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Hospital Auxiliary Reaches $2 Millon Milestone, Fulfilling Pledge from 'Promise to Give' in 2008

Apr 5, 2013 - 8:31:37 AM

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STONY BROOK, NY, April 5, 2013 – The Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) Auxiliary on April 1 presented a check for $2 million to the hospital’s leadership team, representing the culmination of a pledge made in 2008 through its “Promise to Give.”

Left to right are Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary members Panayiota Doering, Jean Steffens, Annette Grollman, Karen Villanueva-Walsh, Janet Hovnanian, Patricia Macarchuk, Gloria Snyder, Janice Rohlf, Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Caroline Levine, Elena Middleton, Dr. Reuven Pasternak, Loraine Sommer, Lynn Autz, Mary Samios, Maxine Semmel and Carol Gomes (Hospital Auxiliary Liaison). Not pictured are Auxiliary members Uta Dee, Barbara Delfyett, Linda Shamash, Barbara Wolfe, Beverly Sokoloff, Clair Baer, Jennifer Peace and Nancy Weeks.
Over the past five years, the Auxiliary has purchased a variety of equipment for SBUH, including ultrasound machines for the Emergency Department, three replacement ambulances, a vital signs system for the pediatric unit. Last year, the Auxiliary purchased lifesaving equipment for treatment of patients with sudden cardiac arrest and hypothermia, and the Cardio Q, a special monitor that helps determine blood flow in critically ill patients. The Auxiliary also committed to purchase a bronchial thermoplasty (BT) unit, which will be used to treat asthma by reducing muscle mass in the airway.

“The support of our Auxiliary has been transformative, because their gifts literally save patients’ lives,” said Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer of SBUH, who accepted the celebratory check. “We are very grateful to the Auxiliary for these significant and meaningful contributions, which help meet pressing healthcare needs for our patients and for the broader community we serve.”

Since its formation in 1981, the Auxiliary has raised more than $6 million for hospital projects for which other sources of funds are not readily available.

“The dedicated volunteers who have made these funds available to University Hospital are proud to be a part of this wonderful healthcare facility,” said Janice Rohlf, President of the SBUH Auxiliary. “The Auxiliary provides outreach, awareness and money for Stony Brook University Hospital and will continue the tradition of the many past members who have made this $2 million gift possible.”

The Auxiliary is a diverse group of men and women who are devoted to the patients of SBUH. Membership in the all-volunteer group includes an invitation to the annual luncheon, advance notice of all special events, quarterly newsletters and an annual report. The SBUH Auxiliary is also a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Council of Auxiliaries, which provides opportunities for members to exchange ideas, interests and experiences in the two-county region it serves.

For more information or to volunteer, visit or call (631) 444-2699.


© Stony Brook University 2013

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