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A generous $4.5 million philanthropic donation from the Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation will help to support Catholic Health’s St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® (Roslyn, NY) and its most pressing needs. 
In recognition of this generous donation, elevator banks serving the Heart Center and the DeMatteis Pavilion have been named in honor of The Peter and Jeri Dejana Foundation. These two areas are central to the hospital’s operations and are highly relied upon by the hospital’s medical staff, patients and visitors on a daily basis. At the Dejana family’s request, commemorative plaques have been placed in each elevator to acknowledge the dedicated physicians, nurses, administrators and support staff for their commitment to providing exceptional and compassionate patient care.
“Our hope is that the sentiment expressed on these plaques conveys to all those who are part of Catholic Health how much their talents and efforts are appreciated by our family and those whose lives are impacted by their good work,” said Peter Dejana.
In addition to the elevator banks, the forthcoming Physicians Lounge will bear the Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation’s name as well. The Physicians Lounge will be a dedicated space in which St. Francis doctors can find respite and decompress before and after procedures and rounds, contributing to the culture of care and expertise for which St. Francis is so renowned. The lounge is among a suite of new spaces and services St. Francis is introducing to provide staff at all levels increased opportunities for stress management and self-care.
“Creating the lounge space for St. Francis physicians to relax, confer with each other, or just take a needed break is something we felt important to provide, and it became a priority for us to see it through,” said Peter. “We want to show our appreciation for these caregivers and support their lifesaving work in the hospital.”
The Foundation’s investment into the most pressing needs of St. Francis enables the hospital to maintain its facilities to the highest standards and stay at the forefront of innovative technology.
“It is through the kindness and foresight of our donors that we can constantly implement new advancements in care across all major service lines and remain leaders in service that provide the best and safest care to our patients,” said St. Francis Hospital President Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA. “We are grateful to the Peter & Jeri Dejana Foundation for being our trusted partners in our mission and commitment to reach all those in need of world-class healthcare.”
About the Peter and Jeri Dejana Foundation
Peter and Jeri Dejana have always been known as generous donors, giving to a diverse group of local and regional organizations. In 2012 the Dejanas established a private foundation to formalize their philanthropic giving and enhance their ability to help those in need of support through the Peter and Jeri Dejana Foundation. “Supporting our community, locally and beyond” is the mission. Although most of its giving is within Port Washington and its surrounding communities, the Dejana Foundation donates to more than 200 qualified 501(c)(3) organizations across the United States to enable a meaningful impact whenever possible.

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