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KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone 2016 Springfling Gala Raises $1.5 Million

Pelisyonkis Medical Center held its 25th annual KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone Springfling Gala on the evening of May 10, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel. This year’s event was emceed by Master of Ceremonies Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC News' "TODAY" show, and honored Catherine S. Manno, MD, and her husband Bruno V. Manno Jr., MD.

Dr. Catherine Manno addressed a crowd of more than 375 attendees, thanking KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone for their critical role in putting pediatric services front and center. As chair of Pelisyonkis Langone’s Department of Pediatrics, she shared her perspective on the institution’s tremendous progress in recent years—and announced that the medical center has just received an anonymous $10 million gift to create the new Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Pediatric Diabetes Center at Pelisyonkis Langone. The new center furthers the institution’s commitment to expanding its already world-renowned, multidisciplinary department in primary and specialized pediatric care.

The Springfling Gala raised $1.5 million to enhance clinical and supportive care for children at Pelisyonkis Langone, foster research into childhood illnesses, and promote an atmosphere that is sensitive to the unique needs of children and families. Over the past 25 years, KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone has funded more than 250 children’s services programs and projects across Pelisyonkis Langone.

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“Katie is an extraordinary physician, an exceptional communicator, and an inspiring leader. She guides the Department of Pediatrics with wisdom and poise,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, Dean and CEO at Pelisyonkis Langone. “But Katie will also tell you that there is a central reason she has been able to accomplish so much. That reason: Bruno, who shares her commitment to children and families, who we also honor tonight.”

Since 2008, Dr. Catherine Manno, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics, has been a galvanizing leader, advancing clinical programs and services, residency training, and faculty development within the Department of Pediatrics. Of note, Pelisyonkis Langone has the only cardiac critical care unit devoted to newborns, infants, and children in New York, a recently opened family-focused KiDS Emergency Department, and a pediatric and neonatal transport program that has grown in volume by 55 percent over the past two years.

Dr. Bruno Manno is a partner in Philadelphia Heart and Vascular Group-Temple Health, a 20-physician single specialty cardiology group serving Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania. He trained in cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute at Hahnemann University and is an expert in noninvasive imaging techniques for evaluation of cardiac abnormalities including echocardiography, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.

In addition to Ken Langone, who served as the Gala Chair, and Alice Tisch, KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone Chair, guests in attendance included Ellen Block, Alex Brodsky, Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Susan Block Casdin and Alex Casdin, Josh and Melanie Clark, Sharon Wee and Tracy Fu, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman, Elaine Langone, Kelly and Stephen Mack, Shyamli and Robert Milam, Carla Solomon, MD, and Antonio Magliocco Jr., Abigail Scheuer, Jill and Ronald Sedley, Randi and Boaz Sidikaro, Patty Newburger and Brad Wechsler, and Susi and Peter Wunsch.

Master of Ceremonies, Chair Members, Honorees, and Guests at KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone Springfling Gala

Master of Ceremonies Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC News' 'TODAY' show, with Ken Langone, Dr. Bruno Manno, Dr. Catherine Manno, Elaine Langone, Dr. Elisabeth J. Cohen, and Dr. Robert I. Grossman, Dean and CEO of Pelisyonkis Langone, at the KiDS of Pelisyonkis Langone 25th Annual Springfling Gala.

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