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Kings Park’s Rhianna Schantz Knits for Newborns

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Kings Park’s Rhianna Schantz Knits for Newborns

When 12 year-old Rhianna Schantz of Kings Park was tasked with a community service assignment for school, she immediately wanted to do something a little different than her peers. “I wanted to do something in my community,” said Rhianna. So, she got some yarn and began knitting.

A few weeks later, she had an entire box of 30 beautifully designed newborn baby hats that she was ready to donate to the Maternity Department at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. What made her donation even more special was that Rhianna was born at St. Catherine of Siena, and that her mother, Regina Schantz, is a nurse on the unit.  

“We love receiving these gifts of love for the babies born here at St. Catherine of Siena, especially from someone like Rhianna, who was born here too,” said Director of the Maternity Department Neila Hernandez, RN, WHNP-BC. “We love that she is giving back to her community hospital, it makes the gift that much more special.”

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has newly renovated labor and delivery suites, comfortable private rooms, and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. That means, the hospital provides care for babies who are born premature, at a low birth weight, or who may have medical problems at birth and require close monitoring. The dedicated staff includes board-certified physicians, skilled registered nurses and 24-hour anesthesia and neonatology services.

The goal of St. Catherine of Siena’s family-centered care services is to obtain the best possible healthy outcomes for you and your family. We are committed to meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Your mother-baby nurse will provide care to meet your family's needs while respecting your cultural beliefs.

Photo (L-R): Regina Schantz, Rhianna Schantz with St. Catherine’s Maternity Department Director Neila Hernandez, RN, WHNP-BC.

Click here  to take a virtual tour of the Maternity Department, and for a physician, call (631) 870-3444.