On The Beach
With Beverly Baxter
PHC Fetes Honorees
Peninsula Hospital Center held its 98th annual Anniversary Ball at the Sands of Atlantic Beach on October 29th; and for the 98th time, its members of the Board of Directors and Benefactors Club stepped out to say “thank you” and pay tribute to three extraordinary individuals who have enhanced and enabled the hospital center in its ongoing mission to provide to the community the best in quality health care. This year’s honorees, Dr. Stephen Marcus, George L. Greco, and Joseph Mure, Jr., Esq. through the generous rendering of their time, talent, and resources, have assisted the hospital center in its realization of such expanded programs and services as the Pediatric Diabetes Treatment Center, the Cardiac Telemetry Unit, and the Orthopedic Center. Each understands the concept of “paying it forward” and that when individuals give, the community gains. We are all beneficiaries of their philanthropy.
Dr. Stephen Marcus, supervising physician of the Orthopedic Center, was presented with the Distinguished Physicians Award by Dr. Peter A. Galvin, Chief Medical Officer. In his remarks, Dr. Marcus described these challenging times in the healthcare industry where the medical community’s ability to treat patients is often impeded by managed care bureaucracy. He likened this impersonal intrusion to being analogous with the “big box” stores where that personal relationship between doctor and patient is often compromised and “managed” by non-medical entities. Dr. Marcus also emphasized the importance of the community’s involvement with their community hospital and that “mixing in” is a shared responsibility.
George Greco, who was presented with the Outstanding Trustee Award by Ball Co-Chairperson Patte Bogen Roberts, recalled his initial encounter with one of PHC’s Board of Directors. “I had just moved into the area and was standing outside my house when my neighbor, Noel Schwartz came up to me and asked me for a check for fifteen hundred dollars, made out to Peninsula Hospital. When I asked him what it was for, Noel just said, “Don’t worry about it. It’ll be good for your health!” Anybody who knows Noel knows that he’s like E.F. Hutton. When Noel speaks, people listen!” Mr. Greco warmly acknowledged both Noel and Sheila Schwartz for their example of philanthropy and how they have been an inspiration to him.
Joseph Mure Jr. was the recipient of the hospital center’s first Community Service Award. The award was presented by Marvin E. Eisenstadt, Senior Vice-President of PHC’s Board of Directors and Anniversary Ball Co-Chairperson. Mr. Mure, an attorney, has long been an advocate on behalf of children’s causes, particularly those diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. His substantial endowments have enabled the hospital center in its expansion of the Juvenile Diabetes Treatment Center and the retaining of the services of a pediatric endocrinologist. Each year, during the holiday season, the Mure’s illuminate the cause by illuminating their Neponsit home into a winter-wonderland. “It’s all about the children,” states Mr. Mure who made a vow to dedicate his life to finding a cure for this disease that afflicts thousands of children. Joe and Maritza Mure cordially invite the community to attend this year’s festivities at their home on December 3 at 6 p.m., as well as to their annual cocktail party at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on December 17th.
While this has been an exciting year at Peninsula Hospital Center, it has also been one marked by profound sadness with the passing of Stanley S. Cirker, who was for many years an enormous presence and extraordinary patron of the hospital center. Although his passing leaves a tremendous void, his legacy of philanthropy is evident through out the hospital center. He set a standard to which others can only aspire.
The Benefactors Club assists the hospital in its acquisition of new technology and the most modern equipment so that we can continue to have access to quality healthcare in the community. All proceeds derived from the Anniversary Ball go directly back into the hospital, and thus, into serving the community. “In the world of impersonal healthcare where H.M.O’s have taken away the personal relationship between doctor and patient, we at Peninsula Hospital Center are constantly striving to be the ‘main entrance’ through which the community goes for all of their healthcare needs and keeping this quality healthcare close to home,” states Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of P.H.C.. Whether you are a Doctor with privileges at the hospital or someone like the lovely Pat Tuite who works the gala each year at the Sands, we are all potential patients. And since a majority of those who work at the hospital reside in the community, there is the constant recognition that we all have a vested interest in the health of the hospital.
The Anniversary Ball was made possible by its Co-Chairs—Marvin E. Eisenstadt, Patte Bogen Roberts, and Peter A. Galvin, MD—to whom we give a heartfelt thanks.
The list of committee members is long and distinguished, and special appreciation is given to Nancy Vardakis, Barbara Eisenstadt, and Selma Kaplan who served as Entertainment Co-Chairs and who gave us this year’s theme, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Entertainment was provided by our very own Rockaway Theatre Company. Journal Co-Chairs-Trustees David S. Ribet and Robert M. Mayer did a remarkable job with this year’s journal, a Playbill, in keeping with the show-business theme, as did Auction Chairpersons Doctors Myron Boxer and Leonard Schiffman. And working feverishly in putting it all together to ensure a splendid evening was Liz Sulik, Director, External Affairs, and her assistant, Joani George. Bravo!
And to all of you, PHC’s generous benefactors and guests, a round of applause in recognition of the part you continue to play each year on behalf
of the hospital center and the community.