Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jan 28, 2010
Contact : Tom Paolella, Public Relations Manager  
732-530-2282
tpaolella@meridianhealth.com

Teens Bring Hollywood Movies to Bayshore Patients

 

Holmdel, NJ - Enjoying a good laugh or sitting on the edge of your seat through the suspense of a good movie is a calming way for people to pass the time but especially for chemotherapy patients at Bayshore Community Hospital. Two sisters from Morganville recognized an opportunity to give patients who use the Michael J. Ganz Infusion Suite an enhanced option for relaxation and entertainment.

"Our private rooms offer modern comfort for patients while receiving treatment," explains Nancy Salerno, RN, director of oncology services. "However, it can be difficult for chemotherapy patients to relax during a treatment that may take a few hours per visit. Watching or just listening to movies can be a great comfort for them."

Athena Rampino, a 16-year-old junior in the Law and Public Service program at the Freehold Regional High School District and her sister, Cassandra, a 13-year-old at Oak Hill Academy created the AC Video to Go program after doing a musical performance with schoolmates at an assisted living facility. The girls witnessed the poor quality of the videos that the residents were watching and decided to give the facility most of their own DVD collection. With the help of their dad, who is an electronics distributor, the girls contacted Paramount and Warner Brothers studios, who sent them enough DVDs to create a rotating library between other assisted living and drug rehabilitation facilities, and Bayshore Community Hospital.

Athena and Cassandra have now made it possible for patients to use a personal DVD player to view a wide selection of more than 1,500 movies during their treatment. When the girls were told that Bayshore had only two personal DVD players and ten patient treatment rooms, they decided to take their good deed a step further, by forgoing their allowance and even getting an advance, to buy the additional players. Not only did they donate the players and DVDs, they took the time to assemble a binder with color photos and descriptions of each movie to make the selection process easier for patients.

"These young ladies are well on their way to being a success in any career they choose. They are already interested in making a difference to the people and services in their community. We are proud to know them and are happy they are a part of the Bayshore Family." says Raimonda Clark, president and CEO.

The Michael J. Ganz Infusion Suite is an integral part of the Cancer Program at Bayshore Community Hospital. Bayshore offers a team approach including board certified oncologists, oncology certified nurses and chemotherapy pharmacists, who are compassionate and specially trained as well as the technology to help individuals dealing with a cancer diagnosis to find the road to recovery and remission.