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St. Francis Hospital Delivers an Early Thanksgiving Meal to Storm Ravaged Victims of Sandy

Hospital Forgoes Annual Gala to Bring Holiday Cheer to the Needy Residents in Long Beach

November 17, 2012, Roslyn, NY –  In light of the terrible toll Superstorm Sandy has taken on our region, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® will be providing early Thanksgiving dinners to affected residents in Long Beach, one of the local communities hardest hit by the historic hurricane. The hospital has cancelled its annual pre-Thanksgiving gala to provide much needed relief to residents still recovering from the horrific storm that wreaked havoc on their neighborhoods.

“So many of us, as well as our family and friends, have been affected by this storm in one way or another, we want to provide the best  practical assistance we can as recovery efforts continue,” says Alan D. Guerci, M.D., President & CEO of St. Francis Hospital. “This was a natural opportunity for us to offer a hot meal to those most in need in lieu of hosting our own holiday event.”

The hospital’s event caterer, Sterling Affair, will be providing Thanksgiving meals on Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Long Beach Regional Catholic School at 735 West Broadway in Long Beach. St. Francis staff will be serving food to 2,500 people including needy residents, senior citizens, and first responders. Nurses from the hospital’s community health department will be on hand to give flu shots and blood pressure screenings during the pre-Thanksgiving event.

Unlike other hospitals that experienced power outages during the storm, St. Francis was able to remain fully operational and provide topnotch care for patients evacuated from flood zones. Hospital personnel worked round the clock to provide a full continuum of care and many have volunteered during their off hours to assist with community recovery efforts.

About St. Francis Hospital
St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® is New York State’s only specialty designated cardiac center and a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiac disease. St. Francis is ranked one of the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and has earned the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence. A leader in cardiovascular care for more than 50 years, St. Francis Hospital also offers an outstanding program in vascular, prostate, ear-nose-throat (ENT), abdominal, oncologic, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic surgery. St. Francis is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI). Contact us at 1.888.HEART.NY or visit us at

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