Telling the Hospital Story: Overlook Medical Center

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Overlook Medical Center Dedicates Stacy Goldstein Breast Center

The recently dedicated Stacy Goldstein Breast Center within Overlook Medical Center promises to offer world-class breast cancer services to members of the New Jersey community, according to the family whose generous financial support made the new center possible.

Ed and Suzann Goldstein’s gift honors the memory of their daughter, Stacy, who lost her 12-year battle with breast cancer in 2001 at the age of 37.

Over the next several months, the breast center will undergo renovations to waiting areas, consultation spaces, and procedure rooms. It will be equipped with next-generation ultrasound and mammography machines and its medical team will play a leading role in advancing education, research and treatment surrounding breast health.

The Goldsteins have long supported cancer research and treatment facilities. Stacy’s passing was the second such tragedy to befall the family; it is a mission that began in 1976 following the loss of their younger daughter, Valerie, to Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer.

In 1977, after launching a grassroots fundraising effort from their living room, Ed and Suzann realized their vision with the opening of the first Valerie Fund Center at Overlook. Now, there are eight Valerie Fund Centers throughout New Jersey, New York and Long Island treating children without regard to their family’s ability to pay, making the centers one of the largest pediatric oncology networks in the nation, treating more than 6,000 children annually.

Clelia Biamonti, executive director of the Overlook Foundation, says “We are extremely grateful to the Goldsteins for their legacy of support for cancer care at Overlook and across the region. In response to their unimaginable losses, they channeled their energy into programs that offer lifesaving treatment and hope to thousands of others. They are true advocates for the health of our communities.”

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