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A Tradition of Giving: Garden City Family Gives back to NYU Winthrop Hospital's Emergency Department, Once Again
Date
May 15, 2017
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Mineola, NY - Thanks to an unprecedented gift from one Garden City family, NYU Winthrop Hospital’s emergency entrance now has a new name – The Phyllis and Nathan J. Mistretta East Campus Emergency Entrance. A beautiful new sign over the emergency entrance to the Hospital, as well as a special plaque in the Main Entryway, will now greet the tens of thousands of patients and visitors who come to the Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) each year.

A Tradition of Giving: Garden City Family Gives back to NYU Winthrop Hospital's Emergency Department, Once AgainPictured (l.-r.) are John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital; Garden City residents Nathan J. and Phyllis Mistretta; Barry Rosenthal, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital; and Lynn Drucker, Assistant Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

"We are deeply appreciative of the Mistretta family’s continued support of our great institution," said John Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital.  "The demands on our Emergency Department continue to increase, and the Mistretta’s commitment to making sure our patients have the very best facilities and resources have played a vital part in our success."

Volume in the ED at NYU Winthrop has grown steadily over the years, with more and more patients turning to the Hospital for top-notch, emergency medical care.  Under the leadership of Barry Rosenthal, MD, MPH, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital, an initiative began last spring to provide care to patients before a bed or chair was available inside the ED. The initiative, which began with Dr. Rosenthal as the Waiting Room physician, accompanied by ED nurses Rousselande Jean Charles and Michele Ahlers, has since become standard practice in the ED.

"With a limited amount of space in the department, we wanted to do something to meet the demands of our increasing volume, so we brought the physicians, PAs and NPs to patients in the waiting room, effectively expanding the size of our department," said Dr. Rosenthal.

"It is here that we can begin evaluating patients, order appropriate studies, administer medications, and obtain consults. Some patients are actually treated and released from the waiting room."

This is something that resonated strongly with Mr. Mistretta, prompting him and his wife to give back once again.

A Tradition of Giving: Garden City Family Gives back to NYU Winthrop Hospital's Emergency Department, Once AgainGarden City residents Phyllis and Nathan J. Mistretta are long-time, faithful supporters of NYU Winthrop Hospital.

"My wife and I have long believed in supporting initiatives that help to reduce wait times for families in crisis," said Mr. Mistretta. "We know volume is a challenge in the ED – but a good challenge to have. When the doctors, nurses, and even the Chairman himself rolls up his sleeves and gets involved in the care of patients outside of the physical walls of the Department, there really is no greater commitment than that."

This is the third momentous gift that NYU Winthrop has received from the Mistrettas. In 2008, the Hospital dedicated the Phyllis & Nathan J. Mistretta Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center within the Emergency Department. And in 2006, the Hospital named its dedicated emergency cardiac care facility the Mistretta Chest Pain Unit.

"The Mistrettas have been long-time, loyal supporters over the years. The longevity of their giving is really significant in demonstrating their belief in a Hospital that continues to uphold the highest standards of healthcare when serving the community in their time of need," said Lynn Drucker, Assistant Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop.

NYU Winthrop Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine treats over 75,000 patients annually, and is one of the busiest EDs on Long Island for people with acute illnesses and victims of accidents and violence.  At NYU Winthrop, patients – young and old – have access to a wide spec­trum of experienced specialists, advanced support services, and state-of-the-art facilities, including a new, expanded adult Level 1 Trauma Center. As an ACS Level 1 Trauma Center, NYU Winthrop provides the highest level of trauma care, and can handle the most critical emergencies that may be beyond the capabilities of emergency departments at other local hospitals.

For more information about emergency services at Winthrop, or to give to the campaign to expand the Emergency Department, call 1-866-WINTHROP.