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Letter: Daleview Thanks Those Who Cared During Irene

Hurricane Irene was truly a learning experience for all Long Islanders and so many communities along the East Coast.

After Hurricane Katrina, the NYS Department of Health required every healthcare facility develop a disaster plan. With Hurricane Irene coming to Long Island, we put these policies, written “just in case”, into action. I am writing to thank those who cared for the residents at Daleview Care Center and who helped to keep them safe during this emergency situation. My first thank you goes to Daleview’s staff and management team who helped prepare the facility for the storm. They made sure we had the supplies we would need if we lost power and that the building was secured.

On the Saturday before the storm at 10 a.m., Daleview Care Center received 13 residents from the Long Beach and Sayville areas who were evacuated from the skilled nursing facilities where they lived. Thank you to Dr. Mohammed Hussain, a medical physician on staff here at Daleview, who came in on his day off to perform history and physicals on every one of these evacuees. Thank you to Laurel Rosati, our nurse assessor; Linda Rubino, our admissions director, and Nancy Ciaffone, R.N., our director of nursing, who joined me at the facility on Saturday to process paperwork and welcome and reassure each resident we took in. I also personally called each of the evacuees’ families to introduce myself and answer questions about the situation. I reassured them that their family member would get the care and medications they would need during their stay at Daleview. These visiting residents stayed with us through 8 p.m. on Monday when they left to return to their facilities.

Thank you for all of our staff who came in to care for our residents during the storm. These people left their families and traveled in to Daleview to work their shifts. Some of these men and women come from as far away as Queens. Some who usually arrive using public transportation had to find alternative ways to get to the facility once the busses and trains stopped working prior to the storm.

Thank you to the Farmingdale Fire Department who called to check in with us to make sure everything was ok, and for Choice Transport Services, an ambulance transportation company who called to let us know they would be there if we needed anything.

Many of our residents were watching the news and were concerned. I met with our residents the Friday before the storm and went over what would happen in a hurricane so they would be prepared. Thank you to Mary Steffens and Patricia Benson, the Presidents of our Resident Council, for their leadership.

Our fully staffed facility braved the storm and carried on the normal daily routine for our residents and visitors.

In the face of uncertainty, the spirit of our community was evident, to which I am most thankful.

Mary Kochaniwsky, RN, LNHA, Administrator at Daleview Care Center, Farmingdale