North Shore-LIJ Health Systems' New Phyllis and Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center Called "A Garden of Hope"

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One of the USA's largest health systems sets opening of Phyllis & Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center which focuses on the medical and emotional needs of cancer patients. While waiting for treatment in the modern facility, patient can relax in an indoor setting of greenery and trees. Senator Alphonse D'Amato to speak at ribbon cutting.

A new development in outpatient cancer care, described as “A Garden of Hope,” becomes a reality with the opening of the Phyllis and Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center in the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s new facility (450 Lakeville Road). The unique state of the art facility focuses on the medical and emotional needs of patients facing the stressful challenges of treatment of treating cancer by offering the most advanced cancer care in a modern park-like setting.

North Shore-LIJ Health Systems is one of the largest health systems in the United States.

The new chemotherapy facility was the inspiration of the late Phyllis Kreitman, a cancer patient at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset. Formal ribbon cutting ceremonies for the tree-filled Center will take place February 9th at 9:30 am. Speaking at the dedication will be Michael J. Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer of North Shore-LIJ Health Systems, and Senator Alphonse D’Amato, a personal friend of the late Mrs. Kreitman.

During the months that she battled cancer, Phyllis Kreitman determined that it was not only necessary for a hospital to provide excellent medical care, but it was also important to diminish patient stress. She believed that it shouldn’t be necessary for patients to have to ride an elevator and then remain in crowded waiting areas for chemotherapy treatment. While personally undergoing treatment, she took the first steps to create this unique facility by interesting her husband Stanley and her brother Bill in her “Garden of Hope” concept.

The 11,000 square foot Kreitman Chemotherapy Center in the 37,000 square foot Monter building integrates the expertise of renowned cancer experts in a comforting park like setting. While waiting for treatment at one of the 32 advanced infusion facilities, patients will now be able to relax on comfortable chairs surrounded by trees and greenery that will dot the landscape of the soaring glass reception area.

Mrs. Kreitman has always had a profound effect on others. This was demonstrated when a thousand people come to a chapel to mourn her loss. She was not a head of state but she was someone very special who truly cared about people. Her warmth and concern were evident in everything she did. Her friends were from all walks of life…from office workers to heads of industry; from fashion icons to sales people in department stores; from local policemen to police commissioners and mayors; from teachers to Presidents of the United States. They were all Phyllis’ friends.

A third generation Long Islander, Phyllis graduated from Huntington High School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Always community oriented, she devoted her enormous energy to supporting numerous charities and causes. She was a board member and prominent supporter of Women Against Domestic Violence that championed women’s rights. She also was a director of the Education and Assistance Corporation, which provides assistance to 45,000 indigent people.

Phyllis was both a leader and an innovator. She was the first woman president of the Country Estates Civic Association, a board member of the Police Athletic League Women’s Division of New York City and an active member of City Meals on Wheels. Despite her busy charity schedule and her full time post as a partner, with her brother Bill Wisser, in Wisser Enterprises, a real estate and gasoline distribution company, she was always available to help out a friend. It was not unusual to find Phyllis baby-sitting a friend’s child in her office.

A devoted wife for 43 years to her husband Stanley, she referred to herself as a “doer.” As curator of the Art Gallery at the New York Institute of Technology’s Wisser Memorial Library, she showcased the work of young and upcoming artists. She also planned and organized a myriad of business and social functions involving the Culinary Institute and the DeSeversky Center.

With the opening of this state of the art cancer building, Phyllis’ wishes have become a reality. It is fitting that even in death, her warmth and caring for others will live on at the Phyllis &. Stanley Kreitman Chemotherapy Center.

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