Passport to Wellness Health Fair a Success
On Saturday, October 15th, healthcare professionals from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center took advantage of the beautiful fall day ready to educate community members at the Annual Health Fair. The event is one of the most effective gatherings held by the medical center to offer free information about chronic disease prevention, as well as free health screenings and flu vaccinations.
This year, the health fair had a specific theme, Passport to Wellness. Attendees were provided with health wellness passports and encouraged to visit health informational booths. “We tried to make the event more engaging and provided attendees with a map to explore all the many services provided by their community hospital—and after they visited at least 10 different stations for adults and 5 for children, they not only earned a free gift, but were entered to win a Fitbit—to further encourage healthy activities beyond this community event,” said St. Catherine’s Community Relations Director Heather Reynolds.
Director for Infection Prevention Services for CHS/St. Catherine’s Director for Infection Prevention and Employee Health Services Catherine Shannon reported, “We administered 285 free flu vaccinations this year—we will continue 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, scoliosis, BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.
Health Fair attendees had the unique opportunity to test out the latest brain lab equipment now at the hospital. New computer-assisted technology at St. Catherine is providing neurosurgeons with enhanced capabilities in the operating room. Neuronavigation puts digital patient data at the surgeons’ fingertips, allowing them to identify their approach before making an incision. Also, the system tracks the surgical tools in real time, showing their position relative to the patient data.
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. This year’s health fair was sponsored by the following: The Medical Staff of St. Catherine of Siena, Suffolk Anesthesiology Associates, Long Island Spine Specialists, PC, North Shore Medical Eye, Suffolk County’s Sherriff’s Office, Hunter EMS, and Morad Awadallah, MD.
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): Front Row—St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland, St. Catherine’s Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jane Finnegan, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Franco, CHS Board of Director Jerome M. Poller, St. Catherine’s Vice President for Quality, Patient Safety and Regulatory Affairs/HIPPA Privacy Officer Michelle Goldfarb.Back Row—Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy Jr., Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, St. Catherine’s Vice President of Administration and Finance John Pohlman, Senator John J. Flanagan, and St. Catherine’s Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer Jason Golbin, DO.