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A publication of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Winter 2011

Infusion Therapy

New Center Off ers More Capacity,

Better Access, Additional Programs

page 4

Breathe Easy

Keep Your Lungs Healthy

page 2

Bariatric Surgery

Center of Excellence

Designation Renewed

page 6


Breathe Easy – Keep your lungs healthy

Ask any pulmonologist about the

things that most adversely affect

lung health, and you’ll likely get the

same answer:

“The number one risk factor

is smoking. If you smoke you’re at risk for many

different lung diseases, not to mention also harming

almost every organ in your body,” said Daniel

Baram, MD, a pulmonologist at Mather Hospital.

Lungs can be damaged by many toxins, irritants

or allergens, but nothing accounts for so

many serious lung diseases and deaths as tobacco

smoke. According to the 2010 U.S. Surgeon

General’s Report: How Tobacco Smoke Causes

Disease, tobacco use is the single greatest cause of

preventable death in the United States, resulting in

443,000 deaths each year. In addition, thousands

more people die from heart disease and lung cancer

caused by secondhand smoke.

The destructive and often fatal diseases caused

by smoking include cardiovascular diseases lead-

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ing to heart attacks and strokes, cancers of the

lung, mouth, larynx, bladder and pancreas and

chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD),

including emphysema. The report states that 85

percent of all lung cancers and one-third of all

cancers are directly due to smoking.

“There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco

smoke,” the report notes. “Any exposure to tobacco

smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure

to secondhand smoke – is harmful.”

The Warning Signs of Lung Disease

The most common warning signs of lung

disease are shortness of breath, a persistent cough,

coughing up blood or recurring pneumonias.

Mather pulmonologist Mohamed T. Sameen,

MD advises contacting your primary care physician

fi rst if you experience any of these symptoms.

“It is sometimes diffi cult for a layman to

differentiate between a heart condition and a lung

condition,” he said. “Both can give you shortness

or breath or chest tightness. A primary care physician

can differentiate between the two conditions.”

“Do you notice a change in the level of the

shortness of breath you’re experiencing with

your usual activity? That’s the primary warning

sign,” said Mather pulmonologist Walter Szczupak,

MD. “Someone who has chronic bronchitis

from smoking may suddenly notice the cough has

changed. A change in voice could be an indication

of an involvement of the nerves to the vocal

cords.” Diffi culty swallowing, weight loss and fever

may also be warning signs of lung disease, he said.

If you smoke or have smoked, Dr. Baram

recommends asking about measuring your lung

function. Spirometry, a common lung function

test for screening for lung disease, involves blowing

in and out of a tube to measure the amount

of air that is inhaled and exhaled. Follow-up tests

may include other measures of lung function.

Causes of Lung Diseases

While smoking remains enemy number one

for lung health, occupational and environmental

exposure also contribute.

Certain occupations can place individuals at

risk for lung disease. While asbestos is no longer

used as an insulation material, some workers who

were exposed to it years ago continue to develop

mesothelioma (a cancer), asbestosis (scarring of

the lung), or a build-up of plaque on the lung

surface, Dr. Sameen said.

Workers in certain occupations may suffer

from asthma due to exposure to allergens – bakers

because of a fungus that grows on fl our, auto body

workers or painters due to allergic reactions to

latex, and farmers because of allergies to soybeans

or other crops.

Asthma is caused by infl ammation of the

airways which constricts the amount of air that

Nothing accounts for

so many serious

lung diseases and deaths

as tobacco smoke.

can pass through. When an asthma attack occurs,

the muscles surrounding the airways become tight

and the lining of the air passages swell. This reduces

the amount of air that can pass by, and can

lead to shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing,

or tightness in the chest.

Common environmental allergens that can

cause an asthma attack include pet hair or dander,

dust, mold, pollen and tobacco smoke. Cold

weather and stress are also triggers. Asthma is

a treatable disease, Dr. Baram noted, and most

people with asthma lead normal lives provided

they are careful with their exposures and take

their medications as prescribed. Often the symptoms

disappear once the allergen is removed, and

medications can help manage chronic asthma

symptoms.

Removing carpeting and drapes from bedrooms,

using dust covers on mattresses, and confi

ning pets to certain parts of the house can help

reduce asthma symptoms in some people with

asthma, Dr. Sameen said.

Morton Glaser, MD, Chief of the section of

Pulmonary Medicine, said he has also seen an

increase in interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis.

