Supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital raised a record gross total of $329,000 toward the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department at its 31st Annual Golf Outing, held on June 15 on two courses, breaking all previous fundraising records for this event by more than 16 percent.
Rockville Centre resident John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E., founder and managing partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, was the honoree of the outing, which was held at both the Inwood Country Club and The Seawane Club.
Aside from the record-setting money raised, the outing will also be remembered by Brightwater resident Tim Haggerty for the hole-in-one he recorded on the par 3 5th hole at The Seawane Club that won him a two-year lease on an Audi courtesy of Lynbrook Audi. This is the second consecutive year that South Nassau’s golf outing has been host to a hole-in-one.
The money raised by the outing will support South Nassau’s “Emergency Department Expansion Campaign.” The campaign is a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative to help pay for a $60 million renovation of the Oceanside Emergency Department, serving all residents of the South Shore from Queens to Suffolk.
The expansion project will increase the Emergency Department’s size from 16,000 to 30,000 square feet, giving it the necessary room to accommodate a projected 70,000 patient visits each year as well as establishing dedicated areas for behavioral health and pediatric emergencies.
The Emergency Department currently sees some 65,000 patients a year but was designed to handle 35,000 annually.
“John Cameron has been a long-time friend of South Nassau and his firm has partnered with the hospital on several important projects,” said South Nassau’s president and CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “We are grateful he agreed to be our honoree and help us raise funds for the Emergency Department expansion campaign.”