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2011 Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

 

Date:           February 10, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is offering a free lecture on the Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease on Thursday, February 24.  Presented by Larry Altschul, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Director of Cardiology and Newell Robinson, MD, St. Francis Hospital Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  The recent approval from the State Hospital Review and Planning Council to develop an open heart surgery program in conjunction with St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, will further extend cardiac services at Good Samaritan.

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease, is a condition where plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries.  Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure and arrhythmias.  CAD is the most common type of heart disease.  It's the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.  Lifestyle changes, medicines, and/or medical procedures can effectively prevent or treat CAD in most people.

The medical center’s fully integrated cardiovascular service offers superior, comprehensive care, making it the destination for excellence in heart health.  Good Samaritan was the first community hospital in Suffolk County to offer both elective angioplasty and cardiac rehabilitation and has consistently delivered the best outcomes for these procedures.  Patients across the county turn to Good Samaritan for a variety of cardiology services such as angioplasty, temporary pacemaker insertion, electrophysiology studies, stress testing, EKG testing and more.

The lecture will be at 6:00 pm, 1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip.  Complimentary light refreshments will be available. 
For more information and to register, please call (631) 376-4444.

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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) 376-4104Date:         

Date:           January 31, 2011

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is encouraging current and former patients to nominate a doctor who embodies certain qualities for its Physician of the Quarter program.  The objective is to recognize physicians who have provided outstanding service and support to patients, as well as demonstrating compassion.

The most recent honoree, Kiran Trivedi, DO, was nominated by one of his patients, Elizabeth Hudson of Copiague.  “Dr. Trivedi is a skilled and talented physician, as well as a caring and compassionate doctor who truly cares about the individual patient.”  Ms. Hudson, nearly a week overdue in her pregnancy when her baby began showing signs of fetal distress.  Dr. Trivedi chose to perform a C-section and took a “great deal of time and care” to minimize any scarring.  Dr. Trivedi was presented with a plaque as winner of the hospital’s Physician of the Quarter program, while Elizabeth Hudson, as the nominator, received a check for $100.

Throughout the year, the hospital will continue to recognize physicians who have gone above and beyond to help their patients.  Good Samaritan is accepting letters of nominations (no longer than 300 words) from patients wishing to nominate their doctors.  Specific examples of how these physicians have exceeded their normal duties are requested.  The patient selected and his/her doctor will be invited to a special ceremony and have their story published in Good Samaritan’s community newsletter, Good News From Good Sam, and on the hospital’s website.  Letters should be typed or printed legibly and contain the nominator’s name, address and phone number. 

 For more information about the Physician of the Quarter program, please call (631) 376-4444.
        Nominations can be mailed to:
       
        Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
        Office of Public & External Affairs
        Physician of the Quarter
        1000 Montauk Highway
        West Islip, NY 11795

Physician of the Quarter Kiran Trivedi

Pictured (L-R): Nominator Elizabeth Hudson and her son, Gabriel, Good Samaritan affiliated physician, Kiran Trivedi, DO, and Good Samaritan’s Medical Staff President Catherine
Caronia, MD.

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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 more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency room 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.

 

UPDATED STATEMENT

DATE:   January 20, 2011: 12:57 PM EST

RE:  Status of Holy Hour at Seminary

FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications/Spokesperson, Diocese of Rockville Centre


Due to the impending weather we are cancelling the Holy Hour at the Seminary tomorrow night January 21.

Please join us next month for the Holy Hour on February 18.


 

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/10).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
               (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
               (c) 516-510-0473
                E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Date:           January 31, 2011
 

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center a Magnet™ designated hospital– professional nursing’s highest honor, achieved by fewer than six percent of U.S. hospitals– continues to achieve top scores in the outpatient quality surgery program, as reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Good Samaritan has stringent measures in place to ensure patient safety during surgical procedures.  The Department of Surgery is staffed by more than 100 surgical specialists in 12 separate specialty divisions.  Good Samaritan is a high-volume facility, delivering a combination of superior surgical outcomes with the benefit of the hospital’s comprehensive resources behind each procedure.

According to the most recent publicly reported data from www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov, Good Samaritan Hospital’s average score for providing the recommended surgical care to patients as measured by CMS was four percentage points higher than that for both NYS and the nation as a whole.  Also, the hospital’s surgical site infection statistics are better than the national average.

By meeting the requirements resulting in earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, Good Samaritan demonstrates compliance to higher standards than freestanding surgical centers by providing backup and an expert level of expertise.  A current trend in health care delivery in the United States has shifted toward the outpatient setting; ambulatory surgery in particular has been an area of immense growth.  At Good Samaritan, such procedures are performed by board certified pain specialists in dedicated operating rooms, with the full services of the medical center available as needed. 
In addition, the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, with eight dedicated beds, four operating rooms and a pain management suite, accommodates patients undergoing special procedures such as cardiac studies, interventional radiology procedures and blood transfusions.  There is also a full-service endoscopy unit, which is specially equipped and staffed to provide expert gastroenterological care to adults and children. 

 The Division of General Surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality of care to patients.  In each Good Samaritan operating room, the latest advances are incorporated into surgical procedures.  The medical center provides backup and level of expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes. The surgical staff provides compassionate, comprehensive care daily at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

For more information about patient safety and surgical services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.

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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 more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room 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.

 

STATEMENT

DATE:   January 19, 2011: 3:45 PM EST

RE:  Status of Holy Hour at Seminary

FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications/Spokesperson, Diocese of Rockville Centre


Due to an impending snow storm, all who are planning to attend the Holy Hour at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2011, are advised to first call the vocations office (631-424-9888) after 12:00 noon on Friday, January 21 to determine status. 

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/10).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
               (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
               (c) 516-510-0473
                E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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