At University Hospital, a vision realized
Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:31 AM Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:34 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Regina’s dream has been fulfilled.
Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel
Anthony Ferreri, president and CEO of SIUH;
Dr. Thomas McGinn, chairman emeritus of the dept.
of medicine; Ronald Mazzucco, chairman of the
board of directors, and Dr. Joseph McGinn, chairman
of the dept. of surgery, help cut the ribbon at the
Regina M. McGinn MD Education Center at SIUH.
That was the overwhelming sentiment yesterday as the ribbon was cut on the Regina M. McGinn, M.D., Education Center at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.
It is a tribute to the pioneering and beloved physician who first envisioned such a center in 1997, four years before she succumbed to cancer at the age of 43.
Dr. McGinn, a mother of four and the hospital’s associate director of medicine, is credited with reforming the hospital’s internal medicine residency program.
“It’s an amazing dedication to her and I think it’s amazing how many people who were touched by her were able to make this come to life,” said her daughter, Joanna McGinn. “I think she would be in her glory.”
The McGinn Center houses a digital medical library, five conference rooms, patient simulation labs, an executive board room that doubles as an emergency command center, a 250-seat auditorium and a Diabetes Education Center.
It was part of $59 million in capital improvements to the hospital, which included the opening of the Elizabeth A. Connelly Emergency and Trauma Center last summer.
As the ribbon-cutting came to a close, Dr. Joseph McGinn, asked his children to join him as he gave a tear-filled tribute to his late wife.
“Regina finally has a home,” he told those in attendance.
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