North Shore University Hospital Marks 60 Years of Community Service

MANHASSET, NY – North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset marked 60 years of serving the region by reflecting on its past and looking toward the hospital’s future in a ceremony with its staff on Friday morning.

The gathering recently at the hospital, on the 58-acre Sandra Atlas Bass campus with 804 beds and more than 6,000 staff members, harkened back to its humble beginnings on July 27, 1953, in a ceremony for its staff that featured Jan Senical, one of the hospital’s first employees; Sylvia Lester, who has volunteered for 60 years; and Patricia Whelan, a nurse manager for 38 years.

The hospital commemorated its 60th anniversary in its nurses’ week celebration in May as well as with a barbecue for employees last week. There will also be an ice cream social in July.

 The hospital was the first community hospital on Long Island to treat medically underserved patients. NSUH was also the first in the region to start the idea of a health system with its merger with the Community Hospital at Glen Cove – creating the North Shore Regional Health Services Corporation in 1990. That merger has grown into what is now the North Shore-LIJ Health System with a service area of approximately seven million people in Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

The hospital’s campus is home to the first and only kidney transplant center in Nassau and Queens and the Center for Human Reproduction, the longest-operating facility of its kind on Long Island. NSUH treated approximately 90,000 patients in its emergency department last year.

 “It is humbling and rewarding to think of the thousands and thousands of lives we have saved and changed since our doors opened,” said NSUH Executive Director Susan Somerville .

Ms. Senical has touched many lives, both in her 41 years as an employee and 19 more as a volunteer after she retired. She worked in the personnel department and with its medical students program and now leads the junior volunteer orientations.

“I’m just amazed at how it’s grown,” Ms. Senical said of the hospital. “The people here have become my family. And I really enjoy working with the junior volunteers.”

Before the ceremony, Ms. Lester talked about how she helped to put together five fairs that the hospital held as fundraisers in the now Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation  parking lot. Ms. Lester enjoyed seeing various parts of the community come together with the hospital staff to participate in activities such as rides and games. She also started the patient relations department in 1976.

“Our goal is to leave a legacy that everyone will be proud of and continue to be innovative while providing the best quality of patient care possible,” said Michael Dowling , president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. 

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