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					               As Victoria and Peter Kropp of East Meadow watch            “Comprehensive pediatric care at Winthrop
               their 20-month-old daughter Athena laugh, play and     includes not only outstanding medical care for the
               just enjoy childhood, they are reminded of what has    sick child, but compassion, support and education
               helped make it possible – the comprehensive and        for the family as well,” Dr. Stambouly continued.
               extraordinary pediatric care that she receives at           Weak and still sick to her stomach, Athena
               Winthrop-University Hospital.                          was a good sport as teams of specialists, including
                                                                      phlebotomists, pediatric hematologist/oncologists,
                                                                      and pediatric cardiologists, administered a battery
                                                                      of exams and tests to determine what was making
                                                                      the little girl so sick. When the results came in
                                                                      from blood work and imaging studies of Athena’s
                                                                      spleen and liver, Mr. and Mrs. Kropp learned that
                                                                      their daughter Athena was suffering from acute


                                                                      From Emergency
                                                                      to Critical Care –
               Winthrop Pediatrics Shines
                   “Words can’t begin to express how grateful         leukemia – a disease that is characterized by the
               we are to Winthrop. The humanity and attention         accumulation of immature, functionless cells in
               they’ve shown to our family has been a blessing,”      the blood, tissues, bone marrow and other organs.
               said Mr. Kropp recently.                                     “Athena’s white blood cell count was extremely
                                                                      high and we were able to make a diagnosis rapidly,”
               An Urgent Trip to
                                                                      said Winthrop pediatric hematologist/oncologist
               the Emergency Department                               Philip Scimeca, MD, Associate Chief of the Division
               When Athena Kropp was just five months old, she        of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, who made the
Vol.19, No.2   grew seriously ill. On April 29, 2008, her parents     initial diagnosis and has since played an instrumen-
               took her to Winthrop’s Emergency Department            tal role in Athena’s care.
               (ED), worried about her pale color and vomiting.
  Summer       Athena was seen in the Pediatric Emergency Unit
                                                                           Following an initial assessment, the pediatric
                                                                      oncology team moved quickly to determine what
   2009        – a separate area within Winthrop’s ED that            specific type of leukemia Athena was suffering
               provides fast and efficient emergency care in a        from. A swift analysis of Athena’s blood and bone
               child-friendly environment.                            marrow was performed by Winthrop’s specialized
                    “The full spectrum of pediatric medical and       diagnostic oncology team in the Hospital’s state-
               surgical specialists at Winthrop is available in the   of-the-art laboratory.
               Emergency Department,” said Joseph Stambouly,               “We were able to promptly determine that
               MD, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at       Athena was suffering from acute lymphoblastic
               Winthrop. The Unit combines the expertise of a         leukemia – a form of cancer that begins in the
               dedicated team of pediatric specialists – including    bone marrow, where blood cells are produced,”
               Board-certified pediatric physicians, residents,       said Dr. Scimeca.
               physician assistants, nurses, and certified child
               life specialists – with the latest diagnostics to      Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
               deliver rapid evaluation and diagnosis in a            Athena was quickly transferred to the Pediatric
               pediatric medical emergency.                           Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – a modern, eight-room
                                                                                                    (continued on page 10)
Summer 2009


   Institute for Specialty Care
  Cutting-Edge Endoscopic Technique Offers
  New Hope to Patients with Chronic Sinus Pain
  Fifteen-year-old Maggie Parks of           endoscopic technique using Balloon                it gently restructures and ventilates
  Garden City couldn’t make it through       Sinuplasty™ – just one of the many                the blocked nasal passages to restore
  a shopping trip without having a           advanced technologies available to                normal sinus drainage and function.
  coughing fit.                              ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) patients               The technique is often used in con-
       “I was literally coughing every       at Winthrop.                                      junction with other forms of
  hour of the day,” said Maggie. “People          “Balloon Sinuplasty is a cutting-            endoscopic sinus surgery.
  would stare and ask me if I was sick.”     edge device that ventilates and drains                 Maseih Moghaddassi, MD,
       But Maggie wasn’t sick as strangers   the sinus with virtually no risk to the           otolaryngologist at Winthrop, began
  supposed; she was just one of the 37       patient,” said Dr. Zelman.                        using this cutting-edge technology as
  million people suffering from sinusitis.        “Not all sinusitis is the same.              soon as it was approved by the FDA.
       Sinusitis occurs when the cavities    Medical therapy can alleviate symptoms            Dr. Moghaddassi is an advocate for
  around the nasal passages (sinuses)        for some chronic sinusitis sufferers, but         the device which “provides an excel-
  become inflamed. This interferes with      for others like Maggie, medical modali-           lent option for a large patient
  normal drainage in the sinuses, caus-      ties alone are not enough. These                  population where medical therapy
  ing mucus to build up. Characterized       patients may be candidates for Balloon            wasn’t enough, but conventional sur-
  by a cough, facial pain or pressure,       Sinuplasty,” added Dr. Zelman.                    gery was too aggressive.” In addition,
  nasal congestion, and headache
  among other symptoms, sinusitis that
  continues for an extended period of
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  time is considered chronic.
       Like many sinus sufferers, Maggie’s
  chronic sinusitis infringed on her life.
  She was frequently absent from school
  and lost interest in playing sports due
  to exhaustion. Her mother, Margaret
  Parks, was desperate to find a way to




