FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: December 9, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently held its eighth annual lighting of the Nativity scene in anticipation of Christmas. Employees of the medical center were joined by representatives from the community, including Suffolk County Assemblyman Philip Boyle and Town of Islip Treasurer Angie Carpenter. Following the singing of carols, accompanied by Sr. Mary Anna Euring on the flute, Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Administration Dominick Alese introduced Fr. Cletus Nwaogwligwu, who blessed the crèche and the group. A choir from St. John the Baptist High School sang “Silent Night” and were invited by Mr. Alese to assist in formally lighting the display.
“The Nativity lighting is one of the hallmarks of Good Samaritan’s being a Catholic institution,” noted Mr. Alese, after welcoming guests, who braved the cold to participate.
Members of the medical center’s Board of Trustees, Good Samaritan physicians, administration personnel and other employees were among those who attended. All were invited to continue the festivities in the main lobby of the hospital, with complimentary Christmas tree ornament keepsakes, cookies and hot chocolate.
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 95,000 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 more than $54 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.