Good Samaritan Hospital



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

Date:           July 26, 2010


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is encouraging current and former patients to nominate a doctor who embodies certain qualities for the hospital’s Physician of the Quarter program.  The program’s objective is to recognize affiliated physicians who have provided outstanding service and support to patients, as well as demonstrating compassion.

Physician of QuarterThe most recent honoree, Borimir Darakchiev, MD, was nominated by one of his patients, Lucinda Burrowes, for “being a skilled, compassionate surgeon.”  Dr. Darakchiev cared for Ms. Burrowes and closely monitored her progress, not only in relation to her surgery but also for her total well-being.  Ms. Burrowes said, “Having Dr. Darakchiev as my neurosurgeon was better than winning the lottery.”  Dr. Darakchiev was presented with a plaque as winner of the hospital’s Physician of the Quarter program, while Ms. Burrowes, as the nominator, received a check for $100.

Throughout the year, the hospital will continue to recognize affiliated physicians who have gone above and beyond to help their patients.  Good Samaritan is accepting letters of nominations (no longer than 300 words) from patients wishing to nominate their doctors.  Specific examples of how these physicians have exceeded their normal duties are requested.  The patient selected and his/her doctor will be invited to a special ceremony and have their story published in Good Samaritan’s community newsletter, Good News From Good Sam, and on the hospital’s website. 

Letters should be typed or printed legibly and contain the nominator’s name, address and phone number. 

For more information about the Physician of the Quarter program, please call (631) 376-4104.

 Nominations can be mailed to:
        Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
        Office of Public & External Affairs
        Physician of the Quarter
        1000 Montauk Highway
        West Islip, NY 11795

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan affiliated physician Borimir Darakchiev, MD, nominator Lucinda Burrowes, and Good Samaritan’s Medical Staff President Catherine Caronia, MD.


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 more than 30,000 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
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.