MedicAlert Foundation® Recognizes South Nassau ER Nurse for Partnership and Collaboration In Treating MedicAlert® Member During Hurricane Sandy
MedicAlert Foundation: “Prompt actions provided for the safeguarding of our member – and the knowledge relayed – potentially saved a life”
(Oceanside, New York) – In a ceremony held at South Nassau Communities Hospital, MedicAlert Foundation recognized Emergency Room nurse Katie Sobey for her coordination and partnership in assisting a MedicAlert® member who experienced medical complications during Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Sobey was presented with the Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award by MedicAlert Foundation’s president and CEO, Andrew Wigglesworth.
Wigglesworth applauded Ms. Sobey for recognizing and responding to her patient’s MedicAlert ID – in doing so, she was able to immediately contact MedicAlert Foundation’s emergency response team to retrieve her patient’s full medical history, list of medications, and special treatment instructions. “Our member, Julie Roberts, was having difficulty breathing during her family’s emergency evacuation because of Hurricane Sandy. She boarded a boat reserved for victims in need of medical attention and upon arriving at the hospital, Julie was struggling to communicate. This is when Ms. Sobey called the number on Julie’s MedicAlert ID and was provided information about her health condition, along with special treatment instructions which are required for Julie’s condition” said Wigglesworth.
South Nassau administrators and management staff, including Mr. Richard Murphy, president and CEO, and Susan Penque, Ph.D, senior vice president of patient care services, attended the ceremony. A resident of Long Beach, NY, Ms. Sobey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from York College, York, PA. She began her employment with South Nassau in September of 2011, when she was selected to be in the Emergency Room Resident Graduate Program. Ms. Sobey completed the Emergency Room program, just weeks before Hurricane Sandy swept the East Coast.
Katie Sobey, RN, with her parents
About MedicAlert Foundation
Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent and the most trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHR and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visitwww.medicalert.org for more information.
About South Nassau Communities Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visitwww.southnassau.org.