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

Date:           May 9, 2012

Theresa Jacobellis West Islip, NY – Theresa Jacobellis has been appointed director of public and external affairs for

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.  Previously director of public affairs for Huntington Hospital, she brings 25 years of related experience in public relations, marketing, social media communication and grant writing.  In her role, Jacobellis will oversee marketing, government and public relations, community health, volunteers and special events at Good Samaritan.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Public Relations Professionals of Long Island.  In addition, Jacobellis is public relations chair of the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council.  She has presented lectures on grant writing and social media and has published several articles on electronic communication in health care marketing. 

Jacobellis holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film and a master’s degree in health communications from Boston University.  She resides in Centerport with her husband, Steve Taranovich, and their three children.


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 2011.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

Good Samaritan provided more than $43 million in community service and charity care in 2011.  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.