Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:00
The Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Winthrop-University Hospital announced a partnership last week, revealing the hospital will provide one paramedic and a rapid response vehicle, called a fly car, to the corps. Officials say it will assist in decreasing response time on emergency calls.
“[The fly car] has all the equipment you need and all the medications you need,” said MVAC Commissioner Tom DeVaney. “I think it’s a tremendous plus for Mineola residents.”
The Winthrop paramedic will be operating out of MVAC headquarters at 170 Elm Place.
“As the call comes over and the pagers go off, if the paramedic is in his fly car or driving around, the ambulance will be right behind it,” DeVaney said.
Village officials were on board with the partnership.
“You have an increased level of caring to residents and a decreased response time,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “It’ll help the ambulance corps and Mineola.”
The fly car had responded to 15 calls since Aug. 1 as of press time. DeVaney, a 20-year East Williston firefighter, said MVAC’s emergency calls are split between “direct calls” and 911 calls, indicating
MVAC is the secondary call-route option to the Nassau County Police Department. The ambulance corps responded to 1,000 calls in 2013.
“If you call 911, we’re the third option,” he said. “Right now, the calls are split.”
DeVaney said Winthrop considers MVAC, “an extension of the hospital.”
Winthrop held meetings with MVAC as early as December 2013, discussing plans. The two also huddled with the Nassau County Regional Ambulance Council and Mineola village trustees before announcing its proposal.
According to Justin Burke of Winthrop’s External Affairs Department, MVAC members can also utilize training facilities at the hospital, including seminars and a simulation center dedicated to clinical training and education for physicians, nurses, residents, medical students, health professionals and first responders.
“We wanted to partner with MVAC,” he said. “We just want to continue the standard of care that MVAC has done for many years as well and continue to be a good neighbor to the community.”
DeVaney said New York State mandates, specifically emergency medical training certifications, have become cost prohibitive, leading MVAC to seek out other avenues of medical function.
“The state put on a lot of mandates in training,” he said. “An EMT class is 120 hours. A paramedics class is more than 2,000 hours. You’re basically [spending the same amount of time as] getting an associates degree,” DeVaney stated. “And they need to be recertified every three years.”
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.