Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00
A project years in the making, the $80-million Winthrop-University Hospital Research Facility rising on Mineola Boulevard and Second Street held a “topping-off” ceremony on Monday, Sept. 9. Construction crews laid the last I-beam in place, completing the outside frame of the building.
The four-story, .893-acre facility will house research into obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular health, pulmonary issues and Lou Gehrig’s disease, among others. The building will total 95,000 square feet. Hospital reps said the building should be complete by December 2014.
The ground floor of the facility will be dedicated to medical education, focusing on trauma/surgery simulation in conference, class and lab simulation rooms. The second level is earmarked for adult and pediatric endocrinology and diabetes studies, complete with exam rooms. The facility’s third floor will focus on clinical/transitional research and the fourth and final floor will house research labs and additional conference rooms.
“There’s the academic part of the building and the research part of the building,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, executive director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute. “The building is set to translate what you learn in research into clinical care for people.”
Peragallo-Dittko noted that obesity and diabetes will be a focus of the research, because they’re so closely linked.
“Diabetes touches everything,” she said. “There’s a lot of overlap in research. Our the basic science is around the beta cell that makes insulin, but in terms of obesity, there’s a tremendous link with diabetes.”
The new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, which serves as a clinical satellite of the Stony Brook School of Medicine, according to hospital reps. A 400-seat amphitheater will function as both a lecture hall and a venue for community education events.
“We wanted something that would symbolize the vision of the hospital,” Winthrop CEO John Collins said.
Winthrop presented the plan to the Mineola Village Board in July 2011 and it was approved two months later. According to hospital officials, the building should be completed by December 2014. It was designed by Perkins Eastman
Architects, which also designed the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
“It’s a great project for Winthrop and Mineola,” said Mayor Scott Strauss. “The benefits for both the hospital and the village are immeasurable. It’s going to be a big part of our downtown master plan. It brings employees to the downtown area.” Forty-five new positions will be created, from research scientists and statisticians to clinical researchers and support staff.
The development comes at a time where the area near the Mineola Train Station is seeing significant development. The Winston Manor apartment complex, which has begun demolition work, is picking up steam as is its senior housing component, the Churchill.
“It’s going to increase the foot traffic too, the number of people that are going to be coming from different communities,” village trustee George Durham said. “They’re going to be walking through our downtown and seeing our downtown and hopefully shopping.”
After the plan was approved in fall 2011, the hospital’s outreach center was knocked down to make way for the new facility. Also on the site at the time were a poison control center, additional offices associated with the hospital and the La Cisterna restaurant.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The spirit of giving during the holiday season is ramping up and two Mineola-based organizations were one of the first beneficiaries. The Family & Children’s Association and the Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids recently received 325 Toys
“R” Us gift cards totaling $8,125 from MSC Industrial Direct Co., a metalworking supply company headquartered in Melville. The two groups have received gift cards from MSC’s Annual Toys “R” Us Holiday Gift Card Program for the past several years.
The Family & Children’s Association is a multi-faceted organization that helps foster children, homeless youth, runaway teens, struggling families, veterans, and even senior citizens. While the association has a hand in many types of community outreach, it started out as an orphanage and still places an important emphasis on housing. The goal is simple—to keep families together.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.