FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: June 9, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Patricia Litwack, BS, MPA, CPNP, was recently honored by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) at the Woodbury Country Club as a nominee for the 2010 Nurse of Excellence Award. NSHC began in 1955 as an advocacy organization empowered to safeguard the interests of its member hospitals and to better plan, coordinate and finance health care services on Long Island for the residents of the region. Nomination for this award is based on several criteria, including significant achievement within a specific area of nursing and the demonstration of leadership and quality performance. Ms. Litwack was honored from a field of more than 500 nurses at hospitals from across Long Island.
Ms. Litwack’s involvement in improving pediatric care has evolved as she has successively held staff nurse, educator and manager positions in labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics and pediatric intensive care. In these various roles at several facilities, she implemented a Pediatric Step-Down Unit to support Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, established a pediatric oncology program that included bone marrow transplants and eventually coordinated a maternal fetal internship program. In the interest of further advancing the critical care skills of the nurses in the delivery suite, Ms. Litwack developed an obstetrical critical care and ECG course to ensure the highest standard of nursing care for high-risk mothers and babies. With a special interest in pediatric nursing, she completed a post-master’s certificate program for pediatric nurse practitioners.
Specializing in pediatric gastroenterology in Good Samaritan’s offsite, busy Pediatric Specialty Care Center, Ms. Litwack provides initial assessment and follow-up to a large portion of the 5,500 patients in the gastroenterology division. She is frequently consulted for clinical support by the inpatient staff. Evidence-based practice, best practices and nursing research drive her approach. She is a charter member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and actively participates in review and approval of proposals. Ms. Litwack is a principal investigator of an ongoing study, “Functional Gastrointestinal Complaints in Pediatric Patients With ADHD,” and serves as study coordinator for several clinical trials. She published a peer-reviewed article, “Acquired Zinc Deficiency in Full-Term Newborns From Decreased Zinc Content in Breast Milk,” in Cutis Journal (2007).
Ms. Litwack works tirelessly to maintain the highest quality care for pediatric patients. She also helps mentor novice researchers and fosters nursing research in every venue. Her leadership is largely responsible for the growth of advanced-practice nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital, and she represents the qualities of achievement, leadership and the positive image of nursing that define the NSHC’s Nurse of Excellence Award.
Pictured: (L-R) NSHC Nurse Executive Committee and Southampton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Patient Care Services Patricia Darcy, Good Samaritan Hospital’s 2010 Nurse of Excellence Nominee Patricia Litwack, Good Samaritan Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Senior Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Gara Edelstein.
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 the 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.