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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Wendy Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

(516) 663-2234


Mineola, NY – Thanks to an unprecedented $1 million gift from a Garden City family, Winthrop-University Hospital has created and dedicated the new Phyllis & Nathan J. Mistretta Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center in the Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Present at the dedication of the new Phyllis & Nathan J. Mistretta Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center at Winthrop-University Hospital were (l.-r.) John P. Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development at Winthrop; Barry Rosenthal, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Winthrop's Emergency Department; Phyllis & Nathan J. Mistretta; Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop, and Orlando Ortiz, MD, Chairman of Winthrop's Department of Radiology.
Mr. and Mrs. Mistretta recently visited the Emergency Department at Winthrop to see the fruits of their most magnanimous gift – a state-of-the-science 64-slice dual-head computed tomography (CT) scanner and the acquisition of additional digital imaging technology for the Hospital’s Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center. During their visit, Mr. and Mrs. Mistretta met with Orlando Ortiz, MD, Chairman of Winthrop’s Department of Radiology, and Barry Rosenthal, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Winthrop’s Emergency Department, and senior members of Hospital administration including Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop and John P. Broder, Vice President of External Affairs & Development at Winthrop.

“The addition of the new 64-slice CT scanner to our Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center is a tremendous asset as it provides us with another vital tool through which we can provide our emergency patients with fast and accurate diagnoses,” said Dr. Ortiz. “It combines matchless image quality with remarkable speed to quickly produce exquisitely detailed images of the body’s organs.”

“Patients who seek care in the Emergency Department need answers as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Rosenthal. “Having a new 64-slice CT scanner that is devoted exclusively to emergency diagnostics is enabling us to deliver almost immediate results to patients who may be suffering from stroke, heart conditions, or traumatic injuries.”

“That was our goal,” said Mr. Mistretta, after hearing the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the physicians. “My wife and I wanted to help reduce or eliminate the waiting time for families in crisis.”

This is not the first time that the Mistretta family has made a major contribution to emergency medical services at Winthrop. In October 2006, Winthrop named its dedicated emergency cardiac care facility the Mistretta Chest Pain Unit in acknowledgment of a major gift from the Mistretta family. The Chest Pain Unit provides a dedicated area where Winthrop physicians implement an innovative Accelerated Chest Pain Protocol and where patients who are experiencing chest pain can receive a comprehensive evaluation, appropriate testing and constant monitoring.

“We’ve been blessed in our lives,” said Phyllis Mistretta at the conclusion of their tour of the Phyllis & Nathan J. Mistretta Emergency Diagnostic Imaging Center at Winthrop, “and we just wanted to share our good fortune with others.”

In addition to the Chest Pain Unit and Diagnostic Imaging Center, Winthrop’s Emergency Department features a nine-bed Fast Track Unit for patients with possible broken bones, cuts that may require stitches, and other less emergent injuries, who are generally discharged after treatment. In addition, the Emergency Department includes a separate 10-bed family-friendly Pediatric Emergency Unit so that youngsters do not have to be exposed to the potential turmoil of the busy New York State-designated Regional Trauma Center.

For more information about Emergency Services at Winthrop, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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