SJEH Honors Five Locals At Annual Ball
The Development Board of St. John's Episcopal Hospital, South Shore, will present the Humanitarian Award to five distinguished individuals at the 2006 Chrysanthemum Ball that will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006, at The Sands in Atlantic Beach. The honorees are: Maccy and Donald Paley, Secretary and Treasurer of St. John's Development Board; Lloyd A. Bardfeld, DPM, Chief of the Division of Podiatry; and Dr. Alan Richer and Joel R. Macher of Far Rockaway Hyperbaric, LLC.
Maccy and Donald W. Paley have dedicated years of service in support of St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Born in St. Joseph's Hospital (St. John's precursor), Maccy Paley began her commitment to community service when, as a young wife, she started a Seeing Eye Dog group. She also helped raise funds for the elimination of cerebral palsy and for Brandeis University Libraries, serving as its president for four years. In 1979, she joined St. John's Auxiliary as Ball Chairman and served as Vice President of Fundraising for four years. Later she became Auxiliary President, serving for three years, and also ran the St. John's Gift Shop until its closure.
She and her husband, Donald Paley, also a longtime St. John's supporter, have served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Development Board of St. John's for many years. Donald Paley was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New York University where he received his law degree.
He joined Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, PC, in New York City, which specializes in international trade and customs law. After a very successful professional career and serving as president of the firm for 16 years, he stepped down five years ago but continues to take the train to work everyday, where, among other things, he monitors and supervises the firm's Profit Sharing Plan which he created 16 years ago.
Lloyd A. Bardfeld, DPM, is the Chief of Podiatry at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. A highly skilled doctor, he has had a distinguished career as a physician, writer, teacher and program innovator. In 1995, Dr. Bardfeld started a residency program in podiatric medicine and surgery at St. John's that is affiliated with New York College of Podiatric Medicine. In 2001, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine presented him with its Graduate Medical Education Award. In 2004, he and Gilbert Makabali, MD, St. John's Chairman of Surgery, were instrumental in starting St. John's Center for Wound Healing.
Currently Dr. Bardfeld acts as the program's director. He also served as President of St. John's Medical Board from 2002 to 2004 and is a member of St. John's Local Governance Committee. Board certified in foot and ankle surgery, he is an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Alan Richer and Joel R. Macher are the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, respectively, of Far Rockaway Hyperbaric, LLC, the Hospital's partner in the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. They specialize in providing hyperbaric and wound care management services to hospitals throughout the northeastern United States. Dr. Richer had a successful private dental practice in Astoria, Queens, where he served the community for more than thirty years. Macher established a successful accounting and financial management firm in the New York area. In the 1990s, the two longtime friends and business associates initiated the use of sophisticated wound care protocols, in conjunction with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to promote and improve healing rates in chronic wound patients. Their company establishes hyperbaric and wound care services in hospitals on an outpatient and full turnkey basis. With the support of Luis A. Hernandez, the Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, and led by Dr. Lloyd A. Bardfeld and Dr. Gilbert Makabali, St. John's Chairman of Surgery, St. John's Wound Center opened in August, 2004, and is admired and respected as a center of excellence in the community. Due to the success of the program, they are currently planning to expand the hyperbaric and wound care suite within the Hospital in order to continue delivering the best care available in New York.