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:  March 15, 2010

West Islip, NY- Recently, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation awarded $250,000 to be allocated toward the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art, infant anti-abduction system.  Chairman of the Foundation Board John Halleron, III, stated, “Although there had been no problem or breach of security, the Foundation Board unanimously felt the importance of remaining ever vigilant in continuing to provide the best technological advancements for the safety of Good Samaritan’s newborns.” This system gives parents and staff great comfort knowing that babies are safe at Good Samaritan.

A concern about infant abductions, mother/baby mix-ups, and wandering patients has been of heightened awareness and concern throughout the country.  The Foundation’s contribution enables Good Samaritan Hospital to continue a tradition of providing high-quality health care for the community.

Good Samaritan is privileged to care for more than 3,000 maternity patients each year.  With necessary human and technological resources to provide expert care to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies, the Medical Center’s maternity program, BirthPlace, is increasingly becoming the hospital of choice for the region’s maternity patients.  Women whose pregnancies are high-risk are reassured by round-the-clock presence of neonatologists to care for ill or premature newborns on a moment’s notice.

The Maternal/Fetal Medicine Program provides monitoring and supportive care for women, whose pregnancies are complicated by premature labor, underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or due to a multiple birth.  High-risk pregnancy specialists work in tandem with neonatologists to ensure the health of both mother and baby.
 For more information, please call 631-376-4444.


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.