Diocese of Rockville Centre

Office of Communications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         

Contact: Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
                                       
Date:           December 9, 2011

West Islip, NY – Following a win at home the night before, New York Islanders forwards Michael Grabner and Marty Reasoner, along with defenseman Mark Eaton, spent an afternoon delivering toys they personally selected in the pediatric unit at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.  The professional hockey players were friendly and personable, making the children feel special.
  
Islanders“It’s so important when the community recognizes these kids are sick, especially over the holidays,” said Good Samaritan Hospital’s Child Life Program Director Joan Alpers.  “It’s especially exciting when stars come to the unit to spend some time.” 

Among those visited was Siena Caballero, with her parents, Sharon and Anthony.  Mrs. Caballero’s dad, Eugene, has been an Islanders fan since the earliest days of the team’s existence, and little Siena often watches Islanders games with her grandfather.  The visit from these athletes lifted the spirits of the entire family and brought cheer. 

“Visiting with the children is my favorite thing to do all year.  Being able to put smiles on the faces of both kids and their parents, even for a moment, makes it all worth it,” said Grabner.

The players went from room to room, discussing sports, TV episodes, how often they get hurt in a game and whatever else the children wanted to talk about.  For more information about Good Samaritan’s Child Life Program, call (631) 376-4444.

New York Islanders Marty Reasoner, Mark Eaton and Michael Grabner (in jerseys), during visit to Good Samaritan Hospital’s pediatric unit.

 

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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.

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