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 24, 2010


West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s nurses were well represented at a New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases conference, in collaboration with the third annual M2M Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Conference hosted by Bellevue Hospital on April 28, 2010.  M2M is a regional alliance designed to pool expertise, diversity of talents and resources to advance evidence-based nursing practice and research.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Luisa Ferruggiari, RN, MSN, ANP-C, CPAN, and Barbara Ragione, RN, BS, CPAN, presented “The Effect of Aromatherapy on Postoperative Nausea in Women Undergoing Surgical Procedures.”  Their research indicates that aromatherapy may be an appropriate intervention for postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).  Also representing Good Samaritan at the podium were Eileen Swailes, RN, BSN, and Ellen Rich, PhD, RN, FNP, who presented “From Triage to Treatment of Severe Abdominal Pain in the ED: Evaluating the Implementation of the Emergency Severity Index.”  Comparing the conventional triage system with the emergency severity index (ESI), Swailes and Rich concluded that the ESI system is a successful method for getting Level 2 patients to treatment more quickly.  April Pergolotti, BSN, RN, CDN, later presented “The Effect of the Buttonhole Method vs. the Traditional Method of A/V Fistula Cannulation on Hemostasis, Needle Stick Pain, Pre-Needle Stick Anxiety and Presence of Aneurysms in Hemodialysis Patients.”  Pergolotti found that, with the buttonhole method, patients had significantly less pre-needle stick anxiety and needle stick pain, and shorter time to hemostasis.

In addition to the podium presentations given at the conference by Good Samaritan nursing staff, Janet Stevens, RNC-OB, BSN, CCRN, Joanne Clifford, RNC-OB, BA, and Esther Amsterdam, RNC-OB, presented “ EMILY’S Gift: Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services,” a visual presentation addressing the option of in-utero hospice.  The hospital’s nurses continue to refine treatment processes, employing evidence-based practice founded on careful research.  The presentations given by these caregivers reflect the commitment and vision of the skilled nursing staff at Good Samaritan Hospital.


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.