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July 18, 2006

Winthrop-University Hospital Nursing Lab Dedicated

L-R: From Farmingdale State: Dr. Marie Hayden-Miles, Dr. Kathleen Walsh (Chair, Nursing Department), and Dr. Jonathan Gibralter; from Winthrop University Hospital: Valerie T. Terzano (VP of Nursing Services), George Rainer, and Daniel P. Walsh
L-R: From Farmingdale State: Dr. Marie Hayden-Miles,
Dr. Kathleen Walsh (Chair, Nursing Department),
and Dr. Jonathan Gibralter; from Winthrop University Hospital:
Valerie T. Terzano (VP of Nursing Services), George Rainer, and Daniel P. Walsh

At the dedication of the Winthrop-University Hospital Nursing Lab today, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, president of Farmingdale State University of New York, today thanked Winthrop-University Hospital President Daniel P. Walsh for the hospital's generous support of the college's nursing program.

Winthrop-University Hospital has taken a proactive approach to employing nurses by partnering with Farmingdale State University of New York. The hospital has funded two full-time nursing professors, purchased critical laboratory equipment and even paid tuition for Winthrop nursing assistants so that they can complete their nursing degrees to become RNs. This support is in excess of $500,000.

Dr. Gibralter pointed out that "Winthrop-University Hospital has made it possible for Farmingdale State to dramatically increase enrollment in its nursing program. They did this in an effort to meet their demand for nurses during a time when there is a national shortage. The Winthrop University Hospital facility is a symbol of their commitment which is also backed by them paying full tuition for nurses who will then work for their hospital. I thank Daniel Walsh and George Rainer for their vision which helps educate critically needed registered nurses and benefits the entire Long Island community."

Winthrop-University Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. Walsh said "Programs, such as this innovative collaboration between Winthrop and Farmingdale State, will help insure that our Hospital has sufficient, qualified Registered Nurses to deliver quality care to our patients. We are very proud that Winthrop is able to help local students pursue a career in nursing who may otherwise not have been able to get into a program."

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter and Mr. Daniel P. Walsh
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter and Mr. Daniel P. Walsh

The new laboratory, located in Gleeson Hall, is, according to Dr. Marie Hayden-Miles, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, "better equipped than any other academic lab on Long Island." It contains two clusters of four equipped bed stations, including electric beds, bedside tables, over-bed tables, IV hooks, control panels, bedside computer and software. This state-of-the-art equipment, located on campus, provides the clinical experience needed by nursing students. Winthrop's generosity has enabled the nursing department to increase enrollment by 30 additional students.

Winthrop-University Hospital Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development George P. Rainer said, "The hospital and the community will benefit tremendously from this partnership. Exceptional nursing care is part of our mission."

Founded in 1896, Winthrop University Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and Level 1 Trauma Center which offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.

L-R: Valerie T. Terzano, VP of Nursing, George Rainer, VP of Human Resources, Sharon Henle, FS Nursing, Dr.Gibralter, Mr. Walsh, Dr. Kathleen Walsh and Helen Leitl-Greene, FS Nursing
L-R: Valerie T. Terzano, VP of Nursing, George Rainer, VP of Human
Resources, Sharon Henle, FS Nursing, Dr.Gibralter, Mr. Walsh, Dr.
Kathleen Walsh and Helen Leitl-Greene, FS Nursing

Founded in 1912, Farmingdale State has been offering associate degrees in nursing for the past 45 years.

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