SJEH Honors Bishop Provenzano And The Makabalis
The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano and Merryl and Dr. Gilbert Makabali will be honored by the Development Board of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital at its annual fundraiser and dinner dance, the Chrysanthemum Ball. The Ball will be held on Saturday, November 6, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale, NY, across from the Nassau Coliseum. At the Ball, Bishop Provenzano and the Makabalis will receive the Hospital’s Humanitarian Award.
“We encourage everyone to come on this very special evening,” said Margaret Carpenter, vice president, Board of Managers of Episcopal Health Services, Inc. and president of the St. John’s Development Board.
“The provision of health care to our community through Episcopal Health Services is very important and central to the mission of our diocese. This is a way for everyone to participate in this vital ministry.”
As president and chairman of Episcopal Health Services, Inc., which includes Bishop Henry B. Hucles and Bishop Charles Waldo Mac- Lean Episcopal Nursing Homes, Bishop Provenzano has taken an active interest in the work of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, the cornerstone of EHS. It has been said of him that he has brought vision and strength to his leadership of the EHS Board of Managers.
The bishop said, “In the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, we see health care as mission. EHS and St. John’s Hospital give the Rockaways in Queens and beyond effective and consistent care. That brings to bear the gospel message and tangible care of the people of God.”
The Bishop was born in Brooklyn and attended St. John’s University in Queens. While serving as the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Longmeadow, in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, he was also Chief Chaplain of the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains.
Merryl and Dr. Gilbert G. Makabali are longtime members of St. John’s Development Board, helping organize fundraising events that support the Hospital. Merryl Makabali first joined St. John’s Ladies Auxiliary in 1978, an organization which later became St. John’s Development Board.
She quickly became indispensable to the Board, serving as the Decorations Chairman for 14 years, developing and implementing themes for the Board’s Invitational Golf Tournament and the Annual Chrysanthemum Ball.
Gilbert Makabali, MD, FACS, has been affiliated with St. John’s for 35 years. For 11 years, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery. As Surgery Chairman, he has administered the 75-surgeon department, restructured it into divisions, and sharply increased surgical case volume. He also assisted with the surgical residency program at St. John’s, increasing the number of residents to 18, added an ophthalmology residency, and enhanced its academic curriculum. With Lloyd Bardfeld, DPM, he established and co-directs the Wound Care Center at St. John’s, which now sees 4,000 patient visits annually.
Merryl Makabali graduated from Long Island University in Southampton with a degree in psychology and an emphasis in social work. She pursued a career as a social worker, working at several nursing homes and for 12 years, worked at Sephardic Home for the Aged. She has been very active in two parent teachers associations, and has served as president twice.
The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has made the provision of quality health care a mission for many years. In 1976, at a critical juncture in its history, the Church Charities Foundation (the forerunner of Episcopal Health Services, Inc.) assumed stewardship of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. In 1982, under the leadership of the Right Reverend Robert C. Witcher, the sixth bishop of Long Island, the diocese led a major renovation of St. John’s with the construction of the $37 million Tower Building. In 1987, a spokesperson says, Episcopal Health Services was established and since its inception has led many advances in care for the people of Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.
Episcopal Health Services includes the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home in Brooklyn and the Bishop Charles Waldo MacLean Episcopal Nursing Home in Far Rockaway.
Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. For information about tickets and journal ads for the Chrysanthemum Ball please call St. John’s Development Office at 718-869- 8383.