FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: November 8, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology recently received full/three-year recertification from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for both pediatric and fetal echocardiography. Good Samaritan was the first health care provider on Long Island to receive certification by ICAEL and the first to successfully earn recertification. This recognition supports Good Samaritan’s commitment to advanced, accurate testing for the diagnosis of heart conditions in the smallest patients.
This achievement recognizes the hard work that the center’s four board certified pediatric cardiologists and certified echocardiography technicians have invested in developing an outstanding pediatric cardiology program. The Center for Pediatric Specialty Care is Suffolk County’s largest pediatric specialty facility of its kind. Conditions such as murmurs, and congenital and acquired heart diseases are evaluated with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, Holter monitoring and stress tests. A cardiology risk reduction program is available for children with high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension and a family history of early-onset adult cardiac disease. Fetal echocardiography makes it possible to diagnose malformed hearts in babies before birth.
“When parents bring their child to our board certified pediatric cardiologists, they are assured the imaging is performed in an accredited echocardiography laboratory, they can feel confident that their child received the finest care available,” stated Barry Goldberg, MD, director, the Center of Pediatric Specialty Care and the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
Good Samaritan Hospital’s commitment to excellence in pediatric care is evidenced through its comprehensive pediatric programs. For every medical need, from emergencies and critical care to specialized outpatient treatment, the pediatric services at Good Samaritan use the medical center’s extensive resources in cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, infant/child development and sleep disorders to provide optimal medical care for children.
For more information on Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care and its Division of Pediatric Cardiology, 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.