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Winthrop Receives Grant To Support New Research Institute

Regional Economic Development Council approves monies to help fund obesity center

Winthrop-University Hospital announced that it has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction of its brand new, 94,000 sq. ft. research Institute, already under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola. Groundbreaking took place several weeks ago and the construction is already underway.

The new, ultra modern research $60 million institute will consolidate clinical and bench research for all of Winthrop’s ongoing research initiatives. In addition to research on diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, Winthrop’s research institute will focus on other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The new facility will bring all the hospitals researchers together in a translational atmosphere that will foster collaboration, dialog, and the cross-fertilization of ideas.

In addition, the new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of its role as a clinical campus of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Space will be devoted to classrooms for the students, medical training facilities, and a simulation lab, which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. Lastly, there will be a large 400-seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students and a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the hospital.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this award,” said John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “It will be a significant contribution to the very large cost – over $80 million – that the hospital will incur to move ahead with this initiative. It will help truly important research on a variety of major health issues, and also help us further our mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to the communities we serve. Also, this will help support jobs on Long Island and enhance the economic vitality of the entire region.”

Mr. Collins thanked the council and regional co-chairs Stuart Rabinowitz and Kevin Law, Senator Jack Martins and the Village of Mineola.

Mineola approved the project in July 2011. The facility would be built where the current hospital’s outreach center stands. Also on the site is a former poison control center and additional offices associated with the hospital as well as the former La Cisterna restaurant.

The center would be absorbed into this current facility, where programs could be held. Hospital representatives estimated a construction completion two years after breaking ground.

The building shouldn’t exceed 78-feet in height. Approximately 18 buildings in the area exceed this height with 15 located in Mineola and three in Garden City. This total includes the yet-built Winston Manor residential complex on Old Country Road between Main Street and Willis Avenue.

Hospital officials said the primary focus of the facility would be concentrated on obesity and diabetes, two major issues in the state and the nation. Winthrop had recently been nationally recognized in its research in adult and pediatric diabetes.

The completion of the Winthrop Research Institute is scheduled for 2015. It is expected to generate approximately 500 construction trade-related jobs over the projected 24-month duration. At the outset, an additional 45 permanent positions will be added.

In addition to funding for the Winthrop Research Institute, Winthrop received additional funding from the Regional Economic Development Council, including $77,939 for telemetry competency training and $22,061 for health information management training.

Winthrop is a 591-bed teaching hospital located on Long Island in Mineola.

A major regional health care resource, the hospital offers a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services delivered by an outstanding medical staff, using the most sophisticated medical technology available. The hospital also features extensive medical education and research programs and serves as the regional clinical campus for Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Winthrop has earned many prestigious accreditations, including designations as a New York State (NYS) Stroke Center, NYS Regional Perinatal Center and Regional Trauma Center, and is known across New York State for its excellent outcomes in interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery. Winthrop is also home to the New York Metro area’s first CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center.

 

—Rich Forestano contributed 

to this story

 


News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


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