South Nassau Communities Hospital Names Honorees of Its Annual Golf Outing

All net proceeds will benefit expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department in Oceanside, which currently serves 70,000 patients a year in a space built for 35,000 patient visits.

Oceanside, NY, March 21, 2018 --( In recognition of their leadership, community involvement and generosity, two Long Island real estate executives - Mr. Matthew Whalen and Mr. Joel Schneider - have been named co-honorees of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 34th Annual Golf Outing to be held Monday, May 21 on three courses.

The hospital’s annual golf outing will take place at three of Long Island’s most prestigious and challenging venues: The Seawane Club, Hewlett Harbor; Rockway Hunting Club, Lawrence; and Rockville Links Club, Rockville Centre. All net proceeds will benefit expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department in Oceanside, which currently serves 70,000 patients a year in a space built for 35,000 patient visits.

“Matt and Joel are both visionary developers whose efforts have improved the quality of life and availability of housing in the communities we serve,” said South Nassau’s President and CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “At the same time, they are also known for their altruism, generosity and community-minded spirit. We are very grateful that they have agreed to help the hospital by lending their reputations and expertise to the success of our golf outing.”

In late 2017, the first phase of the expansion was completed with the opening of a $4.5 million, 10-bed annex that features a lay-out and design specifically to facilitate communication between patients, visitors and emergency department staff. Nurses and doctors’ stations face semi-private treatment bays with open floor space to allow for clear lines of sight. The treatment bays are equipped with monitored beds, cardiac monitors and bedside laboratory testing capability and furnished with individual high-definition, flat-screen TVs. Additional features of the annex include a dedicated waiting area for families and loved ones, rest rooms and access to free Wi-Fi.

When the multi-phase expansion is completed, the Emergency Department will nearly double in size, making it as long as a football field. It will also feature a larger waiting area as well as separate treatment areas for pediatric and behavioral health patients. The current Emergency Department is projected to see some 80,000 patients annually in the years ahead.

Elected to the Long Island Builders Institute’s (LIBI) Board of Directors in 2006, Mr. Whalen quickly ascended to LIBI’s president in 2009 and chairman in 2010. He has served on the Board of the Hofstra University’s Institute of Real Estate and on the Executive Board of both the Long Island Real Estate Group and the Real Estate Practitioners Institute. He also served as a member of the Next Generation Housing Committee, the Board of Directors of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island and the Long Island Housing Partnership. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Long Island Association and the Executive Committee for the New York State Builders Association and is an active member of the Association for a Better Long Island, the Urban Land Institute and Action Long Island.

A 1988 graduate of Princeton University where he received a B.A. in History, Mr. Whalen completed the AMDP program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2012.

Mr. Schneider is a long-time supporter of South Nassau. Presently, he serves as a voluntary member of South Nassau’s Board of Directors and is chair of the Emergency Department expansion campaign and serves on the hospital’s Buildings Committee. As chair of the expansion campaign, Mr. Schneider has helped generate support for the Emergency Department Capital project. Mr. Schneider has more than 35 years of experience in the commercial and residential real estate and construction industries. He started his career as a laborer and bricklayer in his home state of Vermont and went on to build one of Long Island’s most successful construction management firms.

Mr. Schneider also is as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Hewlett Bay Park and serves on the Nassau County Police Foundation Center for Law Enforcement & Intelligence Advisory Board. A founding member of the Boca Raton, (FL) Police Foundation, Mr. Schneider assists with fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk County, New York.
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker