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CornerStone Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2015
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Winthrop's Medically Supervised Weight Management Program Helps Local Residents
Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
In Memoriam
College-bound Student Athlete Finds Relief from Sinusitis
New Research and Academic Center Celebrates Grand Opening
Winthrop Recognized by U.S. News & World Report for Outstanding Pediatric Care
New Drugs, New Hope for Patients Facing Lung Cancer
Winthrop Earns Designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the ACR
New Equipment Enhances Care for Pediatric Airway Emergencies
Grateful Family Gives Back to NICU
The Kornreich Family Makes Donation in Honor of Young Patient
A Leader in Research
Sports Medicine Program Gives Back to the Community with Student Athlete Scholarships
Long Island's First and Only Baby-Friendly Hospital
Celebration of the Theresa M. Santmann Biomedical Research Laboratory Signals Final Stage of the Opening of the Research and Academic Center
A Bite of Hope for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
The Starlight Foundation Delivers Tablets to Pediatric Inpatient Center
Winthrop Partners With Local Boy Scout to Provide Vital Resource to the Mineola Community
Once Again, Winthrop Earns Designation As NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
Ninth Annual Black & White Ball Raises More Than $300,000 for Winthrop's CCFK
Spirit of Children Brings the Spirit of Philanthropy to Cancer Center for Kids
A Lap Goes a Long Way for Child Life at Winthrop
Verizon Foundation Helps Give Patients and Their Families Peace of Mind
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Continued Support
The Book Fairies Make a Special Delivery
A Cause to Celebrate Raises Nearly $120,000 for Winthrop's Child Life Program
An Evening in Tuscany - Gala Raises Over $950,000 for Winthrop
30th Anniversary Golf Tournament Raises $650,000 for Winthrop's Research Programs
Ask the Expert - Women's Health: Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders
Glen Oaks Country Club Shows Continued Support for Winthrop
Senator Jack M. Martins Delivers Toys to Young Patients
New York Islanders Bring Cheer to Young Patients
An Early Mother's Day at Winthrop
The Irish American Golf Club Makes Donation in Honor of Former Captain
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $216,000 for Child Life Program
 

Grateful Family Gives Back to NICU

Recently, the Simmons Family visited Winthrop to present the proceeds from their fundraiser to benefit the Hospital's NICU and Perinatal Bereavement Team. Pictured (l.-r.) are Nazeeh Hanna, MD, Chief of Neonatology; Sean, Chrissy and Sabrina Simmons; Mariellen Cain, RN; and Peggy Murphy, RN, Nurse Manager of the NICU.

Life – it can be filled with unexpected trials and astounding miracles. Yet those who are touched by both circumstances simultaneously, and then use their experiences to benefit others, are few and far between. Chrissy Simmons and her husband, Sean, are examples of such people.

When they welcomed beautiful twins Peter William and Sabrina Marie-Claire at Winthrop on August 5, 2012, the Simmons’ lives were forever changed. The twins were 16 weeks premature and despite every effort of the Hospital’s NICU team to save him, Peter did not survive.

Suddenly, the new parents were faced with incredible challenges as they witnessed their daughter fighting for her life while grieving the loss of their newborn son. Winthrop’s Perinatal Bereavement Team stepped in to help the family cope and 138 long and challenging days later, Chrissy and Sean left Winthrop with a thriving 5 lb. 3 oz. Sabrina (who had weighed just 1 lb. 1 oz. at birth) in their arms.

“It is because of the staff in the NICU that we are able to enjoy Sabrina’s smiling face every day,” said Mrs. Simmons. “It is truly amazing how one little girl can change your entire world.”

Eternally grateful for the cherished life that brings them so much joy, and wanting to pay honor to the memory of their son, Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Simmons wanted to
do something special to give back to the Hospital that helped them through the most challenging time of their lives. With that in mind, the family conceptualized an idea for a fundraiser to benefit Winthrop’s NICU.

Over 300 people gathered at the October event, which was held at the Coral House during Infant Child Death Awareness Month. Surrounded by staff from Winthrop, friends, family and colleagues, Mr. and Mrs. Simmons were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for their efforts. In fact, the event was so successful that it helped raise over $21,000 for Winthrop’s NICU.

“We can’t put into words what Winthrop’s NICU has done for us,” said Mrs. Simmons recently. “It is our hope that money from this fundraiser will help other families with sick babies and let them know that they are not alone.”

“Sean and Chrissy have become a part of a family that they didn’t know existed - the NICU family,” said Mariellen Cain, RN, a NICU nurse who played an instru- mental role in their children’s care. “They have told us on so many occasions how thankful they are to have had us, but we are the lucky ones for having met them. What they are doing to help support future fami- lies who will face the same struggles is just another example of their good nature and selflessness, and we thank them for their generosity and kindness.”