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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital ICARE Foundation Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Comfort Carts and Launch of Healing2Music Program

Posted on February 14, 2023

Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to cut the red ribbon for the St. John’s ICARE Foundation Comfort Carts and Launch of the Healing2Music project at St John’s Episcopal Hospital. The Comfort Cart program evolved from the “comfort bags” which contained refreshments and comfort items and were distributed to staff during the pandemic to relieve the enormous stress and fatigue they were enduring. Through donor support from Maccy Paley, South Shore Community Chest, The DeMatteis Family Foundation and the St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary, the program has now been expanded to include support to patients, their families as well as staff. The three custom built Comfort Carts are fully stocked with aromatherapy, herbal tea, lip balms, hand cream, snacks, and more.

Two private foundations, the Marilyn Lichtman Foundation and the Vogler Foundation, have granted support to help stock the carts for a year. The St. John’s Pastoral Care Dept. will be responsible for circulating the carts around the hospital and sharing the Comfort Cart amenities with patients, their families, and staff. Donor Maccy Paley joined the St. John’s Hospital Auxiliary, Nancy Leghart, Executive Director of the ICARE Foundation, Renee Hastick Motes, President of the ICARE Foundation, Gerard Walsh, CEO of the St. John’s Episcopal Health Services Inc., Pastor Asnel Valcin and the Pastoral Care Team in cutting the ribbon to launch this amazing program.

Following the ribbon cutting, was the introduction of the Healing2Music Program which will bring live musical performances to the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital lobby. The one-hour music session which will take place the second Tuesday of every month, was launched with a live performance by violinist Bri Blvck and was introduced by Rose Guerrier, President of I.C.U. Inc., who created the Healing2Music Program. The Healing2Music Program is designed to bring the healing power of music to the patients, their families, and the team members and to create an environment that enhances positive experiences and healthcare outcomes. St. John’s ICARE Foundation created an online crowdfund campaign for Giving Tuesday which raised enough money for live monthly performances in the hospital lobby.

“Little things can go a long way in making our patients, their families and our team members feel comfortable and cared for and we believe these 2 new St. John’s ICARE Foundation initiatives will do just that” said Nancy Leghart, Executive Director of the St. John’s ICARE Foundation.

-Gerard Walsh, CEO of St. John’s Episcopal Health Services Inc. added that “It’s more than taking care of a person’s physical health. It is a way for caring for the WHOLE patient. Something that is a priority for all of us at Episcopal Health Services”

About St. John’s Episcopal Hospital St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) 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. Recognized as a Baby Friendly Designated hospital as of March 2020, SJEH celebrates 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.

About the St. John’s ICARE Foundation The St. John's ICARE Foundation, created in May 2022, fosters a culture of philanthropy to secure, manage and distribute gifts in support of the mission and vision of Episcopal Health Services and St. John's Episcopal Health Services. The ICARE Foundation, which stands for Innovation, Compassion, Respect and Empathy, raises awareness and funds in support of equipment, capital projects, special programs and community initiatives. To make a donation, visit now or call (718)-869-8062 for more information.

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