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Richmond University Medical Center Launches “Caring for the Caregiver” Speaker Series

Posted Date: 5/6/2015
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Richmond University Medical Center Launches “Caring for the Caregiver” Speaker Series


4-Part Speaker Series Intended to Inform Public on Resources Available for Caregivers


STATEN ISLAND, NY– Last evening, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) launched its “Caring for Caregiver” speaker series with President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., LNHA, FACHE addressing attendees on his own experiences caring for his parents, as his mother endured a 50 year fight with Multiple Sclerosis and currently assisting his 90 year-old father as he deals with the challenges of advanced age and the stress of losing his wife after 66 years of marriage.


“Far too often our families and friends face the challenges of caring for ill or infirm loved ones alone,” stated Dr. Messina. “This series will send the simple message to the Staten Island community: You are not alone! There are resources available to help you and the person you are caring for.”


As part of his remarks, Dr. Messina discussed managing stress as a caregiver and offered ten tips from the Caregiver Action Network for family care givers:


1)     Seek support from other caregivers – you are not alone!

2)     Take care of your own health.

3)     Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.

4)     Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.

5)     Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

6)     Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting help when you need it.

7)     Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.

8)     Organize medical information so it is up to date.

9)     Make sure legal documents are in order.

10)Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is.


The four-part speaker series, open to the public and continuing each Wednesday evening at RUMC’s West Brighton campus, is intended to provide members of the public with information on the resources available to assist caregivers with the physical and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one with short-term or chronic illnesses.


Future installments of the series will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Richmond University Medical Center Sipp Auditorium at 355 Bar Avenue in Staten Island.


  • Wednesday, May 6th – Preparing Creative Safe & Independent Living for Aging Loved Ones

Stephen Licata P.T., DPT, Rehabilitation Medicine Department


  • Wednesday, May 13th – Resources Available in the Community

Lori Howe LCSW-R, Care Coordination Department Manager 

Veronica Tallegra LMSW, Social Worker


  • Wednesday, May 20th – Home Care Agency Panel

Featuring representatives from ArchCare, Visiting Nurse Association and Visiting Nurse Services of New York





About Richmond University Medical Center


Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), is a 473-bed healthcare facility serving borough residents as a leader in the areas of surgery, gastroenterology, pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology, oncology, orthopedics, surgery and maternal health. With over 2,000 employees, RUMC is one of the largest employers on Staten Island.  Its main campus is located at 355 Bard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310. RUMC also offers behavioral health services at its Bayley Seton campus located at 75 Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10304.  Both are easily accessible by public transportation.


RUMC is recognized for its outstanding neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) which has the lowest infant mortality rate in the metropolitan area and a survival rate of 99.6% (2012) (Source:  Vermont Oxford Study).  Its Maternity Ward was recently renovated and now offers private maternity suites. 


RUMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center and a designated Stroke Center.   The hospital was the recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2010, 2011 and 2012.  RUMC maintains a Wound Care Center, Pain Management Center and a Sleep Disorder Center on-site at its main campus.  The hospital also offers behavioral health services at its Bayley Seton campus, encompassing both inpatient and outpatient services for those with psychiatric and substance abuse problems.  RUMC is the only borough facility that offers inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents.