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St. John’s Opens Kosher Respite Room

Posted on November 1, 2018

FAR ROCKAWAY, 2018—Thursday, November 1, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital celebrated the grand opening of a new Achiezer Kosher Respite Room, which is run under the auspices of Achiezer, a community organization that serves many in their times of need. The grand opening was marked with a ceremony that was attended by leadership of both the hospital and Achiezer, as well as community members.

The Kosher Respite Room will provide families of patients with a quiet space on the hospital’s first floor to visit during times of need. The room will be restocked weekly with a selection of kosher foods and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rabbi Boruch B. Bender, President of Achiezer, as well as St. John’s CEO, Gerard Walsh, made comments on behalf of the recent tragedy in Pittsbugh. Mr. Walsh welcomed the community to use this important resource and stated his commitment to serving the unique needs of the Jewish community.

“As the closest hospital that many families in the Rockaways and Five Towns have access to, it is extremely important that we are able to serve the unique needs of all of our patients, including those from the Jewish community,” said Mr. Walsh. “We are committed to continuing to serve these needs as we make further positive changes throughout the hospital.”

About St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. Celebrating over 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay. St. John’s is accredited by the Joint Commission’s Health Facilities Accreditation Program and is a recipient of the Stroke Gold-Plus Get with the Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

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