From left: Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., vice chancellor of university student affairs, senior associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine; Joshua Sterling, president of the student senate; Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer; David E. Asprinio, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Alan Kadish, M.D., president; Martin Katzenstein, M.D. ’78, chairman of the NYMC Board of Advisors and associate professor of clinical pediatrics; Jerome D’Imperio, vice president of real estate construction, design and development at Touro College and at NYMC and Lydia Bunker, vice president of the student senate. Not pictured: Kathleen Finzel, M.D. '87, member of NYMC Board of Advisors.
NYMC is in the business of health: bringing compassionate care and sound health to patients, communities, the region and populations across the world. On Wednesday, February 17, the gift of health and wellness was given back to the College, by David E. Asprinio, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and professor of clinical orthopedic surgery, and the NYMC Board of Advisors, including Dr. Katzenstein and Dr. Kathleen Finzel, whose generous donations supported the building of the Dr. Edward F. and Mrs. Anna M. Asprinio Fitness Center, named for Dr. Asprinio’s parents.
In remarks prior to the ribbon cutting, Gladys Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., vice chancellor of university student affairs and senior associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine, expressed appreciation for the generous gifts which made the Fitness Center possible. In turn, Dr. Asprinio offered gratitude to his parents, a nurse and a physician, for their unwavering support and unfailing interest in the health and well-being of those around them, particularly his and his family. “While I can’t always profess to be sleeping or eating quite healthfully enough,” Dr. Asprinio noted, “the opening of the NYMC Fitness Center means that I can answer affirmatively to at least one of their routine parental questions, “Are you getting enough exercise?”
Open to all NYMC students, faculty and staff with a valid NYMC ID badge, the 6,327 square-foot facility located on the ground floor of 19 Skyline Drive features frontline cardiovascular equipment—treadmills, elliptical machines, bicycles, and a rower—as well as multiple strength machines and a variety of free weights. The Fitness Center also has a dedicated room for wellness classes and a host of fitness accessories, including yoga mats and medicine and balance balls.
The Fitness Center project began as a result of NYMC student satisfaction survey outcomes—which indicated the need and desire for a more robust wellness center on campus. The initiative was then driven by Jerome D’Imperio, vice president of real estate construction, design and development at Touro College and NYMC, who managed the project with Sarah Cottet, director of environmental health and safety.
The new facility which, as was noted by Edward Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and CEO, “offers NYMC students and staff another campus location for sharing the communal pursuit of a sound mind and sound body,” will soon be outfitted with lockers, a lounge area and vending machines and, effective immediately, is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.
The development of the Dr. Edward F. and Mrs. Anna M. Asprinio Fitness Center from concept to creation was a tremendous undertaking. Special thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Vice President of Real Estate Construction, Design and Development at Touro College and at NYMC
Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chancellor of University Student Affairs, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Amy S. Kahn
Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
School of Medicine Student Senate
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