Interstitial lung disease, in which the tissue surrounding

the air sacs (alveoli) become infl amed

or fi brotic (excess fi brous connective tissue),


involves the body’s own immune system attacking

the lungs. Sarcoidosis results in abnormal collections

of infl ammatory cells forming nodules in the

lungs or elsewhere in the body. The disease is also

thought to be the result of a malfunctioning of the

immune system.

Dr. Glaser said pulmonary embolisms are

another dangerous condition that can damage

the lungs. These involve the blockage of pulmonary

vessels due to blood clots that were formed

elsewhere in the body, often in the legs, and

travel to the lungs. Individuals who are sedentary,

overweight and over 40 are more at risk for the

condition, and women more than men, he said. In

hospitals, anticoagulants may be administered to

these patients as well as those with preexisting diseases

such as heart disease and cancer to prevent

the formation of blood clots.

While infl uenza is not a pulmonary disease, it

can cause pneumonia and other lung conditions,

particularly if individuals already have damaged

lungs due to smoking or other factors.

“Infl uenza can make you very ill and force

you to miss work; it can be deadly in patients with

preexisting medical diseases,” Dr. Baram said,

emphasizing the importance of getting a fl u shot.

“In the old days we only gave chronically ill people

and the elderly fl u shots. Today we recommend

everyone get one. That’s because when you catch

the fl u you give it to fi ve people.”

To fi nd a pulmonologist

or other physicians affi liated with

Mather Hospital, go to www.matherhospital.org

and click on “Find a Physician.”


To stop smoking,

sign up for a six-week

Smoking Cessation course at Mather Hospital

by calling 631-476-2723.

Sponsored by the Suff olk County

Tobacco Free Program, the class is free

and open to the public. Additional locations

are available. Call 631-853-4017

or visit www.suff olkcounty.gov/health

Pulmonary Stent Allows Cancer Patient to Breathe

Robert Strong (shown above with wife, Linda) received a pulmonary stent at Mather that allowed

him to breathe when a tumor blocked one of his lungs.

As a longtime smoker, Robert Strong of Selden had a persistent cough for many years.

Strong, 50, had quit smoking a number of times – sometimes for years – only to start up

again. But last June, when he became increasingly short of breath, the man who almost never

went to a doctor realized he needed help.

“I went for a checkup and the doctor said I had pneumonia. I had various tests, including

a chest x-ray and a CAT scan was ordered because I was a smoker and they noticed something

on the x-ray,” he said.

Following the CAT scan, Strong underwent a broncoscopy performed by Mather

pulmonologist Morton Glaser, MD, that confi rmed the presence of tumors blocking the main

airway to his right lung. Dr. Glaser called in Daniel Baram, MD, one of a few pulmonologists on

Long Island who specialize in placing pulmonary stents. A stent is a tubular prosthesis placed

via the bronchoscope that props open the blocked bronchial tube.

“[Strong] had a cancer that blocked one of his lungs,” said Dr. Baram. “He was on a

ventilator and couldn’t breathe.” Dr. Baram inserted a stent into Strong’s lung, allowing him to

breathe.

“The tumor had worked like a stopper, blocking my airway,” Strong said, explaining that

in fact there were two tumors, the larger about the size of a cherry tomato. “That stent was a

lifesaver for me.”

Strong was in Mather Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for six days. “Dr. Baram was very

reassuring,” said Strong’s wife, Linda. “He pulled me aside and drew me a picture and

explained in language that I could understand and he said, ‘This is what we need to do.’”

Under the care of oncologist Stanley Ostrow, MD, Strong underwent chemotherapy,

followed by seven weeks of radiation, and a second round of chemo. The results were

encouraging.

“The tumor shrunk so much that Dr. Baram was able to remove the stent and my airways

are completely open,” Strong said. “It’s better than anyone expected, and I’m very happy.

When Dr. Baram took that stent out for me and I woke up from anesthesia I said ‘I’ll buy that

man a pizza.’ He’s my hero, that guy.”

Because of the location of his tumors, they couldn’t be removed through surgery.

“Hopefully they can keep it at bay with the chemo. I’m optimistic,” Strong said. “But I don’t

cough any more. I don’t cough at all, so that’s great.”

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman of the Board

Kenneth A. Jacoppi, Esq.

President

Kenneth D. Roberts

Vice Chairwoman

Betsy Noyes Britton

Vice Chairman

Konrad J. Kuhn

Vice Chairman

Harold Tranchon Jr.

