2016-08-03 / Front Page

Islanders Legend Visits Sick Children

New York Islanders legend and National Hockey League Hall of Famer Clark Gillies spent Wednesday, July 27 with patients and families at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, alongside CareConnect Chief Executive Officer Alan Murray.
The Islander great and Mr. Murray visited patient rooms and Pam’s Place, one of Cohen Children’s play rooms, spending time with about 50 children and their families, and handing out special hockey-themed toys. Delighting Islanders’ fans young and old, Mr. Gillies took photos and signed autographs for patients and parents, as well as staff of Cohen Children’s. Gillies spoke of his time with the Islanders, the impact of sports and the importance of giving back to the people of Long Island.
“I want to thank Alan and CareConnect for making this visit possible,” said Gillies, “I've been lucky enough to call Long Island my home for four decades, and I get a lot of joy out of visiting children who are ill and hopefully making their day a little brighter.”
The visit was organized by CareConnect, the first provider-owned commercial insurance carrier in New York State, as part of their continued dedication to the health and wellbeing of the people of Long Island. “CareConnect is a proud partner of the Clark Gillies Foundation and we’re honored to support Clark in his work to support the health of Long Island’s families,” said Murray.
The Clark Gillies Foundation is a non-profit corporation developed to help children who are physically, developmentally, and/or financially challenged.  This assistance can be in the form of payments for medical services, family financial aid, events to enhance quality of life, and many other forms.
The first provider-owned commercial health insurance company in New York State, CareConnect was created by Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) to make it easy for people to get, and stay, healthy. Its innovative model is designed to provide access to care that’s both excellent and affordable. CareConnect was founded in 2013 and offers a variety of plans for individuals, families and businesses. It is headquartered in East Hills, New York. For more information, visit www.careconnect.com.
Opened in 1983, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the eighth consecutive year in 2014, CCMC was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.

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