Health Beat: ‘Independent for life’ series at Brecknock Hall

• Dr. Caroline Gatewood of Hampton Bays has been named to the Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Gatewood is board certified in neurology through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She has been on the ELIH staff since 2001 and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed a one-year residency in internal medicine followed by a three-year residency in neurology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Gatewood was an assistant professor of neurology at SUNY/Stony Brook for five years before starting her private practice on the North Fork.
“Dr. Gatewood’s perspective as a physician in the community is already invaluable to Eastern Long Island Hospital,” said ELIH president and CEO Paul Connor III. Hers is a “well-respected voice that speaks for patients and staff,” he said, adding that Dr. Gatewood’s input in implementing new strategies for clinical integration “is sure to make an impact on health care delivery in the future.”

• Eastern Long Island Hospital and Peconic Landing are hosting a series of independent for life discussions at Brecknock Hall on the Peconic Landing campus. The next session, on Monday, March 14, at 2 p.m., includes presentations by Juliet Frodella, ELIH director of senior options and solutions, who will discuss road safety, and Southold Town human resources director Karen McLaughlin, who will review town resources for seniors.

• Dr. Barbara Prestano, director of audiology at Peconic Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery, will discuss hearing loss and ways to improve hearing and at Mattituck-Laurel Library on Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m. She will review recent research and technological advances in hearing health care.
The library will also host a program of health insurance counseling sponsored by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging on Tuesday, March 15, 1:30-3 p.m.. Call 298-4134.

• Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library will host a program on caregiving to assist the elderly on Monday, March 14, at 1 p.m. Call 734-6360.

• Marjorie Trent, who works with the enriched housing team, is Peconic Landing’s employee of the month for March. She is beloved by residents, who rely on her caring and attention to their needs, according to Greg Garrrett, vice president of health services. Her energy and the “stability of her presence is a resounding factor” to the team’s success, he said. Ms. Trent is known for going out of her way to meet all the needs of the residents she serves, he said.

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