Two former Glen Cove Hospital rehabilitation patients were given the opportunity to thank the heroes who cared for them and helped get them back to their everyday lives.
Jay Israel, of Plainview, was using a stationary bike at home hours after celebrating his 21st wedding anniversary in August when he was found by his son balled up on the floor. Mr. Israel was taken to Plainview Hospital before being transferred to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and then to Glen Cove Hospital’s brain injury unit. He is now back to walking his dog at home.
Jessica Bohorquez, of Bethpage, had recently graduated from college when she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in September. Staff at Plainview and Glen Cove hospitals, along with the team at Northwell Health’s STARS Rehabilitation in East Meadow, helped Jessica go from being unable to walk on her own due to GBS to working toward participating in a 5K.
Both Mr. Israel and Ms. Bohorquez thanked about 30 people who cared for them throughout their journeys to recovery by giving them a medal and T-shirt at an event on March 14 at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove.
“It brought tears to my eyes watching the videos of these two patients’ journeys and seeing how far they have come,” said Carey Otterstedt, director of rehabilitation services at Glen Cove Hospital and the master of ceremonies for the Heroes Night event. “It meant so much to each of the patients’ caregivers to see these patients thriving now and to be thanked for their efforts in getting Jay and Jessica to this place in their lives.”
This is the second year Glen Cove Hospital has hosted Heroes Night. For more information about Glen Cove Hospital, call 516-674-7300.