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An Evening of Reflection

A touching and inspiring celebration of life, Winthrop’s 14th Annual Cancer Survivors Day was attended in June by more than 400 cancer survivors, their loved ones and Winthrop staff. Held at the Chateau Briand in Westbury, the uplifting event gathered all in a spirit of hope, camaraderie and encouragement.


Guest speaker Patrick Boland inspired the audience with his heartwarming message to “live in the moment.”
“Each year, our list of survivors grows longer,” said Garry Schwall, Chief Operating Officer at Winthrop. “Thanks to early detection, advances in treatment and the skill of our team, we see survival rates improving year after year.”

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. The annual celebration applauds the resilience of the human spirit, as well as recognizes the significant strides made in the fight against cancer.

“This day gives us an opportunity to meet with patients, family and caregivers on a more personal level,” said keynote speaker Alexander Hindenburg, MD, Attending Physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. “Even though we are called ‘providers,’ we are also human and have emotions. We are happy when our patients thrive and grieve when our patients decline. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect on our individual and collective blessings, and to appreciate and celebrate the bravery of our patients, their families and caregivers.”


All those in attendance were touched by guest speaker Patrick Boland*, a longtime patient of Oncology, who inspired the audience with his heartwarming message to “live in the moment.” Mr. Boland shared the gallant story of his steadfast journey, focusing on the love and support he received from his family and friends. He also praised the care he received from Winthrop staff, especially those whom he encountered when he was hospitalized on the Oncology unit, Hoag One.

The celebration at the Chateau Briand included dinner and dancing, as well as the opportunity to win raffle prizes. Winthrop also held an educational Cancer Survivors Workshop at the end of June, addressing “New Approaches to Tumor Therapy” and “Dealing with the Practical Issues of Employment While Undergoing Treatment.”


(L.-R.) Mary O’Keeffe, MD; Hema Rai, MD; Anne Boland; Alexander Hindenburg, MD, Attending Physician in the Division of Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop; Patrick Boland; and Justin Markow, MD.

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the Hospital’s Breast Health Center is accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

For further information on worldclass cancer services at Winthrop, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP.

*The entire Oncology Team at Winthrop-University Hospital is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and patient, Patrick Boland. Mr. Boland’s extraordinary courage and strength will not soon be forgotten by all those at Winthrop whose lives he touched.

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Winthrop Recognized for Quality Cancer Care


Winthrop-University Hospital’s cancer care services have become the first and only hematology/oncology team on Long Island to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology/oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
Vol. 22, No. 2
Summer 2012

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