2004-06-18 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
It Takes A Community Hospital, And PHC Is Here

With Beverly Baxter
It Takes A Community Hospital, And PHC Is Here


As the P.S. 114 Choir sang "In The Neighborhood", I could not help but be overcome with pride for the community I call home and the community hospital that is here to serve us.

At its recent Annual Public Meeting, Peninsula Hospital Center gave its Report To The Community Address about the advances made during the past year.

Among these advances are the new Eye Care Center, an expanded Diabetes Treatment Center to include Pediatrics, the acquisition of a new CT Scanner and new MRI system.

Last Fall, PHC was designated by the New York State Department of Health as an official Stroke Center.

The Annual Meeting also marked the occasion of the formal unveiling and dedication of a newly renovated and expanded Emergency Services Department.

Margaret Mead once remarked about the power of philanthropy stating that one should "never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed, and charitable individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." As a community, we are curators of some of the most decent, principled, and extraordinarily generous individuals—and our collection is legendary.

Endowments to these projects were made by committed benefactors that include Barbara and Marvin Eisenstadt, Stanley and Eleanor Cirker, the Vardakis, Tsatsis, Russo, and Mure families, Lucy Salpeter, Dr. and Mrs. Berge Tutundjian, Pearl and David Ribet, Selma Kaplan, Patte Bogen Roberts, as well as by various foundations. The community is proud, humbled, and grateful to be in your midst.

There are many ways for one to become part of the PHC family. Jack Domfort, who is VP of the Volunteer Guild, described his wife’s reaction to his announced retirement stating that in theory she was happy; however, the reality of having him around the house all day made her quip, "You better go volunteer at the hospital!"

Another way to volunteer is to become involved with the PHC Auxiliary, a fundraising arm of the hospital, which raised 10K dollars during this past fiscal year.

Students from P.S. 114 have even joined the fold through the Penny Harvest program.

It truly takes a community of individuals to make a community hospital...and Peninsula Hospital Center is here...in the neighborhood!

***Congratulations to Drs. Geraldine M. and Geraldine D. Chapey and Eugene Pasternak on your much deserved honor by West End Temple at its 65th Anniversary Gala at the Sands in Atlantic Beach. The Chapey-Pasternaks were feted for their dedication to the community. They certainly are a dynamic trio. I was delighted to be in the warm and gracious company of Pearl and David Ribet, Marilyn Blicksilver, Elaine and Stan Gelda, Ronni and Harold Schwab, who celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss; Jerry Rashkis, Barbara and Marvin Eisenstadt, Rabbi May and Monsignor Geraghty, Patricia Young-O’Connor, Barbara J. Morris, Christina and Michael Benn, Liz Sulik, Lori and John Musumeci, the Dufficys, Stella Pepi, Sharon Gabriel, and the many others who attended to celebrate the contributions made by this fine family.

***The dedication and naming of a street, a building, a beach, or a brick, in memory of someone is for the family an emotional process.

Once the site has been chosen and approved, the process should be near to closure. For the family of the much-beloved Gerald Dever, this process has taken several years. As many of you fondly remember him, Gerald Dever was the popular M.S. 180 Guidance Counselor who passed away in 1998. Although the school was officially renamed in his honor at a ceremony in June 2002, the name was never actually placed on the facade of the building. This is particularly hard on the family who would gain much consolation during their lifetime by seeing the name on the school. On behalf of the Dever family and Mr. Dever’s many former students, I ask that our local officials complete the process so that this family can have some measure of closure.

***Nunsense is "Habit-forming"! and this weekend is the last chance for you to see this hillarious and well-produced production at the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday curtain time is 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Congratulations to the RTC on yet another great season! Call the Box office to reserve seating.

***How many 99 cent stores does it take to accommodate a community?! With homes on the west end selling in the seven figure range, one would think that landlords could attract a better selection of stores to the business-seat of our community. I’m not suggesting that we become like every other generic strip-mall; however, I’m sure we can do much better than 99 cent chic.

***Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful Dads!

***See you...On the Beach!

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