2010-04-02 / Letters

Thanks AFHC

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the wonderful staff of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. Although I think the majority of the employees are wonderful, I must tell you that the following need to be recognized as excellent staff members:

Maureen Hornung is the social worker who recommended that I enroll as a patient at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. Ms. Hornung was assigned as my Social Worker at Addabbo Family Health Center-Family Resource Center. I was going through a very difficult period in my life due to disabilities I suffered after a stroke, and technically, Ms. Hornung saved me from even deeper despair when she recommended your wonderful staff at 6200 Beach Channel Drive, Arverne, NY 11692. Ms. Hornung truly listened to me and gave me the strength to continue and not give up on myself.

I became a patient of Addabbo and I must say the following employees are great and also deserve recognition: Roberta Hellman, MD, Psychiatrist; Michelle Macolino, Social Worker; Jeffrey Coyle, Mental Health Services Manager; Regina Kolbjornsen, Registration Clerk and Rosaline Fernandez, Mental Health Secretary. Due to my stroke, I have become very forgetful and emotional, however, all of those mentioned above have never made me feel nervous and have been very patient and polite towards me. I truly appreciate this, especially after everything I have been through in life.

Another special staff member I would like to recognize is Cecilia Salgado, Executive Assistant and Administrative Manager. I have spoken to Ms. Salgado on various occasions in person and via telephone. Ms. Salgado has always been patient, polite and courteous to me. I can tell she truly knows and loves her job, and she always goes beyond the call of duty to make sure my needs are met. Ms. Salgado never rushes me, and she really cares. Even though I can clearly see she is a very busy woman, Ms. Salgado always takes the time to listen to me and to help me. She is aware of all my disabilities and personal issues because I felt very comfortable speaking to her. Although she is a true professional, she is also down-to-earth and willing to listen, to help, and truly understands my situation. Ms. Salgado always shows compassion, explains things clearly, always puts a smile on my face, and always has a kind and encouraging word for me.

I want community residents to know that when you feel like there is no solution, when you feel like nobody cares, when you feel like you can’t go on, ask for help at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center and their team of professionals will get you back on the right track. If you want the help, they will offer you the help and their friendship, not only medical care. They offer you the best thing, and that is HOPE!

To Dr. Nelson, Executive Director, I hope you continue to value the wonderful and caring staff that makes up the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. Thank you for being the best community health center in Queens, NY. Keep up the excellent work!


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