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Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Shouting to the rooftops — the team at Downstate University Hospital just received the “2014 Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence Award” for continuous improvement in patient experience, demonstrating that if you are going to be a patient it might as well be an excellent experience.

The award, given to 20 organizations annually, recognizes health care organizations that have achieved a continuous level of improvement during a two-year span.

Downstate was among the top five percent of improvers eligible to qualify for the award, said Patrick Ryan, chief executive officer at Press Ganey, adding the hospital was selected because it achieved continuous improvement in delivering more patient-centered care and having the largest total improvement among hospitals with more than 300 beds.

“Downstate is the only academic medical center being recognized in the commitment to excellence category,” he said.

Downstate can now hang a Standing O in its lobby, too.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center [450 Clarkson Ave. at New York Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 270–1000].


Shooting for goodness

It’s the biggest news ever — Saint Thomas Aquinas Sports Association along with Michael’s of Brooklyn is presenting the first Giving Thanks Basketball Classic.

Standing O is asking you all to join in with Team Eddie Boy and come on down to a shoot-the-hoops benefit for a local boy who is battling pediatric brain cancer. This year the dozen basketball teams from Saint Thomas Aquinas, St. Bernard, Good Shepherd, and St. Ephrem’s will ply the boards and stay clear of foul shots on Nov. 29 and 30 to support Team Eddie Boy.

The games start at 1 pm and the awards and benefit party begins immediately after the last game on Nov. 30.

There will be free throw contests, three point contests, food, music, raffles, and let’s not forget about the auctions and surprises. So come on down to Monsignor King Hall on Nov. 29 and 30 and share in the giving.

Monsignor King Hall (1501 Hendrickson Street and Flatbush Avenue in Flatlands;

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Standing O hears that Keelie Sheridan — a graduate with a degree in acting from Brooklyn College — was selected as a finalist for the “George J. Mitchell Scholarship” program of US-Ireland Alliance. The winner will spend the academic year of 2015–2016 in postgraduate programs in Ireland. Standing O wishes Keelie good luck and a safe trip.

Old Mill Basin

Can you hear me now?

Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Mill Basin) has partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a group founded in 2004 by teens Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, to collect gently used cellular phones so that our soldiers stationed around the world can keep in touch with loved ones back home.

The charity has provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time to service personnel stationed around the world through its calling card program. Funds are raised from the recycling of cellular phones and are used to purchase the pre-paid calling cards. On average the foundation distributes more than 7,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world.

So if you have a cellphone sitting in a drawer gathering dust, drop off it at the councilman’s district office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The cellphone you donate provides precious talk minutes to soldiers who are far from home protecting our freedom.

District Office [2424 Ralph Ave. and Avenue N in Old Mill Basin, (718) 241-9330;].

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Holly, jolly tree lightings

Save the dates — state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) is hosting his annual Tree Lighting festivities on Dec. 3 and 4.

Grab your mittens, hone up on Christmas carols, and get ready for candy canes, hot cocoa, and a visit from the jolly old elf, Santa.

The lightings are on Dec. 3 at McKinely Park, Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway, at 6:30 pm and on Dec. 4 at Lady Moody Square, Van Sicklen Street and Avenue U, same time.

Toys for Tots toys will also be collecting at both venues.

For information call the senator’s district office at (718) 238–6044.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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