an active role.
implement and execute important programs and projects that make
Sinai Hospital so special. The honor is ours.
THE SINAI HOSPITAL AUXILIARY NON-PROFIT ORG.
2401 West Belvedere Avenue U.S. Postage
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-5271 PAID
Permit No. 1114
2008-2009 AUXILIARY OFFICERS
SUSAN COHEN, CO-PRESIDENT
LINDA HAAS, CO-PRESIDENT
BETSY FRAHM, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
DEVERAH HECKER, CO-VICE PRESIDENT – FUNDRAISING
SHANI LERNER, CO-VICE PRESIDENT – FUNDRAISING
JUDY MEHLMAN, VICE PRESIDENT – PUBLIC RELATIONS
HONEY LITMAN, VICE PRESIDENT – MEMBERSHIP
JESSICA SILVERMAN, VICE PRESIDENT – PROGRAMMING
JOANN NAGY, TREASURER
SHERRIE FRANKEL, ASSISTANT TREASURER
PHYLLIS HERSH, RECORDING SECRETARY
DEBBIE EFFRON, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
AUXILIARY COORDINATOR: MARSHA GOLDBERG
AUXILIARY SECRETARY: MARCIA AARONSON
BOOKKEEPER: ILISE FRIEDMAN
DUES AND GIFT FUND: LUCILLE ABRAMS
EDITOR: JUDY MEHLMAN
STAFF: MARION DECKER, PHYLLIS HERSH, JILL WALDMAN