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Nancy DeMatteis (second from left) and guests at The Creek.


Enjoying brunch on the terrace before shotgun.


Golfers prepare their carts to begin their busy day.


Tee off at The Creek.


Finishing a hole at The Creek.


The Murphy Family before shotgun at Meadow Brook Club.


Tee off at Meadow Brook Club.


Christopher Pascucci (second from left) and guests at Nassau Country Club..


Relaxing on the deck of The Creek's beach house.


Enjoying cocktails before the Awards Dinner.


The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, distinguished dinner guests at The Creek.


Tom Fanning, Sr. (left), Sister Pauline Gilmore, FMM, and the 2010 Golf Chair, Brian Hehir at the Awards Dinner.


Tom Fanning, Sr. (second from left), and Bernard Monteleone, M.D. (second from right), with guests under the tent at the Awards Dinner.

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Eugene Souther (second from left) and guests before teeing off.


Tom Christman (left) and guests at Meadow Brook.


Tom Fanning (right) and guests enjoy the day on the course at Meadow Brook.


Golfers check-in at Meadow Brook and select a Tiffany favor.


Nancy DeMatteis, who organized the first annual St. Francis Hospital golf tournament, greets dinner guests.


Alan D. Guerci, M.D., President and CEO presents an award to golf chairman, Robert J. Alexander.


The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary gather before the Awards Dinner.


Brian Hehir (right) enjoys cocktails in the club house at The Creek.


Tee off at The Creek.


Nancy DeMatteis (second from right) and guests enjoy a sunny day on the course.


Sr. Pauline (left) and Sr. Lucie 'spotting' the hole-in-one shots at The Creek.


Peter Quick (center) and friends at brunch on the veranda at The Creek.


Golfers finish up a beautiful day on the course.

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Dan Denihan (second left) and his foursome attempt to stay dry on the course.


Mike Mogavero, Angelo Paladino, Matt Mogavero, and Joe Pollicino enjoy the day at The Creek.


Chris Pascucci (left) and his foursome at The Creek


Peter Quick (second left) and his guests before tee off at the 8th hole.


Eugene Souther (right) and his foursome on the green.


Golf Chairman, John C. Doscas, St. Francis Hospital President & CEO, Alan D. Guerci, M.D., and golf honoree Peter J. Striano kickoff the awards dinner.


Michele and Thomas Fanning sneak a hug at the dinner.


Stephen Hess, Phil McEntee, Edward Galvin, and Michael Fanous accept the award for 3rd Low Net Team at The Creek.


Jerome Hehir, Brian Hehir, Donald Hehir, and Frank McCallion proudly accept the award for Low Gross Team at The Creek.


Golfer at Nassau Country Club admires his shot.


A buffet on the beach.


Nancy DeMatteis and friend George arrive at the dinner.


The sisters prepare for a wonderful surf and turf dinner.


Ron Gallatin (second right) and his group collect their awards for 2nd Low Net Team at The Creek.

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The SFH logo decor reflects onto the ballroom floor


Gala guests enjoy the band


Alan D. Guerci, M.D., President and CEO, with honoree Robert Kissane (center) and Chairman of the Board, Peter Quick (right), after the honorary presentation


Dinner guests listen to Dr. Guerci's opening remarks


Mr. and Mrs. Renato Berroya, M.D., (left) with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Soterakis, M.D.


Bishop William F. Murphy, honoree, Robert Kissane (center), and his guests


"Marilyn" with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary during cocktail hour


"Groucho Marx" escorts Dr. and Mrs. Richard Shlofmitz, M.D., into the gala

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The Capital Campaign Chairs announce SFH's campaign goal.


Actors take a dip in 'gin tub' during cocktail hour.


John Kemp, Bishop William Murphy (center) and Christopher Pascucci.


Capital Campaign Chairs, Peter Quick (left) and Christopher Pascucci with St. Francis Hospital President & CEO, Alan D. Guerci, M.D.


(From l. to r.) Leslie Guerci, Judy Licht, Jerry Della Femina, Claudio & Debra Del Vecchio, and Peter Quick.


A view of the cocktail area.


A shot of the beautifully decorated dining room.


(From l. to r.) Alan D. Guerci, M.D., and Leslie Guerci with event Chairman, Jerry Della Femina & Judy Licht.


(From l. to r.) Dr. and Mrs. Richard Shlofmitz with Dr. and Mrs. Richard Matano, and Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Tenenbaum.


(From l. to r.) Dr. and Mrs. Gary Gecelter with Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Rubach.


Ken and Carol Wessel (third and fifth from right) with their guests.


(From l. to r.) Dr. and Mrs. Newell Robinson with Dr. and Mrs. Stephan G. Cokinos, and Dr. and Mrs. Larry Altschul.


Honorees, Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio with their children.


1920's Keystone cops "raid' the cocktail hour to signal the start of dinner.


A guest chooses the "Mystery Blue Box" - a raffle held at the event.

