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:           May 17, 2010


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center hosted a celebration on May 6 to honor its many nurses.  Coinciding with the observance of National Nurses Week, Nurse Recognition Day paid tribute to the hospital’s nursing staff for providing excellent patient care.  Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Charles Bové, along with Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan, congratulated Good Samaritan’s nurses on an outstanding year.

In early 2010, the hospital’s nursing staff earned several awards and honors.  Good Samaritan’s Family Nurse Researcher Ellen Rich, PhD, RN, FNP, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy.  Kathryn Brennan, RN, was named a 2010 regional finalist for Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence in the management category.  In addition, this year marked the third annual M2M Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Conference, recognizing nurses who have contributed to quality patient outcomes.  At the conference, Good Samaritan’s Luisa Ferruggiari, RN, MSN, ANP-C, CPAN, and Barbara Ragione, RN, BS, CPAN, presented the results of their research, “The Effects of Aromatherapy on Postoperative Nausea in Women Undergoing Surgical Procedures.”

Nurses Appreciation DayNurse Recognition Day raised awareness regarding the multifaceted clinical responsibilities and professional accomplishments of Good Samaritan’s nurses, who provide health care in a wide variety of settings—including critical care, surgery, obstetrics, primary care, emergency medicine and dialysis—around the clock, every day.  As a result of the degree of excellence achieved by the nursing staff, Good Samaritan has been a MagnetÔ designated hospital since 2006. This designation was the result of a rigorous evaluation—with 14 standards and 158 criteria—conducted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and remains one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve.  In fact, Good Samaritan is part of a select group of only about 2% of hospitals across the country to attain this benchmark.

Pictured (L-R):  Ellen Pyatt, RN, Pamela Patrik, RN, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas F. Barraga, Michelle Abbatiello, RN,  New York state Senator Owen H. Johnson, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Charles Bové, Islip Town Councilman Steven Flotteron, Islip Town Councilman Gene Parrington, Islip Town Supervisor Philip Nolan, Suffolk County Treasurer Angie M. Carpenter, Dolores Morey, RN, Lisa Cahill, RN, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan and Stephanie Walsh, RN.



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 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 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 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.