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President and CEO Dr. Daniel J. Messina Honored by Cancer Organization

March 7, 2019 – On March 2nd, Richmond University Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Daniel J. Messina was named Medical Professional of the Year by the nonprofit organization Jamie’s LILAC Foundation. Dr. Messina was honored for his commitment to helping Staten Island residents and their families battling cancer.

For the past four years, Jamie’s LILAC Foundation has assembled and delivered care packages for distribution to cancer patients undergoing treatment at the medical center. The packages include hats, blankets, gloves, scarves, water bottles, lozenges to help with nausea, and additional items to help patients undergoing treatment. Some of the packages are intended specifically for children and in addition to the mentioned items, these packages also contain teddy bears and games.

The foundation was formed in 2014 in memory of Jaime Moltisanti Cucuzza. Jamie was a young woman who succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 38. The foundation is committed to honoring Jaime’s memory by giving something back to the growing community of cancer patients, their loved ones, and anyone involved in their treatment. Their primary goal is to provide care packages to patients who are fighting cancer. The award was presented to Dr. Messina by Jamie’s father Vincent Moltisanti and husband John Cucuzza.

“I am deeply touched to be honored by an organization that is such an inspiration to others,” Messina said. “Jamie’s family has taken a personal tragedy and used it to become a source of encouragement and hope for many people and their families who are suffering from cancer. Our hospital considers it a privilege to be a partner with Jamie’s LILAC Foundation and to have formed a friendship with her family.”

Richmond University Medical Center is one of the city’s leading cancer treatment hospitals. The medical center was awarded accreditation with five commendations by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer last year, marking 81 consecutive years of accreditation. Having the highest cancer rates in New York City, to help residents receive the most advanced forms of treatment close to their homes, last year the medical center also opened a $4.5 million Center for Cancer Care in Bloomfield and a $6 million Breast and Women’s Center in Sunnyside.