The Helmsley Health Center
Camp Nejeda's Helmsley Health Center opened in 2011 thanks to an extraordinary $1.2 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Helmsley Health Center serves as 'home base' for Camp Nejeda's medical team and is staffed 24 hours a day during camp sessions.
Counselors come to the health center to re-stock their backpacks with supplies to test blood glucose and treat low blood glucose, including glucose tabs, cheese crackers and test strips. Most campers and staff visit the Helmsley Health Center at least every other day for insulin pump infusion set changes and as needed for non-diabetes related medical care.
The Helmsley Health Center's first floor includes an entrance lobby; two bathrooms, including one that is handicapped accessible; two “pump rooms” to accommodate the steadily increasing number of campers using insulin pumps; two sick rooms to provide separate space for boys and girls; an office/consultation room; storage for pump supplies; and new laundry facilities.
The second floor includes dormitory-style rooms for up to 36 people, four full baths, a small common area with a kitchenette, and a deck overlooking Saddlebag Lake. During the summer, up to 18 nurses and other health care professionals live in the health center.
The entire building is fully climate-controlled to ensure a clean, comfortable environment in which to provide medical care and to store medications, supplies and medical devices that are sensitive to both temperature and humidity.
Camp Nejeda's Original Health Center
Camp Nejeda's orginal health center was built in 1968 to accommodate our campers' health care needs at a time when there were fewer types of insulin, only one delivery system (syringes) and blood glucose testing was approximated through urine testing once a day.
The 2,100 sq. ft., cement block structure included a lobby dominated by a large counter with sinks to dispose of campers’ urine samples, one small room that served as an exam room/insulin pump infusion site change room, 2 1/2 small bathrooms, one 2-bed sick room, and a tiny apartment to house up to six nurses.
For more than 40 years, the building remined open while staff treated campers with more complex diabetes management in a space that was outdated and too small. It is a testament to our dedicated medical staff that Camp Nejeda maintained the highest standards of diabetes care despite the building's limitations.
On behalf of the entire Nejeda community, we extend our most sincere thanks to the trustees and staff of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for their investment in Camp Nejeda's facilities and their vote of confidence in the value of Camp Nejeda's educational and empowering programs!