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

Date:           October 3, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has earned its third consecutive three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).  The survey found Good Samaritan’s cancer care services to be deficiency-free and awarded the hospital eight commendations.  The commission’s report highlighted the “very active outreach program”, among other aspects of the hospital’s performance.

“Recognition of this magnitude is very rewarding for Good Samaritan’s oncology team, as we are always striving to provide our community members with high-quality cancer care that is close to home,” said Good Samaritan’s Chief of Hematology/Oncology Kenneth Gold, MD.  “Achieving commendation in eight areas—including prevention and early detection, outcomes analysis and the management of data—confirms we are doing well, but our community members should expect the cancer team at Good Samaritan to use this as a springboard to reaching an even higher level of cancer care at Good Samaritan.”

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Cancer-related education, and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, with lifelong patient follow-u
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

The Commission on Cancer conducts objective evaluations on a voluntary basis, based on standards that promote and support multidisciplinary care and improvements to quality.  The surveyors are experienced oncology physicians who gather extensive performance information in making their determination.  Undergoing this accreditation process demonstrates a facility’scommitment to quality care, ongoing improvement and public accountability for the services provided to patients.

For more information on cancer care services 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 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.