News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: May 5, 2010
West Islip, NY – Girl Scout Troop 2419, a group of fifth graders from St. Rose of Lima Elementary School in Massapequa, recently made a generous donation to pediatric patients in the Child Life Program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. The Girl Scouts collected toys before and after Sunday masses’ one weekend collecting more than $1,000 worth of donations, and also had individual toy drives in their neighborhoods, with family and friends. They designed the flyers after asking what items the Child Life Program needed, using cash donations to purchase additional toys. The culmination of their efforts was an overwhelming success!
The troop project was undertaken in order to qualify for the Junior Bronze Award, the highest award junior scouts can earn. Scout parent Kim Christ fully supported the girls’ effort. “I wanted to give back to the hospital for the wonderful care my six-year-old daughter, Lauren, received at Good Samaritan,” said Mrs. Christ, adding “Lauren, is a SamaraKids patient and required hospitalization up to a week at a time.”
Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program focuses on a childs’ entire health care experience, including medical, emotional and even social aspects. It promotes stress reduction for pediatric patients, their parents and their siblings. They use tools familiar to childhood, such as art, music, play and education. The Child Life Program also creates a feeling of well-being for the patient and family in the hospital by providing soothing and stimulating spaces to aid healing and relaxation. “Without the playroom, my daughter’s days would have seemed so much longer. The playroom distracted her from the difficult treatments and not being able to go home,” commented Ms. Christ.
“I have met many Girl Scout troops and leaders through their donations, but I have never seen a troop project with this much commitment and organization. The girls thought of everything, especially what children need while in the hospital,” said Joan Alpers, director of the Child Life Program.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program, please call (631) 376-4104.
Pictured: Front row (kneeling) left to right: Kailyn Kobs, Alison Seney, Julia Ewen; front row (standing) left to right: Julia DeFelice, Lauren Christ, Mary Ana McGrath, Katie Christ, Sarah Squicciarini, Emily O'Connor, Kristin McCarty; back row (standing) left to right: Good Samaritan Hospital Director of Child Life Program Joan Alpers, Jessica Brower, Lauren Kryger, Maggie Westerman, Robyn Breuchert, Samantha DeNinno, Kim Christ.
Not pictured: Juniors Bridgette Moran and Gabriella Valentine and co-leaders Tricia Squicciarini and Paula DeFelice.
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 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 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 our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $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.