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

Date:           November 21, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has developed a hospital-wide protocol, “Quiet Time”, to better promote healing.  Research has shown that a therapeutic environment requires both physical surroundings that are conducive to rest and an organizational culture that supports patients and families amid the stresses imposed by illness and hospitalization.  By providing a peaceful setting, Good Samaritan advances each patient’s recovery and well-being. 

Twice a day, a soothing message announces the beginning of Quiet Time.  This overhead announcement serves as a signal to implement the “Quiet Bundle”, a group of activities proven to have a positive effect for optimal recovery.  Dimmed lights in the hallways are a visual reminder to visitors and staff that patients are resting.  Also, patients are invited to tune in to the hospital’s 24-hour, free relaxation channel, which features instrumental music and nature scenes.  Additionally, earplugs, closed doors and other comfort measures are offered throughout the day and night. 

 “Quiet Time helps staff to better understand how respecting noise levels improves patient outcomes,  while creating a more productive work environment,” commented Good Samaritan’s Quality Management Coordinator Rita Regan, RN.

For more information on the Quiet Time program and Good Samaritan’s other best practices, 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.