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Senator Skelos Honored at 2008 Carnation Ball

New York State Senator Dean G. Skelos was the honoree of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 2008 Annual Carnation Ball. Many of the region’s leading healthcare executives and state and local public officials were among the approximately 600 guests who attended the Ball to honor Senator Skelos and recognize his exemplary leadership in state and local government.

“Senator Skelos is known for his steadfast commitment to ensure that government serves and works for the people,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, President and CEO of South Nassau. “His leadership and tireless work in the state legislature has been vital to drafting and enacting legislation that sparks growth and opportunity and resolves difficult issues that would hinder progress and be detrimental to the quality of life of residents throughout the state.”

The Carnation Ball honoree is recognized for exemplary leadership and contributions in support of South Nassau’s mission to provide cost-effective, high-quality healthcare. Senator Skelos is serving his twelfth term in the New York State Senate. On June 24, 2008, he was elected to serve as Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate after serving as Deputy Majority Leader since 1995.

Senator Skelos has served as the Senate representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (“MTA”) four-member Capital Program Review Board and Co-Chairman of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment. Prior to his election to the State Senate in 1984, Senator Skelos represented New York State’s 19th Assembly District for two years.

The 2008 Carnation Ball raised more than a half-million dollars in support of South Nassau’s Comprehensive Cancer Program, thanks in part to many generous and benevolent sponsors including Exclusive Ball Sponsor Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group.

South Nassau’s Cancer Program is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons and features a multidisciplinary team of world-class medical, radiation and surgical oncologists. The team uses an array of advanced technologies and treatments to provide evaluation and therapy for a wide range of cancers, both common and rare.

South Nassau’s Cancer Program incorporates a number of specialty cancer care services, such as: South Nassau Long Island Gamma Knife Center (Oceanside), South Nassau Center for Prostate Health (Oceanside), South Nassau Cancer Center (Valley Stream), South Nassau Radiation Oncology (Oceanside and Valley Stream), South Nassau Surgical Oncology (Oceanside and Valley Stream), and Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside).

For more information about South Nassau’s Cancer Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.

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