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CornerStone Vol. 24, No. 2 Fall 2014
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First-Rate Pulmonary Rehab Program Helps 9/11 First Responder Get His Life Back
NYU Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
NYU Winthrop Opens Urgent Care Center
U.S. News & World Report Names NYU Winthrop Among the Best in the New York Metro Area
At NYU Winthrop, No Man is an Island
Spotlight on Community Gifts Campaign
Hospital Participates in Major International Trial
Generous Grant Supports Alzheimer's Research at NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Opens New Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
New Treatment Improves the Lives of Patients With MR
Swimming with Purpose: Annual Event Raises Pivotal Support for Child Life Program
A Cause to Celebrate Raises More Than $147,000 for Child Life Program
A Celebration of Life: NYU Winthrop's 16th Annual Cancer Survivor's Day
Unique Partnership Supports Families Facing Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
29th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $649,000+ for NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
Eighth Annual Black & White Ball Raises Nearly $270,000 for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Eight and Forty Makes Donation to Department of Pediatrics
Richard A. Newhouse, Jr., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Long Island Foundation's Generosity Changes Lives at NYU Winthrop's Hempstead Pediatric Clinic
Running for a Reason
National Awards Recognize Quality Breast Health Care
Once Again, NYU Winthrop Earns Designation as a NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
New Patient Family Advisory Council
The STAR Program: Enhancing the Hospital Experience for Children With Special Needs
NYU Winthrop: A Pioneer in the Use of Technology to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
NYU Winthrop Debuts New Ambulances
Nurse Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
NYU Winthrop Receives "Found Money"
Garden City Foundation Continues the Tradition of Making 'Miracles' for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Twinkle Town Makes Colorful Donation to NYU Winthrop Kids
Milestone Golf Outing to Benefit the CCFK is a Record-Breaking Success
WiSH Clinic Opens
Surviving the Holidays
Hospital Celebrates Expansion With Dedication of New Specialty Center East
NYU Winthrop Unveils New "Welcome" Sign
NYU Winthrop Opens Manhattan's First and Only CyberKnife® Center

Nurse Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

A Long Island man injured in a life-threatening crash in the Great South Bay this summer is alive and well, thanks in part to the heroic efforts of a NYU Winthrop nurse.

On July 20, 2014, Gail Melamed, RN, a Flow Coordinator in NYU Winthrop's Emergency Department, and her family were relaxing on a boat in the Lindenhurst channel of the bay when they heard a "May Day" call over the radio, signaling that a jet skier had collided with a boat in the area. They looked up, and observed a man 300 yards away face down in the water.

nurse goes beyond call of duty NYU Winthrop nurse Gail Melamed and her family aided in the rescue of a Long Island man in the Great South Bay. A photo taken by a family member shows the US Coast Guard about to pull away with the victim on board.

Ms. Melamed's husband, Joel, and their son, Andrew, who are both Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and volunteer firefighters for the Albertson Herricks Fire Department, swam to the boat, where other boaters were attempting to place the unconscious victim on the swim platform on the back of a boat. They assisted in securing him there and determined that the victim was not only suffering from head trauma and multiple lacerations, but was not breathing, nor did he have a pulse.

Ms. Melamed, who is "not a very good swimmer," donned her life jacket and jumped in the water to help. However, due to the narrowness of the platform where the victim lay, she was unable to get on the boat. Only feet from the boat's propeller, she started shouting instructions from the water, supporting the family's efforts to perform CPR.

"I made sure they were doing the compressions correctly and at the right depth, while counting," said Ms. Melamed.

They did this for about 15 minutes, recalled Ms. Melamed, who helped guide the efforts to save the man's life. The victim regained his heart rhythm and started taking shallow breaths.

nurse goes beyond call of duty Gail Melamed, RN (center), a Flow Coordinator in NYU Winthrop's Emergency Department, and her family (son Andrew, left, and husband Joel, right) helped save the life of a man injured in a boating accident.

Shortly thereafter, a United States Coast Guard vessel arrived on the scene, and the family continued to conduct CPR as the boat raced back to shore.

"NYU Winthrop instills dedication in everybody to be a team player, and the desire to help everyone you possibly can," said Ms. Melamed.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. He has since made a full recovery, according to Ms. Melamed, who had the opportunity to visit him at the hospital.

Mr. Melamed is incredibly proud of his wife. "I wanted the community to be aware of the strong dedication to saving lives that NYU Winthrop employees show every day both on and off-duty," he said.

"No matter where I am, no matter what I do, I am representing NYU Winthrop and helping others is just what we do," said Ms. Melamed.