ELIH Foundation Adds Two To Board

Dr. James Rubin, MD. Independent/Courtesy ELIH

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation named Eileen Brennan Oakley and James Rubin, MD, to its board of directors.

Established in 2006, ELIH Foundation members participate in the oversight of programs and projects funded by the foundation. They assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising activities to support capital needs. The board members each bring professional expertise and advice to manage and maintain the financial well-being of the foundation.

Oakley works as the president of The Brennan Family Foundation, an organization providing financial assistance to charitable organizations that help children.

Oakley’s parents, Donald and Patricia Brennan, and the Brennan family have been part of the Eastern Long Island community for over five decades while supporting the hospital. The family hosted the hospital’s 1999 Summer Gala at their Nassau Point estate in Cutchogue.

The Brennans’ support has made an impact on the renovation of the Greenport hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center of Excellence, the expansion of the Emergency Department, and the raising of funds for ELIH’s current Operation RENEW campaign to renovate its Operating Room Suite.

Oakley has played a vital role in its philanthropic gestures toward ELIH. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science before going on to Johnson and Wales University, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. She currently resides in Cutchogue full time with her husband, Daniel, and their six children.

Dr. Rubin retired from his career in the medical field, but continues to serve as an Honorary Attending Physician at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. He graduated from both Columbia University and New York Medical College. During his career, he was board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy. He then went on to hold the titles of Division Chief in the Department of Medicine for Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, President of the Beth Israel Medical Center Medical Board, and Trustee of Beth Israel Medical Center. He is also a former Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at both Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

Dr. Rubin and his wife, Phyllis, a former personal trainer and current health educator, are long-time friends of ELIH and live in Cutchogue. The couple partnered with ELIH to form the Community Health and Wellness Committee. The committee has provided an additional resource of educational health programming to the community.

Established in 2006, the mission of the ELIH Foundation is to develop and manage all resources and assets of the foundation in support of the Eastern Long Island Hospital healthcare mission and goals. Eastern Long Island Hospital is a 90-bed, full-service, community hospital committed to delivering excellence in patient care and meeting all the health needs of the North Fork and Shelter Island.

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