Treasurer

John R. Sini

Secretary

Gene Gerrard

Chairwoman, Medical Board;

President, Medical Staff

Kara H.V. Kvilekval, MD

Vice Chairman, Medical

Board; Vice President,

Medical Staff

Richard Savino, MD

Board Members

Alan D. Beck

Ahmad Bhatti, MD

Gary Cress

James Danowski

M. Cecile Forte, Ph.D

Judith A. Fortunato

Kathryn B. Frey

Frederick C. Johs, Esq.

Thomas Kohlmann

Richard Lusak

James F. Maiella

Wayne Rampone

Leo Sternlicht

Edward J. Weiss

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Infusion Center Expansion Allows Greater Capacity, Additional Programs

Flanked by Infusion Center staff and members of the Hospital’s Board of Directors, Nicole Ghokassian, daughter

of Infusion Center patient Terry Portala (holding fl owers), prepares to cut the ribbon for the new Infusion

Center at Mather Hospital last October. Standing between them is Mather President Kenneth Roberts. To the

right of Ghokassian are Assemblyman Marc Alessi and Mather Board Chairman Kenneth Jacoppi.

Mather Hospital offi cially opened

its new Infusion Center last

October in the Frey Family

Foundation Medical Arts

Building on the hospital campus.

The beautifully appointed center includes a

spacious, calming reception area and 13 individual

treatment areas. Anchoring the sun-drenched

space is a nurses’ station with an optimum view

of all patients. The expanded center was funded in

large part by a $1.5 million Healthcare Effi ciency

A beautifully appointed reception area sets a calming tone for patients

and their families at the Infusion Center.

and Affordability Law (HEAL) grant, which also

provided funding for a Congestive Heart Failure

(CHF) Program and an Anticoagulation Program.

“For those patients requiring long-term

therapy, the outpatient setting enables them to

resume a relatively normal lifestyle and work

activities,” said Mather Hospital President

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Kenneth Roberts at

the Center’s opening.

“While the delivery of

infusion therapy has

made great strides, the

demand has also grown.

Our new Infusion

Center more than

doubles its previous

capacity.”

The Infusion Center

serves patients who

require chemotherapy,

transfusions or other

intravenous therapies

for cancer, lupus,

multiple sclerosis,

Crohn’s disease and

other autoimmune

diseases or IV antibiotics for infections.

Outpatient infusion therapy is also a treatment

option for hematological, rheumatologic,

gynecological and kidney disorders.

Some people receiving regular treatments for

cancer or chronic diseases and conditions too

often feel like a patient, identifi ed by their illness,

not their individuality. During her eight-year

ongoing battle with lymphoma, Terry Portala of

Farmingville has never had that experience at

Mather, which is why she values Mather’s Infusion

Center.

“When I go there, I don’t feel like I’m going to

a hospital,” says Portala, who receives treatment

several times a month. “The nurses and staff don’t

make me feel like I’m sick. They make me feel like

I’m the only person there.”

At the center, patients can make an

appointment that meets their needs and relax in

reclining treatment chairs, watch television, listen

to music, or simply read and rest. Light meals and

snacks are provided to patients who have extended

treatments.

Mather’s Infusion

Center is staffed by

specially trained nurses

and nurse practitioners.

Their level of care,

The spacious Infusion Center

provides patients with private

treatment areas that are fully

visible from the centrally located

nursing station.

according to Portala, is exceptional.

“The new center is beautiful and accessible,

but the best thing about being treated there is the

nursing staff,” said Portala. “They are absolutely

the best and they know just how to treat me.”

Center to Foster Patient Education

The Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) program

helps to reduce hospitalizations and department

visits and can improve a patient’s quality of life

through education and patient navigation.

Through the program, a nurse practitioner

(NP) works closely with the patient, stressing

the importance of keeping doctor visits and

following discharge instructions. The NP will call

the patients after they go home from the hospital

to be sure they keep their doctor appointments,

follow their diet, weigh themselves daily, fi ll

their prescriptions and take their medications as

directed by their physicians. In addition, a CHF

support group to assist patients and their families

meets at 1 pm on the third Wednesday of every

month in Mather Hospital’s Conference Rooms 1

&2. Discussion topics include: Daily Weights: Why

Weighing Yourself Daily is Important; Medications

Used in Heart Failure; Nutrition for the CHF

Patient – Understanding the Low Sodium Diet;

Symptom Awareness – When to Call Your Doctor;

and The Importance of Exercise and Physical

Activity.

Through the Anticoagulation Program,

patients, for example those who have recently

undergone total hip or total knee replacement

surgery, are monitored to keep their medication

regimen optimized. Nurse practitioners regularly

receive lab results and communicate with

patients to adjust the dosing of anticoagulant

medications as necessary. This ensures that

the correct drug effect is maintained to prevent

clotting or bleeding. Progress and concerns are

communicated to the patient’s physician.


