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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Attending the Groundbreaking Ceremony are, L-R: Auxiliary President Judy B. Soba; Dev Maulik, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Ob/Gyn; Martin J. Delaney, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System; The Hon.Richard J. Nicolello, Legislator, District 9, Nassau County Legislature; The Hon. John P. Colbert, Mayor of the Village of Mineola; The Hon. Thomas S. Gulotta, Nassau County Executive; Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., Winthrop Director and Chairman of the Hospital Board's Building and Grounds Committee; and Alfred H. Hicks, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Winthrop South Nassau University Health System, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Winthrop-University Hospital. Mr. Gulotta said: "Winthrop plays a vital role in healthcare delivery for the 1.3 million residents of Nassau County. The Department of Health and the Nassau County Legislature will support Winthrop in all we can do."
Winthrop's $12 Million New Life Center is on Track for July, l998

Last summer, Winthrop's old Auditorium on First Street, Mineola was demolished. The land was smoothed down, and important political officials and Hospital Board Members, donning hardhats, posed with shiny new shovels at a formal Ground-breaking Ceremony. Soon, workers using backhoes and tractors dug a big hole in the ground; a foundation took form during October; a steel frame was erected by November; and concrete was poured in December. As the first crisp, cold days of early l998 unfolded, an impressive new building was clearly taking shape on Winthrop's campus. What exactly is going on?

Winthrop is building The New Life Center - with 16 modern, technologically superior, and attractive Labor/Delivery/Recovery suites. Physically connected to the existing Maternity/Nursery Units, The New Life Center is projected to be completed in July, l998. Widely known for its high-risk obstetrics program, innovative neonatal intensive care program, and technologically advanced facilities, Winthrop is indisputably the hospital of choice for expectant parents from all over the metropolitan area. In response to an escalating number of deliveries - nearly 5,000 during l997 - the 15,000 square foot, $12 million state-of-the-art New Life Center is being constructed.

Eventually, the existing Labor and Delivery Unit will be converted to a specialized Obstetrics Suite, with examination rooms for the observation of high-risk patients in early labor and separate rooms for Cesarean section mothers.

Choice of Design
The Hospital's multidisciplinary New Life Center Planning Team worked closely with the designated architects - the Ritchie Organization of Massachusetts - to select a streamlined, current, cost-effective design to expand patient capacity, while maintaining Winthrop's quality service. The plans underway reflect the best fit.

To fully explore contemporary design concepts, Winthrop's planning team visited the birthing centers of prestigious East Coast hospitals and medical centers. Site visits included Tufts University-affiliated Bay State Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, with 7,000 deliveries per year, and Fairfax General Hospital, Virginia, which supports 9,500 - 10,000 births per year.

Dev Maulik, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Winthrop, observes that "Winthrop's standard of care has always been of the highest quality, and our patients have been, and are today, fully satisfied. Nonetheless, the obvious consequence of our dramatic growth in patient census is the need of more space. The New Life Center will support our current and future needs, while providing enhanced Nursery Units and upgraded educational facilities for Ob/Gyn Residents."

At the Groundbreaking Ceremony on July 24, 1997, Alfred H. Hicks explained: "Winthrop has one of the busiest birthing units on Long Island, and we have embarked upon the building of The New Life Center only after a long period of introspection and analysis of our needs, present and future. We have concluded that The New Life Center will carry us into the next century."

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