Oceanside, NY, October 06, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- With a late summer sky overhead, some 540 supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital attended the Hospital's new Soirée Under the Stars at the Crest Hollow Country Club and raised more than $637,000 for the hospital's Emergency Department Expansion Campaign, making it the most successful fundraiser of its kind in the nearly 100-year history of the hospital.
The poolside gathering honored Jeffrey Feil, real estate developer, healthcare philanthropist; Rajiv Datta, MD, South Nassau's Chief of Surgery and Lori Edelman, RN, Director of Patient Care Services.
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 Soirée, which was held Saturday, September 16, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
Due to the generosity of many local business and individual sponsors, the event raised a gross total of $760,020 (a net of $637,805) in support of the expansion campaign, realizing a net increase of 8 percent over last year's gala.
Proceeds from the Soiree go toward a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative to help support a $60 million renovation and expansion of the Oceanside Emergency Department. The Emergency Department currently sees some 65,000 patients a year, but was designed to handle just 35,000 annually. When completed, the expansion and modernization project will nearly double the size of the Emergency Department in Oceanside to the size of a football field, allowing South Nassau to better service residents of the South Shore who depend upon it daily. South Nassau's Emergency Department in Oceanside is the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County. It is projected to treat up to 80,000 patients in the coming years.
Mr. Feil served as this year's honoree, while Dr. Datta and Ms. Edelman were presented with the hospital's Mary Pearson and Cupola awards, respectively. "Jeffrey Feil has been a long standing supporter of South Nassau. We are very grateful for his continued commitment to the hospital and for his ongoing interest in insuring that the best of care is available to South Shore residents right here at home," said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. "Lori Edelman and Dr. Datta are two of our most dedicated leaders at South Nassau who are always looking out for the best for patients. They are well deserving of this recognition."