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  get her daughter some relief.
       “We tried everything – medications,
  sprays, even nasal pots which clear
  toxins from the nose – and Maggie
  still had no relief!” said Mrs. Parks.
  “We knew there had to be something
  out there that could help her.”             The sinus guide          The sinus balloon      The sinus balloon       The sinus balloon
                                              catheter and sinus       catheter is advanced   catheter is inflated,   catheter is deflated
       In August, Mrs. Parks took her
                                              guidewire are placed     over the sinus         the sinus is flushed,   and removed, result-
  daughter for an evaluation by Winthrop      through the nostrils     guidewire and          and the blocked         ing in an open sinus
  otolaryngologist Warren H. Zelman,          into the target sinus.   positioned across      ostium is gently        passageway and
  MD, a specialist in the full range of                                the blocked sinus      restructured.           restoring normal
  pediatric and adult otolaryngology,                                  opening (ostium).                              sinus drainage and
  head and neck surgery.                                                                                              function.
       “We needed answers and were
  confident that Dr. Zelman would leave           Balloon Sinuplasty – the latest              Dr. Moghaddassi notes the important
  no stone unturned,” said Mrs. Parks.       evolution in endoscopic sinus surgery             advantages it has over traditional
       Upon thorough examination and         – involves the placement of a small,              sinus surgery.
  comprehensive testing, Dr. Zelman          flexible balloon catheter through the                  “Some patients refrain from having
  determined that Maggie was an ideal        nostril into the blocked sinus pas-               sinus surgery because of fear of bone
  candidate for a minimally invasive         sageway. When the balloon is inflated,            or tissue removal, or post-operative
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                                                                                    Institute for Specialty Care
                                                  truly a new phase in ENT surgery in the     eases of the ears, nose and throat.
                                                  era of minimally invasive procedures.”           “Winthrop’s Division of Otolaryn-
                                                       Maggie Parks underwent the             gology offers one of the best ENT
                                                  Balloon Sinuplasty procedure with           services on Long Island,” said Anthony
                                                  Dr. Zelman on September 24, 2008            Durante, MD, Chief of the Division of
                                                  and within two days Maggie’s symp-          Otolaryngology at Winthrop. “Balloon
                                                  toms began to resolve. Today, she no        Sinuplasty is the most recent addition
                                                  longer suffers from an unrelenting          to the armamentarium of advanced
                                                  cough and her mother is grateful.           therapies that we are privileged to
                                                       “The silence of Maggie not cough-      provide to the community.”
                                                  ing is deafening!” said Mrs. Parks.              Physicians in the Division of
                                                       Maggie, currently a student at         Otolaryngology at Winthrop are commit-
Fifteen-year-old Maggie Parks is enjoying
relief from chronic sinusitis thanks to Balloon
                                                  Sacred Heart Academy, is now focus-         ted to offering patients the latest options
Sinuplasty – just one of the advanced thera-      ing her renewed energy on her studies       for the treatment of a variety of dis-
pies available to ENT patients at Winthrop.       and is grateful for the cutting-edge        eases of the head and neck. In addition
                                                  care she received at Winthrop.              to Dr. Zelman and Dr. Moghaddassi,
                                                       “Dr. Zelman and his staff were         Winthrop otolaryngologists Paul Bell,
packing. Balloon Sinuplasty eliminates
                                                  extremely comforting and profession-        MD; Michael Cohen, MD; Emil Ganjian,
the need for both, so there is no reason
                                                  al,” she said. “After the surgery, I felt   MD; Saul Modlin, MD; Nathan Monhian,
for these patients to suffer any longer,”
                                                  100 percent different. And best of all,     MD; and Alexander Sorin, MD, are also
added Dr. Moghaddassi.
                                                  I can go places and not have to worry       trained in the advanced Balloon
     What’s more, the advanced Relieva
                                                  that people will think I’m sick.”           Sinuplasty technology.
Luma™ Sinus Illumination System that
                                                       The Division of Otolaryngology at           For more information about
is used by ENT surgeons at Winthrop –
                                                  Winthrop is staffed by a team of expert     Balloon Sinuplasty or for a list of
the latest in the Acclarent family of
                                                  otolaryngologists who are trained to        Winthrop ENTs in your area, call
Balloon Sinuplasty devices – uses tar-
                                                  diagnose and treat a variety of dis-        1-866-WINTHROP. ■
geted fiber optic light, which illuminates
the inside of the sinus cavity to ease
placement of the balloon within the
sinus. In addition, this technology pro-
                                                    Winthrop Named
vides safe and effective access to the
frontal sinus – the most difficult sinus
                                                   “Champion for Clean Air”
                                                                           In recognition of its commitment to improving air quality
to access due to its close proximity to                                    in the New York Metro area, Winthrop-University
the brain. It also eliminates the need                                     Hospital has been named a “Champion for Clean Air” by
for x-rays so patients aren’t exposed to                                   the New York State Department of Transportation’s Clean
unnecessary radiation.                                                     Air NY initiative.
     “Winthrop’s Division of                                                    Clean Air NY is a collaborative initiative that
Otolaryngology is at the vanguard of a                                     encourages organizations and individuals to take actions
new era in image-guided endoscopic                                         to improve air quality and combat ozone pollution –
sinus surgery,” said Dr. Moghaddassi.              a threat that greatly increases risk of respiratory disease.
     Just like the ENT surgeons at                     To reduce the number of cars on the road and reduce air pollution, Winthrop
Winthrop, Theresa Criscitelli, RN,                 has taken several important steps including the provision of informational confer-
CNOR, Assistant Manger of the                      ences for employees in collaboration with Long Island Transportation
Ambulatory Surgery Unit at Winthrop,               Management (LITM); establishment of a guaranteed ride home program through
who is in charge of ENT surgery, is                the LITM, which matches employees for carpooling; and creation of a pre-tax
passionate about providing cutting-                transit benefit program for employees through Transit Center, which enables
edge care to patients at Winthrop.                 employees to save money by paying for public transportation with pre-tax dollars.
     “We are always looking toward                     “Winthrop employs more than 5,000 full-time and part-time men and women,”
expanding and being at the forefront of            said George P. Rainer, Vice President, Human Resources at Winthrop, “and we are
new treatment modalities,” said Ms.                committed to supporting them in their transportation needs while also helping to
Criscitelli. “Balloon Sinuplasty is revolu-        improve the environment.”
tionary – nothing compares to it! It is
                                                                                                                            Cornerstone 3
Summer 2009



  Winthrop Earns the HANYS Pinnacle Award
  for Quality and Patient Safety
  During the recent Healthcare                    vide care to our patients. We believe        allowed for a smooth transition to an
  Association of New York State                   that systems need to be built to provide     electronic medical record.”
  (HANYS) Annual Conference,                      our clinicians with the tools they need to       Established by HANYS in 2001 to
  Winthrop-University Hospital was                manage their patients in a safe environ-     recognize significant achievements by
  named the 2009 HANYS Pinnacle                   ment. The improvement in our patient         hospitals in the areas of quality
  Award winner for Quality and Patient            outcomes data support that this              improvement and patient safety, the
  Safety (Large Hospital Category).               approach is effective and beneficial to      Pinnacle Award spotlights significant
                                                  our patients.”                               quality improvement achievements by
                                                      In describing the initiative that        member hospitals. HANYS also pub-
                                                  earned the award for Winthrop, HANYS         lishes case studies from innovative
                                                  said, “Winthrop-University Hospital [was     hospitals in its annual publication
                                                  recognized] for Changing the Prescribing     Leading the Quest for Quality: Profiles
                                                  Culture Through Systematic Processes.        in Quality and Patient Safety and
                                                  The systematic approach to changing the      among the 2009 entries was one from
                                                  medication ordering process combined         Winthrop concerning the reduction of
                                                  with an extensive CPOE system took           adverse events through improved
                                                  ordering practices to the next level and     medication management. ■


