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 6 | Housecalls Specialists in computer-assisted knee replacement surgery Dr. Arif Ahmad and <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong> Again Earn Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Designation The <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong>. The event, hosted by <strong>Mather</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong>’s 2010 Theodore Roosevelt Awards. Bank of America, represented by Market President Robert Isaksen, was the Community Honoree. The Nassau-Suff olk <strong>Hospital</strong> 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) <strong>Mather</strong> President Kenneth Roberts, <strong>Mather</strong> Board Member and Fortunato Breast Health Center benefactor Judith Fortunato, Barney Fortunato, Jr., and <strong>Mather</strong> Chairman of the Board Kenneth Jacoppi.
Saluting Service to <strong>Mather</strong> As 2010 came to a close, <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong> hosted a luncheon for volunteers to thank them for their invaluable support to the hospital, its patients and staff. Chairman of the <strong>Mather</strong> Hosptital Board Kenneth Jacoppi (seated, second from left) and <strong>Mather</strong> 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 <strong>Mather</strong> with a check for $241,000, which represents funds raised in 2009 through the Thrift Shop, Gift Shop and other ventures. National Award for <strong>Mather</strong> Prostate Cancer Support Group Leader Craig Schmidt, leader of the Us TOO prostate cancer support group at <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong>, 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong>. 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 <strong>Mather</strong> <strong>Hospital</strong>’s Intensivist Program and chief of its Division of Critical Care, has been honored by two different publications for his work at <strong>Mather</strong>. 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 <strong>Mather</strong> believed in me. What we are doing has made a difference for the patients in the ICU and their families at <strong>Mather</strong>.” 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. latest information on the disease. Each year, prostate cancer r strikes strik stri strikes trikes rike ikes s more mor more mor more than 232,000 men. The disease claims more than 30,000 lives ives each eeach each ch year, ye y yyea year, e r, an and 1 in 6 men is at a lifetime risk of prostate cancer. With strong support from his wife, Shirley, Schmidt began be began egan seeking seekin se eking king help help after his diagnosis. “I went through a very, very difficult time me me and nd d when I I finally woke up I said ‘I have to go for some help for me.’” Schmidt attended a prostate cancer support group at Jefferson’s Jefferson’ Jefferson on’ on’s n’s ’s ’ Ferry in South Setauket, and eventually took over the group. In In 2004, 2004, 4, 44, , Schmidt Schm SSchm hm took over a new Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group roup at <strong>Mather</strong>. M Ma M<strong>Mather</strong>. ather. . T The group, which has grown from six members to 77, meets mee meets eets ts the e first firs stt Tuesday Tuesd Tues sd of each month at 7:30 p.m. and welcomes prostate cancer ancer survivors sur urvivorr rs aand and nd t their families. For more information, contact Schmidt at aat at 631-846-4377. 631-8 631-846-43 3777. Us TOO International recommends that men have e annual prostate p pprostate ate examinations, which should include both a Prostate-Specific ppecific pe Antigen igen gen ( (PSA) ( blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE), starting at age ge 35 for African American men, or those with a family history of prostate cancer, and no later than age 40 for all other men. For more information on Us TOO and prostate cancer, go to www.ustoo.org Housecalls | 7