2008-10-31 / Community

PHC Cuts Ribbon For Hospice Unit

Present at Peninsula Hospital Center's dedication for the new "Butterflies By The Sea" Hospice Unit were (left to right): Lucy Salpeter, Dr. Morton Schwartz, Lois Mayer, Nancy Vardakis, Patte B. Roberts, Elaine Schwartz, Robert Mayer, David Ribet, Pearl Ribet, Dr. Martin Grossman, Alexis Reyes, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Levine, Gertrude Oltchick, Marvin Eisenstadt, Hospice Care Network President Maureen Hinkelman, Peggy DeMatteis, Denise Caucig, State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Auxiliary President Sheila Schwartz. Present at Peninsula Hospital Center's dedication for the new "Butterflies By The Sea" Hospice Unit were (left to right): Lucy Salpeter, Dr. Morton Schwartz, Lois Mayer, Nancy Vardakis, Patte B. Roberts, Elaine Schwartz, Robert Mayer, David Ribet, Pearl Ribet, Dr. Martin Grossman, Alexis Reyes, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert V. Levine, Gertrude Oltchick, Marvin Eisenstadt, Hospice Care Network President Maureen Hinkelman, Peggy DeMatteis, Denise Caucig, State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Auxiliary President Sheila Schwartz. Peninsula Hospital Center, affiliate of North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Hospice Care Network dedicated their new "Butterflies by the Sea" Eisenstadt Hospice Center at Peninsula, located at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive on Monday, October 27, 2008.

Hosting the event was Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Hospital Center; Maureen Hinkelman, President, Hospice Care Network; Marvin E. Eisenstadt, Senior Vice Chairman of the Hospital Center's Board of Directors and Hospice Unit Benefactor and Martin A. Grossman, M.D., Director of Medicine and Medical Director of the new Hospice Care Unit. Gathered for the afternoon Ribbon Cutting Ceremony were representatives from the Hospital Center's Board of Directors, Community Advisory Council, Auxiliary, Volunteer Services Department, administration and staff, hospice unit volunteers and numerous members of the Rockaway community who came out in support of PHC's most recent undertaking, one that many believe is very importantg to the entire Rockaway community as well as to Five Towns residents who also use the hospital.

Levine expressed the Hospital Center's deepest gratitude to the Hospice Unit Benefactors who made substantial donations to fund the unit, including: the Marvin E. Eisenstatdt family and Sweet 'N Low who dedicated the unit to Mr. Eisenstadt's late wife, Barbara; Mr. and Mrs. Louis T. Caucig and family; Peggy and Al DeMatteis and family; Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Mayer, Commissioner and Mrs. Joel A. Miele Sr.; Mrs. Gertrude Oltchick, Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ribet; Ms Patte B. Roberts; Mrs. Lucy Salpeter and Dr. and Mrs. Morton Schwartz. The donations made by these benefactors have made it possible to furnish, equip and decorate the patient rooms, nurses' station and family room in the new Hospice Unit. Gratitude was expressed to the many, many others who contributed artwork, quilts, floral arrangements, books, magazines and children's items for the family room - all of which have made it more comfortable for our hospice patients and their families. The Hospice Unit at Peninsula Hospital Center is a seven-bed inpatient hospice program which officially opened on July 21. The facility is modeled after the Hospice and Palliative Care Center at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream and is the second such unit in the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

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