FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: June 11, 2010
West Islip, NY – The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) recently presented the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center with its statewide Auxiliary Recognition Certificate. This honor acknowledged individual auxiliaries for their contributions to specific health care facilities and communities.
Guild Central Council President Gail Fifer Sullivan stated, “We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition from HANYS. The Guilds of Good Samaritan are a dedicated group of individuals who provided more than 56,000 hours of volunteer service to the medical center in 2009.”
From March 2008 to March 2009, the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital raised more than $300,000 for the medical center. Funds were generated through bake sales, vendor sales, the annual holiday fair and the volunteer-run thrift shop and gift shop. In addition to providing valuable services, these activities help enhance awareness of the prominent role of health care facilities in the community. Throughout New York state, more than 230 health care auxiliaries are affiliated with HANYS, which serves as the key statewide advocate for more than 550 nonprofit and public hospitals, health systems, nursing facilities, home care agencies, hospice and adult day care programs, and other related facilities throughout New York state.
For more information on becoming a volunteer member of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.
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.