North Shore University Hospital Receives Donation to Bring iPads to Cardiology Reception and Waiting Area


Patients and their family members passing through the Cardiology reception and waiting area at North Shore University Hospital will be able to make use of new iPad kiosks thanks to a donation by Linda and Gregory Galdi of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., the hospital announced today.

 Located on the first floor of the hospital, the Cardiology reception and waiting area serves as a central hub for visitors coming in for a range of reasons, from a routine exam, stress test or echocardiogram to a follow-up appointment after a more complex and specialized procedure. A majority of the 23,000 patients cared for each year by the Department of Cardiology come through the reception and waiting area. The hospital is in the process of renovating the space to incorporate features that will help enhance the comfort of patients and their families while increasing its efficiency. Part of the redesign includes adding iPad kiosks for the use of patients and families thanks to the support of such generous donors as Mr. Galdi.

 “Whether as a patient or as the family member of a patient, we have all experienced the angst of waiting while minutes ticked by like hours,” said Mr. Galdi, president of Custom Computer Specialists, Inc. “It is my hope that with this donation of iPads, some of the stress of waiting will be alleviated. We may still wish we were someplace else, but hopefully the iPads can help us escape for a few moments.”

 The highest quality of care, comfort and compassion for patients has always been, and will always be, the hallmark of North Shore University Hospital. 

 “Waiting rooms are often a place of anxiety, which is why Linda and Greg Galdi’s donation provides a real benefit to patients and families,” said Derek Anderson, senior director, Hospital Operations for North Shore University Hospital. “Having this technology allows people to browse the web and check their email, providing entertainment and comfort during the brief time they may have to wait to see our care providers. We have already seen great use of the iPads installed in our surgical waiting area and are pleased to expand the availability of this technology to a second reception area within the hospital”

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