Diocese of Rockville Centre

Good Samaritan Hospital

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

Date:  April 5, 2010

West Islip – Good Samaritan Hospital’s Family Nurse Researcher Ellen Rich, Ph.D., R.N. F.N.P, has been selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).  The induction ceremony, honoring new FAANP members will be held during the 2010 American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday June 23, 2010.

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education, or policy.  Priority initiatives of FAANP are the development of leadership and mentorship programs for nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students.  Fellows of the AANP are visionaries committed to the global advancement of nursing through the development of imaginative and creative future nurse practitioner leaders, and as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care outside the confines of traditional thinking.

 In the fall of 2004, Dr. Rich assumed the role of coordinator of the Center for Nursing Research and Clinical Practice (CNRSP) at Molloy College.  At that time, Good Samaritan had approached Molloy College for assistance and support in the pursuit of Magnet™ recognition status at Good Samaritan Hospital. These efforts were in concert with the CNRSP objectives to assist community agencies in research and evidence-based practice activities.  Over the next two years, Dr. Rich worked with the nurses at Good Samaritan to fulfill those goals.  She provided educational sessions to staff and leadership and mentored nurses involved in EBP and research, receiving an award for excellence in 2005.

            During the Magnet™ site visit in 2006, Dr. Rich was offered a position as a nurse researcher to provide ongoing leadership for the advancement of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and Nursing Research.  Since then, Dr. Rich has continued her role assisting Good Samaritan’s nurses with EBP initiatives, nursing research projects, presentations at regional and national conferences as well as publication of research findings.

Dr. Rich embodies the leadership skills that Good Samaritan wishes to cultivate throughout the Medical Center.



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 our 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.