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South Nassau Communites Hospital's golf outing raises nearly $600K

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South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 35th annual Golf Outing raised nearly $600,000 for the hospital’s Emergency Department Expansion Campaign. It was a new record for the outing, surpassing last year’s mark by 25 percent. All net proceeds will help expand the hospital’s trauma-designated emergency room in Oceanside, which serves nearly 70,000 patients per year.

South Nassau’s supporters from local business, civic and community groups flocked to the popular golf outing on May 20. Nearly 500 golfers and guests attended the day and evening events, which were held at three prestigious Long Island venues: The Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor, Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence and Rockville Links Club in Rockville Centre.

South Nassau’s development team and board leadership reinvigorated the outing several years ago with the formation of a new golf committee co-chaired by Tony Cancellieri, vice chairman of South Nassau’s board of directors, and Jeffrey Greenfield, a member of South Nassau’s advisory board and managing member of NGL Group, LLC. More than 50 local business and civic leaders now serve on the South Nassau golf committee. Net proceeds from the golf outing have grown 80 percent from five years ago and, in 2017, the outing grew from two to three courses.

“We are very grateful to the community for supporting the much-needed expansion of our Emergency Department,” said South Nassau President & CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “Our Golf Committee, the co-chairs, our honorees and the development team all did a fantastic job.”

“The success of this event shows the deep community support that exists for South Nassau and for the planned improvement of the emergency room,” said Cancellieri, who also volunteers his time and expertise as head of South Nassau board’s Buildings Committee. “People care about this hospital and they are willing to come out and devote their time and their dollars to help make this renovation of the ER happen.”

Reconstruction of the Emergency Department is already underway and groundbreaking for a new southwest wing of the hospital is expected to take place next year, allowing for the doubling in size of the ER at the Oceanside campus. The new ER will feature dedicated areas for behavioral health and pediatric emergencies.

Atlantic Beach resident and real estate management executive Anthony Ponte and South Nassau’s long-time facility management vice president Bill Ulrich were honored at an evening barbeque at the Seawane Club after the golf outing.

Ponte, a past president of Atlantic Beach Estates, was acknowledged for his community leadership and dedication to South Nassau as a member of the hospital’s Buildings Committee. Ponte was appointed to South Nassau’s board of directors in October 2017. He is a partner of Ponte Equities, Inc., a New York-based real-estate management and investment firm.

Ulrich started his career at South Nassau in 1977 when he was appointed laboratory manager. After serving in various operations roles, he was named vice president of administration in 1998 and vice president of facility planning and development in 2004. The facilities team under Ulrich’s leadership helped expand the hospital to a network of 30 community-based, specialty satellite healthcare centers and physician practices. Among the many projects completed under his direction include:

the four-story north addition (or D Wing, which was completed in 2006)

Long Island’s only freestanding, 911-receiving Emergency Department, based in Long Beach (which opened its doors the summer of 2015)

the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center in Valley Stream (which opened in 2004).

Under Ulrich’s guidance, the hospital will break ground on a multifaceted expansion project highlighted by a four-story, 90,000 square foot “J Wing” addition to the Southwest corner of the hospital (which will house the expanded Emergency Department as well as 40 new critical care beds and nine new operating suites); a two-story parking structure to alleviate neighborhood parking issues and new central utility and emergency electrical plant to harden South Nassau’s main campus against future storms. The hospital also is planning a $40 million Medical Arts Pavilion in Long Beach to complement its freestanding Emergency Department on the barrier island.

Courtesy South Nassau Communities Hospital; compiled by Briana Bonfiglio.