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Thursday, August 20 2015

100,000th delivery at Stony Brook University Hospital


Updated August 18, 2015 5:21 PM

Newborn Luca Picarella has the usual statistics associated with his birth — time of delivery 8:09 a.m., weight 8 pounds 9 ounces, length 20.75 inches. But there’s one more number that will follow him for life: His was the 100,000th delivery at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Dad Mike Picarella of Rocky Point says that when a nurse manager approached him in the hallway to talk to him about his baby, who was born via scheduled Caesarean section on Monday morning, he “got nervous for a second,” thinking something was wrong medically. Instead, the nurse said, “Congratulations, your child is the 100,000th delivery.”

“At first I laughed, I thought it was a gag,” said Mike, 32, who works for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “I was shocked.”

The hospital is planning a celebration Thursday for Luca’s dad and mom, Katie, 31, and his sister, Gianna, 5. Thursday hospital brass will speak about the milestone and present Luca with gifts from community organizations and businesses, including scholarship money. Luca’s mom will receive a spa package and Stony Brook swag items.

“To me, it’s exciting,” said Dr. Todd Griffin, chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital. “It really shows the impact we have on the community.”

The first delivery at Stony Brook was in May 1980 and today nearly 4,000 babies are born each year at the hospital — at the rate of about 10 to 20 a day. Even if a multiple birth takes place, it is counted by the hospital as one delivery.

Stony Brook invited the first baby born at the hospital in 1980, Jeffrey Solomon, a resort cook who lives in Florida, to fly to Stony Brook for Thursday’s celebration. He is coming with his father, Bob, and stepmother, Hope. His mom, Deborah, is deceased. Jeffrey said he hopes to hold Luca. “If they let me,” he said. “It’s up to the mom and dad.”

Mike Picarella said he and his wife knew about the countdown — or rather, count up — to the 100,000 delivery because the hospital has been updating its followers on its Stony Brook Medicine Facebook page all summer, and a friend told them about it. “She was joking around with us and said, ‘Have you heard about the countdown? Wouldn’t it be funny if your child is the baby?’ ”

Katie Picarella was originally scheduled for a C-section this Friday because Gianna had been an emergency C-section when she was born at Stony Brook in 2009, Michael said. But the doctors had an opening in the schedule on Monday and at the couple’s most recent obstetric appointment they agreed to move up the birth to Monday. “If we never made that switch, none of this would be going on,” Mike Picarella said.

Katie Picarella was resting Tuesday in her hospital room and asked that media not interview her. However, she did have this to say: “I’m in love with my son, and that’s all that matters to me at this point.”

Added Mike’s mom, Luann Picarella of Port Jefferson Station: “I know this is big hoopla for the hospital, but it’s just normal parents, having a baby and going home.”

Source: Newsday

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Thursday, August 06 2015

Ward Melville Among 100 High Schools With Best Teachers in NY

The national list ranks 5,886 public high schools based on teaching statistics and about 920,000 ratings from 240,000 students and parents.

Ward Melville Among 100 High Schools With Best Teachers in NY

Do you think your high school’s teachers are the best? recently released its 2015 list of public high schools with the best teachers throughout the nation, as well as the state of New York, and many schools you’ll recognize received high ranks.

More than half of the top-100 list in New York is made up of Long Island schools.

In addition, Niche ranked schools with the best extracurricularsfacilities,food,outcomessports and more.

Niche ranked more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. View the full methodology here.

