Hermanson Foundation Grants $285,000 to Hospital

Photo in front of Ellen’s Run Posters in SBSH, courtesy of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, from left: Sara Blue, Special Events Director, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; Julie Ratner, Ed.D, President, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; Steve Bernstein, Chief Development Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; Anne Tschida Gomberg, Executive Director, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; Amanda Star Frazer, Esq., Board Member, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; and Robert S. Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has awarded $285,000 in grants to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital to benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support to breast and gynecological cancer survivors; and, The Phillips Family Cancer Center which is scheduled to open later this year.

“When we started Ellen’s Run in 1996,” said Julie Ratner, President of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, “we decided to always keep the money we raise on the East End. Today—23 years later—the funds we raise provide a comprehensive range of direct services that make a real impact on the lives of women and families in our community.”

As part of the grant, the Foundation is underwriting the cost of a Leica Mammotome Expert Biopsy Suite, the most advanced technology available that enables surgeons and radiologists to access and examine specimens without leaving the operating room, eliminating the need to transfer the specimen to another location for analysis. In addition, the Foundation is providing funding for an Hologic Affirm Prone Breast Biopsy System that uses three-dimensional imaging to facilitate the biopsy process; three chemotherapy infusion chairs to complete its pledge of ten chairs for The Phillips Family Cancer Center; and the following programs and services offered through the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and Ellen’s Well. Those services include mammograms for uninsured women, ultrasounds for uninsured women, MRIs for uninsured women, an oncological social worker, retreats, counseling services, transportation and more.

“We cherish our longstanding partnership with The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and are grateful beyond words for this most recent grant,” said Bob Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. “Over the years, generous grants from the Foundation have made it possible for us to acquire state-of-the art equipment and provide vital and compassionate support services for breast cancer patients and their families.  As a result of this collaboration, The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital stands as a tribute to one woman’s courageous battle memorialized by her inspirational sisters.”