HUNTINGTON, NY —
Sixteen veterans from the nonprofit United Veterans Beacon House received free foot exams courtesy of Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics team along with free Fila sneakers from Modell's Sporting Goods as the two groups showed their appreciation at an event for veterans.
Adam Bitterman, DO and William Healy, III, MD, orthopaedic surgeons at Huntington Hospital and members of the Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute, coordinated the event and performed comprehensive foot exams at one of the Beacon House residences in Huntington. Orthopaedic residents and medical students volunteered their time to help transform the group home into a clinical setting during the November 30th event.
"This event not only allowed us to provide these veterans with medical care and ensure they don't have any pending or ongoing foot issues, but, most importantly, it was an opportunity for us to say 'Thank you' for their service and all that they have done for our country," Dr. Bitterman said.
Beacon House supports 45 housing locations throughout Long Island providing emergency, transitional and permanent housing to 350 men, women and women with children daily. They manage a thrift shop, food pantry and medical locker at their Bay Shore headquarters that serve both their housing clients and the Long Island community at large.
Recognizing their plight, Drs. Bitterman, Healy and their team targeted the veterans for foot exams, which can uncover a variety of ailments, including diabetes-related foot issues. Winter is a crucial time to ensure proper foot health and veterans historically suffer from ailments tied to their military service.
"This is a great event and we're excited that we were able to participate. With Modell's history with the military and veterans dating back to Henry Modell himself, it's one that hits home for us and part of our core. It's the least we can do," said John Borrelli, community marketing manager at Modell's Sporting Goods.
"We are truly touched by the time and attention Dr. Bitterman, Huntington Hospital and the Northwell team gave to our veterans. A big part of the recovery process is feeling valued and this event certainly made them feel that way," said Tina Sferrazza, director of development at United Veterans Beacon House.
For more information on Huntington Hospital's orthopaedics department, call 631-351-2700.
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