Diocese of Rockville Centre

Good Samaritan HospitalNews from Catholic Health Services



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

Date:  February 22, 2010


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center unveiled a well-deserved medical staff recognition wall to its administration, medical board, Board of Trustees, donors and special guests at a recent reception followed by a blessing and dedication.

The wall honors the long-standing commitment of Good Samaritan’s medical staff to the hospital and the communities it serves.  Past medical board presidents, department chairs and doctors with honorary/emeritus status during the Medical Center’s 50-year history are prominently featured on the wall outside the hospital’s St. Vincent de Paul Hospital Chapel.

Medical Staff Wall DedicationTo celebrate and commemorate this milestone, a committee of representatives from the hospital’s administration, medical board, plant engineering andThe Foundation was formed.  The committee’s vision was to establish a memorial that would appropriately reflect the names of those who have provided extraordinary leadership and compassionate healing.  Members of the medical board created the selection criteria. 

“The names you see on the wall represent a historical context for all of us.  As we embark on the next 50 years of exceptional health care for the community, let us remember the value of health and healing, justice, integrity and respect for the dignity of each patient.  We are honored to have had this opportunity to recognize Good Samaritan’s physicians for their many contributions,” stated former President of the Medical Staff at Good Samaritan William J. Engellenner, MD.

A number of doctors recognized were part of the hospital’s founding physicians and were present for the dedication.  Two such physicians are still practicing 50 years later, Ray A. Haag, MD, orthopaedics and John A. Pallotta, MD, obstetrics/gynecology.  
For more information, or to make a donation to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, please call (631) 376-4444.

Pictured L-R:  Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Services William J. Engellenner, MD, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Charles Bové, V. William Caracci, MD, Robert Schick, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care Services, Chairperson of Pediatrics and President of the Medical Staff Catherine Caronia, MD and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chairman of Internal Medicine Jerome Weiner, MD.


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 95,000 emergency room visits in 2008. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provides approximately $30 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.