St. George’s University Chancellor Modica Honored by Brooklyn Hospital

On Thursday, June 3, 2011, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) honored St. George’s University Chancellor Charles R. Modica at the annual Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Founders Ball for his long-time collaboration with the hospital.

Chancellor Modica received the inaugural Partner in Health Award, which recognizes partnership with TBHC to provide outstanding care and service to the community. “He will set the standard for this award in the future,” said The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Chairman J. Barclay Collins, II. “Many [St. George’s University] alumni enrich our Brooklyn Hospital community,” he continued, noting how the University’s students and alumni have contributed to the growth and progress of the hospital.

Chancellor Modica graciously accepted the award, and commended the hospital’s tireless efforts to bring quality health care to New York City. “Brooklyn Hospital has been a premier hospital, and you have no idea how you are enriching the lives of those students who are becoming doctors today,” he said. He specifically called attention to the opportunity TBHC provided alumna Portia Siwawa, SGUSOM ’05, a native of Botswana who completed her surgery residency at TBHC. “It thrilled me tonight to come here and receive a hug from Portia,” Chancellor Modica exclaimed, highlighting Siwawa’s gratitude for the chance to study medicine on an international level.

Current students Danielle Krol and Jessica Best—who recently completed clinical rotations at TBHC—were also present at the awards ceremony. They said they were privileged to celebrate the Chancellor’s acceptance of this esteemed award and praised the University’s collaboration with TBHC. “Chancellor Modica’s continuing commitment to enrich the medical community of Brooklyn is undoubtedly recognized to be among the best the hospital has seen, and the honorary award for his contributions he received on behalf of TBHC has proved this true,” Krol said. “His effective, skilled, and visionary leadership has created wonderful opportunities for students at The Brooklyn Hospital, which will continue to strengthen the University’s standards by creating a unique learning environment.”

This year’s Founders Ball celebrated the transformation of TBHC, the surrounding Brooklyn community, and those making change within the health care industry. Dr. Richard B. Becker, President and CEO of TBHC, noted the local community’s movement for better living, greener living, and improved health care in Brooklyn. “We are at the leading end of that transformation,” Dr. Becker stated. “We’re proud of our progress to date,” he continued, adding that TBHC looks to continuously expand its services to and care for Brooklyn’s growing and changing population.

Chancellor Modica was one of five honorees to be awarded for their contributions to TBHC’s growth and wellbeing. The evening’s other honorees included Jonathan M. Weld, of counsel at Shearman & Sterling and immediate past chairman of TBHC; Dr. Shafiqur M. Rahman, attending physician in TBHC’s Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Dr. Sumatilal C. Shah, senior attending physician in TBHC’s Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology; and Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry, national presiding minister for the House of the Lord Churches and president of the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance.

Each year, the Founders Ball raises critical funds to advance the mission and vision of TBHC. “Proceeds fund the priorities of the hospital and raise the quality of care and quality of life of patients and caregivers,” Collins said. This year’s benefit raised more than $700,000, according Collins. Additional contributions were raised throughout the evening from a silent auction of sports, entertainment, and music memorabilia.

Established in 1845, TBHC was the first hospital Brooklyn. It is now a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, a network of more than 30 hospitals in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. It has nearly 3,000 medical professionals and staff, and it treats more than 300,000 patients each year. The University began its partnership with TBHC in 1986 and offers core clinical rotations and residency placements, including specialty electives such as neurology, pulmonary medicine, and radiology. More than 2000 students and graduates have completed clinical and residency training at TBHC.