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MedicAlert salutes ED nurse for care of patient during Hurricane Sandy

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Katie Sobey, RN, BSN, an ED nurse at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., was honored by the MedicAlert Foundation for her coordination and partnership in assisting a MedicAlert member who experienced medical complications during Hurricane Sandy.

For her efforts, Sobey was presented with the Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award by MedicAlert Foundation’s President and CEO Andrew Wigglesworth.

Wigglesworth applauded Sobey for recognizing and responding to the patient’s MedicAlert ID. In doing so, she was able to immediately contact MedicAlert’s emergency response team to retrieve the patient’s full medical history, list of medications and special treatment instructions.

“Our member was having difficulty breathing during her family’s emergency evacuation because of Hurricane Sandy,” Wigglesworth said in a news release. “She boarded a boat reserved for victims in need of medical attention and upon arriving at the hospital, she was struggling to communicate. This is when Ms. Sobey called the number on [the patient’s]MedicAlert ID and was provided information about her health condition, along with special treatment instructions, which are required for the patient’s condition.”

South Nassau administrators and management staff, including Richard Murphy, president and CEO, and Susan Penque, PhD, senior vice president of patient care services, attended the ceremony.

Sobey earned a BSN from York College of Pennsylvania and began her employment with South Nassau in September 2011, when she was selected for the ED resident graduate program. Sobey completed the program just weeks before Hurricane Sandy swept the East Coast.

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