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St. Catherine’s Emergency Department Honored by Smithtown Supervisor

February 1st, 2018

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim presented honorary proclamations to St. Catherine's finest for fast action in the rescue efforts of town employees on the Nissequogue River.

On December 12, 2017, 3 members of the Smithtown Public Safety Waterways & Navigation Division and 2 Park Division employees were rescued by workers from Gibson & Cushman Contracting when dangerous currents overturned their vessel on the Nissequogue River. Emergency protocols were executed. Members of the dredging crew saw the crew go into the water and acted immediately. They helped four of the five member crew out of the water. The fifth member swam to shore. And, because of their bravery and fast action, all on board the bay constable boat survived the dangerous water temperatures.

They were then taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, where Emergency Department staff worked diligently to treat the men for hypothermia and exposure. Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Paul J. Rowland, Chief Medical Officer Mickel Khlat, DO, Emergency Department Physician Paul Taglienti, DO and Emergency Department Nurse Manager Robert Hackmack were all present for the ceremony.

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