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Extreme Makeover: Glen Cove Hospital’s Don Monti Cancer Center

Thanks to the generosity of two local families – Diana and John Colgate of Mill Neck, and Robert McLane of Locust Valley – Glen Cove Hospital’s Don Monti Cancer Center has been updated and redesigned to provide patients with a tranquil and spacious atmosphere while undergoing treatment.

“We are passionate about Glen Cove Hospital,” said Mrs. Colgate, a member of the hospital’s Advisory Council and the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Board of Trustees. “Once I saw the oncology unit I knew that patients could benefit from a calmer and healing environment.”

The newly revamped center features a stylish and modern reception and waiting area, with comfortable new furnishings. The hallways combine wood-look floors and soft pastel-colored walls, accentuated by a new ceiling design and lighting. The exam rooms have cubicle curtains with a nature-inspired motif, contemporary exam tables and seating. A larger treatment room gives patients and their loved ones more comfort and privacy during chemotherapy sessions, which can last four to six hours.

Mr. McLane, a lifelong resident of the North Shore, said that he and his family have had many positive experiences over the years at Glen Cove Hospital and he thought that giving back to the hospital was a way to make a difference in the community. “I’m very proud of the hospital’s services,” said Mr. McLane. “I know patients and family members will appreciate the larger treatment area with more open space,” he said.

“At Glen Cove we have always delivered state-of-the-art care in a sensitive and caring way,” said Eileen Sheehy-Milano, M.D., the hospital’s chief of hematology/oncology. “We truly appreciate the Colgates’ and McLanes’ gifts that made the center’s makeover possible. Now, patients have a more modern and comfortable place to receive their medical care. Patients commonly need at least 30 or 40 visits during a course of treatment, so we want to do anything we can to make the experience less stressful.” said Dr. Milano.

The commitment to patient service extends to every department in the hospital, she added. Work on the center was carried out by the hospital’s Engineering Department during evenings and weekends so that patient care would not be affected.

Glen Cove Hospital’s cancer program has a multidisciplinary team of specialists providing care in the fields of medical oncology, hematology (the study of blood diseases), radiation medicine, state-of-the-art imaging; surgical oncology; pathology, nursing, dietary, rehabilitation, education and community outreach.

Mrs. Colgate said the remake of the cancer center has motivated other community members to get involved. “We are looking to add flat-screen TVs in patient areas, music, artwork and upgrades to doctors’ offices,” she said. “I’m thrilled with the outcome. The center looks fabulous.”

Mr. McLane added, “I think it’s important to support Glen Cove Hospital. It’s an outstanding facility and the doctors and nurses have given so much to the community.”

For more information, please call the Don Monti Cancer Center at (516) 674-7430. If you are interested in supporting the Cancer Center or Glen Cove Hospital, contact Beth Behr at (516) 674-7669.