FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
Director, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: June 5, 2012
West Islip, NY – It took six weeks as a nurse’s aide in Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) for West Islip resident Joanne Deacon, RN, to realize her life’s calling. She enrolled in Flushing Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing and following her graduation in 1966, Ms. Deacon joined Good Sam as a staff nurse and was promoted to nurse manager and later ED supervisor. She saw the hospital grow from infancy, with 175 beds to its 437 beds today. She retired on June 1 after 46 years of hospital service.
“Joanne’s contributions to Good Samaritan over the past 46 years have been invaluable and she will be missed,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Pat Hogan, RN.
In 1990 Ms. Deacon transitioned to a new role at Good Sam leaving the ED to become employee health coordinator. During her nearly five decades of service to the hospital she saw seven major expansions which included the 120-bed Baxter Pavilion, five-story addition of new operating rooms, pediatric department, 29,000 square foot Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma and new Department of Imaging Center.
Ms. Deacon recently celebrated her retirement with many of her colleagues and friends.
Good Samaritan Hospital Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Pat Hogan, RN and Joanne Deacon, RN.
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 2011. 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 $43 million in community service and charity care in 2011. 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.