Town honors two locals at Pathfinder Awards


Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Hempstead Town Board honored ten women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead for their outstanding contributions to the community at the town’s annual Pathfinder Awards ceremony Tuesday, as well as presenting a posthumous award in recognition of the dedication of a past Town of Hempstead employee.

For more than a quarter century, Lynn Bert has been passionate about pediatrics, constantly striving to improve ways to care for children. Lynn oversees operations of the Pediatric Unit at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. She is on the hospital’s Safety Committee and Family Violence Committee. A trained Perinatal Bereavement Counselor, she offers support to women who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth. Lynn also extends her caring into the community through a number of innovative programs. In conjunction with the Asthma Coalition of Long Island, she helped develop a successful Pediatric Asthma Program, linking hospital departments including pharmacy, social services, home care and child life to increase awareness of Asthma prevention. Through the program, South Nassau’s Respiratory Therapy Department networks with the Asthma Coalition of Long Island and connects patients and their families with community resources. Lynn recently launched an initiative to help high-risk adolescents in crisis. Called Project HELP (Hospitals Empowering Lifelines Through Peers), this program supports the work of the Long Island Crisis Center by getting the center’s hotline number into every teenager’s cell phone. The goal is to have a Crisis Center counselor be a text message or a phone call away for a troubled teen.

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