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NYU Winthrop Celebrates Dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences Wing in Honor of Former Garden City, Valley Stream Resident
October 16, 2017

Mineola, NY – “If Stanley Zielony were here today, I know that he would be very pleased,” said Robert Shenkman, long-time friend and one of the executors of Mr. Zielony’s estate during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences Wing at NYU Winthrop Hospital on August 24, 2017.

Dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences WingPresent at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences Wing at NYU Winthrop Hospital are (l.-r.) E. Ramone Segree, EdD, Vice President of Development, NYU Winthrop; Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NYU Winthrop; Robert Shenkman, Attorney at Law; John F. Collins, President & CEO of NYU Winthrop; Shepard T. Poole, Member of the Board of Directors; and Ajay Misra, MD, Chairman of Neurosciences at NYU Winthrop.

A former grateful patient of the Hospital who experienced great success in the publishing industry and, in turn, devoted himself to the cause of philanthropy, Mr. Zielony wanted to make sure that his legacy of supporting and enhancing some of the nation’s leading healthcare institutions would have a lasting impact, long after his lifetime.  Several years ago, he recognized a need at NYU Winthrop and made the decision to name the Hospital in his estate.

Though Mr. Zielony passed away in 2012, he continues to help NYU Winthrop Hospital carry on a great tradition of providing superior patient care today. As a result of his generosity, a $1,000,000 gift was made to upgrade and completely renovate the Hospital’s Neurology Unit. While various enhancements – spanning from new corridor doors, flooring, smart lighting technology, paint and decor to a completely renovated nursing station equipped with the latest IT equipment and furniture – impact the physical space, Mr. Zielony’s magnanimous gift has touched patients’ lives as well.

Dedication of the Stanley S. Zielony Neurosciences WingColleagues and friends of the late Stanley S. Zielony tour the Neuroscience Unit at NYU Winthrop Hospital, where Mr. Zielony’s gift helped make several enhancements for patients and staff.

“In this Hospital’s nearly 120-year history, Mr. Zielony’s gift is among one of the most significant gifts that we have ever received,” said Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “NYU Winthrop prides itself on being ahead of the curve in the use of technology to improve patient care, and Mr. Zielony’s gift will help us to continue to provide the highest quality of care on Long Island.”

“The Department of Neurosciences strives to be the very best, state-of-the-art program in the region,” added Ajay Misra, MD, Chairman of Neurosciences at NYU Winthrop, during the reception.  “We are grateful to Mr. Zielony and his family for all of the enhancements his generosity has provided to upgrade our unit and I want them to know, that in a special way, his gift has already touched the lives of so many of our patients.”

In addition to his generosity towards NYU Winthrop in his lifetime, Mr. Zielony was an avid supporter of the Cleveland Clinic, whereby their nursing institute is today known as The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence. In addition, he was a celebrated supporter of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, where he worked to build Israel’s scientific and technological strengths. In fact, in 2003, he received a Technion Honorary Doctorate in profound gratitude for his outstanding support, which transformed the face of the Technion campus, improved student life, and helped spur academic progress.

As members of NYU Winthrop’s Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and the Department of Neurosciences joined with close friends and associates of Mr. Zileony to honor a man who was selfless in his dedication and giving, it was clear that Mr. Zielony’s vision of leaving a legacy and helping people in return is certainly one that has come to fruition at NYU Winthrop.

“Mr. Zielony’s life and benevolence epitomized the meaning of philanthropy or love of humankind,” said E. Ramone Segree EdD, Vice President of Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “He has done much for many such as NYU Winthrop, where his meaningful and impactful legacy will continue.”

For more information on giving to NYU Winthrop Hospital, call the Office of Development at 516-663-2708 or visit www.winthrop.org/giving-to-winthrop.