Here is a look at the state’s high schools with the best teachers as ranked by

  1. Great Neck South High School, Great Neck

  2. Jericho Senior High School, Jericho

  3. Scarsdale Senior High School, Scarsdale

  4. Syosset Senior High School, Syosset

  5. Byram Hills High School, Armonk

  6. Roslyn High School, Roslyn Heights

  7. Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua

  8. Half Hollow Hills High School East, Dix Hills

  9. Herricks High School, New Hyde Park

  10. Dobbs Ferry High School, Dobbs Ferry

  11. Brighton High School, Rochester

  12. Pelham Memorial High School, Pelham

  13. Wheatley School, Old Westbury

  14. Commack High School, Commack

  15. Westhampton Beach Senior High School, Westhampton Beach

  16. Harrison High School, Harrison

  17. Ardsley High School, Ardsley

  18. Floral Park Memorial High School, Floral Park

  19. Pittsford Sutherland High School, Pittsford

  20. Oceanside High School, Oceanside

  21. Elmont Memorial High School, Elmont

  22. Harborfields High School, Greenlawn

  23. South Side High School, Rockville Centre

  24. Bethpage Senior High School, Bethpage

  25. Suffern Senior High School, Suffern

  26. Clarkstown North Senior High School, New City

  27. Clarkstown South Senior High School, West Nyack

  28. North Salem Middle/High School, North Salem

  29. Garden City High School, Garden City

  30. North Shore Senior High School, Glen Head

  31. Pittsford-Mendon High School, Pittsford

  32. Locust Valley High School, Locust Valley

  33. John Jay High School, Cross River

  34. Half Hollow Hills High School West, Dix Hills

  35. Mount Sinai High School, Mount Sinai

  36. Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck

  37. Skaneateles Senior High School, Skaneateles

  38. Smithtown High School - Western Campus, Smithtown

  39. Sanford H. Calhoun High School, Merrick

  40. Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin

  41. Fayetteville-Manlius Senior High School, Manlius

  42. Tappan Zee High School, Orangeburg

  43. George W. Hewlett High School, Hewlett

  44. White Plains Senior High School, White Plains

  45. Lynbrook Senior High School, Lynbrook

  46. Southampton High School, Southampton

  47. Smithtown High School East, Saint James

  48. John H. Glenn High School, Elwood

  49. Hastings High School, Hastings On Hudson

  50. Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie

  51. Northport Senior High School, Northport

  52. Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow

  53. Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, Port Jefferson

  54. Fox Lane High School, Bedford

  55. Bay Shore Senior High School, Bay Shore

  56. Walt Whitman High School, Huntington Station

  57. Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School, Port Washington

  58. John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore

  59. Mattituck Junior/Senior High School, Mattituck

  60. Williamsville East High School, East Amherst

  61. H. Frank Carey High School, Franklin Square

  62. Niskayuna High School, Schenectady

  63. Croton-Harmon High School, Croton On Hudson

  64. Victor Senior High School, Victor

  65. Arlington High School, Lagrangeville

  66. Penfield Senior High School, Penfield

  67. Ossining High School, Ossining

  68. Ballston Spa Senior High School, Ballston Spa

  69. Bethlehem Central Senior High School, Delmar

  70. Wellington C. Mepham High School, Bellmore

  71. Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park

  72. Massapequa High School, Massapequa

  73. East Meadow High School, East Meadow

  74. Ward Melville Senior High School, East Setauket

  75. Red Hook Senior High School, Red Hook

  76. Lawrence Senior High School, Cedarhurst

  77. Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, Copiague

  78. Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Dewitt

  79. Island Trees High School, Levittown

  80. Yorktown High School, Yorktown Heights

  81. Gen. Douglas MacArthur Senior High School, Levittown

  82. New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park

  83. Somers Senior High School, Lincolndale

  84. Carmel High School, Carmel

  85. Valley Stream Central High School, Valley Stream

  86. Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview

  87. Woodlands Senior High School, Hartsdale

  88. Irondequoit High School, Rochester

  89. New Paltz Senior High School, New Paltz

  90. Nyack Senior High School, Upper Nyack

  91. Shoreham-Wading River High School, Shoreham

  92. Valley Stream South High School, Valley Stream

  93. Malverne Senior High School, Malverne

  94. Valley Stream North High School, Franklin Square

  95. P.S. 195 - City Honors School, Buffalo

  96. Orchard Park High School, Orchard Park

  97. Islip High School, Islip

  98. Hendrick Hudson High School, Montrose

  99. Yonkers High School, Yonkers

  100. New Rochelle High School, New Rochelle


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Wednesday, August 05 2015

Stony Brook Children’s Installs Final Steel Beam at ‘Topping Off’ Ceremony – Marking Construction Milestone And Launching $2.5M Knapp Swezey Foundation ‘Children’s Challenge’