                                                   Winthrop Programs Get the Gold
                                                   Two Winthrop-University Hospital programs have been recognized by the
                                                   American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get
                                                   with the Guidelines ProgramSM (GWTG) with prestigious awards for providing
                                                   superior stroke and coronary care to patients.
  John F. Collins, President and CEO of                 The AHA/ASA have announced that Winthrop’s Coronary Artery Disease
  Winthrop, and Maureen Gaffney, RPAC, RN,         Program has earned the Get With The Guidelines Gold Achievement Award
  Winthrop’s Chief Medical Information Officer,               for its continued success in providing superior care to patients
  proudly display the 2009 HANYS Pinnacle                                             with coronary artery disease by adhering to
  Award for Quality and Patient Safety.                                               specific evidence-based guidelines for 24
                                                                                      consecutive months.
                                                                                          Winthrop’s Stroke Team was recognized
      The award was given in recogni-                                                by the American Heart Association/American
  tion of the Hospital’s initiative to                                                Stroke Association with the Get with the
  change medication ordering processes,                                               Guidelines Gold Sustained Performance
  which led to the very successful imple-                                             Achievement Award. This prestigious recog-
  mentation of a Computerized Provider                                                nition signifies the Team’s commitment to
  Order Entry (CPOE) system that dra-              following evidence-based treatment guidelines and maintaining at least an 85
  matically enhanced patient safety and            percent performance level for two or more years.
  improved the quality of patient care.                 The GWTG program, the premier hospital-based quality improvement pro-
      “We are so proud of the work we do           gram, helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive cardiac and
  here at Winthrop, and receiving this             stroke care services in accordance with the most up-to-date scientific guide-
  prestigious award recognizes Winthrop’s          lines and recommendations.
  commitment to patient safety,” said                   The two Winthrop programs have a history of achieving prestigious designa-
  Maureen Gaffney, RPAC, RN, Winthrop’s            tions through the AHA/ASA GWTG Program – both receiving Bronze Awards (6
  Chief Medical Information Officer.               months) and Silver Awards (12 months) for continued excellence in patient care.
  “Winthrop’s success was due to our                    For additional information about Winthrop’s outstanding coronary care
  patient-centric approach to developing           and stroke programs, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.
  technology that supports how we pro-
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                                                                                  Institute for Family Care
Just for Men: Regaining
Control after Prostate Cancer
From the time we are toddlers, we                During a routine examination in
are taught to “hold it” until we can        November, Mr. Burger learned about
get to the bathroom. But for many           a minimally invasive surgical proce-
adults, it’s not that easy.                 dure involving the transobturator
      Millions of healthy Americans         male sling which would soon be added
suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence     to the armamentarium of treatment
(SUI) – loss of urine when pressure         options at Winthrop for patients with
(stress) is exerted on the bladder during   moderate SUI.
physical activities such as exercising or        The procedure involves passing a
lifting heavy objects. Among the causes     thin strip of mesh through small inci-
in men, SUI can be a side effect of         sions on the outside of the body, which
prostate surgery.                           is then passed beneath the bottom of
      “In some patients, incontinence is    the urethra, increasing support to the
a result of surgery to treat the prostate   pelvic organs where the tissue is weak-    Winthrop-University Hospital urologists
                                                                                       Barry R. Shepard, MD, FACS,(left) and
cancer,” said Winthrop urologist Robert     ened. The sling grows with the tissue to   Robert A. Edelman, MD, FACS, recently
A. Edelman, MD, FACS. “At Winthrop-         increase muscle strength and improve       traveled to France for hands-on training in
University Hospital, we are able to         bladder control.                           the minimally invasive transobturator male
offer patients a full complement of              “Compared to other surgical ther-     sling under the instruction of renowned
services to successfully treat prostate     apies such as the artificial sphincter,    expert Dr. Bertin Njinou-Ngninkeu.
cancer and its secondary effects.”          the transobturator male sling is less
      In 2004, Vincent Burger of Floral     invasive and has excellent patient         device have taken the technology to a
Park was diagnosed with prostate            outcomes,” said Dr. Edelman. “What’s       new level.
cancer. Following treatment, including      more, the procedure can be performed             “The new polypropylene mesh
a radical prostatectomy and a subse-        in less than 30 minutes on an              sling that Dr. Shepard and I received
quent procedure to remove excess            outpatient basis under general or          training on is far better than other
scar tissue, he began to struggle with      spinal anesthesia.”                        male sling devices that we’ve used in
bladder control.                                 In December, Dr. Edelman and his      the past. The material is more flexible
      “It was a continual problem that      colleague, Winthrop urologist Barry R.     and friendlier to the natural tissue,
infringed on my ability to do some of       Shepard, MD, FACS, traveled to France      and the equipment is more advanced,”
the things that I enjoy – like exercis-     to undergo hands-on training in this       said Dr. Edelman. “These innovations
ing,” said Mr. Burger, an otherwise         advanced device under the instruction      will serve Winthrop patients well as
healthy 65-year-old man. Once an            of Dr. Bertin Njinou-Ngninkeu, a world-    we now offer them another cutting-
avid runner, Mr. Burger found that he       renowned expert who has performed          edge option for treatment,” he added.
could no longer follow his normal rou-      male sling procedures for more than a           Upon Dr. Edelman’s return from
tine of running three to four times a       decade at Clinique Des Ormeaux in Le       France, he once again met with Mr.
week for 45 minutes.                        Havre, France.                             Burger, who was eager to learn more
      Though it’s a condition that               “There is nothing that can take the   about the success of this minimally
affects millions, the treatment options     place of hands-on training. The experi-    invasive procedure.
for male SUI have been limited over         ence that Dr. Shepard and I gained by           “Statistics show the procedure to
the years. To help men cope, they           learning under Dr. Njinou-Ngninkeu         be successful in 75 to 80 percent of
may be prescribed medication, limit         was priceless,” said Dr. Edelman.          patients with moderate stress urinary
fluid intake, or wear protective pads.           The male sling has been providing     incontinence. Mr. Burger was in over-
Yet Mr. Burger hoped for a lasting          relief to patients in Europe for many      all good health, which made him an
solution and continued to discuss           years and was approved by the FDA          ideal candidate,” said Dr. Edelman.
all of the options with his long-time       for use in the United States in 2006.           On May 11, Mr. Burger was the
urologist Dr. Edelman.                      However, recent improvements to the                            (continued on page 14)
                                                                                                                       Cornerstone 5
Summer 2009


   Institute for Cancer Care
  11th Annual Cancer Survivors Day: A
  Celebration of Hope, Inspiration, and Life
  It was a true celebration of life as       We have won because all                                vivors,” said Dr. Haas.
  nearly 500 cancer survivors, their         of us in the room, working                                   The National Cancer
  loved ones and Winthrop staff gathered     together, have overcome a                              Survivors Day Foundation
  at Winthrop’s 11th Annual Cancer           battle against one of the                              defines a “survivor” as
  Survivors Day on June 4 at the Long        scariest words and dis-                                anyone living with a histo-
  Island Marriott Hotel in Uniondale.        eases that we know –                                   ry of cancer – from the
      The opening remarks from keynote       cancer – to celebrate as                               moment of diagnosis
  speaker Jonathan Haas, MD, Associate       Winthrop cancer sur-                                   through the remainder of
  Director of the Division of Radiation                                                             life. The annual celebra-
                                                 Guest speaker and cancer
  Oncology at Winthrop, captured the            survivor Joyce Glicker cele-                        tion applauds the
  essence of this inspiring annual event.         brates at Winthrop’s 11th                         resilience of the human
      “We meet here today as winners.          Annual Cancer Survivors Day.                         spirit and recognizes the
                                                                                                    significant strides made in
                                                                                                    the fight against cancer.
   Winthrop Earns Cancer Reaccreditation                                                                  Dr. Haas also
   The Institute for Cancer Care at Winthrop has once again received a stamp of                     reflected on the “astound-
   approval by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Winthrop                     ing” advances in cancer
   is among only 25 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive this prestigious                     care that have occurred
   recognition, which represents the Hospital’s commitment to upholding the           since he joined the Winthrop team
   highest standards in delivering quality cancer care to patients.                   12 years ago.
        “Winthrop is proud to have earned this impressive honor from the American          “I see the child who I treated for
   College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer yet again,” said John F. Collins,        a glioblastoma – the most challenging
   President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “This distinction is another    brain tumor that we know – grow up
   example of our continued commitment to providing superior medical care to          to become a radiation oncology thera-
   every individual that comes to Winthrop for healthcare and healing.”               pist. I see the medical student with
        Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the Commission
   on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving
   survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting,
   prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality
   care. Winthrop’s renowned Institute for Cancer Care was granted approval
   upon a rigorous evaluation process and review of its compliance with the fol-
   lowing standards – cancer committee leadership, data management, clinical
   services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
        Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved program ensures
   patients have access to:
   • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and
      equipment;
                                                                                      Cancer survivor Rita Trenz (center) is also a
   • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options;         member of the Long Island Quilter’s Society
   • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options;             – an organization that graciously donates
                                                                                      beautiful hand-made quilts to patients
   • Cancer-related information, education and support;
                                                                                      receiving chemotherapy at Winthrop. Joining
   • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treat-     Ms. Trenz are Harry Staszewski, MD, Chief
      ment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up;                             of the Division of Oncology/Hematology at
                                                                                      Winthrop (left) and Patricia Schussler,
   • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care;
                                                                                      licensed social worker in the Division of
   • Quality care close to home.                                                      Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop.

