Peninsula Hospital Center Honors Lucy Salpeter
Lucy Salpeter has a long and rich history both in the Rockaway community and at Peninsula Hospital Center and will be one of the Hospital Center's honorees at its upcoming 102nd Anniversary Ball. Although she is well known in her own right, Lucy was an integral part of her husband, Burton Salpeter, M.D.'s medical and service legacy. Having spent most of her life in or near the Rockaways, she remains deeply committed both to the Rockaways and to Peninsula Hospital Center.
Lucy was first introduced to Peninsula Hospital Center at the age of 12, when she was hospitalized in the old Rockaway Beach Hospital for appendicitis and it was there, some years later, where the couple's two children, Ann and Steven, were born. She remembers days at the old Rockaway Beach Hospital before air conditioning, when, during surgery, in order to circulate the air, the windows in the Operating Room would be opened.
Ahead of her time in 1945, Lucy graduated from New York University as an Occupational Therapist and promptly decided to serve her country as a WAVE in the United States Navy with the rank of Lieutenant, Jr. Grade. She was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital and at St. Albans. She met Dr. Salpeter in 1947 and they were married a year later. Marriage brought a new dimension to Lucy's life and while raising a family and keeping it focused, she assisted in her husband's private practice, even occasionally acting as his chauffeur when he made late night house calls.
Continuing her family's tradition of service, she found the time however, to serve on the Board of Beth El Temple, be a part of the Planning Committee for Rockaway Park, and assist in forming the first auxiliary organization to serve Peninsula Hospital Center.
After her husband's death in 2001, she became even more passionate about advocating for local hospital support and involvement. Lucy is now an active member of the hospital's Board of Directors. "Peninsula Hospital Center, our local hospital, is essential to our wonderful community. We should all be involved in it and support it because one day, it could very likely be the hospital that saves our lives," said Salpeter.
The 102nd Anniversary Ball will be held at El Caribe Country Club Caterers in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Tickets for the ball are available at the Hospital Center's External Affairs Department.