Here they are — the best of the borough

Mill Basin

She’s one heck of a student. St. Savior High School graduate and Mill Basin native Patricia Ruiz is headed to Hunter College as a Macaulay Honor’s student this fall. Macaulay Honors, for those that don’t know, is an elite program for CUNY students who are really, really smart. Standing O pal Patricia certainly qualifies. She has received the President’s Educational Excellence Award, the Latin II Gold Medal, the New York State Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and the St. Charles Lwanga and Beatrice Jeffries Young African American and Hispanic Award. All of these accolades are only presented to students who have a GPA higher than 95 percent and great SAT scores.

Park Slope

Striking gold

Congratulations to New York Methodist Hospital for striking gold again — the “Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award” to be more exact. Along with the accolade, the hospital was also placed on the “Target Stroke Honor Roll” because it meets with the stringent quality measures for the treatment of stroke patients. Methodist is just proud as a peacock for receiving this honor and shared its feathers with Standing O.

“These honors demonstrate that we have top-level stroke care,” Standing O pal Dr. Barbara Gatton said.

A core requirement to be placed on the Target roll is the rapid application of intravenous tissue plasmogen activator, a clot-busting protein that can often reverse the debilitating effects of a stroke. Dr. Joseph Bove explained the process to us.

“To be placed on the Honor Roll, you have to consistently administer tPA within an hour of the patient’s arrival. But before that a lot has to happen,” he said. Adding, “All of it has to happen with a great care and caution.”

It’s good to know.

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 780–3000].

Borough Wide

Raise your mortar boards

Three cheers to 5-year-old Vince Michael DiMiceli. The bright young fellow recently stepped up from pre-K and will be attending the big K in September at the school of his choice. Proud papa and editor of our fine paper (who shares the same first name), is thrilled to the gills over the promotion, telling Standing O, “In this day and age of high expectations thrust upon our youngsters, we obviously presumed he’d finish at the top of his class,” the older DiMiceli said. “He didn’t disappoint.”

Grandma and family celebrated with a raucous party that featured sandwiches and mom’s speciality — delicious homemade cupcakes.

Yes, the party was also a hit.

Standing O shares in the joy, and can’t wait for the kindergarten graduation fete next June!

Marine Park

The gift of blood

How much blood does it take for a scholarship? Quite a lot it would seem. Senior Joseph Fattarusso, who has the distinction of donating his red cells more than six times since he was 16 years old, encouraged fellow students to donate a little of their own and helped to coordinate various blood donor events. Because of his do-goodedness, Joe received the New York Blood Center Scholarship, which will help him when he goes to St. Francis College in the fall. School Nurse Kathy DeMello was very happy to present Joe with the award, especially since she nominated him.

“Joe hung posters, encouraged students to donate, collected sign up sheets and visited homerooms. He did all of this with a wonderful smile and a sense of humor,” she told us.

St. Edmund Preparatory HS [1902 Avenue T between Ocean Avenue and E. 19th Street in Marine Park, (718) 648–9229].

Blood worthy: Nurse Kathy DeMello presents senior Joseph Fattarusso with a New York Blood Center Scholarship.

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