News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: April 7, 2010
West Islip, NY - More than 30 years ago, the Cradle Club became a standing committee of the Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Still going strong today, the Cradle Club congratulates new mothers and offers them membership for $3.00. This membership donation permits the Guild to contribute funds for new Medical Center equipment and programs for the care of our mothers and newborn infants. Also available, is a special offer for a hospital certificate commemorating the birth of the baby, and annual birthday cards for the child until age five.
Angie Falcone is the current Cradle Club chairperson and treasurer. Dedicated volunteers write personalize cards to new moms and prepare individual birth certificates. In addition, the Cradle Club finances the projects for newborns including handmade felt holiday buntings in Easter eggs, pumpkins and Christmas stockings that newborns are presented with when leaving the hospital. This wonderful service adds extra love and care to the Good Samaritan’s mother/baby experience.
Good Samaritan Hospital’s new moms Jennifer Muratore and Angelica Adames were given Easter egg buntings for their first born. The holiday buntings are made with love by the Guilds Projects for Newborns volunteers.
The Guilds of Good Samaritan are a group of men and women who volunteer their time and service for the benefit of Good Samaritan. The volunteers have been working for the Medical Center since 1958, one year before its opening. In addition to donating their own time, they coordinate and organize fundraisers ranging from card parties and garage sales to annual events such as the Ladies’ Golf Tournament, Holiday Gift Wrap at the South Shore Mall and bake and plant sales. These events have raised more than $7,000,000 to benefit the programs and services of Good Samaritan Hospital over the last four decades.
For more information about the Cradle Club and the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, call 631-376-3659.
Pictured left to right: (front) Jennifer Muratore with son, Anthony Joseph Muratore, Angelica Adames with daughter, Cristina, (back) Good Samaritan Hospital’s Pediatric Nurse Peggy DeFonte, RN, The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Projects for Newborns Lee Sammartino, Good Samaritan Hospital Cradle Club volunteers Evelyn App and Marguerite Toscano and Good Samaritan Hospital’s Pediatric Nurse Cindy Vesey, RN.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.