Mondays at Racine: A Collaboration of Community and the North Shore-LIJ Health System

The Oscar nominated documentary, Mondays at Racine, debuts tonight on HBO. The film highlights the stories that walk through the salon’s door. The synergy created between the film, The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and Southside Hospital is an example of what can be accomplished when organizations get together for the benefit of their community.

 The North Shore-LIJ Health System was honored to be at the recent HBO screening of the documentary, held at the Islip Movie Theater, and reception at The Scully Estate in Islip. The event celebrated how sisters Cynthia Sansone and Rachael Demolfetto had the determination to “Pay It Forward” at their salon to offer a comfortable place for those undergoing cancer treatments in a way that celebrates human dignity.

 Mondays at Racine has woven a fabric of friendship for many cancer patients. These extraordinary women have touched hundreds of lives, not with needles or lasers, but with compassion, understanding and laughter. Their salon has become a “support group” in disguise said Donna Moravick, executive director of Southside Hospital .

 And, for those times when clinical realities have to intrude, patients can turn to the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which is committed to medical excellence and patient-centered care focused on human dignity. North Shore is collaborating with Racine in its efforts to help men and women with cancer. North Shore-LIJ specialists host “HealthTalks” at the salon and lead discussions on various health topics. The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and Southside Hospital is working with Racine to expand the program’s reach across Long Island. 

The film premieres tonight on HBO at 9pm. 

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's 14th-largest healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City.  For more information, go to

About the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute
With nearly 150 physicians throughout the New York metropolitan area, the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute is comprised of 12 centers of excellence that treat all forms of cancer. The Cancer Institute and its physicians are involved in more than 175 cancer clinical trials and have accumulated 30 years of experience in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical research.



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