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Chana Levitan addressed the Far Rockaway-Five Towns Women’s Rosh Chodesh Shiur on Sunday, May 3rd.  Her topic was “Successful Riding the Ups and Downs of Life & Relationships.” The shiur was held in Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence. Mrs. Levitan is the author of I Only Want to Get Married Once.


On May 1, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, one of the most famous Refusniks who served time in Soviet prisons and a psychiatric hospital because of his desire to immigrate to Israel, addressed the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway. He spoke about life in the Soviet prisons and psychiatric hospital and how he was released. His life story is told in his book, Unbroken Spirit—Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, & Survival. He is pictured here with Rabbi Aaron Brafman, Menahel of Yeshiva of Far Rockaway.

Mercy Medical Center Garners Top Award In recognition of its commitment to and success in delivering quality care to its patients, Mercy Medical Center was awarded first place honors for its project known as “Code STEMI” by Physicians Reciprocal Insurers (PRI). The project significantly reduced diagnosis, treatment and transfer times for Emergency Department (ED) patients experiencing ST elevation Myocardial infarctions, a specific type of heart attack. Mercy earned PRl’s Risk Management and Patient Safety Best Practices Award for 2015 by identifying a need to improve ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) “door in, door out” (DIDO) times. Mercy’s ED team streamlined the process of restoring blood flow through coronary arteries, in order to minimize permanent damage to the heart and enhance patient outcomes. The team used Lean concepts and Value Stream Mapping to evaluate the exist-

ing process, implemented adjustments to protocols within the ED and worked with EMS to transfer patients quickly to a catheterization facility. As a result, a 56% improvement in STEMI DIDO times was achieved. “This recognition reflects Mercy’s mission to provide quality care and to continually seek ways to further improve the delivery of care, enhancing patient outcomes and satisfaction,” said Ron Steimel, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Mercy Medical Center. For the second consecutive year, Mercy was ranked as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, based on an aggregation of 2013 data. Also, the hospital was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In addition, in recognition of

Mercy’s Emergency Department Assistant Director Kurt Dischner (third from left), MD, and Director of Emergency Medicine Nenad Grlic (fourth from left), DO, accepted the Risk Management and Patient Safety Best Practices Award for 2015 from PRl’s Executive Vice President for Hospitals and Special Programs Jeanne Braun (second from left), with Mercy’s Chief Nursing Officer Beth Vlahavas (left) and Director of Risk Management Rosemarie Povinelli (second from right) and Catholic Health Services Chief Patient Safety Officer Lynn Jennings Taylor (right) present to congratulate the team.

its ongoing commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy earned its third consecutive Get With The Guidelines®—

Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Project SETT Grants TAG Students a New Program of Sensory, Evaluation, Treatment and Testing

Thanks to the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Torah Academy for Girls has been privileged to receive a magnanimous grant, which will be used to better serve the TAG student body in need of support services. The grant will be used to put into motion Project SETT, which stands for Sensory, Evaluation, Treatment and Testing.   Project SETT will be used to purchase additional educational, physical, occupational, and speech assessments. The TAG family is very excited that project SETT will enable the school to purchase top of the line equipment for

the school’s new sensory gym. The grant will be used to purchase therapy tools for all related providers, including occupational therapists, speech therapists, special education therapists, counselors, and physical therapists. Finally, the funding from the grant will also be used to purchase technology such as smart boards, tablets and computer software for the Resource and Related Services Department.   TAG has received its first round of assessment tools, purchased with the grant, that will benefit the TAG student body. Dena Isaacs, the senior occupational therapist at TAG, who has been

with the school for the last 14 years explains, “Assessment tools are imperative to qualify and justify related services. Additionally, access to different assessment tools helps providers refine their treatment to target specific areas where children show difficulties. The Joseph Leroy and Ann. C. Warner Fund has allowed our providers to provide optimal services to our TAG students.” The Board of Education provides special education services to qualifying students. However, the high cost of specialized tests and remediation tools falls on the shoulders of the school and

the individual providers. According to Dr, Zelasko, Director of the Resource, Special Education and Related Services Department, “TAG has always been generous in helping our therapists acquire the evaluations and equipment they need. With the help of the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, TAG will now have the ability to purchase a wider range of tests and tools. TAG has always strived to meet the individual needs of every student. With the help of this grant we will now further help each girl reach her potential.” 

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Five Towns Jewish Home - 5-7-15  

Five Towns Jewish Home - 5-7-15

Five Towns Jewish Home - 5-7-15  

Five Towns Jewish Home - 5-7-15