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Winthrop Honors Physician with the Dedication of the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center

In recognition of a physician's extraordinary benevolence and to honor him for his 47 years of service as part of the institution's world-class medical staff, Winthrop-University Hospital has rededicated and renamed its New Life Conference Center to the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center.

The passion of Dr. Spatz's professional life was Winthrop (then known as Nassau Hospital when Dr. Spatz first joined the Medical Staff in 1947). In many ways, the late Dr. Spatz was a pioneer in the practice of medicine/surgery, especially urology, serving as Chief of the Division of Urology and Acting Chairman of the Department of Urology for 23 years. At his retirement dinner on August 31, 1994, Dr. Spatz remarked, "…I have seen the Hospital grow from a 250-bed purely community service Hospital…to a 600-bed University Campus Hospital – an academic institution – but still devoted to excellent community service. I continue to brag a little, especially today, that I am most happy to have been an active participant in this development…it has resulted from encouragement and guidance from a most devoted Urological staff, the cooperation of our Administration and the support of our Board of Directors."

Present at the dedication of the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center were Dr. Spatz's nieces Carol Price (left) and Kathy Pierce (right), along with (second from left to right) Joseph Greensher, MD, Vice Chairman of Winthrop's Department of Pediatrics, and the Hospital's Senior Physician Advisor, Leon Berg, long-time friend of Dr. Spatz, and John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop.

Dr. Spatz's dream was to have his name associated with this extraordinary institution in perpetuity, and as of October 5, 2010, his dream was fulfilled. What's more, in gratitude to Dr. Spatz for his pioneering efforts and exceptional dedication to medical education and excellence, the Board of Directors and senior Administration at Winthrop established the Martin Spatz, MD, Award for Medical Excellence. The inaugural award was presented to Dr. Spatz at the first annual Medical Staff Service Awards Dinner in 2002 and since then, this prestigious honor has been bestowed annually to a physician whose dedication and work has raised the standard of care at Winthrop.
Vol. 21, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2011

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