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Alfonso Triggiani of Westhampton Beach teaching the ‘Electric Slide’ to joint replacement patients. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Though one day they didn’t think it would be possible, they danced the afternoon away on Friday afternoon.
Peconic Bay Medical Center hosted its 10th annual joint replacement reunion barbecue and dance, a yearly gathering of individuals who have had surgery that gives patients mobility they didn’t have at one time.
Friday’s dance at East Wind in Wading River brought close to 500 individuals who have received hip and knee replacements for dance lessons from Alfonso Triggiani, the host of TV’s “Touch Dancing,” which has been on air since 1990.
According to PBMC’s Director of Rehabilitation Paul Furbeck, 2014 has been a banner year for the hospital’s joint replacement program, with close to 1,000 operations done so far. In total, PBMC has completed around 4,000 joint replacements.
Ninety-six-year-old Betty Negro of Riverhead said she has been one of those patients. After getting her hip replaced originally 15 years ago, she had it repaired at PBMC in 2011 and said it’s been “great” since.
Betty Negro, who had her hip repaired at PBMC in 2011, with PBMC Health president and CEO Andy Mitchell. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Close to 500 joint replacement patients showed up to the 10th annual reunion dance and barbecue on Friday. (Courtesy photo: Jim Lennon/PBMC )
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | New York Swing Dance Society dancers at Friday night’s Candlelight Ball to benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Several hundred supporters of Peconic Bay Medical Center Health braved the wet and foggy weather to attend the annual Candlelight Ball fundraiser held at the Inn & Spa at East Wind in Wading River Friday night.
Hosted by columnist and television commentator Ellis Henican, the ball featured an evening of fine food, dance and music along with a lavish assortment of treasures in the silent auction and raffle. Each table of donated auction items had its own theme, with categories such as Style & Loveliness, Travel & Leisure and Wine & Dine.
This year, PBMC Health’s nurses were chosen as honorees for their contribution to the growth and success of the hospital. Dr. Peter G. Sultan was named Physician of the Year.
Dr. Sultan, an orthopedic surgeon, is Chairman of the Department for Orthopedic Surgery and Chairman of the Operating Room. Since joining PBMC in 2005, Dr. Sultan has performed thousands of hip and knee procedures and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America.
All proceeds from the Candlelight Ball benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center Health.