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                                                                                    Institute for Family Care
Hodgkins Disease, who Dr. Weiner and I
cured, now becoming an oncologist. I         You Lost Your Keys – Should You
see my Hodgkins patient who was told
she probably couldn’t have children          be Worried about Your Memory?
when diagnosed 11 years ago send me a
                                             Have you ever walked into a room for             “Yet despite these structural
picture of her baby daughter… simply
                                             something and suddenly, you forgot          changes, research shows that young
writing ‘thank you’ on the card,” he said.
                                             what you came in for? Or perhaps            and old people can still do some
      Sharing her story of survival and
                                             you’ve forgotten the name of someone        things equally well. Older adults may
optimism, guest speaker and cancer
                                             you know. Memory lapses such as             do it differently, but still as good as
survivor Joyce Glicker emphasized the
                                             these can be a normal part of the aging     younger adults,” said Dr. Foldi. “We
importance of never giving up.
                                             process, yet they often leave us ques-      have a lot to learn about the relation-
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999,
                                             tioning – what’s normal and what’s not?     ship between structure and function
she passed her five-year mark with
                                                  “The brain’s development doesn’t       of the brain as we age.”
positive news in 2005 and celebrated.
                                             stop in childhood – it continuously               In spite of the natural changes that
However, in November of that same
                                             changes throughout the course of            occur with aging, there are many things
year she was diagnosed with stage four
                                             one’s lifetime. As we age, some of          a person can do to stimulate the brain
cancer. Mrs. Glicker thanked her loving
                                             these changes can affect our memo-          and keep it sharp. Among the most
family and friends for their support,
                                             ry,” said Nancy S. Foldi, PhD, Director     important is general physical exercise –
emphasizing that cancer can “bring out
                                             of Neuropsychology in the Division of       it not only helps keep the body in shape,
the best in people.” She also praised
                                             Geriatrics at Winthrop-University           but is an important tool for keeping the
Winthrop and the dedicated team of
                                             Hospital, and Director of the Memory        brain healthy.
healthcare professionals who have
                                             and Cognitive Disorders Center.                  While occasionally forgetting some-
played an instrumental role in her care
                                                  The brain, among the most com-         one’s name or misplacing your keys is
over the years.
                                             plex organs in the body, is made up of      normal, other changes such as trouble
      “It has been 10 years since the
                                             approximately 10 billion cells. As we       remembering how to do things you’ve
start of my cancer journey and being
                                             age, the brain’s mass can shrink and        done well countless times before – like
cared for by oncologist Alexander
                                             the outer surface can become thin. The      working on a familiar computer task or
Hindenberg, MD, and his staff has
                                             white matter, which helps regions of the    following steps of a well-known recipe –
helped me feel like I am always in safe
                                             brain to communicate with one another,      may indicate a more serious problem.
and comfortable hands,” she said.
                                             can become less efficient, and the avail-        “Sometimes even a routine task –
      Guest speaker Beth Schwartz also
                                             able neurochemical transmitters that        like following a recipe – can become
shared her thoughts as a caregiver for
                                             are necessary for communication             overwhelming if a person is carrying
her 24-year-old daughter, Melisande,
                                             between cells can also decline.                                 (continued on page 13)
who was diagnosed with Leukemia last
fall. She praised her daughter’s strength
and thanked Harry Staszewski, MD,                         Difference between Alzheimer’s and
Chief of the Division of Oncology/                            typical age-related changes*
Hematology at Winthrop, for the calm
and reassuring manner he provided                   Signs of Alzheimer's                  Typical age-related changes
while treating Melisande, who has since               Poor judgment and                       Making a bad decision
completed the requirements for her                      decision making                           once in a while
teaching degree.
      In addition to the dinner celebra-        Inability to manage a budget                Missing a monthly payment
tion, which included dancing and raffle             Losing track of the date                Forgetting which day it is
prizes, Winthrop’s Institute for Cancer                  or the season                        and remembering later
Care sponsored an educational cancer
                                               Difficulty having a conversation            Sometimes forgetting which
survivors workshop on June 24.
                                                                                                    word to use
      For additional information about
Winthrop’s Institute for Cancer Care,               Misplacing things and                 Losing things from time to time
please call 1-866-WINTHROP. ■                   being unable to retrace steps
                                                        to find them                             *Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association

                                                                                                                           Cornerstone 7
Summer 2009



  Diabetes Education Center
  Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  This year marks an impressive milestone for the Diabetes Education Center at
  Winthrop-University Hospital – 30 years of service to the community.
      Since opening its doors in 1979, the Diabetes Education Center has helped
  improve the lives of countless individuals living with diabetes through its highly
  regarded educational and support programs. A pioneer in the field of diabetes
  education, the Diabetes Education Center was the first outpatient education
  program in New York State accredited by the national American Diabetes                            (L.-R.) Barry Cosel-Pieper, Director of
  Association. Today, the Center continues to equip adults and children with the                    Development at Winthrop-University
  knowledge and tools necessary to manage diabetes.                                                 Hospital; Marian Conway, Executive
      “With one out of every 13 people in the United States living with diabetes and                Director of the Roslyn Savings Foundation;
                                                                                                    Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, MA,
  the trend of childhood and adult obesity on the rise, diabetes has become a major
                                                                                                    CDE, Director of the Diabetes Education
  health concern for millions of Americans each year,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko,              Center at Winthrop; and Dining Out with
  RN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE, Director of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop.                       Diabetes Program presenter Lynne Chimon,
  “Yet because of the special educational and support programs that are available                   RD, CDE, CDN, Diabetes Nutritionist at
  through Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center, individuals of all ages can learn                   Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center.
  how to manage diabetes and lead healthy, active lives.”
      Following are just a few of the highlights from the Diabetes Education                        Dining Out
  Center’s 30th anniversary year:                                                                   With Diabetes
                                                                                                    Among the Diabetes Education
   Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Education                                                    Center’s innovative programs is the
   In April, the Diabetes Education Center was recognized with the “Outstanding                     Dining Out with Diabetes Program
   Achievement in Diabetes Education” Award by the Metropolitan New York                            which teaches strategies for enjoying
   Association of Diabetes Educators in honor of the Center’s 30 years of service                   restaurant dining without sacrificing
   to the community.                                                                                diabetes self-management. Following
                                                                                                    an informative presentation by Lynne
                                                                                                    Chimon, RD, one of the Center’s
                                                                                                    registered dietitians who created the
                                                                                                    program, participants have the
                                                                                                    opportunity to apply what they’ve
                                                                                                    learned by selecting and enjoying a
                                                                                                    healthy meal. Thanks to a generous
                                                                                                    $5,000 grant from the Roslyn Savings
                                                                                                    Foundation, the Diabetes Education
                                                                                                    Center has been able to offer educa-
                                                                                                    tional programs at local restaurants,
                                                                                                    including Uncle Bacala’s in Garden
                                                                                                    City Park and Red Lobster in Carle
                                                                                                    Place, throughout the year.

