The love was pulsating at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division, when Dr. Chaim Bernstein was presented with the Wholeness of Life Award.
The honor recognizes health care practitioners who demonstrate respect for human beings as whole persons, shared Dr. Harris Nagler, president of the center.
“Dr. Bernstein is loved by all for his warmth, kindness, excellence as a clinician, and for his care and compassion,” he said.
Dr. Bernstein also a possesses rare quality: a great bedside manner, which he attributes to treating patients as people in need of expert care — every time.
“Every patient is different even if they have the same disease,” he said. “I am always mindful that each encounter a patient has with me is the most important part of their day, and I strive to emulate the dedication of mentors, who were never too tired or too exhausted to go that extra mile for patients.”
Standing O wishes more physicians would emulate Dr. Bernstein, and wishes him continued success.
Beth Israel Medical Center [3201 Kings Hghwy. at E. 32nd Street in Midwood, (718) 788–6913].
High fives to the Hope Program for receiving the neighborhood Builders award, which comes with a $200,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
The program helps boroughites to launch and grow their careers by providing, vocational, educational, and social services, in addition to training in literacy, math, computer skills, workplace communications, stress management, customer service, and other skills necessary for job development and growth.
The proof is in the pudding.
“Hope has some of the highest job placement and retention rates in the industry,” said Jeff Barker, New York City president from Bank of America.
Standing O is hopeful that the Hope Program will continue to open doors of opportunity for people seeking the American Dream.
The Hope Program [1 Smith St. at Joralemon Street in Downtown, (718) 852–9307].
Standing O sends out bouquets of roses to modern-day renaissance woman Camille Pepe Sperrazza.“Commodore Camille,” a Courier Life business writer and owner of the World Awaits Travel agency, was named one of 2013’s top 25 agents by Travel Agent magazine.
The intrepid world traveller is well qualified — she has been on more than 50 cruises and visited more than 67 countries.
“It’s important for me to recommend places I have personally experienced, so I visit resorts and make personal connections every chance I get,” she said. “I constantly educate myself to retain ‘certified expert’ status for cruise lines and destinations that include Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and others.”
Camille also carves out time in her busy schedule to teach journalism at Joseph B. Cavallaro Junior High School, enlightening and educating our youngsters about the Fourth Estate.
She is also on the board of Travel Agents of Brooklyn and Staten Island, and is affiliated with the International Air Transportation Association, and Vacation.com.
Standing O sends out a great big huzza to Camille, and wishes that she keep on traveling, keep on educating, and keep on connecting people to wonderful new destinations.
Get your epee ready to parry, thrust, and reposte at the New York Fencing Academy. The club has an impressive success rate of competitive young members winning medals from around the world.
Nathan Vaysberg took home the gold in the 14-year age group, Jacklyn Khrol received the silver in the 10-year category, Skyler Liverant was presented the bronze, and Romaine Cannone earned third place in the French Cadet Qualifier.
Head coach Misha Mokretsove has produced several nationally ranked fencers, who have earned champion and finalist titles in the North American Cups, Summer Nationals, Super Youth Circuits, and the French Cadet Team.
New York Fencing Academy [2896 W. 12th Street between Surf and Neptune avenues in Coney Island, (718) 996–0426; www.fencenyfa.com]