FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: July 29, 2011
West Islip, NY – When he and his friends were attached by a grizzly bear in the Alaskan wilderness, 17-year-old Simeon Melman acted quickly, using the training he learned at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. The hospital’s junior volunteer performed first aid for more than six hours to assist his badly mauled companions until rescuers arrived. For these actions, Melman earned the hospital’s “Helping Hands, Caring Hearts” award. He has volunteered at Good Samaritan since 2010 in the Intensive Care Unit and received CPR and first aid training.
Asked how he was able to stay calm under the circumstances, Melman responded, “I followed the example set by medical staff at the hospital, I put my game face on and did what needed to be done.”
Melman, joined by his proud parents Good Samaritan affiliated surgeon Alexander S. Melman, MD, and Julia Melman, accepted a plaque following words of commendation from Good Samaritan Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD, and Gail Sullivan, president of the Central Council of the Guilds. “Mr. Melman is a true ‘Good Samaritan’, putting the well-being of others before himself,” said Caldas.
Junior volunteers at Good Samaritan have the opportunity to enhance their personal development and learn skills that assist the hospital in providing its important services to the community.
“Kids need to volunteer, it exposes them to valuable opportunities that will inevitably enhance their lives,” said Dr. Melman.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.
Pictured (L-R): Gail Sullivan, president of the Central Council of the Guilds, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD, award recipient, Simeon Melman and Good Samaritan Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas.
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 nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department 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 provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010. 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.