Dr. Barbara Galantowicz has been warmly welcomed as “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council. Dr. Galantowicz, of Mount Gilead, Ohio, has worked in the healthcare industry for an impressive 26 years with 4 of these being in her current role as Medical Director at Flying Horses Farms.
Dr. Galantowicz grew up in Europe where she knew throughout her childhood that she aspired to become a doctor as she has always been passionate about helping children. However, when living in Europe, she was unable to fulfill this dream and instead studied biology in Geneva, where she began to work as a teacher. She was given a second chance at her aspiration when she met her husband, who was a medical school, and they married and moved to the United States. Therefore, she attended Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and gained her MD in 1990. In addition, Dr. Galantowicz has also completed a Residency, work in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Campus. Her experience in this field is confirmed by her certification in pediatrics.
Flying Horse Farms are passionate about providing children with debilitating illnesses and their families with respite and memorable experiences. Flying Horse Farms provide a camp for these children free of charge. The camp has been successful right from the start in 2010 and looks after an impressive 900 young people and their families every year. A wide variety of children are welcomed to the camp and all their needs will be catered for such as those who have heart conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and many more- offering them unique opportunities. Eight of the Children’s hospitals in Ohio and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh recognize the importance of this program and offer their support. The WellNest is the name for the on-site healthcare facility which is run by industry leaders from the local area and the Midwest- ensuring all those who attend are well cared for. To provide respite for these children, they can partake in activities such as arts and crafts, boating, swimming and high ropes- there is something for everyone. To ensure only the best is given to these children, the camp is always compliant with the Seriousfun children’s worldwide network of camps.
The daily tasks of Dr. Galantowicz include providing personal and hands-on care for the children that come to the facility and adapting her care depending on the needs of the child as her expertise lie in pediatrics. As Dr. Galantowicz is medical director, she is also responsible for writing policies and procedures, ensuring there is well equipped pharmacy and coordinating the laboratory. This is alongside her management responsibilities which include running the medical camp team, ensuring non-medical staff and those on educational programs are well trained and recruiting additional medical volunteers. Furthermore, Dr. Galantowicz is an active contributor to the SeriousFun Children’s network so that all camps of this nature are providing the best care possible for children with serious conditions alongside developing their independence, confidence and resilience.
Dr. Galantowicz is incredibly proud of what she has achieved in this rewarding profession as she has been able to establish a medically-safe environment for children who previously may not have been able to leave their home due to the specialist needs. Not only does this help with their physical care, but also supports their mental and spiritual development. Dr. Galantowicz was awarded in 2016 the Health Care Achievement Award in recognition of her successes and she has also been included in Ohio CEO Magazine. To continue developing her knowledge, Dr. Galantowicz is a member of The American Association of Physicians and The Ohio Association of American Physicians. She attributes these vast successes to accepting choices, her determined nature and the hard work she has put into the organizations and her career.
Dr. Galantowicz is proud to have raised 4 children and to relax, she loves to spend time with her family and travelling as well as hiking and skiing. She is passionate about working with charities so alongside her work with Flying Horse Farms she is also involved with Marafiki Orphanage, Seriousfun children’s network, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Stephanie Spielman Fund for breast cancer and Special Olympics as well as others.
In the next five years, professionally, Dr. Galantowicz wants to expand the camp further so it can cater for additional children as well as trying to secure increased funding for the program. She is also keen to start a global initiative with her husband.
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Medical Director at Flying Horses Farms
- Flying Horse Farms provides trans formative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge.
- Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, The camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year.
- The children who attend camp have illnesses including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and craniofacial anomalies.
Serious Fun Children’s Network
- The SeriousFun global family of camps and programs helps children and their families reach beyond illness to discover joy, confidence and new possibilities.
- The SeriousFun global family is designed to foster independence, resilience and personal growth, helping children to see beyond the limits of their medical conditions and experience all that life has to offer.
- The American Association of Physicians
- The Ohio Association of American Physicians