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NYU Winthrop Hospital Announces Honorees for 2018 Gala, "City of Lights"
September 27, 2018

Mineola, NY — John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital, is pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s 27th Annual Gala, “City of Lights,” taking place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Lawrence resident, Harriette P. Thayer, Chair of NYU Winthrop’s Board of Regents, and East Williston resident James D. Capozzi, MD, FAAOS, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Winthrop, will each receive the Hospital’s highest honorary award in recognition of their years of service to the Hospital and its patients.

“Among the many highlights of our annual Gala is the opportunity for NYU Winthrop to honor two remarkable people whose contributions have impacted scores of individuals and raised the profile of the Hospital, locally and beyond,” said Mr. Collins.

Honorees for 2018 Gala 'City of Light' | NYU Winthrop HospitalLawrence resident, Harriette P. Thayer, Chair of NYU Winthrop’s Board of Regents

Harriette P. Thayer, known to many as “Hap,” joined the Hospital’s Board of Regents, a group of dedicated ambassadors for the Hospital, in 2000. Soon after, she was appointed to the Board of Directors, a role she has continued to hold since 2004. Hap’s commitment to community service has been lifelong and today she serves as Chair of the Board of Regents, a role she carries out with great passion and dedication.

Several organizations have benefitted from Hap’s drive and business acumen over the years, most notably the American Red Cross of Nassau County. Following her many years on the Board, Hap held the position of Chair of the Board of the American Red Cross when presented with the monumental impact of the events of September 11. During that time of crisis, Hap forged a deep and lasting relationship with NYU Winthrop, which assisted various efforts involving the organization and getting aid to first responders. Hap’s involvement with the Hospital steadily increased, and in 2011 she took over the reins as Chair of the Board of Regents. Inspiring her peers to advocacy, she has facilitated the growth and reach of this important group of ambassadors over the past seven years. She has been a driving force in educating the philanthropic community about NYU Winthrop, leading to invaluable awareness of the Hospital’s vast achievements.

Honorees for 2018 Gala 'City of Light' | NYU Winthrop HospitalEast Williston resident James D. Capozzi, MD, FAAOS, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Winthrop

Dr. Jim Capozzi joined NYU Winthrop Hospital as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 2008. He is renowned for exceptional care of patients with a range of complex orthopedic conditions. In addition to performing hip and knee replacements, Dr. Capozzi utilizes the newest techniques in joint reconstructive surgery including partial knee replacements and minimal incision surgery at NYU Winthrop.

Over the last decade, Dr. Capozzi has transformed the Orthopedic Surgery Department at NYU Winthrop with growth and refinement of service, creating a renowned patient care environment focused on personalized treatment plans and enabling NYU Winthrop to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. Under his leadership, orthopedics was named one of the 11 high-performing specialty areas, earning NYU Winthrop its rightful place once again in U.S. News & World Reports’ list of best hospitals for both New York State and the New York Metro area for 2018/19.

A Board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Capozzi is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed the Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Capozzi is the former Chairman of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Ethics Committee. Currently, he serves as the editor of the Ethics in Practice section of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He also published a book of reflections on the Psalms entitled “Beside Quiet Waters.” Dr. Capozzi is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Academic Orthopaedic Society, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

This year’s Gala will provide an important source of unrestricted funds critical to the progress of NYU Winthrop. This support, across the Hospital’s mission for excellence in careeducation and research, will allow NYU Winthrop to seize opportunities, meet the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare environment, and respond where funding is needed most.

Guests of the 2018 Gala will enjoy the sparkle and charm of Paris along with lively music, fine dining, and cocktails; a signature casino and community auction; and special entertainment. Tickets, sponsorships, and journal opportunities are selling out fast. For more information about NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Annual Gala, visit or contact Shari Prinstein in the Office of Development at 516-663-8275 or email Shari.