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Program Improves Patient Service for Developmentally Disabled
Oceanside, NY – South Nassau Communities Hospital has been awarded a grant of up to $115,000 from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) to implement a patient service program devoted to the needs of children with developmental disabilities and their families. South Nassau is one of only four hospitals to receive the grant under the current round of funding for the program, which is being piloted in selected hospitals throughout the state.
Known as Parent Partners in Health Education, the program incorporates the insight and instruction of parents of disabled children and will provide medical residents and attending physicians of the hospital’s Family Practice Center with advanced training in treating and communicating with developmentally disabled children.
South Nassau was commended for its innovative program design, which includes plans for the development of new resources for rotations and clinical experiences in areas such as developmental assessments and early childhood interventions, pediatric rehabilitation, pediatric psychiatry and pediatric neurology, specialties that are not often represented in family practice programs.
South Nassau’s program will foster partnerships with community-based providers, particularly the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, to ensure community engagement in the program. The hospital will also organize and host a regional symposium that will provide an opportunity for area health care professionals and other stakeholders to share information on best practices and promote awareness of the challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families.
The program will operate under the direction of Samuel Sandowski, MD, Medical Director of the South Nassau Family Practice Center and Director of the Family Practice Residency Program. “This program is a reflection of the South Nassau mission to provide standard-setting, compassionate healthcare that is centered on the unique needs of each patient,” said Dr. Sandowski. “To achieve that, we understand that open communication is essential to gain a thorough understanding of our patients.”
South Nassau’s Family Practice Center provides affordable, high-quality primary care to residents of Nassau County's South Shore communities. The scope of services is extensive, including newborn care, preventive care for children, adolescents and adults, care for acute and chronic conditions, obstetrical and gynecological care, as well as access to specialists and minor surgery on site. Services are provided in the Center's modern, 10,000 square-foot facility, which is staffed by 7 full-time board-certified family physicians, 17 residents of our accredited Family Practice Residency Training Program, and a full complement of nursing and ancillary staff.