FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Date:           December 20, 2011



West Islip, NY
– The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently presented $65,000 to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to support the hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department.  This gift brought the Guilds’ 2011 donations to a total of $221,000 for various programs, including pediatrics, maternity, women’s imaging and emergency medicine.  Made up of volunteers from surrounding communities, the Guilds have helped sustain the hospital for more than 50 years.

“The Guilds not only raise money for the hospital but also are the best ambassadors in communicating the mission within the community,” said Foundation Board Member Henry C. Schreiber, Jr.

This most recent Guild donation will enhance the emergency care of pediatric patients.  It will enable the acquisition of an Olympic Cool-Cap® system to be administered to newborns within the first six hours of life.  This treatment can prevent or significantly reduce the severity of injury to the nervous system from inadequate oxygen.  The Guilds’ donation will also support the use of nitrous oxide.  This mild sedation provides comfort for pediatric patients who must undergo painful procedures.

Good Samaritan ensures that pediatric patients, from newborns to adolescents, receive expert care close to home.  Services include pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, hematology, treatment for sleep and breathing disorders, developmental care, and allergy and asthma treatment.  The hospital also cares for special-needs children and has the most extensive perinatal and neonatal services in southern Suffolk County. 
For more information on the Guilds and volunteer opportunities at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.

2011 Guild Donation

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President, Administration, Joseph Loiacono, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Executive Director Kathy Dulanto, Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital President Gail Sullivan, Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Vice President and CAO Nancy Simmons, Foundation Board Member Henry C. Schreiber, Jr., and Foundation Board Secretary Terese Weber.

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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 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.