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St. Catherine Partners to Bring STEAM Education to Park View Elementary

March 20th, 2018

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand." The old proverb captures the essence of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s staff as they participated in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Night, also known as STEAM, at the Park View Elementary School in Kings Park on Thursday, March 15, 2018. St. Catherine of Siena was asked to contribute to the STEAM Night, in its second year, whereby clinicians were asked to design a program that would engage students from kindergarten through third grade.

St. Catherine’s Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jane Finnegan, along with St. Catherine’s Stroke Coordinator Cathie Videtto, elected to focus on a program about stroke education and selected “Kids Can be Stroke Heroes”—an interactive program that engages students to create dialogue and ultimately awareness about the sign and symptoms of a stroke.

The experienced nursing duo taught the students to “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.”—Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty and Time to Call 9-1-1. Upon completion, students were awarded with a themed super hero certificate. “Educating our young children to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke can empower them to make a life-saving decision to call 9-1- 1, if they witness a stroke,” said Videtto. “The children were very interested in the concept of being a “Stroke Hero” and recognizing signs of a stroke will enable them to make an important decision and to seek help immediately.”

St. Catherine of Siena joined the Cradle Museum of Aviation, the Science Center of Long Island, the Kings Park Public Library, the Long Island Science Center and Kings Park High School Robotics, to raise awareness about professions of the future, grounded by problem solving, creativity and innovation. St.Catherine's Director of Public Affairs Heather Reynolds, attended the event and shared the importance of the community hospital being an agent of education and awareness. "Enabling children to be aware and take action can help to prevent or reduce the risk of a stroke, especially for a family member,” said Reynolds. “Therefore, educating younger students about the “Stroke Hero” program is a targeted way for us to teach them—a goal we have identified in the hospital’s Community Service Plan—where we educate the community of all ages about chronic disease awareness and prevention.”

St. Catherine of Siena is committed to the community and fosters programs that both enrich and educate the residents of its service area. The hospital proudly supports school events, offers an annual High School Health Care Exploration and Internship Program, and sponsors a variety of free lectures and seminars throughout the year. All these efforts are an outgrowth of the hospital’s mission-driven Community Outreach Program. Through the Community Outreach Program, St. Catherine of Siena provides free health care education, screenings and vaccinations. For more information, please call (631)862-3523.