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

Date:           May 17, 2011

West Islip, NY – Rachel and Matt Ezelius of North Babylon were twice blessed on Mother’s Day, with the arrival of their second son, Maddox, at 1:25 pm, weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz., at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.  In honor of the babies born on Mother’s Day, the medical center presented each mom with a rose.

“I was not due until May 25.  The nurses were great at reducing my anxiety and preparing me for my early delivery.  Their thoughtfulness was much appreciated and was an added bonus on such a special day,” said Mrs. Ezelius.

Approximately 3,000 babies are safely delivered annually at Good Samaritan.  Expectant mothers who are classified as high risk are cared for through the medical center’s maternal/fetal medicine services.  Good Samaritan Hospital earned the 2010 Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for obstetric and maternity services.  By employing a process called crew resource management—developed by NASA and used in the aviation industry—the medical staff achieved improved outcomes and better patient care.  In addition to this award, Good Samaritan has three out of three stars from the state Department of Health for preventing complications during medical, surgical and obstetrical acute care, as well as the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™.   Recently, Good Samaritan also achieved Magnet® redesignation, nursing’s highest honor.

For more information about the award-winning obstetrics and maternity services offered at Good Samaritan Hospital, call (631) 376-4104.

Mothers Day

Pictured (L-R): Nurse Manager, Mother/Baby, Joanne Schroeder, RN, Rachel Ezelius with son, Maddox, and Matt Ezelius with son, Peyton.


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.