2006-03-31 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Peninsula Hospital has been an integral part of our community since 1908. It is serving the health needs of the Rockaways, the Five Towns, Broad Channel and parts of Brooklyn and Queens. It provides our children, teens, adults and seniors with a full continuum of health related services.

Peninsula Hospital is one health care facility where the leaders all live within the area it serves - Robert Levine, Joel Miele and Dr. Peter Galvin. Robert Levine, the hospital CEO, has a strong commitment to providing excellent health care. His expertise and experience in hospital administration make him uniquely qualified. The health of the community is his top priority. He is very accessible and visible to everyone.

Joel Miele, the Chairman of the Board, brings his qualifications as a professional engineer and a former city commissioner to his position at the hospital. His knowledge of the inner workings of the city government is a strong asset for Peninsula Hospital.

Dr. Peter Galvin, the Chief Medical Officer, has just been made a fellow of the American Institute for Health Care Quality. His family and the Peninsula Hospital Community congratulate Dr. Galvin on achieving the rank of fellow.

Thanks go to Nancy Vardakis, one of the major benefactors of the new mammography suite.

Thanks to the women in our dedicated, community-minded neighbors such as Barbara Eisenstadt and Sweet 'N Low, the entire Department of Emergency Medicine has been modernized.

That facility is more consumer- friendly. The exam area, triage area and the nursing station are more accessible to the public. These modernizations allow the doctors, nurses and aides to have immediate access to the medical equipment and procedures needed by the patients.

Peninsula Hospital now has new cardiac monitors otoscopes and portable pulse oximetry, which provide immediate readings to assist the medical staff in serving the patients.

The imaging services department has top-notch technology available. It has X-rays, CAT scans, MRI's and ultra sound. Both in-patients and outpatients can avail themselves of the state of the art- MRI that provide strong imaging clarity.

Dr. Stanley Sprecher, the head of this unit, is quoted as stating that the technology lends itself to a Variety of diagnostic exams. He notes that the MRI system enables Peninsula to perform high-resolution studies of both orthopedic and neurology patients. Patricia Newmark, the in-take person in the Department of Imaging Services goes the extra mile to see that clients are well served. Her professional decorum, gracious manner and friendly smile assure that clients are given the personal attention that they need.

Dr. David Steiner, a very personable, warm and qualified physician, heads the Stroke Center at Peninsula. The NYS Department of Health has selected Peninsula as a stroke center. The Stroke team is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Dr. Eric Lippman, a physiatrist, treats orthopedic and neurological issues. Dr. Lippman is a highly trained medical specialist, whose professional manner, expert knowledge and excellent diagnostic skills combine to make him an outstanding physician. Peninsula Hospital provides exceptional physical therapy services.

Peninsula Hospital is the largest employer in the Rockaways. In addition to its outstanding medical services, it is also economically imperative to our neighborhood that Peninsula continue to provide both outstanding health care and a place of employment for local residents.

We are looking forward to attending the 67th West End Temple Annual Journal Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at the Sands at Atlantic Beach at 7 p.m. This year, the temple will honor Shirley Paris and Marie and John Kimball. These individuals are outstanding members of our community and strongly support the West End Temple. The co-chairs of the event are Ronnie Schwab and Stan Gelda. The committee consists of Elaine Gelda, Chaya Kirchein, Lucy Pearlman, Mayone Sautner, Nonni Signoretti, Evelyn Thau, Charles Thau, Evelyn Weber, and Marsha Weber (President). Please make checks payable to West End Temple at 147-02 Newport Ave, Neponsit.

Each year, my mother, my husband our friends and I enjoy going to this event. It's a great evening. We hope to see you there.

Our Friend Fay Cohen has informed us that she will graciously chair The Hadassah Heart Luncheon for the 45th year in a row.

Fay Cohen is setting a national record for service to others. Fay is a great lady, a strong community activist and a life member of Hadassah. Congratulations to Fay on of her 45 years of chairing the important event. The Heart Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lawrence Country Club. Tickets are $50. This year Hadassah is happy to honor Jean Mirkin whose mother and family are all life members of the Belle Harbor Property Owners. The proceeds for the luncheon will go to purchase the best and most modern medical equipment for Heart Research at Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Fay Cohen, the luncheon chair and Renee Freeman the President of the Rockaway Park Chapter of Hadassah promise that there will be lots of prizes and raffles. Make your check payable to the Rockaway Park Chapter Hadassah and more them to Fay Cohen at 173 Beach 146 Street, Neponsit.

With all these happenings it promises to be a great Spring!

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