Contact:        Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone:          (631) 376-4104
Date:           November 11, 2011


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is supporting The American Cancer Society’s 36th Great American Smokeout November 17, encouraging smokers to either quit that day or plan to quit smoking.  In doing so, smokers will be taking an important first step toward a healthier life—one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Good Samaritan’s Employee Wellness Committee will be providing the community with information and free quit kits from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Patio Café.  Quitting is difficult, but you can increase your chances of success with help. 

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke.  However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in observance of the Great American Smokeout.  It is a day that could lead to your success in quitting smoking for good!

Fast facts on quitting smoking:

  • 20 minutes after quitting, heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, circulation improves and lung function increases.
  • 1 year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker's.
  • 5 years after quitting, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
  • 15 years after quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker's.


To learn about the programs available to quit smoking, 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.