MedicAlert Foundation Recognizes South Nassau ER Nurse for Hurricane Sandy Response


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Ms. Sobey was recognized for 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.

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MedicAlert Foundation Recognizes South Nassau ER Nurse for Hurricane Sandy Response

  1. 1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jillian Megee MedicAlert Foundation (209) 669-2460 Damian Becker South Nassau Communities Hospital (516) 377-5370 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 (February 21, 2013) – In a ceremony held at South Nassau Communities Hospital,MedicAlert Foundation recognized Emergency Room nurse Katie Sobey for her coordination andpartnership in assisting a MedicAlert® member who had experienced medical complications duringHurricane Sandy. Ms. Sobey was presented with the Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award byMedicAlert Foundation’s president and CEO, Andrew Wigglesworth.Wigglesworth applauded Ms. Sobey for recognizing and responding to her patient’s MedicAlert ID – indoing so, she was able to immediately contact MedicAlert Foundation’s emergency response team toretrieve her patient’s full medical history, list of medications, and special treatment instructions. “Ourmember, Julie Roberts, was having difficulty breathing during her family’s emergency evacuationbecause of Hurricane Sandy. She boarded a boat reserved for victims in need of medical attention andupon arriving at the hospital, Julie was struggling to communicate. This is when Ms. Sobey called thenumber on Julies MedicAlert ID and was provided information about her health condition, along withspecial 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. Aresident 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 bein the Emergency Room Resident Graduate Program. Ms. Sobey completed the Emergency Roomprogram, just weeks before Hurricane Sandy swept the East Coast.
  2. 2. To learn more about MedicAlert membership, MedicAlert medical IDs, or the MedicAlert FoundationExtraordinary Meritorious Service Award, visit or email MedicAlert FoundationEstablished in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and deliversthe most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent and the most trusted EmergencyIdentification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-healthinformation exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHRand a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergencypersonnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. Inaddition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also providesfamily and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. for more information.About South Nassau Communities HospitalSouth Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than900 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 outpatientspecialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital onLong Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassauis a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and ComprehensiveCommunity Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric SurgeryCenter of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information,visit ###To Stop Receiving Future News Releases from MedicAlert Foundation, please reply to this emailrequesting to be unsubscribed.MedicAlert Foundation2323 Colorado AvenueTurlock, California 95382