Comedy Show & Food Tasting

at The Inn at East Wind, Wading River, NY

Thursday, February 17, 2011

5:30pm to 9:30pm

Featuring Long Island’s best restaurants, wineries and

microbreweries and New York’s funniest comedians.

For a complete listing, go to www.matherhospital.org/food

Proceeds benefi t Behavioral Health Services at Mather Hospital

Dee Snider

of Twisted Sister

Celebrity Guest

telephone:

(631) 476-6500

fax:

(631) 476-6502

Shane Snider

Comedian

100 Oakland Avenue

Port Jefferson, NY 11777

web:

www.global-usa.com

Mark Savage

Comedian

Sponsors:

Tim Gage

Comedian

Mark Thomas

Comedian

Global Computer Systems Jefferson’s Ferry

Ogdens Design & Plantings, Inc.

Allscripts Lakeview Rehabilitation Care Center Lomax Institute

Charlie Lombardo

WRCN DJ as Emcee

Sponsorship & Ticket Opportunities:

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20 tickets to Evening of Comedy & Cuisine with reserved front row center seating.

Premiere location for corporate banner.

Company web address link on Mather’s website and Radio Station site through February 17, 2011.

Commemorative event photo album.

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Company name prominently positioned on event admittance tickets, sponsor board, and in event program.

Company name mentioned in event press release.

Company web address link on Mather’s website and Radio Station site through February 17, 2011.

10 tickets to Evening of Comedy & Cuisine with reserved VIP seating.

Commemorative event photo album.

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or register online at www.matherhospital.org/food

Please mail or fax to: Mather Hospital Public Affairs Department

Attn: Laura Juliano

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Port Jefferson, NY 11777

E-mail: LJuliano@matherhospital.org

Telephone: 631-476-2723 Fax: 631-476-2792

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Specialists in

computer-assisted knee

replacement

surgery

Dr. Arif Ahmad and Mather Hospital Again Earn

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Designation

The Mather Hospital Bariatric Surgery Center, Dr. Arif Ahmad

and Long Island Laparoscopic Surgery have again been jointly

named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American

Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Award was fi rst

granted to Mather and Dr. Ahmad in 2007. This demonstrates a

continued commitment to excellence.

Center of Excellence designation demonstrates a commitment

by both surgeons and facilities to build and maintain a bariatric

surgery program that is truly dedicated to excellence. This approach

enables patients to distinguish providers who deliver highquality

perioperative and long-term follow-up

care.

To earn a Center of Excellence designation,

Dr. Ahmad and Mather Hospital underwent a

series of site inspections which examined the

program’s surgical processes, patient care and

health outcomes.

Obesity has become a signifi cant national

health issue, with the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that

66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or

obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with

a number of serious conditions, including heart

disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Bariatric surgery,

when performed correctly, can help obese patients

manage these conditions.

Suzanne from Holbrook, NY had a gastric bypass

performed by Dr. Arif Ahmad at Mather Hospital and lost

90 pounds.

As a pioneering organization, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is working

to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers.

For more information about the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence go to www.matherhospital.org/bariatrics

or www.drahmadmd.com.

45th Annual Gala Raises More Than $353,500 for Fortunato Breast Health Center

The 45th Annual One Enchanted Evening gala

on October 15 raised a total of $353,545 to benefi t

the Fortunato Breast Health Center and breast

cancer treatment at Mather Hospital.

The event, hosted by Mather Board Member

and Fortunato Breast Health Center benefactor

Judith Fortunato and Barney Fortunato, Jr., was

held at the Inn at East Wind in Wading River. This

year’s theme was Pink Ribbon Round Up and

guests, many of them sporting cowboy hats, boots

and jeans, were entertained by country western

line dancers, bid on items in the Silent Auction

Saloon and in some cases had to be bailed out of jail, with

all bail proceeds going to the Fortunato Center.

Board member James Danowski and physicians

Vincent Basilice, MD, Lloyd Lense, MD, and Robert Nataloni,

MD were honored with Mather Hospital’s 2010 Theodore

Roosevelt Awards. Bank of America, represented by Market

President Robert Isaksen, was the Community Honoree.

The Nassau-Suff olk Hospital Council created the Theodore

Roosevelt Awards more than 50 years ago to honor those

who demonstrate exceptional volunteer commitment to a

member hospital and their community.

