On a snowy week in early February, Winthrop-University Hospital was proud to celebrate the opening of its new Research and Academic Center, which our community has watched grow from its inception and through its construction on the corner of Mineola Boulevard over the course of the last two and a half years.
Pictured at the President's Reception for the grand opening of Winthrop's new Research and Academic Center are (l.-r.) Joseph Burke, Vice President, Engineering and Facilities at Winthrop; Sheila Jones Heslin, Winthrop Board Member and Co-Chair of the Research and Academic Center Campaign; Jared Kutzin, DNP, MPH, MS (MEdL), RN, CPPS, Director of Winthrop's Simulation Center; Joseph Greensher, MD, Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at Winthrop and Foundation Director for The Drs. Martin & Dorothy Spatz Charitable Foundation; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of Winthrop's Diabetes and Obesity Institute; Alan Jacobson, MD, Winthrop's Chief Research Officer; John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop; Theresa M. Santmann, Campaign Supporter; Charles M. Strain, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop; John Aloia, MD, Winthrop's Chief Academic Officer, who was honored for his visionary leadership; John Treiber, Winthrop Board Member and Campaign Supporter; Palmira M. Cataliotti, CPA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Winthrop; Mary Beth Tully, Winthrop Board Member and Co-Chair of the Research & Academic Center Campaign; and Ramone Segree, Vice President of Development at Winthrop.
A President’s Reception on February 4 and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 5 brought together Hospital staff, donors, elected officials and members of the community to commemorate the building’s opening, a truly momentous occasion in Winthrop’s history. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the beautifully appointed lobby, outfitted with a piano and fireplace, and in the Treiber Family Conference Center before touring the five-story, 95,000 square-foot, state-of- the-art building.
This magnificent new building signifies a reaffirmation of Winthrop’s commitment to our mission of caring for the sick and injured, teaching physicians and research,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop. “The Research and Academic Center also symbolizes Winthrop’s resolve to ensuring our future and our deep belief that we have a moral obligation to continue to serve the medical needs of our surrounding community.”
The energy-efficient and forward-think- ing building was designed specifically to foster the intersection of Winthrop’s science and academic missions and encourage collaboration among researchers and clinicians. It is now home to Winthrop’s cutting-edge research programs as the Hospital tackles obesity, diabetes and other pressing public health issues head on.
Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of Winthrop's new Research and Academic Center were (l.-r.) Angelo Ferrara, Town of North Hempstead Councilman; Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor; Paul Cusato, Village of Mineola Trustee; Scott Strauss, Mayor of Mineola; Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop; Joseph Galante, New York State Assistant Comptroller; John Watras, Mayor of Garden City; John F. Collins,?commemorate the Health professional students recently participated in an Interprofessional Education Program hosted at the Research and Academic Center. President and CEO of Winthrop; Kemp Hannon, New York State Senator; Dennis Walsh, Village of Mineola Trustee; Laura Schaffer, Nassau County Legislator; Paul Pereira, Village of Mineola Trustee; George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller; Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, Nassau County Department of Health Commissioner.
“The construction of this facility signifies a major step in the fulfillment of a vision of making Winthrop a fully-integrated campus featuring interconnected research, academic and clinical facilities, all here in this very building,” said Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop. “We are so glad to be here cele- brating this momentous and unforgettable occasion in Winthrop’s history, as we know the future of this cutting-edge facility is promising and bright.”
Winthrop employee Melanie ReDavid views her name engraved in the Employee Recognition Gallery. Health professional students recently participated in an Interprofessional Education Program hosted at the Research and Academic Center.
The Research and Academic Center involves a $25 million Gateway to New Discoveries Campaign to raise private funds from the community, donors, Hospital physicians, staff, Senior Administration and other friends of Winthrop. It is the first- ever large-scale capital campaign of its kind at Winthrop and to date, the project has garnered $22 million in support.
Adding to the celebrations, on March 9, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the Employee Recognition Gallery – glass panels that feature the names of the more than 600 Winthrop employees who contributed to the Center through the Hospital Staff Campaign, which generated an impressive nearly $1 million in support. This milestone was assisted by the generous support of longtime Board of Directors member and supporter Ronald McGlynn, who gave the employee effort a boost by making matching gifts to the Hospital for those made to the Hospital Staff Campaign. Winthrop physicians also ontributed nearly $5 million to the project.
The Center, which was designed by Perkins Eastman and built by Lend Lease, is now fully operational. Highlights of the building include the Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology Suite; an expanded, state-of- the-art Simulation Center; classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus; a new Clinical Trials Center; and highly sustainable design features, such as a green roof and water retention and treatment system; and a layout that encourages the use of stairs to promote exercise. A fourth floor entirely dedicated to future bench research provides wet laboratory space, laboratory support functions and an administrative area for staff conducting both basic and clinical research, with a major focus on translating findings from the lab into clinical treatments.
Winthrop staff, board members, donors and members of the community joined in the new Treiber Family Conference Center.
“Not only is the building a tool that we researchers will use, as it provides cutting- edge labs and facilities for clinical research, the new Research and Academic Center is the embodiment of the spirit of Winthrop,” said Alan Jacobson, MD, Chief Research Officer at Winthrop and Director of the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Research Center. “It is a center of clinical excellence grounded in our community, a center of education and training, and a leader in research that makes a difference.”
Guests mingled at the opening reception of the Research and Academic Center.
to celebrate the opening of the new Research and Academic Center.
“The Research and Academic Center building prominently reflects Winthrop’s commitment to Long Island,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop. “Medical students and residents observe a deep respect for the scholarly environment and a multi- disciplinary team approach to managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. It’s more than just a building – what’s happening inside the Center takes us to a broader platform and reinforces Winthrop’s position as a regional leader.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate Employee Recognition Gallery on March 9