Southside Hospital Held First Annual Fire Island Fest

South Side Hospital Pirate Festival

KISMET, NY – Southside Hospital raised more than $120,000 during its first annual Fire Island Pirate Fest in August.

More than 500 people took part in the various activities during the Aug. 4 event. Among the attractions were a pirate costume parade; treasure hunt; rum runner competition hosted by Surf’s Out; a live auction; a tennis clinic held by Amie Crisera; yoga with Lauren Diesu; rum and spirit tasting hosted by West Islip Wine and Liquors at the Kismet Inn; and wine tastings hosted by Beach and Vine.

In addition to the fun had during the events of the day, this was also an opportunity to educate people about Southside Hospital’s services. Southside Hospital in Bay Shore is one of the closest hospitals for people vacationing or living on Fire Island if they need medical care. The hospital is an American College of Surgeons verified Level II trauma center. Southside has a helipad, allowing the Suffolk County Police Department’s helicopter to easily deliver patients from Fire Island. Once on the main land, the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s SkyHealth, its air medical program, can easily transfer patients, if needed, between facilities. In addition, North Shore-LIJ has two immediate care centers in Cherry Grove and Ocean Beach.  

“While vacationing on Fire Island should be a relaxing time, emergencies arise,” said Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital. “During the Fire Island Pirate Fest, we wanted to make the community aware that Southside Hospital is ready, willing and able to provide people with high-quality care through our top-notch trauma center and emergency department.”

The event was organized by a committee, chaired by Patty Diesu and included Oriana Bohlsen; Jean Cacciabaudo, MD; Susie Imbert; Jane Mooney; and Marijane Voltz.

For more information about the Fire Island Pirate Fest, contact Southside Hospital’s development office at 631-968-3478.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System is changing its name in January 2016 to Northwell Health. 

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