Helen Hayes Hospital to Honor Local Rehabilitation Patients With New Awards – Sept 20, 2016

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw will host its 116th annual Honors Assembly on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1:30pm in the hospital’s atrium. The event recognizes the outstanding achievements of the physical rehabilitation hospital’s patients over the past year and will honor patients from the New York Metro area who have overcome incredible odds during their rehabilitation journey, inspiring others along the way.

Just as the Honors Assembly has evolved over the years from its beginnings in the 1900s as a school graduation ceremony for children at the then pediatric rehabilitation facility, this year’s Honors Assembly will feature four new patient awards that reflect the patient population at the hospital today:

Medal of Independence: Reserved for patients who have overcome a catastrophic, disabling neurological injury, such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Prize for Pediatric Progress: A very special prize designed to recognize and award the hospital’s youngest patients who struggle to overcome obstacles and adversity, and amaze with their strength and abilities.

Rehab Technology Trophy: Presented to a patient or patients who have made significant progress toward recovery through the utilization of rehabilitation and/or assistive technology at the hospital.

Continuing Care Cup: Recognizes an individual who has benefited from ongoing therapies, specialty services and a commitment to continuing to get better.

As in previous years, the Spirit of Achievement Award, the hospital’s highest honor, will be presented to the patient, who despite overwhelming odds and challenging circumstances, has demonstrated outstanding courage and determination and excelled in his/her rehabilitation program. The Helen Hayes MacArthur Rose Award, established in 1993 upon Mrs. MacArthur’s death, will also be presented once again to the patient whose love of life and care and concern for others has made a difference in the lives of the hospital’s patients and/or staff.

The public is invited to join our patients, staff, volunteers, local dignitaries, the Helen Hayes Hospital Board of Visitors and Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation at this truly moving and inspirational ceremony. A reception will follow immediately in the hospital’s Noyes Conference Center.