The Winthrop Legacy: People That Made a Difference in Our Community

Vol. 13, No. 2
July, 2003

  • The Winthrop Legacy: People That Made a Difference in Our Community

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Cardiac Team One of First on L.I. to Use Drug-Coated Stent During Surgery

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Announces Anti-Slime Compound Could Be Used on Space Station

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Physicians Perform Groundbreaking New Procedure to Decrease Recurrance of Coronary Artery Blockages

  • Winthrop Puts Golfers in The Swing of Things

  • Garden City High School Seniors 'Pay it Forward' for Patients at Winthrop-University Hospital

  • Winthrop's Pediatric Task Force Leads Fundraising Initiative for New Pediatric Inpatient Center

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Helps Seniors Sort Out Mysteries of Medication

  • Winthrop-University Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon Performs New, Small Incision Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Procedure

  • Winthrop-University Hospital's 2nd Hispanic Health Fair Successfully Reaches Out to Hundreds in Community

  • Winthrop-South Nassau University Health System Joins New York's Largest Healthcare System

  • Golden Goose Gala Visits The Roaring 20s - Save the Date - November 15, 2003!

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  • "Vision," declared Jonathan Swift, "is the art of seeing things invisible."

    President Woodrow Wilson once said, "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

    An increasing number of former patients or friends from all over Long Island and from retirement communities across the country have provided for Winthrop-University Hospital in their estates. A combination of vision, compassion, appreciation and will to support the best and most effective treatment and diagnostic approaches, advanced technology and updated facilities, are what inspires and motivates Winthrop's many friends to name the Hospital as a beneficiary in their estate plans.

    The extraordinary lives of people like Robert Winthrop, Marie Pritchard, Warren Galli and Dorothy Hoag are examples of Winthrop's legacy, and their foresight continues to touch and inspire new generations of hospital benefactors, even after their death.

    For over a half century, Robert Winthrop made significant annual contributions to the Hospital. Winthrop Pavilion was named in appreciation of his benevolence and service to the Hospital that was then called Nassau Hospital. In the early 1950s, his vision and leadership on the Board of Directors led to the construction of the Gardner Pavilion, which opened in 1954. In 1985, the hospital was renamed Winthrop-University Hospital in honor of his substantial personal donations of time and financial resources. Even after Mr. Winthrop's death, his legacy continues. He was an astute, successful businessman and also a patient. He truly loved the Hospital and he left millions of dollars in his estate to help guarantee its future. Although he had tremendous resources at his disposal-including many experienced financial planners-he chose the most direct approach to support his Hospital...he named Winthrop in his will.

    A fifty-year resident of Garden City, Marie Pritchard held a lifelong commitment to educating children. Mrs. Pritchard was proud of the fact that she taught mathematics to generations of children in the Queens, New York school system until her retirement over 40 years ago. She was also proud of Winthrop Hospital, and she considered it an exceptional place of healing. Mrs. Pritchard and her husband utilized Winthrop-University Hospital throughout their lifetimes and were in awe of Winthrop's growth over the years, and the extraordinary care their family and neighbors received. She lived simply and contributed to the Hospital for 20 years, all beginning with a $100 donation in 1980 in response to a direct mail solicitation. Mrs. Pritchard continued to demonstrate her charitable nature throughout the years. Even after her retirement until her death at 102, she continued her interest in the innovative and progressive developments at the Hospital. Mrs. Pritchard left Winthrop her home and a direct bequest in her will totaling more than $1,000,000. "Mrs. Pritchard lived more than a century, and she saw Winthrop Hospital grow up," related John P. Broder, a friend and Vice President-External Affairs & Development at Winthrop. "In her own way, she wanted to help guarantee the Hospital's future because she knew what it meant to the well-being of the community."

