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Girl Scout Crochets for an “Everlasting Community Impact”

June 17th, 2014

Girl Scout Maia Gonzalez, 14, of Smithtown, started a mission to achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is given to scouts who implement something that has an everlasting community impact, so Maia started a library crocheting club at her middle school. She started teaching other students the art of crocheting and decided to make little hats for premature babies, which she recently donated to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.

 She was very thankful to Librarian Brenda DePetris who allowed her to use the space and teach other students now eagerly participating in the club. “I love teaching and it was a great experience teaching other students,” said Maia. “It’s nice to contribute to a good cause and share. I hope to continue the group through high school.”

Maia presented Michelle Arzu with a pink hat for her daughter Isabella Maria, along with proud grandfather Fausto Rodriquez. “They are so cute—pink is my favorite and now it’s Isabella,” said Michelle.

St. Catherine of Siena’s Maternity Department offers comprehensive care, following best-practice models, including supporting and promoting 39-weeks of pregnancy, pre/post lactation education and support, as well as “non-separation”, which promotes the goal of providing family-centered care services and results in the best possible healthy outcomes for patients, new babies and their families.

St. Catherine’s Maternity Department consists of five birthing rooms, two operating rooms and a recovery room. The seven-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Nursery) provides care for newborns by skilled registered nurses, recognized by the National Certification Corporation in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatal Specialty. The unit has recently been completely renovated, including new nursing stations and renovated birthing rooms. The department has been updated with single and double bedded rooms, all featuring private bathrooms in each room. The Maternity Department recently was awarded a certificate of achievement for maintaining high patient satisfaction scores by HealthStream.

Photo #1 (L-R): Maia Gonzalez presented Michelle Arzu with a pink hat for her daughter Isabella Maria, along with proud grandfather Fausto Rodriquez.

Photo #2 (L-R): Ann Robbins, Nurse Manager Neila Hernandez, Eileen Gonzalez (Maia’s mother), Maia Gonzalez Sergio Gonzalez (Maia’s father), and Denis Gebhart.  

For more information about St. Catherine’s Maternity Department, call (631) 870-3444.