Message from the Senior Vice President – Greenwich Hospital Office of Development

Message from the Senior Vice President

Dear Friends,

The philanthropy fueling Greenwich Hospital’s Arc of Care Campaign places our patients at the center of medical progress — bringing physician experts, advanced diagnostics, novel treatments, clinical trials, research, and leading-edge technologies to our community. Through donor support and investment, our hospital is growing clinical capabilities that are, quite simply, saving and changing lives. I am delighted to share some recent advances, as well as opportunities in 2024 to engage with and learn from renowned leaders in their fields.

The Future Realized | Neurosurgeon Zion Zibly, MD, MBA, is leading the expansion of Greenwich Hospital’s Yale Neurosciences Center program with a novel treatment for tremors, a debilitating side-effect of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Zibly, Associate Professor of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at Yale, as well as Director of the Neurosurgical Cancer Pain and the Center of Neuromodulation, is the newest addition to Greenwich Hospital’s Neurosurgery team — and a global expert in a noninvasive treatment called High-Frequency Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).

HIFU uses focused ultrasound, guided by MRI imaging, to treat patients with medication-refractory essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease without the need for incisions, implants, or radiation. Investments made by friends of the hospital have enabled the acquisition of Exablate Neuro, the equipment essential for this procedure. With this technology on-site, Greenwich Hospital and Yale New Haven Health will participate in ongoing research, contributing to the global understanding of neurological disorders and their treatments.

Join us this spring for a fascinating evening with Dr. Zibly and Murat Günel, MD, Chair and Chief, Neurosurgery, Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. They will give guests a window into the evolving field of neuroscience and neurosurgery. For more information, please contact the Development Office at development@greenwichhospital.org.

Through the Lens of a Child | Children aren’t just little adults. They have different physiology, anatomy, developmental, and medical needs — and a visit to the hospital looks quite different through their eyes. That’s why we are excited to share that a generous gift enabled Greenwich Hospital to recruit and bring onboard an experienced, certified child life specialist. This inaugural in-hospital position is dedicated to enhancing the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children and their families to make the hospital and healing experience as manageable as possible — whether the child is facing hospitalization, a diagnostic procedure, surgery, or coping with illness.

Numerous donor investments have fueled great advancements for children’s health close to home. In collaboration with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH), one of the country’s leading children’s hospitals, Greenwich Hospital offers 24/7 pediatric emergency services; a pediatric ambulatory surgery center, a pediatric sleep study center, a YNHCH Pediatric Specialty Center with multidisciplinary care by expert, board-certified Yale School of Medicine pediatric specialists; a pediatric inpatient unit with around-the-clock care by YNHCH hospitalists; and a Level IIIB NICU.

Always at the Ready | The Emergency Department remains vital to our community and Greenwich Hospital’s 121-year-old founding mission. The day-to-day work in our ED would be unrecognizable to its first practitioners. Modern emergency medicine and trauma care is complex and constantly evolving. Patients, ranging from infants to centenarians, come to us for many reasons: On any given day our team might face an emergency angioplasty followed by a complicated respiratory virus, car accident injury, broken bones, a stroke, a behavioral health crisis, or severe dementia. Our clinicians are ready for all of these emergencies and more, diagnosing and treating a range of medical situations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Approximately 42,000 patients come through Greenwich Hospital’s ED each year — nearly 25 percent of those patients are children, and 30 percent are 65 and older. Donor investments in equipment, technology, and ongoing training enables our board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians, nurses, technicians, and other professionals to be nimble, and our ED to offer care catered specifically to the specialized needs spanning pediatrics though seniors. Greenwich Hospital is proud to be a leader in our community’s emergency care and a trusted, expert place where our patients turn in their time of need.

More Information | If you have any questions about the work of our clinicians and related investment opportunities to support Greenwich Hospital’s growth initiatives, please contact me at noel.appel@greenwichhospital.org or 203-863-3861.

Warm regards,

Noel Appel signatureNoël Appel
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Greenwich Hospital Office of Development
203-863-3861
Noel.Appel@greenwichhospital.org