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 been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) with Exemplar Hospital status.  The medical center has been voluntarily participating in the IHI Project Joining Organizations in Tackling Surgical Site Infections (JOINTS) initiative, designed to speed adoption of the latest evidence-based methods to prevent surgical site infections after hip and knee replacement surgery.

“Exemplar Hospital status is recognition that Good Samaritan is a leader in best practice for joint replacement surgery and qualifies the hospital to be a resource for other facilities.” said Senior Vice President, Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan.

Project JOINTS is a federally funded program designed to speed adoption of proven methods to prevent surgical site infections after hip and knee replacement surgery.  Good Samaritan has stringent measures in place to ensure patient safety during surgical procedures.  The recommended enhancements to the existing infection prevention program included screening patients in pre-surgical testing.  The Project JOINTS team at Good Samaritan Hospital includes representatives from microbiology, pharmacy, nursing, patient registration, infection prevention and physician/registered physician assistant leaders in orthopaedic surgery.

“The surgical team at Good Samaritan went above and beyond,” said Susan Strejlau, a 54-year-old resident of North Babylon who had a history of bad knees and other complications.  “My situation was challenging, but they took extra precautions to ensure there would be no risk of infection.  Without knee replacement, I would not have been able to function on a day-to-day basis.  I continue physical therapy and have even progressed to walking up and down stairs without any pain or limitations.”

For more information about patient-focused surgical services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit


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.