|EPIC Long Island Moves into New Home|
|Thursday, 19 June 2014 23:53|
EPIC Long Island, which provides a wide range of clinical, community, rehabilitation and residential services to those with epilepsy, developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, celebrated the grand opening of their new offices at 1500 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, Long Island last week. This location will house the agency’s administrative offices, Day Habilitation program and developmental disability and mental health clinics.
On hand for the official ribbon–cutting ceremony were local elected officials, including Town Supervisor, Kate Murray and members of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce. The move to East Meadow was prompted by EPIC’s rapid growth in both the number and types of people they serve, beyond those with epilepsy.
“We now serve about 1,000 individuals in our developmental disability clinic, 170 people in our mental health clinic, over 130 individuals in our residential program and over 115 disabled adults in our Day Services programs. We simply needed a larger space and were fortunate that this beautiful building was available,” says Paul Giotis, EPIC’s Chief Operating Officer. “It was in amazing shape, it had quality workmanship, and we were able to purchase some very high-end furnishings from Lukoil at a great price.”
The newly renovated, two-story structure was once home to the beverage company Snapple, and its most recent occupant was the Russian oil company Lukoil. The EPIC administrative staff was easily moved into the existing second floor offices but the entire first floor and some of the top floor had to be gutted to better meet the needs of the people served at their clinics and Day Habilitation program.
For the Day Habilitation program, EPIC custom-fit nine activity rooms, each with a specific instructional theme so that developmentally-disabled adults can acquire new vocational and creative skills in a fun but structured setting. The renovated activity rooms include a computer lab, coffee shop, beauty parlor, plant nursery, arts and crafts studio, a newsroom, a relaxation room, exercise room and a library.
“The best part of the move for me has been seeing the faces of the people we serve light up as they enter our new facility,” continues Giotis. “The purchase of this building after renting for so many years is a reflection of our corporate culture and a staff who are so happy to dedicate their lives to the enrichment of others. That’s why we chose ‘Extraordinary People in Care’ as our new tagline because it defines both our outstanding staff and the very special people we serve. Other projects are on the horizon as we continue to grow and offer a more diverse array of services.”