2003-05-23 / Community

St. John’s Receives Bereavement Grant

St. John’s Receives Bereavement Grant

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore has received $21,000 in funding from the Astor Fund and $10,000 from Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of Long Island to establish The Child and Adolescent Bereavement Center. The purpose of the Bereavement Center will be to assist youngsters to come to terms with significant losses and to help turn grieving into a healing process.

"There’s a lot of sadness in the Rockaways, especially with so much in seeming decline," said Reverend Dr. Joel Harvey, Vice President of Pastoral Care for Episcopal Health services. "With separations, loss, divorce, death, and incarceration, I believe children will find the Center to be an oasis of support and peace." Rev. Harvey has been the Director of the Pastoral Care at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore since 1997. He specializes in bereavement counseling and holds certificates with the American Psychotherapy Association and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

At the Adolescent and Pediatric Bereavement Center, two bereavement counselors will provide individual and small group sessions for children between the ages of five to 17 years old, both in after school programsm and on Saturdays. Music, song, arts and crafts, and games will be used to invite children to freely express themselves without fear of any consequences. The Center will be based at 1914 Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway. Since Brookhaven Avenue is nearby the hospital, this is a comfortable location for an off-campus facility associated with St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

With 332 acute care beds, St. John’s provides a full range of medical and surgical care. It also is a major provider of comprehensive primary care. The hospital operates the only 24-hour obstetrical service and the only comprehensive outpatient and inpatient mental health center in the community. It is a designated 911 receiving hospital and the only psychiatric receiving facility for the Rockaways.

A multi-disciplinary teaching hospital, St. John’s offers fully accredited graduate medical education program in internal medicine that is affiliated with State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and fully accredited osteopathic graduate medical education programs in family practice, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and dermatology.

Recently St. John’s opened a renovated 13,000 square feet Surgical Care Center. The Center and post-surgery unit are equipped with 24-hour monitoring and a state-of-the-art surgeon’s treatment room and nursing station designed for immediate transmission of vital patient information. The Surgical Care Cen­ter also features VIP-style private and semi-private patient rooms.

St. John’s Hospital has a long history in Rockaway, serving the community first as St. Joseph’s Hospital from its inception, through the 1970’s.


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