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

Date:           May 16, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.  Good Samaritan is among a select group of just six percent of hospitals in the country to achieve this for a second time and is one of only three on Long Island that currently have Magnet® recognition.

“Magnet® recognition` represents the highest honor a nursing service can receive on a global level, and we believe it truly reflects the hospital’s professional commitment to exemplary nursing practice and patient care,” said Good Samaritan’s Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan.  “To have earned Magnet® recognition originally was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses.  The hospital’s achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

Magnet® status is bestowed by the ANCC on hospitals that satisfy a demanding set of criteria to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.  Achieving Magnet® recognition status means a hospital’s patient care program has been identified as one of the best in the nation.  It underscores the commitment of all staff, within all departments, to continually work together to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of patients and their families.

Good Samaritan Hospital first achieved Magnet® status in 2006.  To qualify, hospitals and health care organizations voluntarily undergo an extensive evaluation of every aspect of their nursing staff, procedures, structure, professional work environment, patient interactions and outcomes.  In order to be redesignated after four years, a facility must undergo the application process again and demonstrate further development of high nursing standards, as well as a resolve to making these part of the hospital’s culture.  In addition to being redesignated, Good Samaritan was recognized by the ANCC for six exemplars of service (best practices). 

 “We are so very proud of each and every one of our nurses for their commitment to the art and science of nursing.  It is truly this professional group, with the support of the entire Good Samaritan staff, that made this possible,” said Hogan.

For more information on nursing services or to learn about nursing opportunities at Good Samaritan, 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.