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

Date:           April 19, 2011

West Islip, NY – Following the birth of her twins, Ann Marie Hopkins was dismayed to learn that they were diagnosed with chronic lung disease and other life-threatening issues.  What was even more alarming was that her son, Christopher, took a turn for the worse.  Fortunately, the neonatologist—who is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center—was
Prabhu Mehta, MD.

“Dr. Mehta and his team took control of a very difficult situation,” Mrs. Hopkins said.   “He didn’t give up helping this 1 lb., 9 oz. baby.” 

 The twins are now happy, strong, healthy children.  “Dr. Mehta and his team are the ones who made that possible,” stated Mrs. Hopkins.  She was so grateful that she nominated Dr. Mehta for Good Samaritan’s Physician of the Quarter program.  As the winner, he was presented with a plaque, while Mrs. Hopkins, as the nominator, received a check for $100.

Good Samaritan Hospital encourages current and former patients to nominate a doctor who embodies certain qualities for its Physician of the Quarter program.  The objective is to recognize compassionate physicians who have provided outstanding care to patients.

Throughout the year, the hospital will continue to recognize 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 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) 376-4444.

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

Good Samaritan’s Physician of the Quarter Program

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital’s Medical Staff President Catherine Caronia, MD,
Good Samaritan affiliated physician, Prabhu Mehta, MD, and Ann Marie and Christopher Hopkins, holding son, Christopher, and daughter, Jenna.


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 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.