                                                                                                   Letter to the
   Present at the ceremony were members of Winthrop-University Hospital’s staff and adminis-
                                                                                                   Roslyn Savings Foundation:
   tration including (l.-r.) John P. Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development;
   Rubens Sievert, MD, Director of the Clinical Diabetes Program at Winthrop; Paul Whalen,         “Thanks to your supportive program,
   Assistant Vice President; Lawrence Shapiro, MD, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology; John    I recently dined out with a group
   F. Aloia, MD, Chief Academic Officer; John F. Collins, President and CEO; Virginia Peragallo-   from Winthrop-University Hospital.
   Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE, Director of the Diabetes Education Center; Mageda Mikhail,
   MD, Associate Director of Bone Mineral Research; Do-En Lee, MD; Deborah Johnson-Schiff,
                                                                                                   The education that I received that
   Senior Vice President; Cindy Bredefeld, DO; Namyi Yu, MD; Lucille Hughes, RN; and Margaret      night was invaluable.”
   Marinelli, RD. Missing from the photo are Lynne Chimon, RD, and Eileen Egan, FNP.                            — FS, New Rochelle, NY

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Special Quilt for                                                            Tools for the Educator
National Display                                                               Certified diabetes educators, registered nurses
                                                                               and registered dietitians gathered at “Making
                                                                               Learning Active: Tools for the Educator” – an
                                                                               interactive educational conference hosted by
                                                                               Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center at the
                                                                               deSeversky Conference Center on May 21,
                                                                               2009. Feedback from the participants was
                                           outstanding; some even stated it was “the best conference of their career.”
                                           Pictured at the conference (l.-r.) are guest speaker Barbara Schreiner, PhD, RN,
                                           CDE; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, Director of the Diabetes Education Center; and
                                           G. Morgan Browne, Chairman of the OSI Pharmaceuticals Foundation – one of the
                                           organizations whose support was instrumental in making the conference possible.
Members of the Kids Interested in
Diabetes (KIDs) support group offered
through the Diabetes Education
Center at Winthrop recently made a
special quilt representing “My Life
with Diabetes.” The quilt, which illus-
trates what living with type 1 diabetes
means to the children through cre-                            October 24, 2009
atively designed quilt squares, was                         Winthrop-University Hospital’s
created for the Quilt for Life Project.
The project is initiated by Children                                      Annual Gala
with Diabetes – an organization that
promotes understanding of the care
and treatment of diabetes, especially
in children. The KIDs’ work of art was
recently on display at the Children
with Diabetes Annual Friends for Life
Conference in Orlando, Florida. A
photo of the quilt is also posted on the
Children with Diabetes website at
www.childrenwithdiabetes.com.



Save the Date!
Concluding the special 30th
anniversary year-long celebration,                                             Honoring
the Diabetes Education Center will
host an educational workshop on
                                                                      Patrick K. Long
                                                                   President, Formed Plastics, Inc.
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at
6:30 p.m. at Winthrop’s Community                         Board of Directors, Winthrop-University Hospital
Outreach Center, located at 101                                                    &
Mineola Blvd. The program will
include a diabetes product fair,                            Virginia M. Donovan, MD
informative lecture and light refresh-                             Chair, Department of Pathology
ments. Advance registration is                                     Winthrop-University Hospital
required; please call (516) 663-8300
after October 1 for more information                 RexCorp Plaza, Uniondale • 7pm Reception – 8pm Dinner
or to register.                                             Please call (516) 663-3398 for more information.

