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New York Hospital Queens’ 18th Annual Spring Gala Brings In More Than $800,000 for Cancer Center


Elizabeth Streich, (718) 670-2515; els9136@nyp.org
Allison Fleming, (718) 670-2374; alf9034@nyp.org

Jill and Joseph Levy of Hollis Hills, Queens, Honored for Long-Standing Support of NYHQ

Flushing, N.Y., June 3, 2014 — New York Hospital Queens’s 18th annual Spring Night Gala, held last evening at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City, has brought in more than $800,000 to support the hospital’s Cancer Center programs. Approximately 535 attendees, who included hospital leaders and clinical staff, benefactors and grateful patients, attended the fundraiser. Jill and Joseph Levy, directors of the Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation, were honored with the 2014 Pacesetter Award, the highest award conferred by NYHQ.

NYHQ’s Pacesetter Award is given annually to an individual(s) who has had a major impact on the advancement of patient care, medical education, research or the health and well-being of the community. Because of personal family challenges, Mr. and Mrs. Levy have focused their support on NYHQ neurosciences programs, for  more than a decade. As early members of NYHQ’s Neuroscience Advisory Committee, Mr. and Mrs. Levy helped establish NYHQ’s Neuroscience Institute. In addition, they have supported Stroke Risk Assessment Day, an annual event in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, where members of the community receive a free risk assessment from our stroke team. Their support has also helped advance hospital services for children and adults with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

To read bios on Jill and Joseph Levy, visit: http://jslevyassociates.com/jslevy/team-leader.html.

About The NYHQ Cancer Center

The NYHQ Cancer Center provides the entire continuum of cancer care – from prevention, to screening, diagnostics, treatment and recovery. Support services the center provides include a patient navigator program, which as its name suggests, helps patients navigate the complexities and stress of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Part of the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, the NYHQ Cancer Center provides low cost or no cost screening and treatment to area residents who might otherwise not have timely access to services they need.

The center’s staff provides comprehensive services to approximately 2,000 newly diagnosed patients each year, including those with brain, lung, breast, blood, prostate, colorectal, gynecological, oral, head and neck cancers.

About New York Hospital Queens

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.org.

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Jill & Joseph Levy, with NYHQ CEO & President Stephen Mills and Gary Zuar, chair, NYHQ Board of Trustees 

Stephen S. Mills (left), president and chief executive officer, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) and Gary Zuar (right), chair, NYHQ Board of Trustees and senior vice president, Finance, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, present Jill and Joseph Levy (center), with the Pacesetter Award, the hospital’s highest honor.  

Room shot of NYHQ's Spring Night Gala on June 2, 2014  

Approximately 535 benefactors, hospital leaders and physicians of New York Hospital Queens attended the hospital’s premier fundraiser, A Spring Night Gala, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. This year, more than $800,000 was pledged for the hospital’s cancer programs.

Ira Futterman, Esq. 

During the awards ceremony, Ira Futterman, Esq. shared his experience as a patient of the Cancer Center at New York Hospital Queens. This year, more than $800,000 was pledged for the hospital’s cancer program.

*The patient granted written permission, in accordance with HIPAA regulations, to use his name and photo.

Hind Kettani, MD and Jill Levy 

Hind Kettani, M.D. (left), attending physician, Neurology, New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) congratulates Jill Levy (right) on receiving NYHQ’s highest honor, the Pacesetter Award. Through the Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation, Jill and Joseph Levy have supported and encouraged research in neurology and cancer, and have been generous supporters of NYHQ’s neuroscience programs for more than a decade.

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