Here at NYU Winthrop, we treat many U.S. veterans, so to recognize and honor them we began the NYU Winthrop for Veterans Program. On a daily basis, we identify patients who are veterans, and the Department of Volunteer Services then visits each to thank them for their service. Depending on the individual’s preference, we can play for them, via iPad, The Army Goes Rolling Along (Army theme song); Anchors Away (Navy); The Halls of Montezuma (Marines); Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force); Semper Paratus (Coast Guard); or a host of other patriotic tunes.
Since the program’s inception, NYU Winthrop is proud to have recognized – and provided exceptional hospital care – to more than 750 veterans. Each is offered an American flag magnet that can be placed on their room’s whiteboard to indicate the patient is a veteran. A knitting and crochet club from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead donates red, white and blue lap blankets, created as a special veterans’ thank you. More proficient knitters needed! Please contact Volunteer Services if capable at 516-663-2391. Not surprisingly, veterans show selflessness even in a hospital setting, as with one veteran who, upon receiving a lap blanket, said, “Oh, that’s way too nice for me. Give it to someone else who could use it.”
Frank Blennau and Brian Delaney are among the Hospital volunteers who make the rounds to honor veterans and, fittingly, both are veterans themselves. You’ll often find Mr. Blennau singing along to “God Bless America,” as he plays it on his iPad for veterans, with NYU Winthrop staff sometimes gathering round in chorus.
We thank each and every veteran and are humbled to serve those who come to NYU Winthrop Hospital.