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ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA MEDICAL CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle ScoutSmithtown, NY 11787 – Brendan Sweeney, a senior at St. Anthony’s High School, Huntington and a member of Boy Scout Troop 111 in Smithtown completed his Eagle Project at St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center.  As part of Brendan’s project he constructed a waterfall and memorial garden to honor the lives of all the residents who have lived at St. Catherine’s. Brendan commented, “It was a tremendous honor for me to be able to do this project for St. Catherine’s because I wanted to give back to Catholic Health Services who had done so much for my family after the loss of my father.”  The residents and staff are very thankful and appreciative of Brendan’s generosity and are enjoying this beautiful waterfall project.
 
St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star rated long-term care facility of choice in northwestern Suffolk County, and is well known in the health care community throughout Suffolk and Nassau for its excellence and for the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Services include: 120 beds providing long-term care for the senior and chronically-impaired population, a  40-bed secure unit for residents challenged by Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, up to 80 beds for sub-acute care, including short-term orthopedic and medical rehabilitation, 24-hour nursing care, nutritional care planned by registered dieticians, licensed physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation programs, geriatric social workers, pastoral care for residents of all faiths; and partnership with Good Shepherd Hospice to offer terminally-ill residents palliative care.

For more information about the services at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, please visit: http://chsli.org  or call 631-870-3444.

 


Photo Caption from left to right: Michael Quartararo, VP Long-Term Care, Theresa Maynard, Nursing Home Chaplin, Brendan Sweeney, Eagle Scout, Father Fred Hill, Campus Chaplin, Heather Reynolds, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Sr. Patricia McDonnell, Director of Pastoral Care, Sally Romagnano, Resident Council Vice President

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For more than 10 years, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been a trusted health care resource. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 558-bed, not-for-profit hospital (including 240 nursing home beds), a 298-unit senior housing facility and a medical office building. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services.

St. Catherine of Siena provides approximately $10 million in community outreach and charity care each year. The Medical Center’s community activities include a variety of lectures, screenings, health fairs, blood drives and other programs

CONTACT: Gina Irwin
               Manager Community Relations
               CHS Continuing Care
               631-465-6433

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

April 7, 2011

In an innovative campaign, the Metro New York and Long Island Catholic dioceses have turned to young people to help spread the word about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre have offered students an opportunity to create and submit short (up to 1 minute in length) YouTube style videos to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The contest, which is open to students in any accredited institution of learning from across the country, carries a top prize of $25,000 for the winner, with an additional $25,000 going to the student’s school or parish.   A second prize of $10,000 and multiple third place prizes of $1,000 will also be awarded.

i-confessThis campaign is in support of Reconciliation Monday, which will be celebrated on April 18, when the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) will be available between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in every parish in the three dioceses.

 The dioceses have launched www.i-confess.com, a web site to promote the video contest that the students can use to submit their entries.  The website also has a parish directory to help those seeking the sacrament locate the Catholic church nearest to them..  The contest is open to students from Catholic, public, and private schools. A complete list of contest rules and an entry form can be found at www.i-confess.com.

After the first week of the campaign there have already been dozens of videos submitted for the contest. 

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said "Reconciliation Monday is a wonderful opportunity for all Catholics, even those who may have been away from the Church and the sacraments, to experience the healing power of Christ and be reconciled to God through the sacrament of penance."  He continued, "This campaign is an experiment in how new media can be employed to enable those healings words to echo throughout the world wide web.  I hope that many people will hear the invitation and respond.

"Last year, tens of thousands of people have availed themselves of the healing power of the Sacrament" said Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre.  He continued, "Completely convinced as I am of the beauty and the awesome grace that this sacrament gives us, I invite you in the name of Jesus Christ, to avail yourself of this sacrament.  This is the place where we always meet God in his total and unbounded love expressed through His own forgiveness of all our sins.  Please come to the sacrament, especially this Lent and experience the peace that comes from being bathed in God’s merciful love.”

"By initiating this campaign, the Bishops of downstate New York have sent a strong signal, that our world is in need of forgiveness and all should have an opportunity to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Penance in a way that is respectful of the complexities finding time in our modern world." said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn
 
The Archdiocese of New York extends from Ulster County to Staten Island, the Diocese of Brooklyn includes the borough of Queens, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre encompasses Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION :

Sean Dolan
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Date:           April 6, 2011

West Islip, NY – The cancer registrars at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center join their colleagues and community leaders in observance of the annual National Cancer Registrars’ Week, April 11 – 15.  The theme, “Pave the Way to a Cure”, reflects the skill cancer registrars use in carefully collecting and processing information.    Quality data is central to the nation’s cancer- fighting efforts, and these committed individuals are the first link in capturing information on patients diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer registrars discover, interpret and record a wide range of demographic and medical information on people with cancer.  Their findings are submitted to state and national cancer registries for use in research, treatment and prevention initiatives.  Medical teams are able to accurately identify cancer patient populations, measure outcomes of treatment and formulate plans for quality improvement.

