Amy Purdy

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift-that’s why they call it “the present’”

My whole life I have always considered myself a caring person.  The decision to become a social worker was an easy one for me.  Originally from Long Island, NY, I attended The University of Albany for my undergraduate degree.  I later graduated from Adelphi University where I received a Masters in Social Work.  Throughout my education I had numerous internships that helped me realize that social work was the right fit for me.

I have been a social worker at Saint Vincent’s CF Center, in New York City, for over 10 years.  There are over 170 cystic fibrosis patients where I work full time for the center.  This has allowed me to form many great relationships with my patients to the point where I know what there favorite flavor of bubble gum is.  I have the opportunity to work with various issues including; medical insurance, medication compliance, educating families on CF, transplant issues, and just being there for the patients.

Having CF definitely complicates aspects of a person’s life and that takes a toll on patients in many different ways.  I try my best to make my patients feel better, whether they are adolescence, who I am teaching the importance of being compliant, or dealing with parents, who are feeling guilty or overwhelmed.  It is my job to take the daily stress off of patients by becoming like a personal assistant. 

Learn more about Amy…

What is your favorite holiday?
Easter

What is your favorite food?
Pickles

Favorite past time?
Tennis

Do you have a nickname?
Aimes

What one word would best describe you?
Cheerful

What is your favorite movie?
Hunt for Red October

Who is your role model?
My sister

What is your favorite type of music?
Elton John

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