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

Date:           October 3, 2011

Helen K DoddWest Islip, NY – Thanks to the generosity of the late Helen K. Dodd, a long-time resident of Long Island, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s dialysis patients will benefit from the acquisition of the latest equipment.  Funds from the estate of Mrs. Dodd will soon enable Good Samaritan’s Chronic Dialysis Center in Bay Shore to install 24 new dialysis units.  The center provides more than 30,000 treatments annually, offering lifesaving services for thousands of residents, many of whom are experiencing significant financial hardships.

Mrs. Dodd was committed to alleviating the suffering of others, especially those most in need.  Care for kidney failure patients is provided by the center’s certified RNs, LPNs and dialysis technicians, who are skilled in renal therapy and clinical technology.  The multidisciplinary team also includes renal social workers, registered dietitians and physical therapists.

“This area has a large population of dialysis patients.  They are often in need of additional support in dealing with their chronic illness,” said Administrative Director of Good Samaritan’s Department of Dialysis Patricia Hansen, RN.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s dialysis services, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit

Helen K Dodd at age 94


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 provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010.  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.