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ER patients treated privately, with dignity, thanks to local family’s gift

Lauren Spencer made regular trips to Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital after her daughter, Bryanna, was born five weeks prematurely in the summer of 2015. 

One day, Lauren experienced severe neck pain, forcing her to pull over and call for an ambulance. 

She arrived at Southside’s Emergency Department in critical condition, with a ruptured aortic aneurysm, an abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery. A rupture is catastrophic, leading to loss of consciousness, stroke, heart attack or death if not treated immediately.

Providing critical care when moments count

The quick-thinking emergency staff and members of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team saved Lauren’s life. She completely recovered and is happily caring for her growing daughter.

Lauren shared her story at a gathering to celebrate the opening of Southside Hospital’s Bohlsen Family Emergency Department, a $76 million expansion project made possible by philanthropists John and Linda Bohlsen and their family.

“Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you,” Lauren said.

Expanding to better serve the community — and the individual

The transformative expansion triples the size of the former department, significantly enhancing its trauma treatment capabilities to better care for the more than 70,000 patients treated there annually. 

“Patients will no longer have to wait in halls and corners where their most harrowing experiences are on display for all to see,” said John at the opening. “Instead, they’ll have individual treatment rooms that can afford them privacy and dignity.” 

The Bohlsens are well-known advocates and members of the Bay Shore community who have supported a number of local health initiatives, including the Bohlsen Women’s Imaging Center and the Bohlsen Family Nursing Scholarship.

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