Commack, NY — Want to go to a baseball game? Most people can just pick up and go…but for residents who reside on the Ventilator Unit at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, a trip to see a game is not an easy undertaking. Until now.
New cutting-edge technology rolled out at the facility enabled four baseball fans at Gurwin to head out via a caravan of ambulances to Citifield in Flushing, NY, to enjoy a New York Mets game this past Monday night. The technology, dubbed “VOCSN” by Ventec Life Systems, is a compact, portable multi-function ventilator that provides mobility for individuals who depend on ventilators for life support.
According to Delta Young, RRT, Director of Respiratory Therapy in Gurwin’s 28-bed Ventilator Care Unit, a Mets game was not necessarily a wish-list item when the equipment was rolled out in mid-September. “We were really just looking forward to the VOCSN technology to not only help us provide enhanced care, but also to help our residents be a little more mobile, leave their rooms for a bit, be a little more social and have a little better quality of life. We never imagined that we’d be able to take them out to the ballgame!”