$5 million expected to be raised by Challenge, which will complete the Building Fund’s $25 million goal

Stony Brook, NY; Stony Brook University Medical Center: Children's Hospital Topping Off Ceremony (7/24/15) Peggy McGovern, Ken Kaushansky, Reuven Pasternak, Senators Ken LaValle and John Flanagan, Bret Sears from Island Federal Credit Union, Bradley and Philip Hirst, and members of the Knapp-Swezey family

Stony Brook, NY; Stony Brook University Medical Center: Children’s Hospital Topping Off Ceremony (7/24/15) Peggy McGovern, Ken Kaushansky, Reuven Pasternak, Senators Ken LaValle and John Flanagan, Bret Sears from Island Federal Credit Union, Bradley and Philip Hirst, and members of the Knapp-Swezey family

Stony Brook, NY, July 28, 2015 – At the “Topping Off” Ceremony for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, cheers were heard as a crane installed the final beam needed to complete the frame of the major building project on the Stony Brook Medicine campus. The event marked a major milestone for the project and also served as a launching point for the Knapp Swezey Foundation Children’s Challenge, a $2.5 million matching challenge pledge designed to raise the $5 million needed to complete the $25 million Children’s Hospital Building fund philanthropic goal. The Knapp Swezey Foundation has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match on all private donations and public funding received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Before the ceremony, the final beam was signed by patients, families, donors, elected representatives and Stony Brook Medicine leadership.

“Stony Brook Medicine has been such an important resource for the health and wellness of the Long Island community for so long,” said Foundation Board Member David Knapp. “We hope this matching challenge pledge will create even more awareness and support from the community to ensure the children of Suffolk County receive the very best care available.”

“We are grateful to the Knapp Swezey Foundation for their generosity across campus over the years,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “The Knapp Swezey Children’s Challenge is an incredible example of their confidence in Stony Brook’s mission and how philanthropy provides the margin of excellence in all we do. It will also help position Stony Brook Children’s as a leader in pediatric care and a model children’s hospital of the future.”

During the ceremony, leadership of Stony Brook Medicine, Knapp Swezey Foundation, Island Federal Credit Union, other donors, elected officials, Stony Brook Children’s medical staff, and young patients and their families assembled on the 5th floor patio of Stony Brook University Hospital, with the backdrop of the massive construction site, where 465,000 square feet of building construction will lead to new space devoted to Stony Brook Medicine clinical care, research and training.

“We want everyone interested in supporting Stony Brook Children’s to know that donations made through June 30, 2016 to the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Building will be matched by the Knapp Swezey Foundation – doubling the impact of their gift,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “The Knapp Swezey Foundation has been a great friend, and we are thankful for this generous pledge.”

Stony Brook, NY; Stony Brook University Medical Center: Children's Hospital Topping Off Ceremony (7/24/15)

Stony Brook, NY; Stony Brook University Medical Center: Children’s Hospital Topping Off Ceremony (7/24/15)

Dr. Kaushansky also recognized New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan andSenator Kenneth LaValle, the Senate’s Chair of Higher Education, for their ongoing support in securing the original $53 million in state funding for the project.  He also thanked Assemblyman Steve EnglebrightAssemblyman Mike FitzpatrickSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, as well as Brookhaven Town Council members Valerie Cartright and Daniel Panico, who were all present for the ceremony.

“This hospital will help a great number of children and families in our region. Congratulations to everyone who has worked throughout the year to construct this state-of-the-art facility,” said Senator Flanagan. “This effort was a great partnership of state funding and private donations, and we are very appreciative of all who joined together for the good of our community, including the Knapp Swezey Foundation and Island Federal Credit Union.”

“This project is one of my most cherished accomplishments in that it will benefit the lives of Suffolk County children and families for years to come,” said Senator LaValle. “Today we celebrate a major milestone and recognize all those who have contributed, from the financial donors to the pediatricians and doctors to labor and their workers who are making this dream a reality.”

“The Knapp Swezey Foundation’s dedication to ensuring that Stony Brook Children’s is able to provide Long Island families with the best possible care, has been tremendously encouraging,” saidL. Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook University Hospital. “We are grateful for the momentum this matching challenge has infused into this project, particularly at this pivotal time when the next phase of construction is beginning.”

