- The Stony Brook University
Hospital Auxiliary has donated $250,000 to Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital. Presented during the Auxiliary's annual luncheon, held at Lombardi
's on the Sound in Port Jefferson, the gift will be matched by an anonymous donor and therefore total $500,000.
Stony Brook Children's provides patients with state-of-the-art technology and world-class specialty physicians, nurses and researchers. It serves the needs of the children of Suffolk County as a community hospital for local residents, a tertiary hospital for complex, chronic or congenital conditions, and a safety net hospital for those who are underinsured or uninsured.
"The Hospital Auxiliary felt that this gift would contribute greatly to the remarkable capabilities and expertise of Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital in caring for the many children who need a supportive and comforting environment," says Caroline Gassner Levine
, Past President, Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary. "It is also gratifying to know that this gift will benefit some of the youngest among us and that it will be matched."
"We are thrilled to have received this generous gift from the Hospital Auxiliary for Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital," says Steven L. Strongwater
, M.D., CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital. "The donation will help us to continue the expansion and enhancement of our Children's clinical services, which are crucial to the needs of our population."
"This donation from the Hospital Auxiliary will contribute to allowing us to realize our goal of building a state-of-the-art Children's Hospital that will offer a family centered healing environment for our region," adds Margaret McGovern
, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital.
The result of Hospital Auxiliary efforts during Levine's presidential tenure, the donation comes at a time when Stony Brook University Medical Center is responding to an increasing national trend within pediatric medicine in the severity of childhood illness, prevalence of chronic conditions and survivorship of care.
About Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital
Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital is Suffolk County's only children's hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children's operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 100 full time pediatric physicians and surgeons and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members in 30 different specialties. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.