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Hurricane Joaquin No Match for Annual Health Fair

October 12th, 2015


Despite the rain and impending bad weather forecaster expected for Long Island from Hurricane Joaquin, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center stayed committed educating the community and held its Annual Family Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This year, plan B went into action rather quickly, and, the once big tent that housed tables staff with health care professionals ready to provide education and free screenings was moved indoors throughout the hospital hallways and Medical Office Building.

“While we did not want to underestimate the possibilities of the storm, here at St. Catherine of Siena, we are committed to our community—so we implemented an alternative plan that offered us a platform to educate community members about health issues and offer free flu vaccinations and many other health screenings,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland. 

Director for Infection Prevention Services for CHS/St. Catherine’s Director for Infection Prevention and Employee Health Services reported, “We administered 295 free flu vaccinations this year, despite the weather—and we were happy to be present for the people in the community that need and depend on us annually.”

In addition to the flu vaccinations, the medical center offered free skin cancer, BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. This year, the medical center also offered free scoliosis screenings for children and a teddy bear clinic. Community members had first looks touring the new Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing. The new center specializes in treating all wounds, especially those that have become chronic and difficult to heal. The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

It was difficult to keep track of the number of attendees, but throughout the four hour event, every area was packed with community members, eager to speak to health care professionals. Also in attendance to show their support of the medical center were several governmental officials, including Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy Jr., Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, and Suffolk County Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Rob Trotta, and Republican Candidate for the Smithtown Town Council Lisa Inzerillo.          

The annual fair is organized by the Community Outreach Program and is the medical center’s most prominent health event that draws hundreds of community members. The health fair supports the medical center’s aim to address priority health needs as identified by New York State and outlined in the hospital’s 2014-2016 Community Service Plan

Photo (L-R): Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy Jr., St. Catherine’s Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer Jason Golbin, DO, St. Catherine’s Vice President of Administration and Finance John Pohlman, Senior Vice President for Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta and Republican Candidate for the Smithtown Town Council Lisa Inzerillo.     

For more information about the St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Program, please call (631) 870-3444..