The cancer program at Good Samaritan Hospital benefits from the efforts of cancer registrars.  The medical center’s state-of-the-art breast health services, for example, incorporate all of the latest screening recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer.  Surgeons continue to provide the most current techniques, including laparoscopic cancer surgery and outstanding plastic/reconstructive surgery.  Pathologists offer expertise in both solid tumor and hematopathology, as well as cases that are referred from outside facilities for review. 

The hospital’s interdisciplinary, weekly cancer conference features discussion of active cases with representation from medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists.  Additional allied health care professionals, such as Good Samaritan’s Social Work and Pastoral Care departments, in conjunction with Catholic Health Service’s Good Shepherd Hospice, are joined by a palliative care coordinator, providing patients with an unsurpassed network that ensures the highest quality of care.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s cancer registry and other cancer services, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.


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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 www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Date:           April 7, 2011


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”, a six-week course being offered for the first time on Long Island.  The classes will meet on consecutive Thursdays from June 2 to July 7, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  This series gives caregivers the skills and confidence to better care for themselves, while assisting loved ones.

Caregivers will be taught how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and locate helpful resources.  Attendees will also learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives.

“I cannot recommend highly enough the ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ training program,” stated New York Times best-selling author of Passages in Caregiving, Gail Sheehy.

A $25 donation is suggested to help defray the cost of The Caregiver Helpbook but is not required to attend the class.  Preregistration is required.  Please call Good Samaritan’s Pastoral Care Department at (631) 376-4444 for more information and to register.

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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 www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  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.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

 

For Immediate Release:

 

Contact: Kevin Ryan
Director, Public and External Affairs
Phone: (631) 862-3616
Date: April 6, 2011

www.stcatherines.chsli.org

 

 

Smithtown, NY- St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center earned the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) gold standard of quality certification in magnetic resonance imaging of the breast, making it the first Long Island hospital to do so. The certification is achieved through a rigorous evaluation conducted by board certified physicians and medical physicists of staff and equipment. 

The accredited breast MRI diagnostics are part of St. Catherine of Siena’s new Women’s Health and Outpatient Diagnostic Pavilion on the medical center’s Smithtown campus. The pavilion offers women a variety of advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques, such as breast MRI and breast MRI biopsy, breast ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, digital mammography, needle localization, stereotactic core breast biopsy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration and ultrasound-guided needle biopsy, all in one convenient location with a free, dedicated parking lot and a private entrance.

Director of Breast Imaging Anne Green, MD explained, “Early detection of breast cancer leads to early treatment and improved survival. MRI is a powerful tool that the radiologist can use in the fight against breast cancer. It is not intended to replace mammography or ultrasound, but to be used as an adjunctive tool.”

In order to remain a top health care facility in New York, St. Catherine of Siena stays at the forefront of new technology. “MRI of the breast has rapidly evolved,” said Dr. Green. “The ACR has acknowledged its key role and provided guidelines and indications for appropriate use and now offers ACR accreditation for breast MRI. ACR accreditation is important, because it sets quality standards for breast MRI by evaluating the qualifications of personnel, equipment performance, quality control and image resolution.”

Other accreditations which St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center holds from the American College of Radiology include magnetic resonance imaging, breast ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, obstetrical ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, planar imaging and nuclear cardiology.
St. Catherine of Siena has also been designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

For more information on St. Catherine of Siena of Siena Medical Center breast services, please call 631-870-3444.

Womens Health

Photo Caption: (Left to right) Barbara Hennings, RN, Meiling Alsen, RN, Breast Health Navigator, Anne Green, MD, Director of Breast Imaging, Bert Heyligers, MD, Medical Director of Radiology for SCSMC, Dominick Pernice, Administrative Director for Imaging Services, Marc Kantor, MRI Technologist, Dennis Verzi, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President,
Dave Cook, MRI/CT Supervisor, Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO., Chief Medical Officer

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For more than 10 years, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been a trusted health care resource. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 558-bed, not-for-profit hospital (including 240 nursing home beds), a
298-unit senior housing facility and a medical office building. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.


St. Catherine of Siena provides approximately $10 million in community outreach and charity care each year. The Medical Center’s community activities include a variety of lectures, screenings, health fairs, blood drives and other programs.

 

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