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South Nassau Nurse Honored for Saving Life During Hurricane Sandy

MedicAlert Foundation says "Prompt actions provided for the safeguarding of our member – and the knowledge relayed – potentially saved a life."

In a ceremony held at South Nassau Communities Hospital last month, MedicAlert Foundation recognized Emergency Room nurse Katie Sobey for her coordination and partnership in assisting a MedicAlert member who experienced medical complications during Hurricane Sandy.

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 her patient’s MedicAlert ID – in doing so, she was able to immediately contact MedicAlert Foundation’s emergency response team to retrieve her patient’s full medical history, list of medications and special treatment instructions.

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

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

A resident of Long Beach, Sobey earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from York College in York, Pa.

She began her employment with South Nassau in September of 2011, when she was selected to be in the Emergency Room Resident Graduate Program. Sobey completed the Emergency Room program, just weeks before Hurricane Sandy swept the East Coast. 

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