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

Date:           May 13, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently held its annual Outstanding Nursing Excellence Awards ceremony.  The winners represent an array of nursing roles at the medical center.  Candidates were nominated based on their achievements and chosen because of the exceptional qualities they exemplify.

“Those selected encompass the Magnet® qualities of professionalism and the goal of pursuing lifelong learning.  Everyone is a mentor and team player,” stated Karen Lange, CMSRN, MS, NE-BC.  “They go that extra mile in providing for patients and their colleagues in pursuit of the highest quality of care and patient satisfaction.”

“My 18-year nursing career at Good Samaritan has been so rewarding.  I have gotten back as much as I have given,” said the Critical Care Unit’s Caroline Stenchever, RN, BS, who was honored as the Outstanding Clinical Nurse.

As a result of the degree of excellence achieved by the nursing staff, Good Samaritan has been a Magnet® designated hospital since 2006 and recently received redesignation.  This puts Good Samaritan in a select group of approximately six percent of hospitals across the United States to have Magnet® status and only three on Long Island.  In addition, the medical center was recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for six exemplars of service (best practices). 

“The hospital’s mission is to deliver compassionate care.  Good Samaritan’s nurses provide health care in a wide variety of settings—including critical care, surgery, obstetrics, primary care, emergency medicine and dialysis—around the clock, every day,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan.
For more information on nursing services or to learn about nursing opportunities at Good Samaritan, please call (631) 376-4444.

Nurses Outstanding Awards

Pictured (L-R, standing): Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan, Karen Fitzgerald, RN, Amy Ormond, RN, Donna Stapleton, RN, Caroline Stenchever, RN, Grace Keller, RN, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD; (L-R, seated): Geraldine Rohan, RN, Heather Parry, NA, Carolyn Mormino, LPN, and Florence Jardeleza, RN (Ann Higgins, RN, not pictured).


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.