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   Winthrop Pediatrics Shines
   (continued from cover)
   patient unit equipped with a broad          PICU at Winthrop. “Winthrop’s PICU         Cancer Center for Kids
   spectrum of advanced life support           nurses provide care in a family-cen-       Just over a week after her diagnosis
   modalities and monitoring devices –         tered atmosphere, encouraging the          and initial emergency care, Athena
   where she received around the clock         family to be a part of their child’s       was able to go home. In the weeks
   care by a skilled team of pediatric         treatment and offering emotional           following her initial discharge, Athena
   specialists.                                support and education.”                    occasionally returned to the hospital
        “This particular area of the                “The nurses in the ICU were           to receive care for her leukemia and
   Hospital includes the capabilities for      extremely caring and sympathetic,          treatment for related problems.
   high-frequency mechanical ventila-          and explained things to us every step           At the present time, her continu-
   tion, trauma care, neurointensive           of the way,” said Mr. Kropp. “Many         ing outpatient care is provided at
   care, and renal replacement therapy         are parents themselves and treated         Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
   capabilities, and affords patients the      my daughter as if she was one of           Outpatient Center – a state-of-the-
   highest level of specialized care in        their own.”                                science facility where children are
   times of serious illness or injury,”                                                   given the best possible chance of
   said Dr. Stambouly.
                                               Hagedorn Pediatric
                                                                                          recovery and cure through superior
        When she arrived in the PICU,          Inpatient Center                           medical care, constant nurturing and
   Athena was placed on a ventilator so        After undergoing several major proce-      unconditional support in an environ-
   that she could tolerate an exchange         dures and continuous intensive             ment that promotes healing.
   transfusion – a life-saving procedure       monitoring, Athena was stabilized and           There, Athena continues to be
   that involves slowly removing a             improved to the point where she was        monitored by the Center’s skilled and
   patient’s blood and replacing it with       able to move out of the Pediatric ICU to   compassionate team of Board-certified
   donor blood, which was performed by         the Jay’s World Children’s Cancer Unit,    pediatric oncologists which include
   Dr. Stambouly. This also included the       part of Winthrop’s Hagedorn Pediatric      Dr. Scimeca, Igal Fligman, MD; William
   placement of large bore intravenous         Inpatient Center. There, she continued     Gerba, MD; Naomi Moskowitz, MD;
   lines to facilitate the process of          her chemotherapy regimen while being       and Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the
   removing and replacing the blood.           closely monitored for several days.        Division of Pediatric Hematology/
        Following the exchange transfu-             The Jay’s World Children’s Cancer     Oncology and Director of the Cancer
   sion, a special central-line catheter       Unit consists of five uniquely appoint-    Center for Kids – as well as the Center’s
   called a Mediport® – an intravenous         ed rooms with state-of-the-art air         dynamic team of nurses, social workers,
   tube that administers fluids and med-       filtration systems for patients with       psychologists, and child life specialists.
   ications to infants or children on a        challenged immune systems – particu-            Athena visits the Cancer Center
   long-term basis – was surgically            larly pediatric oncology patients like     for Kids about every two weeks to
   implanted in Athena’s chest to facili-      Athena. Awash in cheerful colors and       undergo the maintenance phase of
   tate the start of chemotherapy.             décor, the rooms are also equipped         chemotherapy. Her parents, who also
         “For young patients who require       with comfortable sleeping accommoda-       raise funds for the Center whenever
   long-term IV access, central venous         tions for parents and a television and     possible, are eager to see the day
   lines eliminate the need for repeated       video game console for patients’ use.      when her chemotherapy regimen con-
   IV sticks,” said Dr. Stambouly.                  And, when children need something     cludes but are comforted to know that
        Just as important as the compre-       to take their mind off of being in the     there is always outstanding care
   hensive treatment modalities that are       Hospital, the Child Life Activity Center   available to them at Winthrop.
   available at Winthrop is the compassion     – also located on the Pediatric floor –         “We have complete trust in
   of the nursing staff and other caregivers   can serve as a safe haven. Staffed by a    Winthrop and wouldn’t go anywhere
   who provide special nurturing and care      remarkable team of Certified Child Life    else. Winthrop has been, and will con-
   to young patients and their families.       Specialists who are committed to           tinue to be, our second family,” said
        “Caring for critically ill children    addressing the unique emotional, social    Mrs. Kropp.
   requires the ability to combine highly      and physical needs of all pediatric             For more information about
   professional critical care nursing with     patients, the Center is a place where      the wealth of pediatric care services
   a special kind of concern and compas-       children and teens can spend time on       that are available at Winthrop,
   sion,” said Mary Ann Dziomba, MSN,          the computer, play video or board          visit www.winthrop.org or call
   RNBC, Nurse Manager of Pediatrics/          games, watch movies and read books.        1-866-WINTHROP. ■
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A Celebration of Life
While there is something very special
about donating to a worthy cause, there
is no donation that is more precious
than the gift of life. In honor of National
Donate Life Month – a time when the
nation reflects on the importance of
saving lives through organ, eye and
tissue donation – Winthrop-University
Hospital was honored to participate
in a special flag raising ceremony to
commemorate its significance.
     Representatives from the New York
Organ Donor Network presented
                                                                                              Present at the April 1 flag raising ceremony
Winthrop with an Organ and Tissue
                                                                                              in honor of National Donate Life Month at
Donation flag in honor of the Hospital’s                                                      Winthrop-University Hospital were (l.-r.)
deep commitment to and success in                                                             Margaret Gallagher, New York Organ Donor
raising awareness of and participation                                                        Network (NYODN) Hospital and Family
in organ and tissue donation. Members                                                         Services Manager; Nakeela DeHarte, NYODN
of Hospital administration, staff, as                                                         Hospital and Family Services Coordinator;
                                                                                              Josephine Manzo, girlfriend of organ trans-
well as a proud donor family and gra-                                                         plant recipient; Nancy Skelton, family friend;
cious recipient and loved ones gathered                                                       Laurie and Angela Crimeni, mother and sis-
at the Winthrop flag pole outside of the                                                      ter of organ donor Vincenzo Crimeni; Rocco
Hospital’s Emergency Department to                                                            Crimeni, father of Vincenzo; Ruth Hoffmann,
mark the special occasion.                                                                    Vincenzo’s grandmother; Sal Coico, organ
                                              transplant recipient; Maria Coico, Sal’s mother; John Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop;
     The ceremony began with a
                                              Barbara Kohart Kleine, Vice President, Administration, and Chair of the Organ Donor Task
welcome from Winthrop-University              Force at Winthrop.
Hospital President & CEO John F.
Collins, who thanked the community            opportunity to ‘give’ the gift of life on        Memory Quilt during National Donate
for their commitment to saving lives          behalf of our loved ones, or those who           Life Month. The hand-crafted squares
through organ and tissue donation and         have benefited from the ‘gift’ itself… it        on the Memory Quilt were created by
encouraged those who have not, to             is, without a doubt, an experience that          donor families to commemorate the
enroll in the New York State Donate           will stay with you forever,” said Ms.            lives of their loved ones. The squares
Life Registry.                                Kohart Kleine, “for whether you have             are stitched together and surrounded
     Barbara Kohart Kleine, Vice              given or received, you have become a             by a framework with the embroidered
President, Administration, and Chair          part of a very special group of people           names of transplant recipients. The
of the Organ Donor Task Force at              who were there for each other in a               acknowledgment of donors and recipi-
Winthrop, shared heart-felt senti-            life-saving effort.”                             ents symbolizes the “circle of life.”
ments about the profound impact that               During the ceremony, the Crimeni                 Winthrop-University Hospital is
organ donation has had on many fami-          family was presented with a Medal of             proud of its commitment to organ dona-
lies, including the Crimeni family of         Honor by the New York Organ Donor                tion. In 2006, the Hospital was honored
Westbury, who made the monumental             Network for their generous participa-            by the U.S. Department of Health and
decision to donate their 27-year-old          tion in the organ donation process               Human Services (HHS) with the Organ
son Vincenzo’s organs when he sud-            and for their commitment to raising              Donor Network Medal of Honor for its
denly passed away in 2008; and the            awareness of the importance of organ             high rate of organ and tissue donations.
Coico family of Farmingdale – who are         and tissue donation.                                  For more information about
forever grateful for the gift of life that         In addition to receiving the Organ          becoming an organ donor, please call
their 21-year-old son Sal received as         and Tissue Donation flag for display             the New York Organ Donor Network at
a result of the Crimeni family’s coura-       outside of the hospital, Winthrop had            1-800-GIFT-4-NY (1-800-443-8469)
geous decision.                               the privilege of displaying a panel of           or visit www.donatelifeny.org. ■
     “For those of us who have had the        the New York Organ Donor Network

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   Third Annual Black and White Ball Raises
   More than $240,000
   for Pediatric Patients
   The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at        porter of the CCFK.
   Winthrop-University Hospital held its       Linda Sweeney, prac-
   Third Annual Black and White Ball on        tice manager of the
   April 25 at the Cradle of Aviation          CCFK, presented spe-
   Museum in Garden City. Close to 350         cial awards to Garden
   guests gathered at this highly anticipat-   City residents Tara and
   ed event to help raise over $240,000        John Schmitt, sponsors
   for the CCFK’s psychosocial and             of the Black & White
                                                                          Sheila Meyer Margolis of Meyer’s Chevrolet in Queens (left)
   creative arts therapy programs.             Ball and founders of
                                                                          receives an award from Linda Sweeney, practice manager of
        The honorees for the evening were      Charlie’s Champions        Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids, and Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief
   long-time CCFK supporter Sheila Meyer       Foundation, which hon- of the Division of Pediatric Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop and
   Margolis, owner of Meyer’s Chevrolet in     ors their son, Charlie,    Director of the Cancer Center for Kids.
   Queens, along with the Center’s many        who is being treated for
   pediatric cancer survivors. Meyer’s         leukemia at the CCFK;                           inspiration the Center provides for
   Chevrolet donated the use of a Malibu       the Pall Corporation; and Pete Sedote of        patients and families alike.
   Hybrid car as a raffle prize, and various   Cans for Cancer in recognition of their             “The Black and White Ball brings
   current and former patients took the        support of the Cancer Center for Kids.          together members of the corporate and
   stage to share their experiences with            Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of               philanthropic communities along with
   childhood cancer and the caring staff of    the Division of Pediatric Oncology/             Hospital staff, families and friends at a
   the CCFK.                                   Hematology and Director of the Cancer           wonderful event, reminding all of us
        The gala was emceed by WCBS            Center for Kids, characterized the              that we can fall down and get up
   radio’s Sophia Hall, a long-time sup-       event as a metaphor for the hope and            again,” he said. ■


