SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY – Several North Shore-LIJ Health System staff members participated in the South Huntington school district’s “Hospital for a Day” program on March 24, showing Silas Wood Middle School and Walt Whitman High School students what various healthcare careers can be like firsthand.
The middle school’s classrooms were transformed into various healthcare scenarios including a scene paramedics would typically arrive at, complete with stretchers and first aid equipment; a radiology reading room and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), among other things. Middle school students experienced four of their typical classroom periods in these settings, learning about careers in nursing, child life, neurology and other areas.
“It’s meaningful to be talking to these students about these careers now so that they’re more aware of what their options are in the future,” said Ann Marie Di Francesca, director of child life at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
Ms. Di Francesca was one of a handful of North Shore-LIJ staff members educating these children, including Lana Pinkhasov, administrative director of neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset; Janice Licari, executive office supervisor of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital; Gloria Collura, director of patient care services at the Center for Advanced Medicine; Pamela Klatman, director of social work at Cohen’s; Kathy Altner, NP, a member of orthopedics at Syosset Hospital; Thomas Knichel, administrative director of radiology at Huntington Hospital; Betty May, NICU nurse manager at Cohen’s; Franselisa Matulich, clinical laboratory educator at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Donna Sidoti, supervisor of point of care testing at Huntington Hospital; Eric Schmeirer, RN, emergency department nurse at Huntington Hospital; Tess DelaPena, RN, talent acquisition specialist at North Shore-LIJ; Kathy Alpy, PA, orthopedic surgery at Syosset Hospital; Ray Smith, paramedic supervisor at the Center for Emergency Medical Services; Richard Nevader, paramedic II at CEMS; and Willie Walker, Jr., senior neurophysiology lab technician at North Shore.