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Stony Brook University Hospital Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Luncheon

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From left: Carolyn Santora, MS, RN, NEA-BC, CSHA, CPHQ, Interim Chief Nursing Officer; Angelina Caracci, Junior Volunteer of the Year; Mark Latino, Senior Volunteer of the Year; and Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine

Stony Brook, NY, July 28, 2017 - On Wednesday, July 12, Stony Brook University Hospital held its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. All hospital volunteers were invited to attend and received acknowledgement for the countless hours they donate to the hospital. Many volunteers received awards for reaching service milestones ranging from 100 to 16,500 hours of service.

Many hospital departments donated beautiful baskets and gifts which were given as door prizes to the volunteers. The donations were well received and appreciated by all.

Angelina Caracci, a resident of Stony Brook, was awarded the honor of Junior Volunteer of the Year. Angelina began her service in 2014 and has donated more than 640 hours of service to the Core Lab. Angelina assists with transporting time-sensitive lab samples from the Emergency Department to the Hematology and Chemistry labs.

When asked about Angelina’s service, the Laboratory staff remarked on how she is a dedicated volunteer who is extremely cooperative and a quick study. Angelina is the Lab’s longest serving Junior Volunteer.

Mark Latino, of Stony Brook, was awarded the honor of Senior Volunteer of the Year. Mark has been volunteering in the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Childlife playroom since 2003 and has donated over 1,700 hours of service.

Michael Attard, Child Life Specialist, describes Mark as a compassionate leader who also takes direction well and offers to help in whatever capacity he can. In addition to playroom activities, Mark excels when providing bedside companionship. Families throughout the years have praised Mark for his enormous heart.

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Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 603 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.