The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for Re-use of Brooks Memorial Hospital is meeting monthly and they want to share their progress with the community. Summaries of the CAC meetings will be published on the hospital’s website and available for public viewing.
The CAC is a cross-section of community leaders created to assist the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Board of Directors in developing a Request For Proposal (RFP) that will be shared with developers that may have an interest in the site for development. CAC has reached out to the community to gain ideas and guide a community-based reuse process for the Central Avenue site.
The March 6 meeting notes may be viewed at https://www.brookshospital.org/hospital-reuse.html. Suggestions for re-use of Brooks Memorial campus may still be submitted for consideration on the hospital website.
An infant swing provides just the right balance of motion and stimulation to soothe and comfort babies. While the swing could never take the pace of skin-to-skin contact, it is an important comfort for the hospital’s smallest patients.
Tomkiewicz adds, “We make every effort to educate and support parents and caregivers on the vital role that kangaroo care [skin-to-skin contact] plays for all babies”. The swings are just another tool to help ensure that patients and their families are supported and encouraged throughout their hospital experience.
Brooks-TLC’s Dunkirk campus offers an Obstetrics department with state-of-the-art labor and delivery for approximately 300 babies each year.
Brooks-TLC recently hosted a group of nursing students and their translator from the Aichi Prefectural University, in Moriyama-ku, Nagoya, Japan.
Eight young ladies, who are second-year students in a four-year nursing program, are participating in a cultural exchange program organized by SUNY Fredonia.
Each year since 1999, the Japanese students visit the community for two weeks to experience American culture. The students learn about healthcare in the U.S. by visiting hospitals and nursing homes, including an annual tour of the clinical departments at Brooks.
Students had an opportunity to observe and discuss the differences and similarities between the American and Japanese healthcare systems, including obstetrics, laboratory, imaging and physical therapy. The day culminated with a lunchtime Q&A session with members of the nursing leadership team.
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