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

Date:           January 14, 2011


West Islip, NY – In addition to being a NYS Designated Stroke Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines ® Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.  This award signifies that Good Samaritan has achieved at least 12 consecutive months of compliance excellence in adhering to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and Quality Measures.

“Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to providing the best care for stroke patients in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® –Stroke program helps to accomplish this,” said Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Care and Quality Management Susan Dries, RN.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke–that’s 1 every 45 seconds.  Every three minutes, someone in the United States dies from stroke.  Quick treatment improves the chances of survival and may reduce the amount of disability resulting from a stroke.  Good Sam’s team can quickly deliver the care that is needed.

Many resources for the prevention and treatment of stroke are offered at Good Samaritan.  Its initiatives include screenings, lectures and other means of identifying risks.  The Department of Emergency Medicine provides the critical care needed in an urgent stroke situation.  The Radiology Department offers advanced, low-dosage CT scanning and other diagnostic imaging, including MRIs.  Additionally, patients who are recovering from stroke receive services such as short- and long-term home health care, speech and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

In a recent development, Good Samaritan Hospital has been granted approval from the State Hospital Review and Planning Council to develop an open heart surgery program, allowing St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, to bring its award-winning surgical program to the area.

For more information on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke, or any other Good Samaritan service, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit
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 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.