Vol. 8 No. 1
March 1998

Insuring Quality Community Healthcare

Winthrop's Advance Directive Initiative

The Winthrop South Nassau University Health System Opens Homecare*America Superstore in Mineola

Winthrop Welcomes Three New Directors

Winthrop Opens a Second, Fully Monitored Neurosurgical Intermediate Care Unit

Winthrop's $12 Million New Life Center is on Track for July, l998

Winthrop's Long Island Regional Poison Control Center Observes Fifth Anniversary of Averting Danger, Saving Lives

Patient Unit is Dedicated to the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Long Island's First Dual Chamber Defibrillator is Implanted in Winthrop's Electrophysiology Lab

Report from The Heart Institute at Winthrop: Third Cardiac Catheterization Lab is Authorized by State Department of Health

Winthrop's Artificial Heart Device Program: A Revolutionary Treatment for End-Stage Heart Disease Patients

Winthrop's Dialysis Centers Receive National Award for Patient Encouragement - One of Only Six Programs in the United States to be Recognized

Endoscopic Ultrasound: On The Forefront of Technology

Long Island Chapter of Impotents Anonymous Meets at Winthrop, Filling an Intimate Need ---Confidentially

Winthrop's Stem Cell Autologous Transplantation Therapy Program Saves a Life - And Can Save More!

Winthrop Adds Powerful New Radiological Intervention

Winthrop Auxilians Donate Service, Talent, and Creative Fundraising

Winthrop's Division of Reproductive Medicine Makes Parenthood Possible

Dialysis is technology...but caring is an art.

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Winthrop Opens Bethpage Outpatient Dialysis Satellite Unit, Adding 12 New Dialysis Stations

Photo byb Gil Amiaga, Archetectural Photography

Exemplary Practices Award in Renal Rehabilitation
Twenty-eight years ago, Winthrop established the first chronic outpatient dialysis center on Long Island, and has since continued as a leader in the provision of this essential, lifesaving procedure. For those with chronic kidney disease, dialysis must be repeated as often as three days a week, requiring four to six hours per treatment.

At Winthrop's 35-station Dialysis Center in Mineola, patients watch television, read, and chat during dialysis, but the therapy unavoidably interrupts lifestyles and family responsibilities. In most cases, unless a kidney transplant becomes available, dialysis must continue for the duration of the patient's life.

Some patients wonder: do I dialyze to live, or live to dialyze? Am I living or just surviving? Much depends upon the patient's attitude toward the disease, treatment, and the cumbersome constraints it places upon freedom and mobility. The patient's self-image is greatly influenced by the encouragement received from family, friends, and healthcare providers.

Encouragement is needed in vast quantities to live with reasonable success within the confines imposed by chronic kidney disease. At Winthrop, the Dialysis Center's staff inspires and heartens their patients daily with courage, spirit, and hope, helping them to live as fully as possible, despite the many hours consumed by dialysis.

The excellence of Winthrop's Dialysis Center was recently recognized nationally with the presentation of the Exemplary Practice Award for "Encouragement" by the Life Options Rehabilitation Council. Only six programs throughout the nation were similarly awarded, and Winthrop is the only hospital in the New York metropolitan region to receive this accolade. Each of the six categories awarded begin with the letter "E" - Excellence, Education, Employment, Encouragement, Evaluation, and Exercise. Winners received an educational stipend, a commendatory plaque, and publicity in the Council's "Life Options" literature.

Winning the Exemplary Practice Award of the Life Options Rehabilitation Council in the category of "Encouragement" places Winthrop in highly regarded company - nationally.

Interior of Winthrop's Bethpage Satellite.

The Winthrop Dialysis Center at Bethpage
Due to the demand for Winthrop's outpatient dialysis services all over Long Island, Winthrop recently opened a 12-station Satellite, serving central Nassau County with contemporary outpatient dialysis services at 530 Hicksville Road, Bethpage.

The new Center provides a convenient, superior quality service, and reduces commutation for some patients. Staffed with highly qualified Nephrology Nurses, Winthrop's new Dialysis Center at Beth-page exemplifies and extends Winthrop's proud tradition of providing excellent, individualized dialysis, complete with personalized counseling, care, and encouragement, 24 hours per day - everyday.

For further information, call the Winthrop Dialysis Center at Mineola, at 516/747-9480, or at Bethpage, at 516/663-4980.

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