The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust made a $1.75 million donation to South Nassau Communities Hospital to help relocate the hospital’s cancer program to a centralized comprehensive cancer center that will be based on the hospital’s main campus in Oceanside.
The donation was the largest single gift the hospital received last year, and supports South Nassau’s plan to consolidate all cancer services at the Oceanside campus.
“I thank the Feil family for their generosity and steadfast commitment to help us improve cancer care for the residents of Long Island’s South Shore,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and chief executive officer at South Nassau.
The Feil family, of Rockville Centre, has gifted nearly $8.5 million to South Nassau in the past several years, including a $3 million donation in 2011 that supported the continued growth and expansion of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center and a $1.5 million dollar gift in 2017 also to benefit the cancer program consolidation plan.
Presently, the hub of South Nassau’s cancer program is its Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, one of the premier cancer centers in the state. The center is in Valley Stream, but a range of other essential services, including imaging, diagnostic support, counseling, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, are housed in Oceanside and at various hospital satellite facilities situated along the South Shore.
South Nassau plans to expand its cancer programs with its new partner, the Mount Sinai Health System. Last year, the program added services for liver cancer and expanded its staff of medical oncologists. An infusion center was also opened at the Oceanside hospital’s main campus, and with South Nassau’s recent partnership with Mount Sinai, the center is now aligned with the Tisch Cancer Institute, which is one of only 70 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the country. The upgrade allows patients to have access to cutting-edge clinical trials and leading physicians.
“It is very gratifying for my family and me to see the gifts made by our family’s trust invested for the sole benefit of the patients that turn to South Nassau for the care they need to fight a cancer diagnosis,” said Jeffrey J. Feil. “South Nassau is my hospital, and it is my honor to support their mission.”
Feil and his parents, the late Gertrude and Louis, have been lifelong residents of Rockville Centre. Feil serves as president and chief executive officer of the Feil Organization, a family-owned real estate investment, development and management company based in Manhattan.
Treating approximately 1,500 patients annually, South Nassau’s cancer program has received the prestigious American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award three times since 2009. The national mark of excellence is awarded to eligible ACS accredited cancer programs every three years and reflects clinical process performance and patient outcomes. The cancer program has a standard-setting chemotherapy treatment center and is equipped with three of the most effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx, da Vinci Surgical System and Gamma Knife Perfexion. In addition to the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, it incorporates specialty cancer care services including the centers for prostate, breast and lung health, the radiation and surgical oncology departments and the Complete Women’s Imaging Center at South Nassau.
Editor's note: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that the Feil family donated $1.5 million to South Nassau Communities Hospital in 2018. We regret the error.