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Mount Sinai South Nassau Dedicates Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza

Iris and Shalom Maidenbaum, Nassau property tax reduction experts, make significant gift to honor health care workers

Posted: Jul. 1, 2024
Mount Sinai South Nassau Dedicates Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza

Shalom and Iris Maidenbaum, founders of Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group and prominent Long Island philanthropists, have generously made a significant gift donated to Mount Sinai South Nassau to honor healthcare workers.

A newly constructed park in front of the Oceanside hospital will serve as a space to commemorate the selfless efforts of nurses, doctors, and support staff who bravely cared for thousands of critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mount Sinai South Nassau will dedicate this 10,000 square-foot park as "Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza."

The gift from Shalom and Iris Maidenbaum and the Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group, LLC. will go toward the hospital’s ongoing effort to bring high-level specialty care to the South Shore so residents and their families don’t have to travel to the city or to the North Shore for advanced treatment.

Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza

"We are deeply grateful for the generosity and thoughtfulness of Mr. and Mrs. Maidenbaum," said Adhi Sharma, MD, President. "The Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza will serve as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by healthcare workers in caring for those in need."

"This park is a testament to our ongoing appreciation of healthcare workers," said Anthony Cancellieri, Co-Chair of the Mount Sinai South Nassau Advisory Board. "They are the unsung heroes who deserve recognition every day. We thank Shalom and Iris Maidenbaum for their generosity and collaboration on this meaningful project."

"We are delighted to support Mount Sinai South Nassau and create this special area in honor of the hospital's dedicated heroes," said Shalom Maidenbaum. "Having spent over five decades in the South Shore community, our goal is to give back to our South Shore community. Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group is from the community and for the community, and Mount Sinai South Nassau is the perfect partner for us to express our gratitude. We hope the Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza will provide a place for hospital staff, visitors, patients, and neighbors to rest, reflect, and find solace, if only for a few moments."

During the pandemic, the South Shore of Long Island was among the hardest-hit areas. To care for seriously ill patients who streamed into its Emergency Department, Mount Sinai South Nassau expanded its capacity to more than over 500 beds and transformed its patient care units to provide specialized critical care to over 15,000 COVID-19 positive patients.

The Maidenbaum Health Care Heroes Plaza, located at One Healthy Way across from the hospital's main entrance at the corner of One Healthy Way and Oswald Court, will be frequented daily by thousands of patients, visitors, and staff. It features pavers, bricks, trees, and benches from the hospital's "Buy a Brick" campaign, inscribed with messages honoring special individuals in the lives of hospital staff, benefactors, and residents. A large U.S. flag displayed inside the building's main Western facing window provides a backdrop for the park.

Proceeds from the campaign will be used to maintain the plaza and offset costs of the hospital’s ongoing expansion projects, which includes the four-story Feil Family Pavilion that is scheduled to open this fall. The pavilion will be home to an expanded Emergency Department with dedicated treatment areas for pediatric and behavioral health patients and the capacity to see approximately 80,000 patients annually. It will also feature 40 new critical care beds and nine modern operating rooms equipped to provide open heart surgery, pending New York State Department of Health approval.

About Mount Sinai South Nassau
The Long Island flagship hospital of the Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai South Nassau is designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for outstanding nursing care. Mount Sinai South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than nine hundred physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, New York, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health, and emergency services and operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County, along with Long Island’s only free-standing Emergency Department in Long Beach.

In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, Mount Sinai South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. Mount Sinai South Nassau operates the only Trauma Center on the South Shore of Nassau County verified by the American College of Surgeons as well as Long Island’s only free-standing, 9-1-1 receiving Emergency Department in Long Beach. Mount Sinai South Nassau also is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons; is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program; and an Infectious Diseases Society of America Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.
For more information, go to www.mountsinai.org/southnassau.