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Coney Island Hospital

A proposal of a community project at Coney Island Hospital.
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Sandy Mak

on 18 November 2012

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Coney Island Hospital ! Serving the southern Brooklyn community since 1875, Coney Island Hospital is Brooklyn’s most modern community hospital and is affiliated with several of New York City’s finest university medical programs.
Our sole mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality care. We care for the “whole person” and seek to heal patients, their families and our diverse community in a way that respects both individuality and culture.
Coney Island Hospital’s three inseparable priorities are Quality Care, Patient Safety and Customer Service. (from CIH website) Brief Organization Description Where is it??? Coney Island Hospital is located in
Coney Island At
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11235 TADA! Contacts The Authors Although this project began as "just another presentation,"
it has helped me learn about the true meaning of doing community service: for the benefit of others, not for feeling good about myself.
I am so glad that I have gotten to spend time with Inna, Sandy and Jimmy.
I can't wait until we volunteer together Sandy is a big candy eating monster who loves to give back to the community.
She wants to offer help to those who are less fortunate.
Sandy loves her community with all her big candy-filled sugary heart. I want people to look like this
after our volunteer service is over.
Critics give me one thumb(s) up.
I would like that number
to double after the project. Website: http://www.coneyislandhospital.com
Mailing address:
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11235
Contact Name: Coney Island Hospital
Phone Number: (718) 616-3000
Fax: n/a
Email: cih_website@nychhc.org We chose to volunteer at the Coney Island Hospital (CIH) because we see the importance of a hospital to a community. In order for a community to function properly, a hospital is required to ensure that the individual members of a community are healthy. Therefore, we wanted to help improve the community by starting at the smallest aspect: its individual participant.
We see that CIH provides what we want. It is a hospital that will provide care and services to those who are of low income. They are willing to reduce patients’ fees to affordable amounts, based on family size and income. Hence, people who are not eligible for public healthcare can still acquire medical services. Also CIH uses the HHC (Health and Hospital Corp) Option, which provides affordable healthcare to low or moderate-income HHC patients. This, to us, is a great sign that CIH isn't simply trying to earn money; that they really do care about the health of every patient. We decided to volunteer at CIH because we know that our service will be open to people of any economic background.
Although our help might seem like nothing compared to that of competent doctors and nurses, we are able to provide emotional support. Because doctors and nurses are very stressed out from all the medical attention patients require, they are not able to provide them with emotional support. We, as volunteers, can communicate to patients and take care of them. Small gestures such as cleaning their beds or accompanying them during daily walks will allow the patient to gain confidence in winning their “medical wars”. Also, our wide array of language skills will help the staff translate to patients more efficiently. We want patients to feel less ostracized due to their inability to speak English. All in all, we want patients to feel confident and comfortable because we want them to feel better soon. What's the catch??? NO CATCH! I have been involved in Community Service Organizations since the beginning of my Freshman year of high school. My first experience was in a Jewish Community Center(JCH). I was a little skeptical at first, but after the first meeting/introduction to the organization I remember coming there after school and during weekends on my free time. Not only did I feel like I was part of a community; I also felt that I was doing something positive for my community. I began volunteering at Coney Island Hospital my freshman year parallel to JCH. I was a little intimidated by how large the hospital was and how hectic everything appeared to be. However, when I was assigned to my first unit, I found the environment to be very interesting. I began rotating units to get exposed to different tasks and began taking different courses that the Organization offered to be able to understand each unit better. I learned a lot from volunteering at Coney Island Hospital and continue to volunteer there and keep in touch with the staff. RAWR! We chose this organization through the sources offered by librarian, Stephen Francoeur, in a presentation during workshop in the library. Jimmy had an inclination to participate in a hospital/medical environment. Since Inna had past experience with Coney Island Hospital, and because it is relatively proximate to the majority of our group members, we made our decision to volunteer at CIH. The mission of our organization is pretty clear cut. It is a hospital, it is meant to treat people, if they are released and need to be treated again, they will come back to the hospital. That is the function of this organization. Doctors and nurses are paid high salaries to treat, care and operate on patients of all demographics. We as volunteers look not to be paid a cent in positions of limited direct patient care. We need not be the ones to treat them, but we can be the ones to comfort them. Alongside the options of clerical work, we can be there to communicate with patients that are in need of emotional contact. Several years ago, my grandfather was hospitalized for many days and nights because of a colon problem. My family and I were unable to visit him daily and at times he had to stay in the hospital alone. I only wish that perhaps there were people or volunteers to stay by his side and comfort him at times that he was alone when he was awake. Not only is this a problem but patients are often in need of things at times when nurses and doctors are not around. At times, hospitals can be packed and very noisy; those who are very ill may try to utter a word but can not get it across. All patients are entitled to immediate and direct service; with volunteers by their side, these seemingly minor yet major issues can be resolved. I have never seen a prejudiced or biased doctor, but there was one time when a doctor gave my aunt an attitude because he could not understand her broken english. We need volunteers of various backgrounds to help these people because professionals may not be there to communicate immediately. Thus, the hectic environment in the hospital could prove frivolous at times but with more volunteers, these problems can be easily taken care of and patients could be at ease. Hospitals give people and their families a second chance. They save hundreds of lives every day. Although doctors aren’t God, they always do their best to save their patients. Helping out in a hospital will allow us to try to give people a second chance. Although we are not allowed to (medically) work directly with patients, we will be a great help to those who are. We will have to take classes and work our way up to the final stage: nurse’s assistant, in order to work directly with a patient. Yet we will still be making a great contribution. We will be doing some clerical work such as putting information into the computer and telling patients what paperwork they need to fill out. We may also “run errands” around the hospital. This involves delivering prescriptions, blood or medical supplies to various wards such as: maternity, emergency room, pediatrics etc. We will also help make beds for the patients and deliver trays to them. In short, we will be a great help to those who have to take care of the patients medically, so that is all they need to focus on.
Being scholars provides us with many perks, one of which is receiving specialized attention. Therefore, we have learned how one person is truly important. The scholars program wouldn’t run as efficiently without Mr. Medina, John or any other one of its staff members. Every person contributes their skills, personality, insight and care to students. Every person matters. Our help in the hospital may not be as dramatic as saving a person’s life in surgery, but our help will go far. One of us can make a difference just by lending a hand to lighten the load for those who are trying to care for many. Every person matters and every little bit counts.
As a scholar, we are obligated (and we feel obligated) to help the community around us because they are the people who are giving us this amazing opportunity. Baruch’s superb education is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that every scholar appreciates. By caring for people in a hospital, it’s our way of giving back to those people whose money funds our amazing opportunity to attend Baruch.
We are very fortunate to be a part of this prestigious honors program. Although we are told to utilize as many tools as we possibly can, we are also reminded to be grateful for what we have and not to take it for granted. By working in a hospital, we will see many sick patients who aren’t as fortunate as ourselves. I think by working around sick people it will help remind us how lucky we are and how quickly everything can be taken away from us. I know that this experience will make us better people, better scholars and better role models for future underclassmen.
As a scholar, we are considered “the cream of the crop”. By no means does this mean that we are better than anyone else. It simply means that we are intelligent, hardworking and conscientious. Although we are expected to do community service, most of us do it anyway and would continue to do it without it being required. It’s part of what makes us scholars; we aren’t simply “nerds”, we are caring human beings who think of others before ourselves. One thing that this community service project has taught us, however, is about whom we are doing the service for. I remember one day in class I said that I always felt good after volunteering my time. The other students as well as Mr. Medina and John agreed; however, Mr. Medina added a comment that I will never forget. He said that it’s great to feel good afterwards, but that this shouldn’t be the reason for volunteering. We should volunteer for others, not to feel good about ourselves. We shouldn’t help others to inflate our egos. cool There are a series of courses to go through in order to be allowed to volunteer at your desire unit.

