FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: October 22, 2010
West Islip, NY –Two patients at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center were thrilled to help the Child Life team unpack a box of beautiful and cuddly teddy bears that were sent to the hospital’s pediatric patients by the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Teddy Bear Program is only one of many ways that Starlight helps to make hospitalization easier for children and their families. “Starlight collaborates with Good Samaritan’s Child Life team throughout the year on many projects, large and small, from hosting fun centers, game systems and movies, to helping fund the pediatric garden and horticultural therapy programs, making the hospital environment more comfortable and enjoyable for our youngest patients,” said Joan Alpers, director of Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program.
Pictured (L-R): Lexia Snyder and Auyon Haque.
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.