|I grew up in this neighborhood & was a candystriper & then a pink lady volunteer at Maimonides. One of the first assignments was testing urine in the lab. In those days urine was collected in a glass bottle. It was summer with no air conditioning & boy did it smell when the bottles were opened! I couldn't eat dinner that night because the smell remained in my nose. In fact, I'm still not fond of apple juice after that experience. Later on I worked in the emergency room where I was taught how to maintain a sterile field for suturing( I didn't actually do this but was shown). I remember a woman hit by a car & her open leg overflowing with fat cells. I put in over 750 volunteer hours & learned a lot here. My most exciting memory is meeting Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz who performed the first pediatric heart transplant. Now I've come back to Maimonides as an employee for the last 3 years.
-- Patricia Blanck