FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104         

Date:           January 31, 2011
 

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center a Magnet™ designated hospital– professional nursing’s highest honor, achieved by fewer than six percent of U.S. hospitals– continues to achieve top scores in the outpatient quality surgery program, as reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Good Samaritan has stringent measures in place to ensure patient safety during surgical procedures.  The Department of Surgery is staffed by more than 100 surgical specialists in 12 separate specialty divisions.  Good Samaritan is a high-volume facility, delivering a combination of superior surgical outcomes with the benefit of the hospital’s comprehensive resources behind each procedure.

According to the most recent publicly reported data from www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov, Good Samaritan Hospital’s average score for providing the recommended surgical care to patients as measured by CMS was four percentage points higher than that for both NYS and the nation as a whole.  Also, the hospital’s surgical site infection statistics are better than the national average.

By meeting the requirements resulting in earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, Good Samaritan demonstrates compliance to higher standards than freestanding surgical centers by providing backup and an expert level of expertise.  A current trend in health care delivery in the United States has shifted toward the outpatient setting; ambulatory surgery in particular has been an area of immense growth.  At Good Samaritan, such procedures are performed by board certified pain specialists in dedicated operating rooms, with the full services of the medical center available as needed. 
In addition, the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, with eight dedicated beds, four operating rooms and a pain management suite, accommodates patients undergoing special procedures such as cardiac studies, interventional radiology procedures and blood transfusions.  There is also a full-service endoscopy unit, which is specially equipped and staffed to provide expert gastroenterological care to adults and children. 

 The Division of General Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality of care to patients.  In each Good Samaritan operating room, the latest advances are incorporated into surgical procedures.  The medical center provides backup and level of expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes. The surgical staff provides compassionate, comprehensive care daily at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

For more information about patient safety and surgical services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.

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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 2010.  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 $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.