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Back to School Grab-and-Go

Far Rockaway, New York, October 1, 2020 — Hospital (SJEH) hosted its 4th Annual Community Wellness and Back to School event in a new way. In past years, the hospital hosted a large community event with over 50 vendors, games and music.This year, the community event was re-imagined. The pre-registered event provided 500 children with drawstring bags containing back to school supplies including hand sanitizers, facemasks, thermometers, pencils, notebooks, crayons, and other essential items. Parents and guardians were also able to schedule their child’s well visits hassle-free on-site.

This yearly event has become a hospital and community staple in which families look forward to attending.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital was determined not to cancel the event, but to “reimagine” it instead. In light of New York State guidelines surrounding events and social distancing, the hospital staggered attendance by asking the public to select specific timeslots to pick-up their “Grab-And-Go” bags. This helped to ensure order and continue to maintain social distancing.

“While we’re still faced with these challenging times, we wanted to push forward and host this event for the benefit of the community especially the children.Back to school is always an exciting time for kids and we wanted to continue to be a part of that excitement,” said Renee Hastick-Motes, Vice President of External Affairs at St. John’s. “Healthcare is the best back to school supply”.

The hospital raised funds to purchase the school supplies through the generous donations of hospital staff, community members, and local organizations including The Wave, CVS, Target, Cut the Red Tape for Heroes, BIC Corporation, Ridgewood Savings Bank and the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Auxiliary.

“In everything that we do, we always have the community’s best interest at heart,” said Jerry Walsh, Chief Executive Officer. “We were determined to continue our mission especially during these trying times. And, by seeing the smiles on the faces of families and children I believe that we were able to make a positive impact on their lives.”

The hospital also provided backpacks to New Horizon Counseling Center, and is currently raising funds to support the purchase of Chromebooks for students. If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit supply and select the “Chromebook Sponsor” option.

To schedule an appointment for your child with a St. John’s Medical Group pediatrician at 495 Beach 20th Street, Far Rockaway, NY, please call (347) 619-5950.

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.