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A Baby-Friendly Designation Celebration at St. Catherine of Siena’s Annual Health Fair

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A Baby-Friendly Designation Celebration at St. Catherine of Siena’s Annual Health Fair

On one of the most beautiful fall days of the season, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held its Annual Health Fair at its campus in Smithtown. Community members were invited to attend, offered free flu vaccinations, health screenings/information and tours of the hospital, including one-to-one interactions with revolutionary robotic equipment and brain lab navigation.

The Maternity Department celebrated its recent baby-friendly designation—the first and only facility in Suffolk County with the prestigious seal of excellence for exceeding breastfeeding standards. “In support of the health fair and the recent designation, Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Robert Trotta, along with Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy and Smithtown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Franco were all in attendance to share the good news with the community. “I am extremely proud of our maternity staff for their dedication and support in achieving this prestigious recognition in becoming the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Suffolk County,” said St. Catherine’s Director of Women-Child Care Center Neila Hernandez, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC.

This year, the hospital offered a free Teddy Bear Clinic. Booths were filled with staff ready to help educate young generations about health care and aimed at reducing anxiety for children when visiting the doctor.  “This was by far, one of the best additions to our fair—we love teaching the kids about good health care in our community,” said St. Catherine Chief Nursing Officer MaryJane Finnegan. Finnegan and her nursing teams provided certificates for all the children who took their favorite bears in for their checkups. In addition, Hunter EMS was onsite with an ambulance for the entirety of the health fair, where animated and experienced EMS personnel provided tours of the vehicle. The Smithtown Fire Department also had a truck onsite, where children learn about fire prevention and safety—and how to put out a fire.

The annual fair was a success and is organized by the Community Outreach Program. It is the medical center’s most prominent health event that draws hundreds of community members. The health fair supports the medical center’s aim to address priority health needs as identified by New York State and outlined in the hospital’s Community Service Plan.

PHOTO (L-R): St. Catherine’s Lactation/Perinatal Education Clinical Nurse Specialist Kristin Thayer, St. Catherine’s Vice President of Finance and Administration John Pohlman, St. Catherine’s Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety & Regulatory Affairs Michelle Goldfarb, St. Catherine’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mickel Khlat, Dr. Lisa Amorin with son Timmy and daughter Emily, Dr. Natalia Flores with son Mateo, St. Catherine’s Director of Maternity Neila Hernandez, Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, St. Catherine’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Paul J. Rowland, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta, Smithtown Chamber Executive Director  Barbara Franco and St. Catherine’s Health Fair Youth Volunteer Gabrielle Lloyd.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center or, please call (631) 870-3444.