A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to announce the opening of a new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital, a $4 million inpatient facility. It is the only New York State-designated adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
At the Feb 22 ceremony, former brain injury patient Zachary Young returned to thank the staff for aiding in his recovery.
“I feel like I got a second chance,” said Young, 23, a recent graduate from SUNY Binghamton and Plainview resident.
In Dec. 2011, Young collapsed on the ice while playing hockey, suffering from cardiac arrest. Home from school on winter break, he was lucky to have two friends present who were able to assist him, a police officer and a nurse. They used an AED to shock his heart, and he was hospitalized twice and had a defibrillator implanted before entering rehab at Glen Cove Hospital in January of last year. He had suffered a brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen to his brain after the cardiac arrest. Upon entering, he had cognitive issues including memory loss, difficulty writing and physical issues including trouble walking. He spent three weeks in rehab, and graduated college in Dec. 2012. He has been accepted to several law schools, and will soon decide where to attend school in September.
“Although I have slight physical limitations, my life has gotten better…I have more conviction in my studying and my family has gotten closer,” said Young.
Glen Cove Hospital is part of the North Shore-LIJ system, so the doctors in the BIU will work with neuro and trauma surgeons at North Shore University Hospital and LIJ to ensure patients get the best possible care.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.