Perhaps you have passed Glen Cove Hospital in the past week and seen the new sign proclaiming the facility "Glen Cove Hospital, The Mildred and Frank Feinberg Campus" and wondered about the change.
At a recent dedication ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Feinberg of Locust Valley were honored by the hospital for their generous donation of $16 million, which will be used to renovate and expand the hospital's critical care units.
From left are Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi; Dennis Connors, executive director, Glen Cove Hospital; Michael Dowling, North Shore-LIJ president and CEO; Mildred and Frank Feinberg; and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Photo by Hillel Dlugacz.
The Feinbergs were honored at a special ceremony and reception that included Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System, North Shore-LIJ Trustee Saul Katz of Glen Cove, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, who presented the couple with a proclamation from the county.
In his statement, Mr. Suozzi remarked that Mr. Feinberg refers to his being born with a "lucky star." The county executive told Mr. Feinberg, "You can't just credit luck. As my grandfather used to say, 'The harder I work, the luckier I get.'"
Also present and speaking was Gary Head, a Glen Cove resident and former stroke patient at Glen Cove Hospital, who praised the care he received and thanked the nursing staff and others who attended him. "I came in here unable to walk, talk or swallow," he said, "and thanks to the entire staff here, I left walking. In fact, I recently was pitching to my son in the backyard and he hit a pitch and broke his first window. After I had my stroke, I never thought I could be a part of that."
As he walked to the podium to speak, Mr. Feinberg, a wine importer and distributor by trade, received a standing ovation from a packed room of family, friends and hospital personnel. He likened this undertaking to the wine business, saying, "In the wine trade, the culmination of your work is when you taste the wine that has been nurtured for a long time." He said that while one would think it is easy to find a cause worthy of a donation, he learned that finding the right cause was one of the hardest jobs he had encountered. Mr. Feinberg credits his relationship with the hospital in part to Kevin Dwyer of the North Shore LIJ Foundation. "I tell my salesmen that if they want to make the sale, they should make 10 calls to the prospect. I received 30 calls from Kevin, which I found remarkable."
Mr. Feinberg continued, "It is our great joy to know that generations of families will be taken care of in the new, world-class critical care units at Glen Cove Hospital. We are humbled to follow in the footsteps of so many individuals who have preceded us with their generosity and leadership." He specifically cited Mr. and Mrs. Peter O. Crisp and Elsie Wunsch for the generous donations they have contributed to the hospital over the years. The Crisp's benefaction allowed the emergency room services to be improved to state-of-the-art and Ms. Wunsch's magnanimity led to the Wunsch Center for Rehabilitative Therapies, which combines the most advanced physical therapy services in a spa-like setting. Ms. Wunsch was at the dedication, but the Crisps were not able to attend.
The three critical care units to be renovated include intensive care, coronary care and telemetry. These areas serve as the medical infrastructure of the hospital and are vitally important to patients who have had complex surgeries, or for those who are medically unstable and need stabilizing and monitoring, often in life-threatening situations.
Originally built in the 1970s and 1980s, the critical care units are housed on the hospital's second and third floors. Under the new design, the units will be updated with the latest technologies. Additionally, the new units will offer patients and family members more comfort and privacy. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and will increase the unit's space to 16,475 square feet, a 40 percent expansion.
"North Shore-LIJ doctors and nurses always strive to deliver the highest quality of care possible, but to maintain our high standards, it's vital that we invest in new technologies and infrastructure," said Mr. Dowling. "We are indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Feinberg for their generosity, which will allow Glen Cove Hospital to build a modern, high-tech facility for patients in need of critical care services."
Dennis Connors said, "The hospital has had plans on the drawing board for years to build new critical care units. The Feinbergs' generosity has made this dream a reality and the community will benefit for years to come."