Also acknowledged at the Topping Off ceremony was Island Federal Credit Union (Island) for its $750,000 gift to the new Children’s Hospital building fund earlier in the year, as part of its $7 million, 10-year partnership with Stony Brook University.

Bret Sears, CEO and President of Island applauded the Knapp Swezey Foundation’s commitment and expects it will build on the groundswell of support for the new Children’s Hospital. “Island Federal Credit Union is proud to partner with Long Island’s businesses, nonprofits, and community members to support Stony Brook and bring the very best pediatric facilities, doctors, and clinical care to Suffolk County families,” he said.

The Knapp Swezey Foundation, together with their friends and family, have been dedicated supporters of Stony Brook Children’s since 2010 with a total impact of $14.4 million, including the new matching challenge pledge. Most recently, in September 2014, the Foundation gave a $2.7 million gift, which enabled Stony Brook Children’s to complete a $9 million matching challenge for the new building from an anonymous donor.

“The generous support of the Knapp Swezey Foundation is helping to make Stony Brook Children’s a reality,” said Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “The new Stony Brook Children’s hospital is an important addition to Stony Brook Medicine; it will provide all private rooms to allow parents to comfortably stay with their children, and lots of play space and respite areas for families. The new facility will also support cutting edge clinical programs and allow us to recruit and retain the best pediatric doctors in the country and expand the research frontier toward developing groundbreaking therapies for the cure of childhood disease and disability.”

Designed for pediatric patients and their families, the new 71,500 square foot Stony Brook Children’s will feature single patient rooms geared for children of all ages, family suites with private sleep and bathing areas, and playrooms and teen relaxation spaces designed by Stony Brook Child Life Specialists. It will also expand the pediatric research program at Stony Brook Medicine.

The new Stony Brook Children’s is part of a major expansion project currently underway that will allow Stony Brook Medicine to grow with the changing needs of families throughout Suffolk County and beyond. It will be located within the 10-level University Hospital Pavilion, which is part of a 465,000 square foot development that also includes a state-of-the-art research and clinical care facility, the Medical and Research Translation building. The new facilities are being built adjacent to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The philanthropic goal for the new Children’s Hospital is $25 million, of which more than $20 million has already been raised. To donate and double the value of your gift with the Knapp Swezey Children’s Challenge, please visit

For more about the Knapp Swezey Children’s Challenge, click on this video.

To learn more about the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, click here.

About Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

With 106 beds, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 8,000 children and young adults are discharged each year. Stony Brook Children’s has more than 160 pediatric specialists in over 30 specialties. The hospital is Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations possible from the New York State Department of Health. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, and Cystic Fibrosis Center. To learn more, visit

About Island Federal Credit Union

Island Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., is a not-for-profit, full -service financial institution, providing affordable banking products and services to Long Islanders. Founded in 1955, Island has grown to be among the top performing credit unions in New York State with over $1 billion in assets, serving more than 33,000 members. Island’s successful track record can be attributed to consistently delivering the best rates, no hidden fees, and exceptional service to its members. When banking at Island, members have access to a complete menu of loan and deposit products, including: Simply Free Checking accounts, Certificate accounts, IRAs, Auto, Mortgage, Home Equity loans and lines, a Best Rate and a Best Rewards MasterCard® and Student Choice College loans. For anytime access, Island offers free 24/7/365 customer service, online banking, bill payer, and mobile banking services. In 2014, Island announced a 10-year, multi-faceted partnership with Stony Brook University that included naming rights of the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, sponsorship of the Stony Brook Film Festival, support of the Long Island State Veterans Home and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital as well as providing two branches and more than 11 ATMs on the Stony Brook University campus. In addition to the Stony Brook University locations, Island operates seven full service branches throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, located in Bellmore, Hauppauge, Hicksville, Massapequa, Riverhead, Sayville, and Selden. Island members can also access their Island accounts at more than 5,000 shared credit union branches throughout the country, and over 55,000 surcharge-free ATM networks nationwide. For more information about Island, stop by any branch, visit their website,, or call (631) 851-1100.


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