FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: September 23, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The accreditation is based on the achievement of high practice standards, including the caliber of work being performed by physicians, medical physicists and other experts as well as staff efficiency, quality assurance programs and adequacy of space.
The 34,000 members of the ACR include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For more than three quarters of a century, the ACR has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. The accreditation process is voluntary and yet rigorous, with fewer than 50 percent of applying facilities succeeding after 1 request.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Good Samaritan Hospital is responsive to patients’ concerns. This accreditation demonstrates the medical center’s commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction through the use of highly qualified staff, suitable equipment and strict adherence to safety assurance and guidelines.
The department, led by board certified, university-trained physicians, offers a support staff of experienced, specialized oncology certified registered nurses, certified radiation therapists who are specialists in the delivery of radiation treatments, certified PhD and master’s level physicists, and certified dosimetrists. Staff offer the highest quality of individual care with compassion, dignity and respect, and provide both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic services to adult and geriatric patients.
Good Samaritan Hospital is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and earned the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award. These programs are focused on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services and end-of-life care.
In addition, Good Samaritan Hospital earned a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC designation, administered by the American College of Surgeons, is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
For more information about radiation oncology and other cancer services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.
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.