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KiDS of NYU Langone 2014 Springfling Gala Raises Nearly $1.4 Million

Over 450 Guests Honor Trudy Elbaum Gottesman, Robert Gottesman, and J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that it raised nearly $1.4 million at its annual KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala, held Wednesday evening at The Plaza. This year’s event celebrated the creation of the Medical Center’s Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, and honored Trudy Elbaum Gottesman, vice-chair of KiDS of NYU Langone and an NYU Langone Trustee, Robert W. Gottesman, chief executive officer of First Manhattan Co., and J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD, the Mendik Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology, and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at NYU Langone.

The Gottesmans were honored for their long-standing dedication to NYU Langone Medical Center. They recently made a leadership gift to establish NYU Langone’s Sala Institute, named in honor of Ms. Gottesman’s mother, which integrates a host of pediatric support services, expands resources, and uses research and education to achieve better outcomes and improve best practices.

Dr. Roland, a talented surgeon and established researcher, was honored for his contributions to the health and well-being of hearing impaired children, and his incredible success with cochlear implants in particular. He is chair of one of the oldest departments of otolaryngology in the country, and co-directs the NYU Cochlear Implant Center, one of the largest centers of its kind.

Proceeds benefit KiDS of NYU Langone, which funds inpatient and outpatient programs for children throughout the Medical Center. KiDS also supported the creation of the new KiDS of NYU Pediatric Emergency Care Center, which opened last week within the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services at NYU Langone.

Special Correspondent for NBC News Tom Brokaw opened the speaking portion of the event, introducing a performance by the NYU Children’s Chorus, followed by KiDS Chair Alice Tisch, who expressed her great appreciation to those in attendance.  “From our beginnings 23 years ago, KiDS has pushed to make children’s services a top priority for everyone at NYU Langone and Tisch Hospital,” said Mrs. Tisch. “Today, children’s services are just that: a first on every list.”

While addressing the guests, Catherine S. Manno, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone said, “The Sala Institute arrives at a perfect time, as we anticipate the groundbreaking of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. The Sala Institute and the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital are terrific partners; marrying the progressive philosophy of family-centered care with the most up-to-date, best planned, and most innovative children’s hospital in America.”

Mariella Paulino, a longtime patient of Dr. Roland who received cochlear implants when she was 7 years old, shared her gratitude for Dr. Roland and the great care she received at the Medical Center. Ms. Paulino is now 25 years old and a graduate student at Georgetown.

Additional special guests in attendance included: NYU Langone’s Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth Cohen, MD, Elaine Langone and NYU Langone Board Chair Ken Langone, Ruth and Sidney Lapidus, Stephen Mack, Kelly Kennedy Mack, Thomas S. Murphy, Adi and Daniel Beltzman, Susie Block Casdin, Meg Wendy-Geslin, Guy Geslin, Janet Ginsburg, Howard Ginsburg, MD, Abigail Scheuer, Jill and Ronald Sedley, KiDS Founding Chair Carla Solomon, and Antonio Magliocco Jr.

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