One Enchanted Evening: Celebrating the success of the 45th Annual One Enchanted Evening gala on October 15 are

(from left) Mather President Kenneth Roberts, Mather Board Member and Fortunato Breast Health Center benefactor

Judith Fortunato, Barney Fortunato, Jr., and Mather Chairman of the Board Kenneth Jacoppi.


Saluting Service to Mather

As 2010 came to a close, Mather Hospital hosted a luncheon for volunteers to thank them for

their invaluable support to the hospital, its patients and staff. Chairman of the Mather Hosptital Board

Kenneth Jacoppi (seated, second from left) and Mather President Kenneth Roberts (seated, second from

right) paid tribute to the volunteers and the 2011 Auxiliary Board (from left, standing) Nancy Hutchinson

and Marge Fifield, Auxiliary President Helen Rodowicz, First Vice President Louise Grinere, (seated)

Treasurer Dorothy Milau and Second Vice President Ida Forstel.

Volunteers donated more than 43,000 hours of their time to the hospital in 2010 and the Auxiliary

presented Mather with a check for $241,000, which represents funds raised in 2009 through the Thrift

Shop, Gift Shop and other ventures.

National Award for Mather Prostate Cancer Support Group Leader

Craig Schmidt, leader of the Us TOO prostate

cancer support group at Mather Hospital, and his

wife, Shirley

Craig Schmidt recalls the awful

day 13 years ago when he got the news

from his doctor – Stage 4 prostate

cancer.

“It had already progressed into my

body,” he recalled. “The only thing they

could do for me was with radiation and

hormone therapy.”

On December 3, Schmidt was in

Chicago to accept the Edward C. Kaps

Hope Award, given to “An Outstanding

Leader in an Us TOO support group

who has shown unselfish, dedicated

service to prostate cancer survivors and

their families.” He was honored for leading the Us TOO prostate cancer

support group at Mather Hospital. Us TOO International is a prostate cancer

education and support network started in 1990.

The path from diagnosis to award recipient led Schmidt through 13

years of therapy, tests, support, advocacy and a continuing search for the

Dr. Keith Harris Honored for Work

Keith Harris, DO, the founding director of Mather

Hospital’s Intensivist Program and chief of its Division

of Critical Care, has been honored by two different

publications for his work at Mather.

Dr. Harris, 35, was named to the Long Island

Business News 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. The 40

Under 40 Awards recognize outstanding members

of the Long Island community who are under the

age of 40. “These future leaders of Long Island have

already begun to distinguish themselves in business,

government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They have a proven

track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting

their profession and find time to give back to their communities,” according

to Long Island Business News.

“I’m humbled. This is quite an award to receive at my stage in life,” said

Dr. Harris. “This is truly a testimonial to the hospital and the community.

The reason why we have been able to make such an impact on the care

of patients and their families in the ICU is because Mather believed in me.

What we are doing has made a difference for the patients in the ICU and

their families at Mather.”

In addition, Dr. Harris was named a 2010 Man of the Year in Medicine by

Times Beacon Record Newspapers for his outstanding contributions to the

community. The awards recognize men and women in various fields who

work in the TBR circulation area.

Intensivists care for the most critically ill patients in the Intensive Care

Unit, Critical Care Unit, Step-Down Unit and Emergency Department. They

are the primary caregivers for those patients in the hospital, coordinating

round-the-clock care and monitoring and communicating with the patient’s

primary care physician and other specialists. Studies have shown that

patients whose care is managed by intensivists in the ICU recover more

quickly and achieve greater clinical outcomes overall, according to JAMA.

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Mather Hospital is

the only

Long Island

Hospital

named a “Top Hospital

for patient safety for

2 consecutive years

by the Niagara Health Quality Coalition.

Complete hospital rankings at www.myHealthFinder.com

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Mather Hospital Public Affairs Department

75 North Country Road

Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Online Registration: www.matherhospital.org/cow

Telephone: 631-476-2723 or fax to: 631-476-2792

Please indicate if this is: ❏ New Application ❏ Renewal

Name ____________________________________________________________________________________

Street Address/City/State/Zip______________________________________________________________________

Telephone____________________________________ E-mail Address______________________________________

❏ YES, I would like to be a raffl e seller. ❏ $200 Per Raffl e Ball ❏ 3 Raffl e Balls for $300

Total Number of Raffl e Balls_______ Total Due $_______________

Method of Payment: ❏ Check, payable to JTM Foundation ❏ Please charge my credit card:

❏ Visa ❏ Master Card ❏ Amex ❏ Discover

Card # ______________________________________________________________________________

Exp. Date___/____ Signature ________________________________________________________________