A man watches the monitor as he has his blood pressure tested. The hospital provided two technicians for blood pressure screening. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital celebrated 100 years of service to the Rockaway community by hosting a health fair on the hospital grounds on June 25.
In addition to blood pressure and glucose screenings and informational tables on various services available at the hospital – there were raffles, entertainment and food for those who attended the three-hour event.
One of two technicians available for glucose screening tests a woman’s blood sugar in the St. John’s Health Education on Wheels van.
Highlighting the day was a program celebrating St. John’s 100th birthday. Proclamations recognizing the anniversary came from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who proclaimed the day SJEH Day), the State Senate (sponsored by Senator Malcolm Smith) and the State Assembly (co-sponsored by Assemblywomen Michele Titus and Audrey Pheffer).
In 1905, the Sisters of St. Joseph turned a former women’s academy into a hospital, after residents petitioned the Bishop of Brooklyn to open a hospital in the Rockaways.
Balloons are given out all afternoon to children who attend the health fair.
In 1976, the hospital became St. John’s Episcopal Hospital when Episcopal Health Services Inc. took over.
|A sign celebrating 100 Years of Caring hangs behind the dais.
Proclamations recognizing the hospital’s 100th Anniversary are displayed by Margaret Carpenter, SJEH’s Board of Managers, with The Rt. Rev. Orris Walker, Jr., President and Chair of the Board of Managers; Fred Simmons representing Senator Malcolm Smith with the State Senate proclamation; CEO Luis Hernandez; Tavia Blakely showing the State Assembly proclamation and Dr. Roy DeBeer.Margaret Carpenter, of SJEH’s Board of Managers, reads the proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg recognizing June 25 as St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Day in the city.Girls on Fire perform at the health fair.Stan’s Pepper Steppers demonstrates some fancy moves during their performance.A clown provides face painting for children during Saturday’s event.Fred Simmons, representing State Senator Malcolm Smith, delivers a proclamation from the State Senate congratulating the hospital on a century of community service.Luis Hernandez, the chief executive officer at St. John’s, welcomes the crowd to the hospital’s health fair and birthday celebration. To Hernandez’s left are Tavia Blakely (representing Assemblywoman Michele Titus) and Dr. Roy DeBeer.Tavia Blakely (from Assemblywoman Michele Titus’ office) reads a State Assembly proclamation honoring the hospital sponsored by Assemblywomen Titus and Audrey Pheffer.Rt. Rev. Orris Walker, Jr., the Bishop of Long Island and the President and Chair of the Board of Managers for Episcopal Health Services, begins the anniversary celebration with a prayer.