New York Hospital Queens raises money to save lives


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman
THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

New York Hospital Queen banded together with Women's Auxiliary and the Community Advisory Council to raise funds for cardiac equipment.

In an attempt to assist the life-saving forces of New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), The Women’s Auxiliary and the Community Advisory Council have developed the Save-A-Life Campaign, a fundraising initiative that raises money for cardiac equipment for the hospital’s ambulances.

Members from both organizations collected funds by selling raffle tickets for a 42 inch plasma-screen television and a Tiffany & Co. necklace.

“We are not asking for money for the hospital. We are asking for money for the community,” said Frank Macchio, president of the Community Advisory Council. “That’s why we are reaching out to the community — this technology can save your family and neighbors.”

The state-of-the-art cardiac machines monitor a patient’s vital signs, heart rhythms and core temperature while wirelessly transmitting the information back to the doctor at the hospital. Using hands-free leads, the machine can adjust a patient’s heart back to a normal rhythm.

Physicians can also direct paramedics at the scene while forming a plan of action for when the patient arrives at the hospital.

The raffle, along with a $10,000 donation from the Flushing Rotary, raised approximately $30,000, enough to purchase one cardiac machine. The drawing took place on Wednesday, November 23 at NYHQ in Flushing.

Vincent Gianelli and Cyrille Kousiaris won the television and the necklace, respectively.