Submitted by the Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle:
Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) was pleased to be the site of community service projects for two area Girl Scouts. The Gold is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout designation. Since the Scouts are members of Troop #1870 in New Rochelle, they decided to approach SSMC about being the recipient of their efforts.
When Laura Zoe Gerkis of Larchmont, a senior at the School of the Holy Child, and Alexandra Karounos, a senior at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale presented their ideas to Medical Center administrators, they received enthusiastic support.
Having experienced cardiac arrest at age 13, Laura was initially at SSMC before being transferred to New York Presbyterian and ultimately Children’s Hospital in Boston. In appreciation for the immediate care at SSMC and wanting to provide a project that benefitted Sound Shore Medical Center, Laura chose to refurbish the Pediatric Clinic Waiting Room. In addition to painting and decorating, including providing window treatments, Laura furnished the room with a flat screen TV, a DVD player and age-appropriate DVD’s. She also provided kid-sized table and chairs, book shelves along with books and games.
Alexandra Karounos’ project involved the Ludington Adult Day Services Center at Sound Shore Medical Center. While the medical and social needs of frail elderly and those with chronic conditions are served by Ludington, art is an important outlet and one that helps with expression and brings great pleasure. Upon learning of the art rooms’ need for refurbishing, Alex knew she had found her community service project. It incorporated everything she hoped to accomplish, including providing a cheerful and fun environment for the registrants as well as staff.
Laura is the daughter of James and Agathy Gerkis of Larchmont, NY. After graduation, she plans to attend college where she hopes to earn degrees in Elementary and Special Education. Alexandra is the daughter of Paul and Rosa Karounos of Scarsdale, NY. Her future includes college and a degree in marketing and accounting.