Kudos and heartfelt thanks go out to Patricia Gordon. This Borough daughter and dialysis nurse at Fresenius Medical Center in Cobble Hill left her home and family and volunteered for a two-week relief effort in Puerto Rico.
Over 3.4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico living in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria were in need of help. For those thousands of Puerto Rico residents living with kidney disease, access to dialysis and the nurses who provide treatment was a matter of life or death. But it’s not just the patients who needed assistance, the nurses did too. Many angels of mercy put their personal needs aside to care for patients around-the-clock since the hurricane hit.
Patricia and her colleagues traveled there to provide much-needed relief to nurses in Puerto Rico, ensuring that dialysis patients continued to receive the care they needed to stay alive.
Standing O is awarding Patricia Gordon the Standing O of the year for her dedication, caring, and volunteering.
Fresenius Kidney Care Hemodialysis Center [380 Henry St., in Cobble Hill; (800) 881–5101]
Get that Oscar ready for Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High School. The school is one of only five U.S. high school film programs that received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from IMAX. As the company kicked off its second annual student-made documentary challenge, students in film programs were challenged to create inspiring documentaries to further IMAX’s commitment to drive awareness of the global issues outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Students created an eight-minute documentary and related social media content on one of the United Nations 17 goals, which range from eradicating poverty and promoting gender equality to ensuring universal access to clean water and modern energy.
“We are honored to work with another group of talented and deserving student filmmakers to help them unlock their creative abilities and see, first-hand, the power that the big screen can have in promoting positive change,” said Rich Gelfond, IMAX chief executive officer. Adding “We’re proud to continue and expand the In Focus program, and fulfill IMAX’s commitment to empowering the next generation of filmmakers.”
Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High School [284 Baltic St., in Boerum Hill; (718) 694–9741]
Cheers to National Grid for receiving the first-ever National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ “Utility Industry Innovation In Gas Award” for its Natural Gas Demand Response Program.
The award recognizes both state and utility innovators for paving the way to a more customer-focused, resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and efficient future for the utility industry. Ten awards were presented in two categories — Innovators in Regulatory Policy and Utility Industry Innovators. National Grid is the first recipient of the Utility Industry Innovation in Gas Award.
“National Grid is honored to be the first recipient of NARUC’s ‘Utility Industry Innovation In Gas Award,’ ” said Ken Daly, president, National Grid New York.
Standing O sends its O too!
National Grid [1 Metro Tech Center at Jay Street in Downtown (718) 643–4050]