    12th Annual Opera Night
    Raises $65,000 for Child Life
    On March 12, devoted supporters of Winthrop’s Child Life Program spent
    an evening enjoying fine dining and incredible musical performances by
    internationally renowned opera singers to raise funds
    to benefit the Hospital’s Child Life Program. The 12th
    Annual Night at the Opera, “Sweet Voices for Precious
    Children,” raised $65,000 for the program, which is
    dedicated exclusively to minimizing children’s fears and
    anxiety during the hospital experience.
        More than 200 guests were in attendance to enjoy
    a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner at the Garden City
    Hotel as the magnificent harmony of Karen Foster,
    soprano; Sarah Heltzel, mezzo soprano; and Theresa
    Santiago, soprano, accompanied by pianist Caren Levine, filled the room.
        Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at Winthrop, expressed his deep
    gratitude to all those in attendance at this year’s event for their unwavering support.
        “Thank you for joining me on this wonderful occasion to celebrate a vital program that benefits countless families
    and impacts thousands of lives. It is an honor for me to personally thank you for all you have done to support Winthrop’s
    Child Life Program,” he said.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Supports
Launch of After-Hours Program for Teens
Winthrop’s Child Life Program is            and emotional needs of older hospital-       that they would participate in outside
committed to addressing the unique          ized children through organized evening      of the hospital,” said Nicole Almeida,
emotional, social and physical needs of     activities such as music, games and          MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life
all childhood patients – from infants to    arts that foster creativity, team-building   Program at Winthrop. “Thanks to the
young adults – with the support of a        and friendly competition among peers         generous support of the Starlight
dedicated team of Certified Child Life      in the Activity Center of the Hospital’s     Children’s Foundation, we have been
Specialists (CCLS). A recent grant from     Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center.         able to launch such a program.”
the Starlight Children’s Foundation of      The program operates “after hours” in             For 25 years, Starlight Children’s
NY*NJ*CT, whose Pediatric Hospital          the evening when the younger patients        Foundation has been dedicated to help-
Support Program has benefited the           have returned to their rooms, so that        ing seriously ill children and their
Child Life Program at Winthrop for          the older pediatric patients have an         families cope with their pain, fear and
more than a decade with approximate-        opportunity to express their feelings,       isolation through entertainment, educa-
ly $200,000 in grants, has enabled the      address any fears and share coping           tion and family activities. The Foundation
Hospital to launch the new “See the         strategies in a relaxed atmosphere.          has been an avid supporter of Winthrop’s
Stars Come Out at Night” program –               “It has always been our goal as         Child Life Program, providing vital funds
geared toward adolescent and teenaged       Child Life Specialists to normalize the      to meet the staffing needs of the pro-
patients to help them cope with the         hospital stay for all of our patients. As    gram and donating items such as
hospital experience.                        such, we wanted to create a program          entertainment centers equipped with
     Under the supervision of a CCLS,       where older patients could socialize         flat-panel televisions, DVD players and
the “See the Stars Come Out at Night”       and have a comfortable atmosphere            Nintendo Wii Systems to provide hours
program addresses the unique social         where they could simulate activities         of interactive play for patients. ■

You Lost Your Keys – Should You be Worried about Your Memory?
(continued from page 7)
out that task in a different kitchen,”      medicine physicians, neurologists,           Graduate Center of the City University
said Dr. Foldi. “A serious problem          psychiatrists, and other physicians at       of New York (CUNY) and has been
with memory loss may also be indi-          Winthrop as part of a patient’s dedicated    investigating the effects of aging on the
cated if a family member observes           healthcare team, Dr. Foldi conducts          brain and behavior since the 1970s.
significant changes, even though the        comprehensive neuropsychological eval-           Along with her colleagues in the
individual may not.”                        uations with patients. Many patients she     Division of Geriatrics at Winthrop and
    “Some patients who have memory          assesses are in early stages of disease,     at Queens College, Dr. Foldi conducts
problems may be aware that there is a       or the presentation is unclear because       research studies on cognitive and atten-
problem, but not always the extent of       Alzheimer’s disease can present itself in    tional changes that occur in patients as
the problem,” added Dr. Foldi. “It’s very   many different ways.                         well as healthy older adults.
important not to jump to a diagnosis of          These thorough clinical assess-             Physicians in the Division of
dementia without a full evaluation,         ments, which take place at Winthrop          Geriatrics at Winthrop offer compre-
because there can be other causes           over the course of several hours or          hensive primary care and specialized
that alter cognitive function that must     days, consider a patient’s medical his-      services for the growing geriatric pop-
be considered.”                             tory, current medications, and input         ulation on Long Island. Working closely
    Alzheimer’s disease – one of the        from a third party – such as a family        with patients and families to develop
many types of dementia – is a pro-          member or loved one.                         an individualized plan of care, the
gressive, degenerative disease that              “Every patient deserves a com-          team is committed to helping patients
attacks the brain. In-depth clinical        prehensive clinical evaluation before        maintain health, promote wellness and
and neuropsychological evaluations          a diagnosis is made and medical treat-       effectively manage chronic illnesses.
are important assessment tools to           ment is prescribed,” said Dr. Foldi.             For more information on services
determine whether the problems are               In addition to providing clinical       available to patients in the Division of
due to Alzheimer’s disease.                 services, Dr. Foldi is also a Professor of   Geriatric Medicine at Winthrop,
    Working with geriatricians, internal    Psychology at Queens College and The         please call 1-866-WINTHROP. ■
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    Fifth Annual Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing
                              Raises Funds for Winthrop’s
                              Pediatric Oncology
                              Programs
                                                                       The fifth annual Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing, held at
                                                                       the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge
                                                                       on June 22, was a terrific success, raising more than
                                                                       $50,000 in support of vital support programs for
                                                                       Winthrop’s pediatric oncology/hematology patients.
                                                                           More than 100 golfers braved threatening skies to play
                                                                       18 holes for a great cause. Once the final players moved
                                                                       inside for dinner and awards, the sky filled with heavy rain
                                                                       and thunderstorms while the golfers further demonstrated
    Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at their generosity, purchasing bundles of raffle tickets for an
    Winthrop (left) joins Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing co-chairs array of donated prizes.
    (l.-r.) Rosemary Cinquemani, Frank Catelli and Michael C. Stroud.      The event was organized by founding Golf Outing chair-
                                                                       man Michael C. Stroud, president of Atlas Investigations,
    Inc. in Garden City, and co-chairs Rosemary Cinquemani, partner in the law firm of Furey, Kerley, Walsh, Matera &
    Cinquemani, P.C. in Seaford; and Frank Catelli, of Counsel to Furey, Furey, Leverage, Manzione, Williams & Darlington,
    P.C. in Hempstead.