    A man of vision who saw beyond reality through art and poetry, Warren Galli was exceedingly generous to Winthrop. He made it clear for many years that Winthrop and the residents of the communities it serves would someday benefit from his help. A committed friend, Mr. Galli often visited Winthrop, not as a patient, but to learn about the institution behind-the-scenes. Upon his death, Mr. Galli upheld his tradition of giving by leaving a significant part of his estate, including his home, to Winthrop-thus assuring that his Hospital and community would continually benefit...even after his death. Consistent with a single, simple request he made in his will, a memorial plaque was placed in the emergency room to honor Mr. Galli's late parents George and Lillian, to whom he was devoted, to recognize the exceptional care they received as patients at Winthrop over the years.

    Dorothy B. Hoag, who moved to Garden City as a young child, was a long-time devoted friend and benefactor. She financially supported and also volunteered her time at the Hospital for many years. Mrs. Hoag knew the hospital well, and was very sensitive to the spirit of healing and compassionate care that was so much a part of the institution. She translated this sensitivity into her financial support of pastoral care, and endowed a meditation room in the Hospital to provide a place of solace and comfort for patients and their families. So, naming Winthrop the primary beneficiary of her estate was no surprise to her many friends at the hospital and in the community. Because of her great sensitivity and understanding of Winthrop's growth potential, the Hoag Pavilion was dedicated in her name in 1981. This $13 million pavilion marked a major advance in Nassau Hospital's delivery of specialized critical care with the construction of its first six-story building. The Hoag Pavilion stands not only as a testimony to this person's willingness to give of herself, but also to the healing, comforting and ministry that takes place within its walls.

    Many of the Hospital's most avid and consistent donors have mentioned in correspondence and conversation that they would like to provide larger donations during their lifetime. Because their financial resources will not allow them to make significant dollar contributions due to personal financial needs, bequests are the most realistic way for them to make a significant donation to the hospital at sometime in the future. Over the past century, hundreds of individuals, many of them of modest means, have utilized their wills to provide meaningful legacies to ensure our community's healthcare through Winthrop-University Hospital.

    "We have seen many of our Hospital's friends use a variety of estate planning instruments such as Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts, to provide tax benefits to themselves and their families, while at the same time fulfill their intentions to support Winthrop," said Mr. Broder. "Yet by far, the majority of our benefactors who have included the Hospital in their estate plans have named Winthrop in their wills," added Mr. Broder.

    "We formed the Guardian Society as a way to recognize individuals who have informed Winthrop that they have included the Hospital in their estate plans through a will, trust, life-income gift, or other planned gift -- thus making a commitment to the Hospital's future strength and vitality," said Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop's President and CEO. Named "Guardians of the Future", the Society was formed to recognize individuals whose benevolence will assist Winthrop's staff in making medical miracles in the years to come. Mr. Walsh continued, "Thanks to the foresight of generations of hospital benefactors, Winthrop has grown into the welcoming and world-class institution it is today."

    "Everyone can help, regardless of personal wealth. Every gift given during a person's lifetime or after their death has an impact somewhere in the Hospital," said Mr. Broder. "While the primary motivator continues to be gratitude for the care Winthrop provided to the patient or member of his or her family, often Winthrop is named a beneficiary in an estate simply because the donor wants to help ensure Winthrop's future as a highly regarded healthcare provider in the Long Island community. Mr. Broder added, "And it appears our friends have helped guarantee that legacy; Winthrop has served Long Islanders for over 107 years."

    By remembering the hospital in your estate plan, you can ensure Winthrop's growth and prosperity for the benefit of the community. A quote by G. T. Smith states, "Donors do not give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe." Consider your legacy as an investment in the enrichment of life, and as a way of guaranteeing care without compromise provided by truly dedicated individuals in a most compassionate environment for future generations.

    For information on how you can include Winthrop-University Hospital in your estate plan and become a member of The Guardian Society, call John Broder, Vice President - External Affairs and Development, at (516) 663-2706. Or write to him at Winthrop-University Hospital, 286 Old Country Road, 2nd floor, Mineola, New York 11501, or

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