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:           November 29, 2010

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing Patricia Kurz, RN, MPS, CMSRN, NE-BC, was appointed for a three-year term to the Medical-Surgical Nurses Certification Board (MSNCB) as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses representative.  Kurz is the immediate past Patricia Kurzchairperson of MSNCB’s Test Development and Item Writing Committee that is responsible for the questions used in for the certification exam.  MSNCB promotes the highest standards of medical-surgical nursing practice through the development, implementation and coordination of all aspects of certification for nurses.

“Certification is an indicator of quality nursing care. This appointment will give me the opportunity to assure the highest standards of board certification for the individual nurse, the profession and the patients in our care,” stated Ms. Kurz.

Ms. Kurz has been with Good Samaritan Hospital for 30 years.  She has been director of the medical-surgical division of nursing for the past five years.  Prior to that, she was nursing director of the Emergency Department (ED), nurse manager of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), clinical specialist for critical care and ED, and a staff nurse in ICU.

“Good Samaritan is a Magnet™ designated hospital, professional nursing’s highest honor, as a result of nurses like Patricia Kurz who provide excellent patient care, stated Patricia Hogan, Senior Vice President and CNO.

Ms. Kurz resides in Copiague.



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.