   Just for Men…
   (continued from page 5)
   first patient of Dr. Edelman’s to under-
   go the procedure at Winthrop using the
   improved transobturator male sling.
   After a brief recovery period at home,
   Mr. Burger was back to work within
   one week and experiencing marked
   improvement from the SUI.
        Today, though his continence is not
   100 percent, “it’s even better than the
   average success rates have shown,”
   said Mr. Burger. And, he is hopeful that
   one day he will regain total continence.
        “I’m looking forward to my com-
   plete recovery. With some diligence on
   my part practicing bladder control
   measures, I think it’s quite possible to
   achieve,” said Mr. Burger.
        The Division of Urology in
   Winthrop’s Institute for Family Care
   is committed to ensuring the best
   treatment and outcomes for all
   patients. For more information about
   the services that are available, call
   1-866-WINTHROP. ■
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Need Support? Winthrop is Here for You
If you’ve ever wondered, ‘is there any-      Generation of Survivors – The Pat             PERINATAL BEREAVEMENT
body out there that understands how          Lyons Long Term Follow-Up Program
                                                                                           The Perinatal Bereavement Group
I’m feeling?’ – then a support group         A comprehensive childhood cancer
                                                                                           A series of six support group sessions led
may be for you.                              survivorship program that provides
                                                                                           by a social worker for parents who have
     For many individuals, support groups    appropriate follow-up care and educates
                                                                                           lost a child prior to or shortly after birth.
are a vital tool on the road to recovery.    survivors about the diagnosis, treatment
A forum for social interaction with others   and management of potential late effects
                                                                                           Schedule: One evening a week for six
                                                                                           consecutive weeks in the fall and spring
facing similar circumstances, a support      of their disease.
                                                                                           Fee: $25/couple; call 1-866-WINTHROP
group can also teach individuals new         Schedule: Every other Thursday from
strategies for coping as well as provide     1:00 to 4:00 PM                               PULMONARY
emotional and practical support.             Free; call (516) 663-9400
     Winthrop-University Hospital offers                                                   Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group
a wide range of support programs             CARDIAC ARREST                                Support group to help those affected by
including, but not limited to, the follow-                                                 pulmonary hypertension cope; for
                                             Long Island Miracles –
ing. Please call the numbers below for                                                     patients and family members.
                                             Sudden Cardiac Arrest Support &
additional information.                      Advocacy Group
                                                                                           Schedule: Every other month on a
                                                                                           Saturday at 12:00 PM
                                             For survivors of cardiac arrest, their
BARIATRIC (WEIGHT LOSS)                                                                    Free; call (516) 663-4694
                                             families and friends; provides support
SURGERY                                      and advocates for increased presence of       Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
Informational seminars for people            defibrillators (AEDs) in our communities.     (CPAP)
considering bariatric surgery.               Schedule: Every other month                   Winthrop’s Sleep Disorders Center
Schedule: Once a month in Uniondale          Free, call (516) 663-3889                     offers a patient support group to help
and Hauppauge; 7:00 to 9:00 PM               DIABETES                                      those affected by Obstructive Sleep
Free; call (631) 265-7000 to reserve                                                       Apnea; moderated by a Board-certified
                                             Kindred Spirits: United Parents of            sleep physician along with other sleep
Support Group for people before and          Children with Diabetes                        professionals.
after bariatric surgery.                     Provides education, support and               Schedule: Quarterly; call for schedule
Schedule: Monthly meetings                   camaraderie for parents of children           Free; call (516) 663-3907
Free; call (516) 663-3300                    with diabetes.
                                             Schedule: Monthly meetings on Thursday        SMOKING CESSATION
CANCER                                       evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM                 Smoking 101 -
Cancer Support Groups                        Free; call (516) 663-2350                     Educational/Emotional Support
For patients with cancer or caregivers                                                     “Kick the habit” at a stop smoking sup-
dealing with the impact of cancer.           Toddler and Preschool Diabetes
                                             Support Program                               port group: learn about the availability
Schedule: Persons diagnosed with cancer                                                    of all nicotine replacement products
– Tuesday mornings; Family members/          For families of children up to age six
                                             with diabetes. Parents are provided           and aids. Information provided about
caregivers of persons diagnosed with                                                       Winthrop’s four-week Behavior
cancer – Monday mornings                     with accurate information and emotional
                                             support while their children, including       Modification Program.
Free; call (516) 663-9062 to reserve                                                       Schedule: Last Wednesday of each
                                             siblings, enjoy a positive play experience.
Cancer Center for Kids Support Groups        Schedule: Monthly meetings on Saturday        month, 7:00 to 8:00 PM; Last Thursday
To help children with cancer and their       mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 AM               of each month, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
families deal with their fears, anxieties    Free; call (516) 663-2350                     Free; call (516) 663-2579 day of
and emotional difficulties during and                                                      session to reserve
after treatment.                             DIALYSIS
Schedule: Parents of children with can-                                                    STROKE
                                             Chronic Kidney Disease/Dialysis
cer – first and third Thursday of the        Support Group                                 Stroke Support Group
month; 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Parents of           Discuss developing an optimal quality         For stroke survivors and their family
children off treatment – once a month        of life while living with chronic kidney      members; meeting includes guest
Free; call (516) 663-9400                    disease, end-stage renal disease, and         speakers, followed by an open forum
                                             dialysis. Separate groups are held for        for discussion.
Kids Club
                                             those diagnosed and for family                Schedule: Generally meets the third
A support/activity group for pediatric
                                             members/caregivers.                           Wednesday of every month, 10:00 to
cancer patients.
                                             Schedule: Monthly                             11:30 AM
Schedule: Meets one evening each month.
                                             Free; call (516) 663-9026                     Free; call (516) 663-9098
Free; call (516) 663-9400
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The Best Help the Best at Winthrop
When renowned Winthrop-University                     tenosynovitis (trigger finger) – a common
Hospital ophthalmologist and micro-                   problem that causes pain and stiffness
surgeon Lawrence F. Jindra, MD, noticed               of the tendons in the fingers. Dr. Teplitz
that he had difficulty touching his middle            treated Dr. Jindra with a series of injec-
finger to his thumb on his dominant sur-              tions to the tendons and relief was
gical hand, he sought help from the best              almost immediate.
– his colleagues at Winthrop.                              So when Dr. Jindra later developed
     “Until you loose the ability to do               lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) in
something that you take for granted –                 his left arm, he once again turned to his
like snapping your fingers – you don’t                colleagues in Winthrop’s Department
realize how devastating it can be,” said              of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he was
Dr. Jindra recently. As a surgeon, Dr.                seen by Mark Grossman, MD, Chief
Jindra took this relatively benign prob-              of the Division of Sports Medicine.
lem in his hand very seriously.                       Dr. Grossman treated Dr. Jindra with
     Dr. Jindra found himself under the               an injection to the tendon, anti-inflam-
care of Winthrop’s Vice Chairman of the               matories, and a brace.                         Winthrop ophthalmologist Lawrence F.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and                      Today, Dr. Jindra’s hand and arm          Jindra, MD, (center) is grateful for the
Chief of the Division of Hand Surgery                 feel as good as new, and he is grateful for    outstanding care he received from his
Glenn Teplitz, MD. Dr. Teplitz’s extensive            the outstanding minimally invasive care        colleagues – Mark Grossman, MD, Chief
expertise in the field of orthopaedics is             that he received from his colleagues,          of the Division of Sports Medicine, (left)
focused on the diagnosis, conservative                which has enabled him to continue to           and Glenn Teplitz, MD, Vice Chairman of
management and surgical treatment of                  do what he does best – provide world-          the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
hand and upper extremity disorders.                   class ophthalmology care to patients           and Chief of the Division of Hand Surgery
     Dr. Jindra was diagnosed with                    at Winthrop. ■                                 at Winthrop (right).

				
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