Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

Vol. 18, No. 1
Spring 2008

  • The CyberKnife Challenge: Shrinking Hard-to-treat Tumors

  • Cutting-Edge Procedure Saves Patient with Rare Heart Condition

  • Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

  • Long Islanders Breathe Easier

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Support Winthrop

  • Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

  • Winthrop & Healthtrax: Partners in Wellness

  • Winthrop Celebrates and Honors its Volunteers and Auxilians

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Nearly $170,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

  • Winthrop Volunteers Wrap Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds for Reach Out and Read Program

  • Evening of 'Tasting and Giving' Raises $55,000 for Winthrop's CCFK

  • Astoria Federal Funds Creation of Virtual Resource Center for Diabetes Education

  • Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope

  • Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

  • Toshiba Reps Travel from Tokyo to Tour CyberKnife Center

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Supports Survivors of Childhood Cancers

  • Citigroup Foundation Supports CCFK

  • Loads of Toys for Winthrop's Young Patients

  • NY Islanders Visit Pediatrics

  • Winthrop Gets the Gold for Excellence in Stroke Care

  • Winthrop Continues Flu Immunization Program for Seniors

  • Local Homemakers Create & Donate Surgical Dolls

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    The Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab at Winthrop is equipped with modern exercise equipment and advanced computerized monitoring technology.

    Russell Schiff, MD, Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop, and Laura Walsh, MA, exercise physiologist, monitor a patient's progress during a cardiovascular stress test.
    Young patients facing a range of cardiopulmonary conditions can breathe easier thanks to the help they will receive at the new Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab at Winthrop-University Hospital. The unique state-of-the-science laboratory, which opened in August and has since seen several hundred patients, was established by Heather and Jim McCormack of Huntington in memory of their daughter Carleigh.

    "The McCormack family has shown unwavering support for my endeavor to establish a cardiopulmonary lab at Winthrop," explained Russell Schiff, MD, Director of Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop. "What better way to memorialize their daughter then to establish a place that will touch the lives of countless young patients."

    A sophisticated exercise physiology resource, the Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab is equipped with modern exercise equipment, including a stationary exercise bicycle and treadmill, tailored to fit children's needs and keep them safe. In addition, the Lab is home to the most advanced computerized monitoring technology to provide important insight into the functioning of a child's heart and lungs.

    "The Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab is very unique because it provides comprehensive pulmonary and cardiac testing all in one setting," said Dr. Schiff.

    The Lab offers patients and their families a wide range of non-invasive testing options, each designed with a specific purpose. Among them are cardiovascular stress testing; cardiopulmonary stress testing; an exercise- induced asthma (EIA) challenge; and comprehensive pulmonary function testing to access lung function.

    During testing, a 12-lead electrocardiograph is attached to the child's chest and torso to monitor heart functioning. A flexible face mask may also be used to assess breathing and measure oxygen consumption. All tests are supervised by a physician, and all staff members are trained in CPR and pediatric advanced life support.

    "The tests are painless and fun," said Laura Walsh, MA, an exercise physiologist at Winthrop. "The child is asked to work to the best of his or her ability and can stop the test at any time."

    For more information on testing options available in Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab, please call (516) 663-4600.
    "It's been a blessing to be able to turn something negative into something positive for the benefit of young children."
    - Heather McCormack

    Heather and Jim McCormack first came in contact with Dr. Schiff when their baby girl Carleigh was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect more than 10 years ago. Since then, the McCormacks, along with the support of Heather's parents Patricia and Neil Nugent, have played an instrumental role in the creation of the new Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab at Winthrop.

    Support for the establishment of the Lab and Winthrop's pediatric cardiology programs has been made possible through generous donations from the annual Carleigh McCormack Fun Runs, organized by Susan Mitchell, Intramural Director at Nassau Community College (NCC) - where Mrs. Nugent was the former chairman of nursing and Mr. Nugent was a professor of business - and the Carleigh McCormack Foundation's annual golf outing, held each year at the Indian Hills Country Club in Fort Salonga, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Mike and Katherine Smith.

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