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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"Precious Purls" project was established by two Winthrop Auxilians, who work with Garden City Stitches, Inc., Garden City, and a group of volunteer knitters, to handcraft colorful baby items for the newborns in Winthrop's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. L-R are Auxiliary President Judy Soba; Katherine Dieterich, owner of Garden City Stitches, Inc.; Auxilian Nancy Peretz, Co-Founder of "Precious Purls;" Sally Breslin, RNC, Nurse Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Auxilian and Co-Founder Mary Ann Edwards; and Roxanne Oellrich, RNC, CNS, MS, Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Total commitment and dedication to Winthrop and its programs define the Winthrop Auxiliary, now under the leadership of Mrs. Judy Soba. The Auxiliary's activities are principally targeted toward fundraising, to meet the organization's pledge of $2.5 million for Winthrop's New Life Center, the 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art addition to the existing Labor and Delivery Wing.

Just prior to the Holiday Season of 1997, the TWIGS - the Auxiliary's special events/fundraising arm, with more than 158 members - held the perennially popular Golden Goose Gala, raising $55,000. A gift to both the Hospital and the community, the Gala included holiday shopping at the Garden City Casino; an elegant Candlelight House Tour - a visit to local upscale, seasonally decorated homes, which attracted 900 participants; a festive cocktail party; holiday shopping; a gourmet luncheon, featuring the culinary contributions of many local restaurants and caterers; and raffles for exciting prizes, including a two-night stay at the exclusive Canyon Ranch Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The Auxilians' annual Christmas ornament sale and "Tree of Honor" fundraiser were loyally supported by Winthrop's employees and visitors, yielding more than $2,200.

The "Precious Purls-1998" Knitting Project, which "kicked off" on Superbowl Sunday, January 25, 1998, teams the Auxilians and their Knitting Circle with Garden City Stitches, Inc., a local shop owned by Katherine Dieterich, which provides free knitting lessons and materials to the "Precious Purls" group. Initiated by Auxilians Mary Ann Edwards and Nancy Peretz, both of Garden City, the "Precious Purls" knitters have already handcrafted more than 1,041 tiny blankets and caps for the newborns in Winthrop's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The TWIGS also presented its magnificent 20th annual daylong Doll House and Miniature Show and Sale on March 7, l998 at Winthrop's Conference Center, which featured a cornucopia of vendors selling collector items. Hobbyists, parents, children, and many sectors of the public have enjoyed the Show throughout the past two decades.

Plans are underway for the Auxiliary's 38th Annual Shirley Weber Art Show, to open with grandeur on April 5, 1998 with a Cocktail Reception, Preview, and Sale. The public is encouraged to support this unique exhibit, which showcases the original works of local artists, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as pastels, graphics, and mixed media pieces. Admission is free for public browsing and purchasing from April 6 - 9, 1998.

The Auxilians' plans for the Spring include an April 30, 1998 Fingertip Luncheon and Card Party at the Garden City Community Church, followed with their 74th Annual Meeting on May 5, 1998.

For information about the Auxiliary and the TWIGS, please call 516/746-5189. Would you like to become a Hospital Volunteer? Just call Winthrop's Department of Volunteer Services at 516/663-2391.

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