Diocese of Rockville Centre

Good Samaritan Hospital



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

Date:           July 15, 2010


West Islip, NY – Students from Bay Shore High School recently joined together to fight breast cancer by organizing the ninth annual Brunch for a Cure to promote research and awareness.  The keynote speaker was surgeon Bradley D. Cohen, MD, who spoke on the importance of being proactive in detecting the disease, as well as on the latest advances in treatments.  The attentive students and their families filled the school cafeteria at this successful benefit, with a generous portion of the proceeds donated to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.  These funds will assist the Breast Health Center at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, in the development of educational packets for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.  

RN, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bay Shore High School student representatives Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Health Center was created in response to community concerns.  There was a need for a comprehensive, patient-focused program focusing on early detection and diagnosis, positive reinforcement through counseling and support, and effective treatment using the latest, state-of-the-art equipment in the battle against breast disease.  The services provided are supported by donations made to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.  In addition to these programs, Good Samaritan’s ongoing educational opportunities, health fairs and community initiatives all help to promote the message that early detection is key.  

The Breast Health Center earned a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.  Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage. 

The Breast Health Center’s staff is committed to a very personal and concerned approach toward those who need help.  They also continually employ the medical and technological resources within the medical center to promote the most effective treatments for their patients.  The uniqueness of the center stems from its focus on psychosocial support, education and close communication with the interdisciplinary leadership team from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment and into survivorship.  At the center, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can overcome their fears and work through their concerns, assisted by a talented, experienced staff who will reach out in positive, reassuring ways.

For more information about The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation or Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Health Center, please call (631) 376-4444.

Pictured: (L-R) Annemarie Loeschner, RN, Good Samaritan Hospital, Bay Shore High School student representatives Mauricio Espinal and Jessica Fornieri, and Bonnie Edsall, RN, coordinator, Good Samaritan Hospital Breast Health Center.



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 Department visits in 2009.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.  Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $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.