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Don Monti Foundation to Fund Huntington Hospital Cancer Patient Navigator
Story Number is : 031217144
Northwell Health

The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation will underwrite a $95,000, patient-centric position at Huntington Hospital with the goal of guiding cancer patients through the complexities of the health care system, from making appointments to ensuring patients comply with care recommendations to get the best possible clinical outcome.

“Patients and families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis have a great weight on their shoulders and patient navigators help to take some of that away by organizing and making sense of all of the services a cancer patient needs,” said Gerard Brogan, Jr., MD, executive director of Huntington Hospital. “We are very grateful for the Monti Saladino family’s generous donation that will make this vital service for cancer patients possible.”

Caroline Monti Saladino, president of the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, said she committed to the cancer patient navigator post after seeing it successfully implemented elsewhere. “It is our great honor to be able to provide this vital function for patients being treated in the Don Monti Cancer Center at Huntington Hospital,” said Ms. Saladino. “We have seen the impact this role has had on patient care at North Shore University Hospital and we are so pleased to bring it here to our own community.”

Joseph and Tita Monti established the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation after their son died of myeloblastic leukemia at age 16 in 1972. Now under the leadership of Caroline Monti Saladino – Joseph & Tita’s daughter and Don’s sister – the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation has donated and aided Northwell Health in a variety of ways through the decades, including previous donations to the Huntington Hospital Don Monti cancer unit.

The foundation also supports the Don Monti Division of Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset as well as Don Monti Cancer Centers at NSUH, Plainview and Glen Cove hospitals; a nurse navigator for liver cancer patients at NSUH; and other programs and events for cancer patients.

For more information about Huntington Hospital’s cancer services, call 631-427-6060. For more information about the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation, visit

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