These are certainly exciting times at NYU Winthrop Hospital . The institution continues to be recognized nationally for its outstanding programs and services, all while experiencing unprecedented growth. Perhaps one of the most visible demonstrations of NYU Winthrop's progress is the bustling construction site at the corner of Second Street and Mineola Boulevard. As the finishing touches are being completed, the enthusiasm surrounding the winter grand opening of the new 95,000-square-foot Research and Academic Center continues to build among both staff and members of the community.
The new Center will focus on three main areas of research specialty: diabetes, obesity and associated complications; infant prematurity and perinatal conditions; and chronic disease and aging.
"Our vision is to become a destination for world-class research and medical study, improving the already high standards of personalized healthcare that the community has come to expect from NYU Winthrop," said John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop.
As one might imagine, the journey to build such a state-of-the-science facility has required an enormous investment of time, energy and resources. And while The Gateway to New Discoveries Campaign for the Research and Academic Center has already achieved $20.8 million, there is still work to be done to achieve the Campaign's $25 million goal. To help with this, NYU Winthrop is seeking support from many areas of the community, including individuals and friends of the Hospital as well as local organizations and businesses, through its Community Gifts Campaign.
Leading the charge of the Community Gifts Campaign, with the support and guidance of E. Ramone Segree, Vice President of Development at NYU Winthrop, are NYU Winthrop champions and members of the Board of Directors and Board of Regents, Ronnie Renken and Harriette Thayer. Both Mrs. Renken and Mrs. Thayer are invested supporters whose leadership has been pivotal in garnering further support from the community for this project.
"As Co-Chair of the Community Gifts Campaign, it is my hope that we will sharewith neighborhood groups and organizations the importance of the new Research and Academic Center and how it will benefit future generations," said Mrs. Renken, a long-standing NYU Winthrop volunteer who also serves as President of the Hospital's Auxiliary. The Auxiliary has supported numerous important initiatives at NYU Winthrop over the years, most recently presenting its first gift towards the Community Gifts Campaign by pledging $100,000 towards two new Nurse Practitioner Suites for pediatric testing in the Research and Academic Center.
"As Chair of the Board of Regents, an ambassadorial group that is committed to getting the word out in the community about the important programs and initiatives happening at NYU Winthrop, we are excited about the opening of the new Research and Academic Center," added Mrs. Thayer. "The new Center is symbolic of NYU Winthrop's efforts to always remain on the cutting edge of medicine and it is our goal to not only raise awareness about this important project, but to encourage community members and local businesses to support it."
The motivation behind the building of NYU Winthrop?s Research and Academic Center is that Long Island will soon have a place that not only provides outstanding clinical care, but the promise of research as well. To that end, the new Center will greatly enhance NYU Winthropâ€™s bench to bedside research mission, supporting its distinguished scientists and making discoveries more accessible and more quickly available for patients.
The Center will include core laboratories, a clinical trial center and pediatric and adult endocrinology faculty clinical practices, among other resources. In addition to the facility boasting classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study at NYU Winthrop as part of the Clinical Campus of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the space will be equipped with medical training facilities and a state-of-the-science simulation lab. There will also be a 350-seat auditorium that will function as both a lecture hall for students, as well as a venue for larger community education events.
As the physical building project draws to a close, now more than ever it is important to heighten awareness about the remarkable advancements this transformational research center will bring to the future of medicine in our area.
"We are confident that we will reach our Campaign goal as individuals from all sectors of the community are coming together to show their support for NYU Winthrop and our commitment to improve the health of our community and the region," said Mr. Segree.
If you or your organization would like an opportunity to hear about the exciting research initiatives that will be housed at the new Center directly from NYU Winthrop scientists and senior staff, call NYU Winthrop's Office of Development at (516) 663-2706. For further information on Research and Academic Center and ways to give, visit www.research.yourhealthmeanseverything.com.