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St. Catherine of Siena is Springing Forward with EMS Education

March 19th, 2015

Just two days away from the long awaited spring season, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center sprung forward with its annual EMS Education Dinner and Lecture series.

The first EMS Education Dinner and Lecture was held at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. St. Catherine’s Director of the Emergency Department Mustafah Khwaja, DO, lectured on “How to Make the Bleeding Stop” and St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Medical Services Paul Taglienti, MD, lectured on “The Child with the Altered Mental Status”—both presented to 73 EMS personnel from 10 local departments.

Photo Caption (top): East Northport and Northport EMS Team at St. Catherine of Siena’s EMS Education Dinner and Lecture held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown. 

Photo Caption (bottom): St. Catherine's Medical Director Mickel Khlat, DO, educates EMS personnel about the hospitalist role at the Medical Center. 

St. Catherine’s EMS Dinner and Lectures Series is an initiative coordinated by the Community Outreach Program to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education. The medical center offers the free dinner and lecture, including CMS credits for EMS personnel quarterly throughout the year. The EMS dinners are a direct result of St. Catherine’s 2014-2016 Community Service Plan to fortify a comprehensive approach to assessing community health, and developing and implementing action plans to improve community health through member and partner engagement.

In addition to the CME credited lectures, to help educate EMS personnel about St. Catherine’s Hospitalist Department, Medical Director Mickel Khlat, DO, gave an overview of the importance of a hospitalist and their role at the Medical Center. A hospitalist is an acute-care physician who manages your care while you are a patient in the hospital.  Hospitalists are trained in internal medicine and have the necessary skills to meet the unique needs of the hospitalized patient.  The hospitalist will communicate and collaborate with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to provide quality care and to ensure continuity of your health care needs.

For more information about the St. Catherine’s Community Outreach Program, please call (631) 870-3444 or visit