The units we will begin with:
Ø Pediatrics Unit-deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The upper age limit of such patients ranges from age 12 to 21, depending on the country.
Ø Neurology Unit-The Division of Pediatric Neurology offers the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological disorders including epilepsy and other seizure disorders, headaches, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and developmental delays, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injury, hydrocephalus (excess accumulation of water in the brain), stroke, muscular dystrophy and autistic disorder.
Ø Blood Bank Unit- performs the testing to determine the blood types of patients and to identify compatible blood products for blood transfusions.
Ø Medical Supply Unit-stores a variety of medical tools that are necessary for each unit within the hospital.
Ø Pharmacy Unit- administers drug prescriptions to the patients. The units we could move up to after taking certain courses and volunteering a certain amount of hours:
Ø Gastrointestinal Endoscopy-screens for colon cancer and can actually remove polyps before they develop into cancer.
Ø Physical Therapy-strives to manage functional problems resulting from disease or trauma. provides services to both inpatients and outpatients of all ages, and we deal with various injuries, impairments and diseases such as: Cerebral vascular accidents, Lower extremity amputations, Fractures, Total knee and hip replacements, Sprains, and many other injuries.
Ø Hemodialysis-Dialysis is a treatment for people in the later stage of chronic renal insufficiency (kidney failure). Dialysis patients often have other health problems that require hospitalization.
Ø Newborn Services-provides state-of-the-art care to the smallest patients of our community. Here at Coney Island Hospital we deliver about 1,400 children into the world each year; about 240 them benefit from our Special Care Nursery (SCN), which uses some of the latest monitoring and ventilating machines.
Ø Gastrointestinal-offers the evaluation, diagnosis and management of such ailments as: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, a problem that occurs when
stomach contents come back into the esophagus, Chronic abdominal pain, and other problems.

We hope to learn as much as we can while catering to the needs of the patients and staff. We hope to take as many courses as possible to potentially become Nurses’ assistants and be allowed to deal with patients with the guidance of the nurses. Finally, as a group we hope to lend a hand our community in the best way we can by offering our services and devoting as much time as we can. Maria Sandy Jimmy Inna Spotted Chase Crawford
doing volunteerwork
at CIH. YAY! :D
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