Hospital For A Day at Silas Wood

Our group of Whitman students are ready to greet the sixth-graders for a short introduction before heading to their first assigned ‘hospital rooms.’
Our group of Whitman students are ready to greet the sixth-graders for a short introduction before heading to their first assigned ‘hospital rooms.’
Paramedics get a volunteer and go through the necessary steps based on their initial triage.
Paramedics get a volunteer and go through the necessary steps based on their initial triage.
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Whitman junior Gabrielle Ramirez instructs Silas Wood students on the safe and proper technique to handle an infant this small.
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Whitman junior Gabrielle Ramirez instructs Silas Wood students on the safe and proper technique to handle an infant this small.
Physician Assistant Kathie Alpy, along with Whitman junior Zenab Ojibe explain the difference between a splint and a cast. This young volunteer is about to find out.
Physician Assistant Kathie Alpy, along with Whitman junior Zenab Ojibe explain the difference between a splint and a cast. This young volunteer is about to find out.
Silas Wood students got some great hands-on experience using high-powered Microscopes and learning how to conduct sample testing.
Silas Wood students got some great hands-on experience using high-powered Microscopes and learning how to conduct sample testing.
Left to right: Kabir Zafar and Russell Kielawa, both Whitman seniors, spent some time at North Shore LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute as the second part of the LI STEM Hub SPARK! Challenge.
Left to right: Kabir Zafar and Russell Kielawa, both Whitman seniors, spent some time at North Shore LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute as the second part of the LI STEM Hub SPARK! Challenge.
Willie Walker, Jr., senior neurophysiology lab technician at North Shore, sitting right, joins our students as they wrap up their morning at Silas Wood. College-to-Career Coach Mr. Rob Callahan is standing on the left, and STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane is standing on the right.
Willie Walker, Jr., senior neurophysiology lab technician at North Shore, sitting right, joins our students as they wrap up their morning at Silas Wood. College-to-Career Coach Mr. Rob Callahan is standing on the left, and STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane is standing on the right.

In late March, South Huntington’s "Hospital for a Day" program brought our high school science students, under the direction of College-to-Career Coach Mr. Rob Callahan and STEM Coach Ms. Mari Scardapane to Silas Wood for a day of exciting on-site medical activities. The students collaborated with volunteers from local health science agencies, as well as North Shore LIJ and the Long Island STEM Hub to create a remarkable discovery experience.

The middle school’s classrooms were transformed into various healthcare scenarios including a scene paramedics would typically arrive at, complete with stretchers and first aid equipment; a radiology reading room, and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), among other things. Silas Wood students experienced four of their typical classroom periods in these settings, learning about careers in nursing, child life, neurology and other areas. One room was dedicated as a medial laboratory, another focused on the local group Canine Companions, and still another had our 2nd Precinct Officers Andrew Fiorello and Angela Ferraro, who are medical first responders, show what they need to do since they typically get to a scene before an ambulance does.

Students learned about patient airlift services from PALS, and volunteered to have a cast applied to their arm in a room dedicated to orthopedics. “It’s meaningful to be talking to these students about these careers now so that they’re more aware of what their options are in the future,” said Ann Marie Di Francesca, director of child life at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Ms. Di Francesca was one of a handful of North Shore-LIJ staff members educating our high school and then our sixth-grade students, including Lana Pinkhasov, administrative director of neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset; Janice Licari, executive office supervisor of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital; Gloria Collura, director of patient care services at the Center for Advanced Medicine; Pamela Klatman, director of social work at Cohen’s; Kathy Altner, NP, a member of orthopedics at Syosset Hospital; Thomas Knichel, administrative director of radiology at Huntington Hospital; Betty May, NICU nurse manager at Cohen’s; Franselisa Matulich, clinical laboratory educator at LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Donna Sidoti, supervisor of point of care testing at Huntington Hospital; Eric Schmeirer, RN, emergency department nurse at Huntington Hospital; Tess DelaPena, RN, talent acquisition specialist at North Shore-LIJ; Kathy Alpy, PA, orthopedic surgery at Syosset Hospital; Ray Smith, paramedic supervisor at the Center for Emergency Medical Services; Richard Nevader, paramedic II at CEMS; and Willie Walker, Jr., senior neurophysiology lab technician at North Shore.

We would especially like to thank Suffolk County Police Officer Angela Ferrara and Officer Andrew Fiorello, Canine Companions, and PALS Airlift Services, as they really added to our program.  A big thank you to Cheryl Davidson and Lauren Pearson from North Shore LIJ who helped us plan this event and brought their wonderful staff members listed above. Our high school students were amazing presenters and our sixth-graders were eager and ready to learn.  One of the wonderful surprises at "Hospital for a Day" was the participation of our new Video Production class at Whitman who did such a great job capturing the event, and specifically senior Nicole Dia who was responsible for all three of the Spark videos. Special thanks to the Silas Wood custodial staff, who prepared not once, but twice (the snow-out back in February) for this event. 

Thanks so much to everyone for making this event so memorable!

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