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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:           November 21, 2011


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has developed a hospital-wide protocol, “Quiet Time”, to better promote healing.  Research has shown that a therapeutic environment requires both physical surroundings that are conducive to rest and an organizational culture that supports patients and families amid the stresses imposed by illness and hospitalization.  By providing a peaceful setting, Good Samaritan advances each patient’s recovery and well-being. 

Twice a day, a soothing message announces the beginning of Quiet Time.  This overhead announcement serves as a signal to implement the “Quiet Bundle”, a group of activities proven to have a positive effect for optimal recovery.  Dimmed lights in the hallways are a visual reminder to visitors and staff that patients are resting.  Also, patients are invited to tune in to the hospital’s 24-hour, free relaxation channel, which features instrumental music and nature scenes.  Additionally, earplugs, closed doors and other comfort measures are offered throughout the day and night. 

 “Quiet Time helps staff to better understand how respecting noise levels improves patient outcomes,  while creating a more productive work environment,” commented Good Samaritan’s Quality Management Coordinator Rita Regan, RN.

For more information on the Quiet Time program and Good Samaritan’s other best practices, 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 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 

Contact:        Chris Hendriks
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone:          (631) 376-4104
                                                       
Date:           November 18, 2011


Rockville Centre, NY: Nancy Stith, director of rehabilitation, social work and pastoral care for Catholic Home Care, a member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), was a finalist for the 2011 Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership from CHS.  This annual award recognizes exemplary leadership and extraordinary commitment to the Nancy Stithmission of the CHS health system and the communities it serves.  Stith and fellow finalist Robert Berger, pharmacy director at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, were honored along with Beth Hammerman, director of planning and community health at Mercy Medical Center, the winner of the award.

Stith joined Catholic Home Care in 1995 and among her many accomplishments is credited with the development of a model for care that advances the role of physical therapy in the home setting.  She successfully initiated the Balance Approach Program, dedicated to ensure patient safety by evaluating whether balance is impaired, preventing falls and promoting safe, independent living for patients.  Most recently, she presented a lecture series on falls prevention throughout Suffolk libraries.  Her previous awards included the 2010 Excellence in Home Care Award from the American Physical Therapy Association and the LIHN Shining Star Award. 

In addition to leading more than 100 physical, occupational and speech therapists, 10 social workers and a pastoral care staff, Stith finds the time to volunteer at CHS’s Healthy Sundays.  These are community outreach events sponsored by CHS to promote health and wellness through educational information and health screenings for the medically underserved.  Stith resides in Selden.

“Ms. Stith embodies the leadership skills that we wish to cultivate throughout the CHS system,” said Catholic Home Care’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Mary Ellen Polit.  “Ms. Stith has demonstrated that she not only innovates but also motivates others and inspires exceptional performance.”

Nancy Stith was a finalist for the CHS 2011 Patrick J. Scollard Award for Leadership.

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Catholic Health Services of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         

Contact:        Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone:          (631) 376-4104
                  
Date:           November 17, 2011 

West Islip, NY – With 1 in every 110 children diagnosed with autism, the need for effective treatment plans is tremendous.  Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care is a centralized resource that coordinates the multidisciplinary needs of this growing population.  The various areas of expertise include cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, infant/child development and sleep disorders. 

“There is no time like the present to address the ongoing cost of raising an autistic child.  The new autism insurance bill signed by Governor Cuomo will provide New Yorkers with better insurance coverage for early screening and treatment for autism, which will help this population as a whole,” stated Sarita Duchatelier, MD, Chief of Child Neurology at Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care.  “As with any disease, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to ensuring a better quality of life for individuals with autism.”

“Having access to many different services at one location has had a positive effect on my daughter, Makiya.  Autism affects the entire family and we have seen significant results since Makiya began her treatment with Dr. Duchatelier,” stated Lisa Maynard.
 
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects language and social behavior.  It is what is known as a “spectrum disorder”, which means it shows itself differently in each person and with varying degrees of intensity.  For parents of young children, learning about this increasingly prevalent disorder could have an enormous positive impact if a child shows signs of autism and is evaluated early. 

A pediatrician may refer a child to Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty care when further testing and diagnosis are needed.  For more information, 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 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.

st_cat_nursing.jpgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              

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

November 18, 2011


Smithtown, NY 11787 – St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center honored their veterans with an event that included a visit from Suffolk County Legislator John Kennedy. Legislator Kennedy spoke to the veterans representing WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and thanked each one of them individually for their service to the country, including patient Frank Mannino.  Frank was enlisted out of high school at 18 years old and served as a cook for the Army.  In his first year of service he was sent to the battlefield everyday by helicopter to feed the troops. During Frank’s second year of service he worked in the mess hall on the base as a cook and served the soldiers that were returning from battle. The event also included a touching power point that listed all of the residents who had served in the military- their branch of service and the war they served in

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Photo Caption: Frank Mannino shakes Legislator Kennedy’s Hand during the Veterans Day tribute.

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.

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

November 17, 2010


West Islip, NY 11795 – On Wednesday, November 11, 2011, Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center celebrated all their veteran residents. A special breakfast, prepared by Dietary Department, was held to honor these 50 special individuals.   As special guests, members of the West Islip American Legion Post 1738 greeted the residents and exchanged stories.  Everyone enjoyed themselves honoring these brave individuals who served our country so proudly.

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Photo Caption: Frank McNamee, Arthur Laufer, Constatine Cucurullo, Jerome Capoccia, Robert  Stephens, Bill Dorste, Mike Bledsoe, George Pirozzi, Hugh McGoldrick & Frank Powers

 

Our Lady of Consolation is a 450-bed nursing and rehabilitative care center conducted in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Dominic since 1894 and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). As a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Our Lady of Consolation plays an integral role in the health care delivery system of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and offers expertise in the field of long-term care and sub-acute care. In addition to skilled nursing home care including geriatric care, rehabilitative care, respiratory therapy and medically complex care, Our Lady of Consolation offers specialized dementia disease care for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases. In addition, Our Lady of Consolation’s Long Term Home Health Care Program provides nursing care and other services for patients residing in their own homes in the community.  For more information about the services Our Lady of Consolation offers, please call (631) 587-1600 or visit us on the web at http://olc.chsli.org.  
  

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