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Winthrop-University Hospital Celebrates A Momentous Occasion: The Grand Opening of its New Research and Academic Center - Archived
February 11, 2015

Winthrop-University Hospital recently celebrated the grand opening of its Research and Academic Center, located at 101 Mineola Blvd. in Mineola, NY, with two special receptions in the new 95,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building. The five-story building, which was designed specifically to foster the intersection of Winthrop’s science and academic missions and encourage collaboration among researchers and clinicians, will now be home to Winthrop’s cutting-edge research programs as the Hospital tackles obesity, diabetes and other pressing public health issues head on.

“This magnificent new building signifies a reaffirmation of Winthrop’s commitment to our mission of caring for the sick and injured, teaching physicians and research,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop. “The Research and Academic Center also symbolizes Winthrop’s resolve to ensuring our future and our deep belief that we have a moral obligation to continue to serve the medical needs of our surrounding community − both now and in the future.”

Winthrop marked the momentous occasion with an elegant President’s Reception on February 4 and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on February 5, drawing close to 500 people including staff, donors, elected officials, and special friends of the Hospital through the energy-efficient space over the course of two evenings. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the beautifully-appointed lobby, outfitted with a piano and fireplace, and the Treiber Family Conference Center, a large, high-tech conference space, before taking tours of the building.

On February 4, as part of the President’s Reception, the Hospital celebrated the achievements of John F. Aloia, MD, Chief Academic Officer at Winthrop, and mainstay for academic medicine at Winthrop. Dr. Aloia was honored for his visionary leadership and instrumental contributions to Winthrop, and for being a driving force behind the building of the new Center.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” said Dr. Aloia, quoting John Quincy Adams.

Dr. Aloia’s leadership was also pivotal in facilitating Winthrop’s formal designation as a Clinical Campus of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. He is a widely respected and internationally recognized expert in osteoporosis, bone biology and calcium nutrition. The Research and Academic Center is a realization of Dr. Aloia’s longtime vision to see Winthrop become a leading center for medical education. A portrait of him, painted by artist Daniel Greene of North Salem, NY, was unveiled that evening and now hangs prominently in the “Hall of Leaders” on the first floor of the new Center.

Winthrop broke ground on the Research and Academic Center in 2012 and the final structural beam was placed in late 2013 in a momentous Topping Out Ceremony, following a major fundraising campaign that continues as the building opens its doors. The facility was designed by Evan Weremeychick, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Perkins Eastman, a top international design and architecture firm, and constructed by Lend Lease, one of the world’s leading infrastructure and property companies. A section in the lobby memorializes the gifts of donors, and a glass etching on the first floor includes the names of all employees who contributed to the campaign in support of the project.

The Center is expected to be fully operational in April and will house 140 employees across clinical and academic fields, and provide 45 new jobs to the community. Some highlights of the building include:

  • An Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology Suite designed around “Three Ts” – Technology, Transition and Translation. An integrated family waiting area leads to the Tech Mastery Room, where advanced technology used by patients and providers to manage diabetes is taught. Exam rooms are divided into zones; one for examination and the other for patient counseling. A Transition Room supports a unique and robust program for youth transitioning from pediatric to adult diabetes care, and a Pump Education Room is used to train patients and their families in the intricacies of insulin pump technology. A clinical space sits above the educational section of the building and below the research sections and unites clinicians and scientists in translating research to patient care. The Suite, along with Winthrop’s Medically Supervised Weight Management Program, expects to see 200 patients per day.
  • Classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of the Clinical Campus of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine.
  • A spacious, 350-seat amphitheater (where the receptions were held) that will function as both a lecture hall for students and venue for academic conferences and community events.
  • An expanded, state-of-the art Simulation Center on the first floor will train Stony Brook University medical students, hospital residents and attending physicians, physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare professionals, with about 3,000 learners coming through the Center per year. The Simulation Center features four simulated exam rooms, a trauma bay, control stations, and classrooms where learners are provided innovative training to help improve the quality and safety of care provided in the hospital.
  • Highly sustainable design features such as a green roof and water retention and treatment system, and a layout that encourages the use of stairs to promote exercise among visitors.
  • A new Clinical Trials Center for investigators to participate in multi-therapeutic clinical trials in accordance with government and industry standards.
  • A fourth floor that is entirely dedicated to future bench research, providing wet laboratory space, laboratory support functions and administrative area for researchers doing both basic and clinical treatments, with a major focus on translating findings from the lab into clinical treatments.

“This opening is a milestone event in the history of Winthrop,” added Mr. Collins. “We have taken steps to ensure our continued success and thereby remain a vital resource for the residents of Long Island.”

The Research and Academic Center is a $110 million building, involving a $25 million campaign to raise private funds from the community, major donors, Hospital physicians, staff, Senior Administration, and other friends of Winthrop. This first-ever large-scale capital campaign of its kind at Winthrop is now at $22 million. The building was also generously awarded $1 million through Governor Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) in 2012, and was unanimously supported by local constituents including Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Nassau County Local Economic Development Corporation, New York State Senator Jack Martins and Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss.

“The construction of this facility signifies a major step in the fulfillment of a vision of making Winthrop a fully-integrated campus featuring interconnected research, academic and clinical facilities, all here in this very building,” said Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop. “We are so glad to be here celebrating this momentous and unforgettable occasion in Winthrop’s history, as we know the future of this cutting-edge facility is promising and bright.”

For more information about Winthrop’s Research and Academic Center and ways to give, call the Office of Development at (516) 663-2706 or tour the new Center online at


Courtney Allison
Publications Specialist
(516) 633-2234

Press Release Research and Academic CenterPresent during the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center were (l.-r.) Angelo Ferrara, Town of North Hempstead Councilman; Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor; Paul Cusato, Village of Mineola Trustee; Scott Strauss, Mayor of Mineola; Charles Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop; Joseph Galante, New York State Assistant Comptroller; John Watras, Mayor of Garden City; John Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop; Kemp Hannon, New York State Senator; Dennis Walsh, Village of Mineola Trustee; Laura Schaffer, Nassau County Legislator; Paul Pereira, Village of Mineola Trustee; George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller; Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, Nassau County Department of Health Commissioner.

Press Release Research and Academic CenterPictured at the President’s Reception for the grand opening of Winthrop’s new Research and Academic Center are (l.-r.) Joseph Burke, Vice President, Engineering and Facilities at Winthrop; Sheila Jones Heslin, Winthrop Board Member and Co-Chair of the Research & Academic Center Campaign; Jared Kutzin, DNP, MPH, MS (MEdL), RN, CPPS, Director of Winthrop’s Simulation Center; Joseph Greensher, MD, Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at Winthrop and Foundation Director for The Drs. Martin & Dorothy Spatz Charitable Foundation; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, , BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute; Alan Jacobson, MD, Winthrop’s Chief Research Officer; John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop; Theresa Patnode Santmann, Campaign Supporter; Charles M. Strain, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop; John Aloia, MD, Winthrop’s Chief Academic Officer, who was honored for his visionary leadership; John Treiber, Winthrop Board Member and Campaign Supporter; Palmira M. Cataliotti, CPA Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Winthrop; Mary Beth Tully, Winthrop Board Member and Co-Chair of the Research & Academic Center Campaign; and Ramone Segree, Vice President of Development at Winthrop.

Press Release Research and Academic CenterGuests mingled in the lobby of the 95,000 square-foot, five-story, state-of-the-art space that will house Winthrop’s cutting-edge research programs.