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On Monday, June 14, 1999 I had the opportunity to participate in the annual meeting of the Peninsula Hospital Center. The Center provides a high quality health facility for the Rockaway peninsula, Atlantic Beach, Ozone Park, Howard Beach and Broad Channel.
This was also the dedication of the new Angels on the Bay PediatricUnit. This consists of a 14 bed unit which has state of the art medicalequipment and is cheerful and child friendly. Among its many assets are:
rooming in facilities for parents, an on - unit treatment room, dedicatedobservation area, "Parents' Place Lounge" and an outstanding Kid's Korner Playroom." Using our local assets of the ocean and the bay, the pediatric unit follows an "Under the Sea" motif. It has a beautiful aquarium. Utilizing the expert professional talents of our local Rockaway artist, the unit has an "Under the Sea" mural painted by Geoff Rawling. This depiction creates a warm, friendly and supportive environment for the children. Geoff Rawling in his mural has captured the appropriate climate for the children.
One outstanding aspect of the annual meeting was the magnificent performance of the PS 114 choral group under the direction of their music teacher, Jodee Timpone. Ms. Timpone's creative talents are astonishing. Under her direction the choral group transformed the room into a symphonic hall. Their vocal renditions included three part harmony and sign language. Ms. Timpone and the youngsters in the choral group are to be congratulated for their magnificent performance.
The Beach Channel High School Band added to our enjoyment of the evening. Their music was forceful, energetic and lively. Everyone enjoyed it.
Dr. Peter Galvin, M.D., the President of the Medical Board noted that Peninsula Hospital Center is the premier teaching hospital for the Rockaway's for the new millennium. He presented the hospital with a
substantial check from the medical and professional staff. Dr. Peter Galvin's goal is to work for the mutual benefit of the hospital and the community. He is a highly respected and impressive professional who has
been deeply influenced by his Rockaway roots. He has a strong commitment to improving health care in his home town. He was raised here and he and his lovely wife Mary Ellen are bringing up their family here. It is this kind of long term commitment that results in success.
Patte Bogen Roberts, the President of the West End Auxiliary has been and continues to be an outstanding community leader who works tirelessly for the hospital. She has helped the hospital in many different capacities, always with generosity, cheerful good will and competence. Patte presented a check from the West End Auxiliary. Patte gave a presentation to one young man - Justin Werner, an 11 year old student in PS 114 who is making a difference. Justin is the Penny Drive Chairman. He started the fund raising campaign for the hospital in his school and now has expanded his fund raising activities to include many different areas. Kudos to Justin Werner and his family.
The hospital has particularly flourished under the direction of Robert Levine. He has improved the quality of life at the hospital for the patients and their families. He has extended his efforts to the broader
community by running health fairs, giving lectures and speaking at community functions. He is a person with a strong and total dedication to providing excellent health care. He is committed to the mission of attracting outstanding medical professionals to Peninsula. He is equally resolute in delivering the highest quality care to all. Robert Levine brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula and has translated that into positive action for our community. He has family roots in Rockaway.
Joel Miele, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, is a charismatic professional who grasps every opportunity to move the hospital ahead. He is committed to the mission of continuing to improve the
Peninsula Hospital Center. Joel Miele is an outstanding, positive, future oriented leader. Through his dynamic leadership, Peninsula will continue to be an excellent teaching hospital for the Rockaways for the new millennium. He has strong family ties in the Peninsula catchment area.
As was noted at the annual meeting "things that make yesterday memorable, light up today and give us hope for a bright future". Peninsula Hospital Center has been and is an integral part of our past,
present and future health care.