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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2010
Contact: John P. Broder
Vice President-External Affairs
516-663-2234

PHILIP RAGNO, MD, WINTHROP’S DIRECTOR OF CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH & WELLNESS, HONORED

Philip Ragno, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Health & Wellness at Winthrop-University Hospital and President of Island Cardiac Specialists, was honored at the First Annual Ronald Javian Golf Outing. The event was sponsored by Harboring Hearts Housing on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Brookville Country Club in Brookville, NY.

Created in memory of Ronald Javian, who suffered from a long history of heart disease, Harboring Hearts Housing is dedicated to providing cardiac patients, their family and caregivers with affordable, temporary housing in a supportive, nurturing environment. Money raised through the event will help the organization develop much needed housing facilities, which serve low income heart patients and their families during operative treatments.

A lively day of golf was followed by a silent auction and dinner reception, where Dr. Ragno was recognized for his commitment to the prevention and treatment of heart disease, and for the compassionate care he provided to Ronald Javian. In addition to being doctor and patient, the two men were close friends who spent many days golfing and traveling together.

“Dr. Ragno is committed to providing excellent cardiac care. My family is forever grateful for his skills and compassion, and we are honored to recognize him at this year’s event,” said Michelle Javian, Ronald Javian’s daughter and co-founder of Harboring Hearts Housing.

“It is often the physicians that receive the most accolades. However, as a physician I benefit from several layers of support – I am blessed to work with an exceptional staff both in the office and at Winthrop-University Hospital. Yet we seldom acknowledge the immense sacrifices made by patients’ families, who often neglect their own needs for the sake of a loved one,” said Dr. Ragno. “This frequently results in a significant financial hardship, especially when families are forced to temporarily relocate. Because individuals with strong social networks have better clinical outcomes, it behooves us as a society to support organizations such as Harboring Hearts Housing that afford patients the ability to be surrounded by the ones that they love.”

For more information about Harboring Hearts Housing, visit www.harboringhearts.org. For more information about cardiac services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

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