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

Date:           March 31, 2011


West Islip, NY
– “The exciting journey through motherhood brings with it many new challenges,” said new mom Jennifer Muccioli, who recently delivered at Good Samaritan.

In appreciation for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s services, Ms. Muccioli and Diane Greene, whom Ms. Muccioli met through the hospital’s perinatal program, organized the Good Sam Mommy Social Club to raise funds to support Good Samaritan’s Perinatal Education Center.  To acknowledge the importance of this new community partnership, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation recently hosted a “mommies’ social”, thanking the ladies for their generosity.  The club presented a check to the Foundation for $1,000 to purchase new educational materials.

“Good Sam’s Perinatal Education Center enabled us to form a community,” stated Ms. Muccioli.  “What once seemed like an uphill road to travel alone has now been transformed, with new friends who help each other along the way.  If you had asked me a year ago today how many ‘mom friends’ I had, I would have answered, ‘Zero’.   Now, thanks to Good Sam, I have 30!”

The services provided so conscientiously by the perinatal education staff have brought together former strangers, who now want to give back to the community.  Partnerships such as this are essential to sustaining Good Sam’s ability to deliver the care needed.  The establishment of the Good Sam Mommy Social Club is an inspiration to all.

“We are blessed to have the help of Good Samaritan’s Perinatal Education Coordinator Karen Kaplan and her team,” stated Ms. Muccioli.
Good Samaritan Hospital’s Perinatal Education Center has been providing educational and moral support to expectant couples, new parents and their families.  These programs have had a profound effect on the lives of many. 

For more information on The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s community partnerships such as the Good Sam Mommy Social Club, please call (631) 376- 4365.


Pictured ( L-R):  Jennifer Muccioli, Diane Greene, Executive Director of The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Kathy Dulanto, Perinatal Education Coordinator Karen Kaplan, RN, MS, and Nursing Director, Maternal Child Arlene Costello,RN.


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.