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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Office of Communications


Contact: Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: December 6, 2011


West Islip, NY – The Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Health Center recently bid farewell to 6 members of its staff whose combined service adds up to more than 163 years.  Located in Wyandanch, the center represents a unique partnership between Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in delivering much needed health care to the surrounding community.

“The contributions of these six selfless, patient-focused individuals will surely be missed at the center.  We were fortunate to have had the services of these dedicated people for so many years,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Health Center Administrator Trevor Cross.   

When the facility opened its doors in 1968, it was the first community health center of its kind in Suffolk County and a model for others that would follow on Long Island.  Now one of eight such facilities in Suffolk, the center provides clinical services to local residents who otherwise would not have access to regular primary care.  Good Samaritan Hospital provides funding for staffing to enable the facility to receive approximately 40,000 patient visits annually.  Programs include family practice, prenatal, pediatrics, immunizations, social work and diagnostic testing, which are offered without regard to ability to pay for services. 

MLK Retirees

Pictured, front row (L-R): Retirees Alice Jaramillo, Latonia Johnson, Barbara Keach, RN,
Emilio Quines, MD, Arthur Liclican, MD; standing (L-R): Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Health Center Administrator Trevor Cross, retiree Samuel Cortes, Medical Director Steven Golinowski, DO, and Nurse Manager Carol Hicks, RN. 


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.

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