2012-07-13 / Community

SJEH Holds Mega Far Rockaway Baby Shower


Mothers-to-be gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s “Largest Baby Shower in Far Rockaway” held on Wednesday, June 20. Mothers received a gift basket of baby items and a $100 gift card. Mothers-to-be gathered at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s “Largest Baby Shower in Far Rockaway” held on Wednesday, June 20. Mothers received a gift basket of baby items and a $100 gift card. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital held the “Largest Baby Shower in Far Rockaway,” as it was billed, on Wednesday, June 20.

Thirty mothers-to-be in their last trimester and patients of St. John’s Prenatal Care Center were randomly chosen to be invited to the shower. Held in the Hospital’s cafeteria, the work-a-day lunch room was transformed into a pink and blue baby shower-world of balloons, storks and teddy bears. Each mother-tobe received a huge laundry basket chock-full of receiving blankets, onesies, stuffed animals and more, as well as a $100 Babies R Us gift certificate.

“It was a dream basket,” Shamika Simmons said, who is expecting twins in August. “The basket was full of diapers, baby clothing of all sizes, powder, wipes and everything a baby could need,” she added.


Mother-to-be Shamika Simmons and father-to-be Brian Hunt take their turn in the baby shower chair with a gift basket beside them at the baby shower. They are expecting twins by August. Mother-to-be Shamika Simmons and father-to-be Brian Hunt take their turn in the baby shower chair with a gift basket beside them at the baby shower. They are expecting twins by August. The event was generously supported by St. John’s staff, Episcopal Church Women, Ministry in Action, Congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Episcopal Women’s Commission, Prayer Shawl’s Ministry, and Healthfirst, as well as community donors.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital offers pre-natal care at its Ambulatory Care Center. With the sole obstetrics unit serving the Rockaways and the Five Towns of Nassau County, the Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology



Administrative Nursing Supervisor Naasira Salahuddin, RN, (right) led mothers-to-be in a series of shower games. Administrative Nursing Supervisor Naasira Salahuddin, RN, (right) led mothers-to-be in a series of shower games.

Pictured are some of the volunteers who organized the shower hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Pictured are some of the volunteers who organized the shower hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Also in attendance at the St. John’s baby shower were (from left to right): Patricia Frye, St. John’s; Jacques Leandre, community activist; Rev. Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Vice President, Pastoral Care; and Michael Lopes, Communications Director, Office of New York City Councilmember James Sanders, Jr.; and Sharika Gordon, Administrative Director, Human Resources, St. John’s. Also in attendance at the St. John’s baby shower were (from left to right): Patricia Frye, St. John’s; Jacques Leandre, community activist; Rev. Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Vice President, Pastoral Care; and Michael Lopes, Communications Director, Office of New York City Councilmember James Sanders, Jr.; and Sharika Gordon, Administrative Director, Human Resources, St. John’s.

Supporters of the “Largest Baby Shower in Far Rockaway” included (from left to right): Marie Flordeliza, Chief Clinical Officer, St. John’s; June Gerbracht, President, Diocesan Episcopal Church Women; and Jeanne M. Provenzano. Supporters of the “Largest Baby Shower in Far Rockaway” included (from left to right): Marie Flordeliza, Chief Clinical Officer, St. John’s; June Gerbracht, President, Diocesan Episcopal Church Women; and Jeanne M. Provenzano.

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