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Winter-Wonderland Gala A Success!

November 26th, 2014

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held its 13th annual gala on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Villa Lombari’s in Holbrook. The winter themed gala, chaired by President of Island Medical Physicians, PC, Daniel Ferrara, DO, FACEP, honored St. Catherine’s Cardiology Division and CHS Board Member Salvatore Sodano.

Photo: Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Ferrara. 

Father Cornelius Dery commenced the evening with an invocation, followed by a welcome to 340 guests from St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland.  The winter themed gala commemorated the CHS motto, “At the Heart of Health”. “It is eminently appropriate that the theme of our gala is “At the Heart of Health”—as St. Catherine truly is the heart of the community it serves,” said Mr. Rowland. 

Photo (L-R): Father Charles Cornelius, CHS President and CEO Alan Guerci, MD, and St. Catherine's EVP and CAO Paul J. Rowland. 

St. Catherine’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Jason Golbin, DO, introduced former patient David Blatt, who gave a tearful testimonial about his life-saving experience at the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.  “Care and respect are given when you go to St. Catherine,” said Mr. Blatt. “I can only say, that they changed me, not by just healing my heart, but my life. Since then, I have lost 45 pounds, and now exercise 5 days a week. My heart and family thank you."

Photo: Former patient David Blatt and his family with St. Catherine's EVP and CAO Paul J. Rowland. 

Followed by Mr. Blatt’s testimonial, Dr. Golbin introduced St. Catherine’s affiliated Cardiology physicians and practices. “We honor you this evening for your commitment to the medical center and for partnering with the hospital to bring award-winning cardiac care to the community,” said Dr. Golbin.  

Photo: Cardiology Division honorees. 

CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Guerci, MD, was also in attendance to show support and appreciation to the honorees. “I’d like to thank the guests for supporting the hospital and the cardiology division at the medical center.” He then, gave a brief biography of honoree and CHS Board Member Salvatore Sodano, and remarked, "He has given us his time, his charity, and with great distinction." Upon accepting his plaque of honor Mr. Sodano addressed the attendees, "Thank you for taking the time to support St. Catherine of Siena—I care very deeply about the hospital, there are dedicated caring, doctors, nurses, medical and support staff, administration—and they deserve to be recognized for their service to the community. "

Photo (L-R): CHS President and CEO Alan Guerci, St. Catherine's COO/CNO Gara Edelstein, CHS Board Member and Gala Honoree Salvatore Sodano, St. Catherine's CMO Jason Golbin, DO, St. Catherine's EVP and CAO Paul J. Rowland and CHS COO Dennis Verzi. 

The annual gala is the medical center's most prominent fundraiser. This year’s event raised $226,115. All proceeds from the annual gala will support further enhancements to the cardiac division.

For more information about St. Catherine’s Cardiac Services, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit