Arguably, the very nature of a hospital’s work is “doing good” for their patients, families and community. However, for many at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), the “doing good” doesn’t stop at the end of the workday. Gary G. Terrinoni, President and Chief Executive Officer of TBHC, says, “We are very proud of the hospital’s efforts here in Brooklyn and very proud of the efforts of many of our clinical and non-clinical staff abroad in various medical missions.”
One example of such far-reaching generosity is the American West Indian Medical Association, a group committed to giving medical assistance to Caribbean countries. TBHC staffers involved include: Angela Kerr, MD; Errol Mallett, MD; Lorna Bryant; Natasha Feivre, MD; Jason Swaby, MD; Carol Hanson-Beckles; Wendy Robles; Natasha Williams; Ann-Marie Black; and Adebanke Adebayo, MD. They and others with the group provided Jamaica this year with much-needed services in dental work, gynecology, physical therapy and general medical care to the residents of St. Catherine West Central community.
In another effort, Angela Grant of TBHC’s Day Surgery, goes to Guyana on her own to provide AIDS/HIV prevention education, sex education, distribution of donations, and recommendations for enhanced sensitivity training for nursing/medical staff, modeled after TBHC standards. Angela has done this trip for the past 10 years. “I started doing this as a family experience since my parents are from Guyana,” she says. “I wanted to give back to HIV/AIDS patients in the hospitals, but then I moved on to children who faced challenges including having parents who have HIV/AIDS or other conditions like alcoholism.” TBHC staff has supported Angela over the years with donations and clothing drives, among other things.