2008-01-11 / Community

PHC Auxiliary Kicks Off New Year

Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Board members Sheila Schwartz, President, Joan Coogan, Ann Marie McNearney and Joan Ryan graciously welcomed Peninsula Hospital Eye Care Center's own Raul Padilla (left), Certified Ophthalmologic Assistant and Ophthalmologist Ilan Reizes, M.D. (center) Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary Board members Sheila Schwartz, President, Joan Coogan, Ann Marie McNearney and Joan Ryan graciously welcomed Peninsula Hospital Eye Care Center's own Raul Padilla (left), Certified Ophthalmologic Assistant and Ophthalmologist Ilan Reizes, M.D. (center) Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary members jump-started the New Year with their first monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday, welcoming key staff from the busy Hospital Center's Eye Care Center.

Raul Padillo, Certified Ophthalmologist Assistant, and Dr. Ilan Reizes offered an in-depth presentation on age appropriate eye care problems, eye disease prevention, and the myriad of services and procedures that are avail- able at the Eye Care Center. A video presentation dealt with the full range of eye care problems, from near- sightedness and astigmatism to the latest technology available to deal with the diseases of the eye. Particular time was devoted to information about glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. This included information about specific symptoms, early warning signs and the urgency to stay on top of health care for your eyes as much as you would for the rest of your health care. The auxilians attending the meeting participated in a lively and informative give and take question and answer period with the professionals from the Eye Care Center.

In addition to diagnostic testing, the Peninsula Hospital Eye Care Center offers full service pediatric and adult ophthalmology services; eye surgery, including state of the art lazer procedures; cataract and glaucoma testing; and specialized diabetic eye care. The Eye Care Center operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specific days of the week are dedicated to diagnostics, so appointments are recommended. However, the Eye Care Center is available for emergency appointments and can be reached at 718-734-2830.

Attendance at the meeting was encouraging for their first luncheon get- together of the New Year. Several guests were in attendance in addition to the regular meeting attendees. The Peninsula Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of each month at 12 Noon. The membership invites a wide and varied group of guest speakers every month who inform, encourage, entertain and stimulate conversation and fellowship. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone in the communities served by Peninsula Hospital Center. The membership offers an open invitation to any monthly meeting for those interested in learning more about the goals and objectives of the Auxiliary. In addition to the luncheon meetings, social activities include day trips to museums, shopping centers, the theatre and entertainment venues.

The Auxiliary also sponsors a full year of fundraising ventures, including their annual raffle and monthly lobby sales. The proceeds of these undertakings, which are considerable, are dedicated each year to specific Hospital Center projects, the most recent being the new Cardiac Catheterization Unit and the Mammography Suite.

In addition to their fundraising efforts, several members of the Auxiliary have become very active members of the Hospital Center's volunteer force, assisting in blood drives, flower and plant distributions, making lap covers for residents in the Extended Care Facility and the Adult Day Health Care Center, and by assisting in prep work for major hospital events. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Auxiliary can contact the Department of External Affairs a 718- 734-2506.

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