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Social Workers Recognized for Contributions to Delivery of Quality Care

The work and services the social workers provide patients and their families was the focus of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s annual Social Work Month celebration. The celebration was highlighted by a special luncheon featuring guest speaker Hillary Rutter, Director of Adelphi University’s NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.

“Social Work Month is the time of year that South Nassau recognizes its social workers for the critical support and counseling services they provide our patients and their families,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO. “Our social workers are integral members of our healthcare team and essential to our tradition of excellence in the delivery of healthcare services.”

The Social Work Department at South Nassau fulfills numerous roles and responsibilities, including discharge planning, counseling and advocacy, and intervention and consultation services to help patients and their family members adjust to sudden illness, a change in functioning level, or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or injury.

Social Workers at South Nassau are assigned to inpatient medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient units, the Emergency Services Department, the Outpatient Dialysis Center, the Oceanside Counseling Center, the Mental Health Counseling Center, the Home Care Department, and the Family Medicine Center.

South Nassau’s social workers have earned New York State Certification in Social Work, and many of the region’s graduate school social work programs, including Adelphi University, Fordham University, Columbia University, and Yeshiva University, have affiliations with South Nassau’s Social Work Department.

“Social Work professionals and programs help alleviate some of society’s most difficult problems,” said Ms. Diane Ambrose, Director of Social Work. “Through education, training and dedication, social workers provide assistance in many different health and wellness matters including aging, mental health, child welfare, cancer, end of life, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and family violence.”

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