Lights, Sirens, Action: North Shore-LIJ Donates Ambulance to Dominican Republic

SYOSSET, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that its Center for Emergency Medical Services (CEMS) has donated a basic life support ambulance, complete with medical supplies and a wheelchair, to the Leonardo Diaz Foundation for the Disabled, which is in San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.

Rita Obregon, assistant director of performance improvement in the pathology department at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, asked North Shore-LIJ for this donation after she was touched by an experience in 2010 when she was visiting the Dominican Republic foundation. At that time, Ms. Obregon witnessed a young girl who was in critical condition being taken to the hospital in a broken-down car. The North Shore-LIJ ambulance will go a long way toward ensuring safe travel and medical treatment for children in that area.

“When Rita approached us at CEMS for an ambulance donation and told us about how much this could help children, we were all too happy to make the donation,” said Paul Power, CEMS assistant director of operations.

“Our mission at the health system is to not only serve the communities where our hospitals and medical facilities are based, but to also aid other communities so they can provide local, quality medical care,” Ms. Obregon said.

The ambulance is being sent by cargo ship to the Dominican Republic with the help of the Ricardo Reyes Ministries in Freeport. Last year, Ms. Obregon helped to facilitate the donation of a North Shore-LIJ ambulance to FUPAC, another nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic.

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