Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           November 14, 2011


West Islip, NY – While Nov. 11, 2011, is a remarkable date, what is even more amazing is that 11 babies were born at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center that day, adding another 11 to the lucky equation.  These newborns included eight girls and three boys.  For two of the moms, the birth of their first child was an experience on that extraordinary day they will never forget. 

In the years ahead, Morgan Shea Ayers should have no trouble remembering her birthday—with her father, Patrick, on deployment with the U.S. Navy, she was born in an emergency C-section, at 11:50 pm, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and given Room 511.  “What better gift on Veterans’ Day for my husband! I can’t wait for him to meet his daughter,” stated new mom Siobhan Ayers.

Another new mom, Elizabeth DeSalvo, had to choose her daughter Liliana’s birthday with a scheduled C-section, due to risks from a recent car accident.  “11/11/11 has special meaning to my husband, Christopher, and me.  After winning the lottery on Jan. 1, 2011, we hoped that adding more 1s would bring us additional luck.” 

Each year in Good Samaritan’s BirthPlace, approximately 3,000 infants are brought into the world.  A talented group of physicians, nurses and support staff is responsible for the well-being of each mother and newborn.  In addition to maternity services, the medical center’s Pediatric Department offers a comprehensive continuum of care that ensures that newborns through adolescents receive expert care close to home.  The hospital also offers pediatric emergency services, a Child Life program and neonatal services.  


Pictured: New mothers Siobhan Ayers, holding her newborn daughter, Morgan, and Elizabeth DeSalvo, with her daughter, Liliana.


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 nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  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 $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.