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South Nassau Golf Outing Raises Record $329,005 in Support of Emergency Department Expansion

Posted: Jun. 21, 2015

Brightwater Resident Sinks Hole-in-One for 2-Year Lease on an Audi. Supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital raised a record gross total of $329,000 toward the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department at its 31st Annual Golf Outing, held Monday on two courses, breaking all previous fundraising records for this event by more than 16 percent.

John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E., founder and managing partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates in Woodbury, NY, was the honoree of the outing, which was held at both the Inwood Country Club and The Seawane Club on Monday, June 15.

Aside from the record-setting money raised, the outing will also be remembered by Brightwater, NY, resident Tim Haggerty for the hole-in-one he recorded on the par 3 5th hole at The Seawane Club that won him a two-year lease on an Audi courtesy of Lynbrook Audi. This is the second consecutive year that South Nassau’s golf outing has been host to a hole-in-one.

The money raised by the outing will support South Nassau’s “Emergency Department Expansion Campaign.” The campaign is a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative to help pay for a $60 million renovation of the Oceanside Emergency Department, serving all residents of the South Shore from Queens to Suffolk. The expansion project will increase the Emergency Department’s square footage from 16,000 to 30,000 square feet, increasing its overall size by 87% and giving it the necessary room to accommodate a projected 70,000 patient visits each year as well as establishing dedicated areas for behavioral health and pediatric emergencies. The Emergency Department currently sees some 65,000 patients a year but was designed to handle 35,000 annually.

“John Cameron has been a long-time friend of South Nassau and his firm has partnered with the hospital on several important projects,” said South Nassau’s president and CEO, Richard J. Murphy. “We are grateful he agreed to be our honoree and help us raise funds for the Emergency Department expansion campaign.”

Under Mr. Cameron’s leadership, Cameron Engineering has grown into being one of the region’s premier engineering and planning firms, having received local, state, and national awards for many of its projects. Cameron Engineering serves the public and private sectors alike in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond and has partnered with South Nassau on many of its major projects including the North Addition, Outpatient Dialysis Center rebuild, and most recently the Long Beach Urgent Care Center.

Mr. Cameron (a resident of Rockville Centre, NY) is a licensed professional engineer, marine engineer and a U.S. patent holder. His professional experience includes heavy construction, government, facility operations, consulting engineering, academia, entrepreneurship and business ownership. Mr. Cameron is also the recipient of many personal awards and has been a frequent contributor to the news media, including television, radio and print. He and his wife reside in Rockville Centre as do their two married children and grandchildren.

In addition to the hole-in-one, the outing also presented awards for the following categories: Men’s Lowest Score – Mike Ricciardi – 72 at The Seawane Club, and Lou D’Agostino – 78 at Inwood Country Club; Women’s Lowest Score – Jennifer Haggerty – 79 at The Seawane Club, and Kathy Masiulis – 89 at Inwood Country Club; Foursome Lowest Score – Wes Price, Jim Kelley, Steve Puckett, Matt Curtin – 57 at The Seawane Club, and Rick Kuplicki, Dan Kuplicki, Myles Foley, Max Gartman – 74 at Inwood Country Club. The afternoon of golf was followed by an evening of fine dining, camaraderie, and fun at the Seawane Club.

South Nassau’s Emergency Services Department is the busiest community hospital emergency room in Nassau County, realizing an 8.5 percent increase in patient visits in 2013. Praised for its efficiency and responsiveness to the needs of patients, the department’s staff includes board-certified, residency-trained emergency medicine physicians as well as nurses and physicians' assistants who have been specially-trained in emergency medical care.

The department is a New York State Department of Health regional Stroke Center and is southern Nassau County’s only Trauma Level II Center. The department has over 35 large independent treatment bays, specialty treatment areas as well as its own dedicated Computerized Radiology Suite for rapid access for testing and results.

South Nassau is the only hospital on Long Island to win four major awards for quality in recent months, including for women’s services, nursing excellence, and top rankings from U.S. News & World Report and from the Joint Commission. In addition, it is one of just 559 hospitals in the country to be awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Quality Achievement Award, and it is also a recipient of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, 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. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program. In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.