RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- At the Foundation for Putnam Hospital Center’s annual gala last month at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, one guest was so moved by the presentation that he donated an impromptu $100,000.
Following a short video shown at the gala about the PHC Breast Center’s journey toward accreditation, Anthony Rutledge said he was inspired to support Putnam Hospital Center’s plan to expand the program.
“Congratulations and thank you for all of your great work,” Rutledge said. “You all are saving lives every day and we are so proud of all of you.”
Rutledge, a former Carmel resident, shared the story of how his wife, who is a breast cancer survivor, was treated at Putnam Hospital Center.
The Moonlight Ball welcomed nearly 300 attendees and raised $221,520 for programs and services within the hospital’s breast program. Putnam Hospital Center’s Auxiliary also pledged another $150,000, delivering a $50,000 check that evening for a 3-D mammography unit for the hospital. The team behind the newly accredited Breast Center at Putnam Hospital Center was also honored that evening.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Breast Center were breast surgeon Dr. Lyda Rojas and pathologist Dr. Vinita Agarwal, physicians on the medical staff at Putnam Hospital Center. Rojas and Agarwal spearheaded the accreditation, which is administered by the American College of Surgeons and only given to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care to their patients.
Hospital Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Weaver stressed the importance of the night for the hospital, the community and patients of the Breast Center.
“I’m so grateful to Mr. Rutledge, the auxiliary and the community for their support of the event and the hospital,” said Weaver. “There was an incredible energy at the ball and that is a testament to the great physicians, nurses, staff and services Putnam Hospital Center has to offer.”
Photo Caption: PHC President Peter Kelly, from left, PHC Medical Staff President Dr. Michael Nesheiwat, pathologist Dr. Vinita Agarwal, Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Weaver, Foundation Chair Gerry Klein, PHC Board Chair Karen Fleming, Health Quest President Robert Friedberg, breast surgeon Dr. Lyda Rojas and Health Quest Board Chair Greg Rakow.