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Winthrop Receives $1,000,000 Grant to Support New Research Institute From the Regional Economic Development Council - Archived
December 21, 2012

Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant by the Regional Economic Development Council to support the construction of its brand new, 94,000 square foot Research Institute, already under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola. Groundbreaking took place several weeks ago and the construction is already underway.

The new, ultra modern Research Institute will consolidate clinical and bench research for all of Winthrop’s ongoing research initiatives. In addition to research on diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, Winthrop’s Research Institute will focus on other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. The new facility will bring all the hospitals researchers together in a translational atmosphere that will foster collaboration, dialog, and the cross-fertilization of ideas.

In addition, the new building will house classrooms for the 80 medical students who live and study on the Winthrop campus, as part of its role as a Clinical campus of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Space will be devoted to classrooms for the students, medical training facilities, and a simulation lab, which utilizes lifelike robotic mannequins to aid in the training of clinicians. Lastly, there will be a large 400 –seat amphitheater that will function as both a lecture hall for students as well as a venue for larger community education events sponsored by the hospital.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this award,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “It will be a significant contribution to the very large cost – over $80 million – that the Hospital will incur to move ahead with this initiative. It will help truly important research on a variety of major health issues, and also help us further our mission as a major academic medical facility striving to provide first class, state-of-the-art medical care to the communities we serve. Also, this will help support jobs on Long Island and enhance the economic vitality of the entire region.”

Mr. Collins went on to say, “We also wish to thank the members of the Long Island Regional Council for their consideration and support of our application. Their recognition of the importance of this initiative was a key to obtaining this significant grant. Stuart Rabinowitz and Kevin Law, the regional co-chairs deserve special recognition, as does State Senator Jack Martins, a good friend of the Hospital and of the Village of Mineola, who has been a champion of this program.”

The completion of the Winthrop Research Institute is scheduled for 2015. It is expected to generate approximately 500 construction trade-related jobs over the projected 24 month duration. At the outset, an additional 45 permanent positions will be added.

In addition to funding for the Winthrop Research Institute, Winthrop received additional funding from the Regional Economic Development Council, including $77,939 for telemetry competency training and $22,061 for health information management training.

Winthrop is a 591-bed teaching hospital located on Long Island in Mineola, NY. A major regional healthcare resource, the Hospital offers a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services delivered by an outstanding medical staff using the most sophisticated medical technology available. The hospital also features extensive medical education and research programs and serves as the Regional Clinical Campus for Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Winthrop has earned many prestigious accreditations, including designations as a New York State (NYS) Stroke Center, NYS Regional Perinatal Center and Regional Trauma Center, and is known across New York State for its excellent outcomes in interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery. Winthrop is also home to the New York Metro area’s first CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center.

Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234

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Architect’s rendering of the Winthrop Research Institute, currently under construction at the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Second Street in Mineola.

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Members of Winthrop’s senior administration and Board of Directors recently gathered to mark the groundbreaking of the new Research Institute. Pictured (l.-r.) are Joseph Burke, Vice President, Engineering and Facilities; Garry J. Schwall, Chief Operating Officer; Winthrop Board Member Edward Travaglianti; Palmira Cataliotti, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President & CEO; Charles M. Strain, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Winthrop; Alan Jacobson, MD, Chief Research Officer; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, Executive Director of Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute; and John F. Aloia, MD, Chief Academic Officer.