| Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop-University Hospital, (above) and John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO, (below) proudly sign their names to the final structural beam for Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center. Winthrop’s Chief Academic Officer, John Aloia, MD, (left) with Winthrop board member John Treiber, President of the Treiber Group, who has been among the major supporters of this project.
Winthrop has built itself upon three cornerstones – providing the highest quality medical care to its patients, working at the forefront of groundbreaking medical research and being a leader in the academic training of clinicians.
With its deep commitment to shaping the future of healthcare by improving and solving major public health problems, a major milestone in Winthrop’s history was marked at a Topping Out Ceremony on September 9 to commemorate the placement of the final structural beam of the Hospital’s new $80 million dollar, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. All those present – including members of Winthrop’s Senior Administration, Board of Directors, donors, elected officials, ironworkers from Local No. 361 and operating engineers from Local No. 138 – had an opportunity to sign the beam before it was hoisted into position high above the street.
The facility, which was designed by Perkins Eastman and is being constructed by Lend Lease at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola, will not only further Winthrop’s mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to Long Island, but will enhance the economic vitality of the entire region.
“The new Research and Academic Center will become an epicenter of wellness care, research and medical study for Nassau County and the region as Winthrop takes on the tough job of confronting how personal habits, nutrition and the destructive forces of obesity are threatening our future and driving up the costs of healthcare,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital.
“The ceremony was a testament to 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. “It reinforces Winthrop’s position as the regional leader in diabetes and obesity.”
The new Research and Academic Center will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
The facility will also house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of its role as a Clinical Campus of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. Space will be devoted to classrooms for students, medical training facilities and a simulation lab, which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. It will also include a 350-seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students and a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the Hospital.
Elected officials, donors, staff and other special friends of Winthrop gather at the Topping Out Ceremony.
Ironworkers from Local No. 361 secure the final structural beam for Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center into place.
The Research and Academic Center is expected to generate approximately 500 construction trade-related jobs and upon completion, an additional 45 permanent positions will be added. The Research and Academic Center has generated support and has been awarded many donations and grants, including a $1 million grant by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council to support its construction.
Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop, with Michael Ammazzalorso, MD, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer.
“New York’s educational institutions and healthcare centers, like Winthrop-University Hospital, are crucial economic drivers. This project is a first-class job creator that will help support healthy communities and a healthy economy on Long Island,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
“The motivation behind this Research and Academic Center for Winthrop is that people will now have a place on Long Island that not only continues to provide outstanding clinical care, but also the promise of research as well,” said Ms. Peragallo-Dittko. “What research offers people is hope — and that is the driving force.”
Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center is expected to be completed in late 2014.
For more information about Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center or ways to donate, visit http://research.yourhealthmeanseverything.com/ give or call 1-866-WINTHROP.