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John F. Collins, president & CEO of Winthrop, gets help lighting the Hospital’s majestic Christmas Tree from pediatric patient Miah Campbell.

Pictured at Winthrop’s 26th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony were (l.-r.) Edward Travaglianti, Vice Chairman of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Board of Directors; Reverend Karen Jones, Director of Pastoral Care and Education at Winthrop-University Hospital; Donald Brudie, Mayor of Garden City; Maureen O’Connell, Nassau County Clerk; Richard Nicolello, Nassau County Legislator; Jaci Clement, Executive Director of the Fair Media Council; John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital; Palmira Cataliotti, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Winthrop; Maureen Clancy, Winthrop Board Member; Veronica Renken, Winthrop Board Member and President of the Winthrop Auxiliary; Garry J. Schwall, Winthrop’s Chief Operating Officer; and Jon Kaiman, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor.
Friends and neighbors of Winthrop-University Hospital, local officials, Hospital administration and staff gathered on November 30 to usher in the holiday season at Winthrop’s 26th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Attendees enjoyed a spectacular musical performance by the Mineola High School Concert Singers, who have become part of the Hospital’s great holiday tradition under the direction of Meg Messina. Also part of the evening’s festivities were remarks by John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President & CEO, and Edward Travaglianti, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop.

“The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony has been a long tradition at Winthrop that I am proud to continue,” Mr. Collins. “At Winthrop our trustees, medical staff and employees continue to devote their efforts to improving care for our patients, so that in your time of need you can rely on Winthrop to be at your side.”

As the countdown to the tree lighting began, a very special pediatric patient, Miah Campbell, had an important job – turning on the switch to illuminate the magnificent Christmas Tree. Following the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to enjoy an array of refreshments in the Hospital’s Main Lobby as the Mineola High School Concert Singers continued to spread holiday joy by singing in various areas of the Hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

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