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CornerStone Vol. 22, No. 3 Winter 2012
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Beating the Odds: Two Women Fight Heart Disease
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano Recognizes NYU Winthrop for its Dedication
Patients Get Their Lives Back via NYU Winthrop’s Movement Disorders Program
The Gift of Sight Restored
NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program: A Breath of Fresh Air for Pulmonary Patients
NYU Winthrop Named to List of Nation’s “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs”
NYU Winthrop’s Home Health Agency Named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™
Caring for Mind, Body & Spirit
Bereavement Support for Those Who are Grieving and Healing
NYU Winthrop Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Integrating Technology into Diabetes Education
Clinical Trials at NYU Winthrop
The Big Easy Exceeds $1,000,000 Milestone for NYU Winthrop
Local Artists Bring Splashes of Hope to NYU Winthrop
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $200,000 for NYU Winthrop’s Child Life Program
Evening of Tasting and Giving Raises Funds for Pediatric Patients
Cancer Center for Kids Benefits from Generous Hess Corporate Grant
Gregg’s Wings Golf Outing Scores Hole-in-One for NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids
10th Annual Celebration of Life
Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Receives Treatment at NYU Winthrop
Helping Those in Need
Quilters Bring a “Touch of Comfort” to Patients
Support for Hurricane Sandy Victims
Senator Fuschillo “Extends the Holidays”
McCann Endoscopy Center at NYU Winthrop Receives Generous Donation
Kiwanis Club Supports Child Life Program
NYU Winthrop Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Research Institute

Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Receives Treatment at NYU Winthrop

hurricane sandy volunteer treatmentHurricane Sandy volunteer Robert Burcham of Tennessee (right) receives a Tysabri Infusion, which helps slow down the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. He is joined by his care team at NYU Winthrop (l.-r.): Denise Cheng, RN; Eileen Boylan, RN; and Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurology and Director of The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center.

Volunteers have travelled from across the country to assist with Long Island relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. The Team at the NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center was recently given the opportunity to give back to one such volunteer, 41-year-old Robert Burcham of Tennessee.

Although Mr. Burcham suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), he hasn’t let it stop him from assisting victims of environmental disasters across the country over the years. Mr. Burcham is an expert in his field – assessing damage to roofs that are difficult for most people to get to. When Mr. Burcham had the opportunity to come to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, he didn’t delay, even though that meant he would be missing his Tysabri Infusion – a therapy that he receives every 28 days to slow down the progression of MS.

“When I left Tennessee, I was already due for another treatment, but I wanted to get out here to help, and then I was so busy that I never made time to take care of myself,” he said.

After spending a month in New York helping others, Mr. Burcham called The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center. Dr. Gottesman and the Center’s Team worked to ensure that Mr. Burcham could promptly receive the necessary treatment.

“We were eager to do anything we could to help Mr. Burcham,” said Denise Cheng, RN, who was instrumental in coordinating Mr. Burcham’s treatment.

“During the process, I was privileged to get to know Mr. Burcham – he is a remarkable man who lives his life to the fullest.”

“From the very first time I met Dr. Gottesman, I felt confident that I was in good hands,” Mr. Burcham said. After receiving the infusion, Mr. Burcham was immediately able to travel to his next appointment assessing roof damage on Long Island homes.

The NYU Winthrop Compre hensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center has been recognized by the National MS Society since 2000 as a center for comprehensive care, providing services that address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS. With a multidisciplinary and humanistic approach to treatment and care, the Center offers a variety of services, including clinically proven medication therapies; an Onsite Infusion Center; a referral network for appropriate specialty services; and support groups. The Center is also involved in many ongoing clinical research trials, including participation in the New York State MS Consortium since 1997.

For more information about The NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center, call 1-866- WINTHROP.