FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: August 17, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s graduating residents were honored in June at the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon. Many of them won awards for research, distinguishing themselves by advancing medicine within their disciplines. Among the graduates were two residents who demonstrated selfless acts of duty and commitment to the medical center.
From the emergency medicine program, Christopher Hill, DO, stands out. Dr. Hill, chief resident, led other residents by setting the bar high and facing challenges head on in order to further develop the residency program. A team member, he is a natural leader and exceptional educator. His enthusiasm and professionalism filtered throughout the residency program, benefiting his peers’ as well as the attendings.
Dr. Hill has contributed to the professional development of the junior residents. For example, recently, he helped mentor another medical student and guide her in the preparation of an award-winning presentation for a national convention. Although his work warranted accolades for himself, he gave the honors solely to his colleague in recognition of her input. Dr. Hill’s selflessness and modesty in a highly competitive environment are just two of the characteristics that make him an outstanding individual.
Dr. Hill was awarded the Paul S. Mandala Special Achievement Award, named for the doctor who was instrumental in bringing the medical education program to Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Hill was chosen by his peers and mentors as a trainee who excelled in his dedication to and advancement of medicine during his postgraduate training period.
Catherine Caronia, MD, medical director of pediatric critical care services, chairperson of pediatrics and graduate medical education, and associate dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has great respect for Dr. Hill. “He has not just excelled at requirements that were expected. He has gone far beyond them without being asked,” said Dr. Caronia.
Another resident, Erika Loring-Wolf, DO, has been one of the hospital’s advocates since the day she was born at Good Samaritan in 1981. Many at the medical center are familiar with her willingness to help whenever needed. She coordinates the interview process for the pediatric residency program and also gives tours of the hospital. Dr. Loring-Wolf was chief resident of pediatrics in 2009.
One night, a patient needing chest compressions was brought into the Emergency Department. Dr. Loring-Wolf was on the scene and, when she could not assist the patient from a step stool, she climbed up on the gurney to perform chest compressions, even though she was five months pregnant at the time. If not for her quick thinking, caring nature and professional skill, this patient might not have survived.
Dr. Loring-Wolf has been an active volunteer in the Dix Hills Fire Department since she was 18. Her experiences with the fire department are largely what solidified her decision to become a doctor.
Good Samaritan Hospital is fortunate to be honored with such exceptional residents, who elevate the residence program’s caliber, producing compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled physicians. “These graduates will be remembered by other residents and faculty for years,” said Dr. Caronia.
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 more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 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 the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides more than $54 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.