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South Nassau’s Robin Grass Honored by the National Organization for Women

Robin Grass, Director of Community Education for South Nassau Communities Hospital, is a recipient of the prestigious Women’s Equality Award. Presented by the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), Ms. Grass received the award for her dedicated efforts in making healthcare available to the medically underserved population that South Nassau serves.

A registered nurse, Ms. Grass has been Director of Community Education at South Nassau for more than 12 years. In this capacity, she oversees the hospital’s many community outreach programs, including the HOST (Heart Outreach Study Tract) program – a community-based health initiative designed to help equalize the access of quality cardiac care to medically underserved minority communities through education and screening. Through HOST, medically underserved individuals can obtain access to a variety of educational materials, as well as receive risk evaluations, screenings and medical/interventional treatment of cardiac conditions.

Ms Grass also oversees the hospital’s 17 disease-related support groups that promote health and wellness. Her yearly Multicultural Health Fair draws over 2,000 people. She also created the hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic which is specifically designed to educate kindergarten children on how common emergencies are diagnosed and treated in a hospital environment. In addition, for more than 20 years she has dedicated her life to coma arousal, volunteering with the International Coma Recovery Institute, and teaching coma arousal programs to awaken individuals from their coma.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University and is active in a variety of organizations, including the American Heart Association, the Bellmore-Merrick Wellness Council, and the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative. Ms Grass has received numerous awards and was recently recognized in the Long Island Press “Fortune 52” as one of 52 Long Island women who make significant, unique and lasting contributions to their communities and workplace.

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