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CornerStone Vol. 26, No.1, Spring/Summer 2016
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A Second Miracle for Allison
Revolutionary Heart Procedure Provides New Treatment for Sufferers of Aortic Valve Stenosis
WATCHMAN: A New Treatment Option for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Lifesaving Procedure and Wedding Bells for Patient with Rare Heart Condition
New, State-of-the-Art Trauma Center Opens
Committed to the Fight against Obesity
Empowered to Educate: Women with Heart Disease Fight Back
American Heart Association Awards Grant-in-Aid to NYU Winthrop Researchers
Diabetes Prevention Program: Motivating Local Residents to Change Their Lives
24th Annual Gala Raises More than $1,000,000
Celebrating Service and Philanthropy: Special Room Dedication Held for Esteemed Physician
Getting into the Spirit at NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
Annual Golf Outing Benefits the CCFK
Bo Jackson Brings Special Memories
Gregg’s Wings Foundation Continues Support
CCFK Patients Rock at Seventh Annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer
Local Kiwanis Club Continues Longtime Support
CCFK Crosses the Finish Line
A Cause to Celebrate Raises Nearly $115,000 for Child Life Program
Good for the Brain: Unique Art Expressions Group Brings Patients and Caregivers Together
A Family Tradition of Philanthropy
Unique Toilet Training Program Helps Youngsters ‘Go’
New Mural Brightens Walls and Lifts Spirits
New Chiropractic Collaboration Provides Coordinated Care for Patients
NYU Winthrop Nurses Earn Prestigious Magnet Recognition
New Member Elected to NYU Winthrop’s Board of Directors
New Electronic Medical Record Set to Go Live This Summer
Raising the Bar for Care with National Recognitions
Yuletide Ball Raises $207,000 for Child Life Program
A Bite of Hope for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
Celebrating a 23-Year Partnership
Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Supports NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
Floreine J. NYU Winthrop’s Memory Honored with Tranquil Garden
Senator Martins Spreads Cheer Among Young Patients
Preventing Heat-Related Illness
NYU Winthrop Researchers Advocate for 9/11 First Responders Suffering from Debilitating Neurological Condition
A Special Evening of Tasting and Giving Supports Pediatric Patients

Empowered to Educate: Women with Heart Disease Fight Back

NYU Winthrop Hospital is dedicated to helping women fight heart disease. Now, as a member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance – a program of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease – NYU Winthrop joins a coalition of hospitals throughout the country who are committed to advancing women’s heart health. An important part of this commitment is educating the community, and recently, NYU Winthrop held a seminar called “Telling Our Stories: Living with Heart Disease & Stroke,” which brought Women- Heart ambassadors and their cardiologists together to speak on their experiences dealing with heart disease and recovery. More than 100 people attended the event.

“My heart event woke me up, and I want to spread that feeling of awareness.”

“This event was a success in bringing the community, ambassadors and healthcare providers together in one forum to address how we can improve heart health in women,” said Barbara George, EdD, RCEP, MSN, AGNP-C, Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine at NYU Winthrop.

The seminar was part of a collaborative effort between NYU Winthrop’s Division of Cardiology, NYU Winthrop’s Women’s Wellness ‘Inspiring Women’ Series and WomenHeart, and gave WomenHeart ambassadors Susan Kayser and Barbara Ghyll, both survivors of heart disease, the opportunity to share their personal stories in the hopes that doing so will help other women.

“Something very negative in my life turned into something extremely positive,” said Ms. Ghyll, a retired educator, of the stroke she suffered. “As serious and devastating as that event was, it is so positive now to be educating people in an effort to help them.”

“My heart event woke me up, and I want to spread that feeling of awareness,” said Ms. Kayser, a retired nurse.

(L.-R.) Wendy Drewes, BSN, RN, CCRC, Cardiology Research and Cardiovascular Lifestyle Wellness Coordinator; Cardiologist David Busch, DO; Susan Kayser and Barbara Ghyll, WomenHeart ambassadors; Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of Cardiology at NYU Winthrop; and Barbara George, EdD, RCEP, MSN, AGNP-C, Director, Center for Cardiovascular Lifestyle Medicine.

Both women’s cardiologists, David Busch, DO, and Kevin Marzo, MD, NYU Winthrop’s Chief of Cardiology, joined them in the evening of education.

“The Division of Cardiology is proud to be part of this exciting new hospital alliance which will allow us to continue our leadership role as being one of the top institutes in the delivery of cardiovascular care for women,” said Dr. Marzo. “The evening solidified our commitment to women’s heart health beyond hospital walls by continuing to grow its support for women where they live and work.”

The event also kicked off a peer-led support network, WomenHeart of NYU Winthrop- University Hospital, which is open to all women living with heart disease. The group meets at NYU Winthrop on the second Wednesday of every month. Led by Support Network

Coordinators Ms. Kayser and Ms. Ghyll, the network offers women the opportunity to discuss various heart health-related topics and connect with experts and others coping with the same condition. Guest speakers give brief talks on various heart-related top- ics such as diet, exercise, atrial fibriliation, stress and other risk factors. A recent meeting featured members of NYU Winthrop’s Behavioral Health clinical team who addressed mental health and stress management.

Additionally, Ms. Ghyll and Ms. Kayser are actively involved with NYU Winthrop’s “Red Bags of Courage” distribution, which includes a hand-knit scarf and educational materials for every hospitalized female patient admitted with a cardiac event.

“Having real cardiac female patients meet- ing with the hospitalized women can help with the transition of care and reduce anxiety associated with discharge,” said Dr. George.

WomenHeart and NYU Winthrop will also be actively assisting with community outreach efforts, working with faith-based organizations and other community based groups on Long Island to spread awareness of heart health, particularly in underserved communities.

For more information about heart health at NYU Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

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