New Study Shows Fast CT Scanning Predicts Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Standard Risk Factors

Findings may benefit one-third of Americans ages 40-70

ROSLYN, N.Y., June 23, 2005 - The St. Francis Heart Study, the largest long-term study of its kind, demonstrates that fast CT scanning of the coronary arteries predicts coronary events such as heart attack independently of and more accurately than conventional risk factors such as age, smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol, and C-reactive protein (CRP), a more recently identified risk factor.

The study, conducted by researchers at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, used fast computed tomography (CT) scanning to measure the calcium scores of 4,903 apparently healthy patients and followed the patients for 4.3 years. Fast CT scanning shows the amount of calcification in the coronary arteries, which is related to the severity of underlying coronary artery disease.

The St. Francis Heart Study received expedited review and will be published in the July 5 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. A companion paper on the effect of atorvastatin (Lipitor®), vitamin C, and vitamin E on study participants with elevated calcium scores will be published in the same issue.

“As the largest, population-based study to date, the St. Francis Heart Study shows that CT scanning of coronary arteries can be used to refine the standard risk categories, known as the Framingham risk index,” said Alan D. Guerci, M.D., lead study author and President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, in Roslyn, New York. “Our study creates a very strong argument for scanning all patients at intermediate risk according to the Framingham criteria.”

Approximately one-third of Americans ages 40-70 are at intermediate risk for coronary artery disease, as defined by the Framingham risk index, which calculates a patient's risk for a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years based on factors such as age, cholesterol, hypertension, smoking and diabetes. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has made available an online risk assessment tool which uses Framingham Heart Study data to estimate 10-year risk for heart attacks: http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/atpiii/calculator.asp?usertype=prof.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. More than 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States annually, resulting in up to 500,000 deaths each year. In up to 50 percent of all heart attacks, the heart attack itself is the first symptom of heart disease. Early detection and intervention is the single best way to improve the likelihood of effective treatment.

“Increasing the accuracy of risk stratification through the use of fast CT scanning provides a very direct benefit to patients. Many patients classified at intermediate risk with clear signs of underlying disease can get potentially life-saving treatment, while others with no signs of disease can be spared an unnecessary and expensive regimen of medications,” Dr. Guerci added.

Study Design and Results

The St. Francis Heart Study compared the prognostic accuracy of electron beam computed tomography-derived coronary calcium scoring with that of standard coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors and C-reactive protein (CRP) in apparently healthy adults.

Between July 1996 and March 1999, 4,903 asymptomatic men and women ages 50 to 70 underwent electron beam CT scanning of the coronary arteries. At 4.3 years, follow-up was available in 4,613, or 94 percent of participants. Of these, 119 had sustained at least one atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event (ASCVD). End points included coronary death, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), surgical or percutaneous coronary revascularization procedures, non-hemorrhagic stroke and peripheral vascular surgery.

Subjects with ASCVD events had higher baseline coronary calcium scores than those without events. The coronary calcium score predicted CAD events independently of standard risk factors and CRP (p=0.004), was superior to the Framingham risk index in the prediction of events (p=0.0006) and enhanced stratification of those falling into the Framingham categories of low, intermediate and high risk (p<0.0001).

Subjects with coronary calcium scores above the 80th percentile for age and gender (n=1005) were invited to participate in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of atorvastatin and vitamins E and C. Study participants were randomized to atorvastatin 20 mg daily, vitamin C 1 g daily and vitamin E 1,000 U daily (n=490), versus placebo (n=515). All participants also received aspirin 81 mg daily.

Treatment reduced total cholesterol by 26.5 to 30.4 percent (p<0.0001), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 39.1 to 43.4 percent (p<0.0001) and triglycerides by 11.2 to 17.0 percent (p≤0.02). Treatment reduced ASCVD events by 28 to 45 percent (0.04<p<0.14). A higher dose of atorvastatin would probably have produced even greater reductions in events.

The study also showed that cholesterol reduction did not retard the rate of progression of the coronary calcium score. This means that fast CT scanning of the coronary arteries is not an effective method of monitoring the response to treatment.

About St. Francis Hospital

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and is one of the five busiest heart centers in the United States. A recognized leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiac disease, St. Francis Hospital is one of only eight hospitals in New York State with risk-adjusted mortality rates significantly below the statewide average for all cardiac surgery: valve replacement and coronary bypass.

Physicians at St. Francis Hospital offer unparalleled experience in the most innovative medical and surgical techniques and non-invasive imaging, including cardiac magnetic resonance and nuclear imaging, three-dimensional echocardiography, catheter-based treatment of congenital heart defects, radiofrequency cardiac ablation, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, and a broad array of coronary, carotid and peripheral arterial angioplasty.

A leader in cardiovascular care for more than 50 years, St. Francis Hospital is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS).

Contact us at 1.888.HEART.NY or visit us at http://stfrancisheartcenter.chsli.org.

Contact: Paul Barry, 516-705-6657, paul.barry@chsli.org