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Breathe Easy - John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

Attend our next FREE

Joint Replacement Seminar

Learn how advancements in minimally invasive

surgical techniques can:

Eliminate knee and hip pain • Minimize scarring

Reduce recovery time • Improve your life

For more information

or to register, call 631.476.2888

75 North Country Road

Port Jeff erson, NY

www.matherhospital.org

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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.