Written by Jane Lawrence Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:28
On Tuesday, July 9, the NSLIJ/Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary hosted one of its major fundraisers of the year at the Glen Cove Mansion. The well-attended restaurant and wine tasting extravaganza was held to benefit the hospital’s new Adult Brain Injury Unit.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to roam through two large rooms at the mansion and sample food, wine, beer, desserts and gourmet coffees from the 28 local restaurants and beverage merchants who participated in the event. More than 100 other local businesses and individuals donated merchandise or gift certificates for the popular raffle baskets.
Hospital Director Susan Kwiatek explained the significance of the new Brain Injury Unit, the only New York State-designated, hospital based, adult brain injury rehabilitation center in all of Nassau County. “We opened the 10-bed unit in April,” said Kwiatek, “and we have been operating at full capacity since then. Eight of the beds are in private rooms allowing for greater supervision and better attention to each patient’s specific needs in the recovery process. Special attention is paid to the family of the patients and family members are even allowed to spend the night in the room with the patients.”
Each year 18,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized with some form of brain injury. The new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital treats patients with severe injuries related to complex stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain hemorrhage, and brain tumors as well as brain injuries related to diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The unit is fully staffed with an inter-disciplinary team including a neuropsychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, speech therapist, and social worker.
With the opening of the new unit, Glen Cove Hospital continues to be an outstanding community based health care facility.