South Nassau Communities Hospital's 2016 Annual Carnation Ball Raises $707,217 for Emergency Medical Care

The $707,217 (a net of $587,325) will support South Nassau's Emergency Services Department Expansion Campaign.

Oceanside, NY, November 25, 2016 --( More than 630 supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital attended the Hospital's 2016 Annual Carnation Ball held Saturday, November 5 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury.

Participants helped raise a gross total of $707,217 (a net of $587,325), which will support South Nassau's Emergency Department Expansion Campaign. The campaign is a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative to help support a $60 million renovation and expansion of the Oceanside Emergency Department, serving all residents of the South Shore from Queens to Suffolk. South Nassau administrators, board members and medical staff members, as well as many of the region's healthcare executives, state and local public officials and business and community leaders were among the hundreds of guests who attended the event.

Two South Nassau health care leaders were recognized: Dr. Luke K. LiCalzi of Rockville Centre, and Trauma Program manager Margaret Puya, RN, of Long Beach, were presented the hospital's Community and Cupola awards, respectively.

South Nassau established the Cupola Award in 2015 to be presented annually to a deserving hospital employee who goes above and beyond their duties and lives by the hospital mission to promote excellence in healthcare. Ms. Puya was a catalyst in South Nassau's achieving Trauma Center verification from the American College of Surgeons this past spring, which included upgrading the hospital's trauma care capabilities to meet a more rigorous on-site review and standard.

South Nassau's inaugural Community Honoree, Dr. LiCalzi, recently retired after a decades-long exemplary career in medicine. An accomplished vascular surgeon, Dr. LiCalzi joined South Nassau in 1982 and has served as director of the Vascular Surgery Division in the Department of Surgery since 1992. Recently retired, Dr. LiCalzi was also in private practice with South Nassau Medical Group, P.C. in Rockville Centre.

Paul M. Black, chief executive officer of Allscripts, a global leader in healthcare information technology solutions, was the Corporate Honoree of the event, while former LIRR President Helena E. Williams was presented South Nassau's Mary Pearson Award.

"The Carnation Ball celebrates the teamwork, selflessness and commitment to excellence that fuels South Nassau's tradition of meeting the communities' needs for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare services," said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. "The money raised this evening will support the expansion and modernization of the hospital's Oceanside Emergency Department so that it increases its capacity to serve residents of the communities along the South Shore with the highest level of emergency medical care."

The expansion and modernization project will increase the Emergency Department's square footage from 16,000 to 30,000 square feet, increasing its overall size by 87% and giving it the necessary room to accommodate in excess of 80,000 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 just 35,000 annually. The renovated Emergency Department will also have separate areas for behavioral health, pediatric and geriatric patients.
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker