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July 24, 2009

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Celebrates 24th Annual Founders Ball, Hollywood style

With all things Hollywood as its theme, The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation held its 24th annual Founders Ball this June at Brooklyn’s own Steiner Studios, the same location where several major motion pictures were filmed including Spiderman 3 and Inside Man.

“We picked Hollywood—particularly that feeling of an opening night premier—because it captures our excitement about all of the new initiatives we’ve unveiled in the last 12 months,” said Mary Shuford, director of The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation.

This past year was indeed a period of great achievement. The Brooklyn Hospital Center acquired several pieces of new equipment, including a GE 64 Slice CT imaging system, a new cardiac catheterization lab and a state-of-the-art simulation center.

The Hospital Center also inaugurated several new community health programs such as the Nurse-Family Partnership initiative, which lets nurses treat and counsel at-risk pregnant women and new mothers right in their homes.

Mark Wager, President & CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield accepting the 2009 Founders MedalMark Wager, President & CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield accepting the 2009 Founders MedalBut the true stars of the Founders Ball were not the Hospital Center’s new equipment or its programs but the staff and community supporters behind them. Mark Wagar, president and CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield was celebrated at the event, as was Harry Dym, DDS, HT, chair of Dental Care and oral/maxillofacial surgery, and Stuart A. Green, MD, chief of rheumatology and recipient of the Arthritis Foundation’s 2009 Brooklyn Leaders’ Award.

Mr. Wagar received the Founders Medal for the innovation he and his firm have demonstrated providing insurance plans to individuals from virtually walk of life. Doctors Dym and Green were awarded the Walter E. Reed Medal for their commitment to excellence in health care, particularly for underserved populations.

Altogether, the gala brought in over $400,000 from a wide group of individual and corporate donors.

TBHC staff and supporters enjoying the Founders Ball, Hollywood styleTBHC staff and supporters enjoying the 2009 Founders Ball at Brooklyn's Steiner Movie Studios“I was struck by the diversity of hospital personnel, honorees and community members all gathered together under one roof,” said Dr. Richard B. Becker, president and CEO of The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

“A busy community hospital like ours is a lot like a Hollywood production,” he continued. “They both require lots of people with lots of different backgrounds and specialties, but when they all work together the outcomes are very exciting.”

Please contact Ms. Shuford if you would like help us roll out the red carpet for next year’s Founders Ball.  You can also contact Mary to learn how to order photo prints from the 2009 gala. Email mms9011@nyp.org or call 718.250.6514.

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