The first Northwell Health Great South Bay Run on October 1 had more than 700 participants race through the streets of Bay Shore and raised $1,689 for a group focused on better health care and health education in the Town of Islip.
The money raised will go toward Southside Hospital’s Community Outreach and Health Education Council (COHEC), which includes members of the hospital as well as local community groups, faith organizations and schools working to improve health care and health education in Central Islip, Brentwood and Bay Shore. The group has been in existence for about a year and creates and manages events such as free health care screenings and medical career days.
“The COHEC group has been doing such amazing work to reach out into these communities to help ensure everyone is able to make good healthcare decisions for themselves and their families,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital. “We appreciate the funds the run raised for this group, which will help further its mission and reach.”
The event, which included 5K and 10K races along with a half marathon, was previously sponsored by Entenmann’s. Northwell Health took over the management of the event this year.
The next race is slated to take place September 23, 2017.