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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2011
Contact: Carolann Martines

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cmartines@winthrop.org


MICHAEL MAGRO FOUNDATION OPENS NEW WINDOW ON ADVANCED CARDIAC CARE FOR KIDS AT WINTHROP


Present at the dedication of the newly upgraded GE Vivid Q echo machine were (l.-r.) Gloria Petralia, Administrative Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Donna Better, MD, Director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory and Perinatal Cardiology at Winthrop; Terrie Magro, Co-Founder of The Michael Magro Foundation; Carlos Montoya, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop; Linda Sweeney, Practice Manager of the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop; and Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.
Mineola, NY – Dedicated to easing the burdens of children with serious illnesses and their families, the Michael Magro Foundation continues to demonstrate its extraordinary commitment to Winthrop-University Hospital and its pediatric patients. Recently, the Foundation awarded the Hospital a $25,000 grant to fund an upgraded software package for the GE Vivid Q echo machine, a state-of-the-art portable echocardiogram machine.

The advanced technology in the newly upgraded Vivid Q echocardiography equipment yields high quality information about the heart in superior detail and exceptional clarity. In addition, utilizing Automated Function Imaging, the machine can monitor the heart before, during and after chemotherapy, enabling physicians to establish a baseline for pediatric cancer patients, determine both the short- and long-term effects of treatment, and evaluate potential cardiac damage.

“The generosity of the Michael Magro Foundation allows our Division of Pediatric Cardiology to continue to be a leader in the field of pediatric medicine. This equipment benefits all our patients but is especially helpful to those who have been treated for cancer and may sustain future cardiac damage from anticancer drugs. We thank the Michael Magro Foundation for their continued support,” said Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.

“This highly developed technology enables us to detect cardiac issues sooner than later, and impacts dramatically on our children with cancer who may or may not experience latent effects from chemotherapy treatment,” explained Mark Weinblatt, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop and Director of Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK).

“The echo machine opens a new window to the heart for all our pediatric patients, from newborns to young adults,” added Carlos Montoya, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop. Winthrop’s Pediatric Echocardiography Lab currently performs over 2,500 echocardiograms per year in patients from unborn fetal patients to young adults with congenital or acquired cardiac disease.

This technology is just one more way that the Michael Magro Foundation is helping young patients and their families at Winthrop. Established by the Magro family in honor of Michael Magro, who passed away in July 2004 after a courageous battle with leukemia, the Michael Magro Foundation assists children who are undergoing medical treatment and their families.

Sharing Winthrop’s philosophy of minimizing anxiety for pediatric patients, the Foundation has underwritten a patient-friendly examining room at Winthrop’s CCFK; a custom sky-scape mural on the ceiling of the Pediatric Endoscopy Suite at Winthrop; several murals in the Winthrop Pediatric Specialty Center and the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center; and a jungle themed mural in one of the rooms within the Hospital’s dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit.

The Foundation also provides support and recreational respite to children being treated at Winthrop's CCFK and their families. The Foundation makes grants to families in hardship, and provides gift cards to local entertainment outlets that enable them to go out, relax, and escape from the rigors of treatment. In addition the Foundation’s unwavering support of the CCFK’s Project SOAR (School re-entry and Ongoing Academic Resources) – a back-to-school program that provides educational support and counseling to childhood cancer patients and their families, as well as to their educators and classmates – has been instrumental in assisting numerous CCFK patients over the years.

For more about the Foundation’s mission and programs, visit www.michaelmagrofoundation.com. For more information about Winthrop-University Hospital’s pediatric services, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

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