The undeniable passion behind Sandra Atlas Bass’s lifetime of giving is her sincere wish to make a difference by helping others. “It’s something I was born with,” explained the Great Neck native in 2016.
Sandy – as she is affectionately known – has changed millions of lives by supporting cardiac care at Northwell Health. She has long been a pioneer of cardiac innovation in the health system and has continuously demonstrated her commitment to enhancing the patient experience.
Early on, Sandy felt she could make the largest impact by supporting cardiology. Some of her earliest backing was to the Arrhythmia Pacemaker Center at North Shore University Hospital in the 1990s. She then generously funded the Sandra Atlas Bass Cardiology Centers at both North Shore and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and funded the installation of a state-of-the-art CT scanner.
Her extraordinary gift of $25 million to support the creation of the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital helped propel the center to national prominence in cardiac care. Because of Sandy, we are able to help patients with the most complex cardiac problems — many of whom have been turned away from other hospitals — receive the critical care they need. Just months after opening our doors, we began performing the first and only heart transplants on Long Island.
Sandy’s influence extends beyond adult cardiac care. She has actively supported Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Hearing and Speech Center – rededicated as the Sandra Atlas Bass Otolaryngology Center in honor of her generosity — and funded the creation of a hearing aid dispensary. She touched the lives of young patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center by giving to their cardiac program. She also helped establish the Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases.
A noted Long Island philanthropist, Sandy has worked with more than 400 charitable organizations in the United States and around the world and hopes her philanthropy inspires others. “Giving is an opportunity to change lives,” said Sandy, a Northwell Health life trustee.
Thanks to Sandy’s unwavering support, Northwell Health is making lives better faster than ever before.