Diocese of Rockville Centre


Good Samaritan HospitalFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

Date:           October 7, 2010


West Islip, NY – Experts from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital will discuss the many aspects of breast cancer in two, free seminars. 

Approximately 160,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year.  About one in eight women will learn she has breast cancer at some point in her life. This may sound frightening, but today fewer and fewer women are dying from breast cancer.  Many have overcome the disease and are living life to its fullest.  With state-of-the-art screening tools, including mammograms, doctors often can detect cancer sooner.  Since, treatment is more effective with early detection, being well informed is the best defense. 

Both Good Samaritan and St. Catherine’s have earned the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) distinction as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.  St. Charles is an ACR accredited digital mammography facility.  Good Samaritan has also been awarded three-year/full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.  Good Samaritan, St. Catherine and St. Charles are all accredited by the American College of Radiology in radiation oncology, mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, MRI and ultrasound.

Topics will include screening, early detection and imaging; myths and facts about surgery and reconstruction; overall risks, lifestyle and the role of heredity; and patient navigation and nutrition.

When:   Wednesday, October 20, Noon – 4:00 pm
Where:  Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park
              99 Quaker Meeting House Road, Farmingdale, NY
When:   Tuesday, October 26, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Stonebridge Country Club
              2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY

Get answers to questions from the experts at three premier hospitals, all members of Catholic Health Services.  There will be free giveaways, raffles and refreshments!  Please call (631) 376-4444 to reserve your seat, or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org for more information. 


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 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 more than $54 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.