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$3 Million Gift in Support of Hospital’s Vision of Cancer Care for Long Island’s South Shore

The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust has made a $3 million gift to South Nassau Communities Hospital, which will be used to support the continued growth and expansion of the hospital’s Cancer Center.

“On behalf of the charitable lead annuity trust under the will of Louis Feil, the trustees, the entire Feil Family, and I are pleased to make this commitment to South Nassau Communities Hospital,” said Mr. Jeffrey J. Feil. “We understand and have deep appreciation for the role of a community-based healthcare provider. By fulfilling its mission to provide high-quality, standard-setting healthcare services that match the needs of the communities and the medically underserved, South Nassau makes an indelible contribution to the exceptional quality of life enjoyed by residents of the South Shore of Nassau County.” Mr. Feil, his sisters, and their families, including his parents, the late Gertrude and Louis, have been lifelong residents of Rockville Centre, NY.

In appreciation of the generosity of the Trust and in memory of Gertrude and Louis Feil, South Nassau is renaming its cancer center the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

"We are deeply thankful for the generosity and support of the Feil family," said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and CEO at South Nassau. “This gift will help South Nassau build on its tradition of excellence in the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered cancer care services and ensure that the communities and residents served by the hospital continue to have convenient access to the most advanced healthcare available anywhere."

This gift builds on the Feil family’s legacy of generosity to South Nassau. In 2008, the Feil family made a very generous gift to the Center of Cardiovascular Health and in 2009, the family showed their benevolence with a substantial gift to the cancer center.

Since the Cancer Center’s inception in 2001, patient volume has increased 55 percent. In 2009, the Center treated a total of 1,326 patients, including 1,047 newly-diagnosed patients and another 279 patients with recurrent cancer or cancer in progression. The Cancer Center, which is located at 1 South Central Ave. in Valley Stream, is the hub of South Nassau’s Comprehensive Cancer Program.

The program is a recipient of the prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, and has also been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the ACS. The program features a multidisciplinary team of world-class medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists who utilize an array of advanced diagnostic, medical, radiation, and surgical oncology technologies and treatments to provide individualized evaluation and therapy for patients with a wide range of cancers, both common and rare.

The Cancer Center and cancer program incorporate the following specialty cancer care services:

  • South Nassau’s Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)>
  • South Nassau’s GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Breast Health (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s Center for Lung Health (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • South Nassau’s Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • Complete Women’s Imaging Center (Oceanside)
  • South Nassau’s PET/CT Service (Oceanside)
  • Office of Clinical Research (Valley Stream

The program is the only one on Long Island with the combination of the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife®. The Novalis Tx is the medical industry’s most powerful radiation therapy technology and performs precise, image-guided treatments in a matter of minutes without a single incision. The da Vinci Surgical System helps skilled surgeons perform complex cancer surgeries with refined precision and control through minor incisions. A powerful radiosurgery tool, the Gamma Knife performs incisionless treatments for deep-seated brain abnormalities and tumors.

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