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


Date:           February 10, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is offering a free lecture on the Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease on Thursday, February 24.  Presented by Larry Altschul, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Director of Cardiology and Newell Robinson, MD, St. Francis Hospital Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  The recent approval from the State Hospital Review and Planning Council to develop an open heart surgery program in conjunction with St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, will further extend cardiac services at Good Samaritan.

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease, is a condition where plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries.  Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure and arrhythmias.  CAD is the most common type of heart disease.  It's the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.  Lifestyle changes, medicines, and/or medical procedures can effectively prevent or treat CAD in most people.

The medical center’s fully integrated cardiovascular service offers superior, comprehensive care, making it the destination for excellence in heart health.  Good Samaritan was the first community hospital in Suffolk County to offer both elective angioplasty and cardiac rehabilitation and has consistently delivered the best outcomes for these procedures.  Patients across the county turn to Good Samaritan for a variety of cardiology services such as angioplasty, temporary pacemaker insertion, electrophysiology studies, stress testing, EKG testing and more.

The lecture will be at 6:00 pm, 1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip.  Complimentary light refreshments will be available. 
For more information and to register, 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 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

Good Samaritan provides more than $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.