Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
The staff of a locally-well-known preschool and childcare business is enabling Oswego Health to provide new patient comforts to Oswego Hospital’s youngest emergency department patients.
The employees of the Little Lukes, which provides preschool services and care for infants and toddlers, selected Oswego Hospital to benefit from its Friday jeans days, which raised $12,000.
Little Lukes Oswego Director Michele Smith said the staff wanted the jeans day funds to benefit local children in some way and selected their local hospital. “We wanted to impact our own community and make a difference through the jeans days,” said Oswego Director Michele Smith.
Oswego Health will use the funds to renovate two of its Oswego Hospital emergency department rooms to offer a kid-friendly atmosphere, as well as have books and electronic tablets available for children to use while they are receiving their care.
“As you can imagine we have a significant number of pediatric patients each year in the emergency department and it’s important to the physicians and staff that while these young patients are here that they are as comfortable as possible,” said Wajeeh Sana, MD, Oswego Health Emergency Services Medical Director. “By providing both a comfortable environment and age-appropriate activities thanks to Little Lukes staff, they will be more at ease.”
Little Lukes and its partner company, Rehab Resources, have long been substantial supporters of Oswego Health. Not only has the company donated to a new emergency department project, but also serves again this year as the title sponsor for the health system’s annual golf tournament to be held June 4th at Oswego Country Club.
Little Lukes provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education teacher services and physical therapy to children in seven counties in Upstate New York, while Rehab Resources has offered physical, occupational therapy and speech therapies locally for 20 years.
Standing from left are, Oswego Health Chief Information Officer Barry Ryle, Oswego Health Chief Nursing Officer Valerie Favata, Oswego Health Interim Vice President for Human Resources James Marco, Oswego Hospital Emergency Director Frank Lackey, Oswego Health Foundation Director Karen Ferguson, Oswego Health Emergency Services Director Wajeeh Sana, MD; Rehab Resources/Little Lukes Executive Director Darci Powers, Oswego Health President and CEO Michael Harlovic, Oswego Health Foundation’s Major Gifts Officer Margaret Barclay, Oswego Health Chief Financial Officer Eric Campbell, Oswego Health Vice President of Ancillary Services Margaret Glass and Oswego Health Executive Vice President /Oswego Hospital Chief Operating Officer Jeff Coakley.