Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           November 4, 2011

Gail DonheiserRockville Centre, NY:  Gail Ann Donheiser, RN, LNC, MA, JP, was recently appointed vice president of risk management and patient safety for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital—eastern regional members of Catholic Health Services (CHS).  She is responsible for managing risk and patient safety issues, providing direct oversight for these programs at all three hospitals.  Working with existing personnel at each facility, she will advance performance improvement and patient satisfaction.

Donheiser has more than 25 years experience in health care.  She has been with CHS since 2002, serving as administrator of risk management and legal services at
St. Charles.  Previously, she was vice president of behavioral health care outpatient operations at New York Gracie Square Hospital.
“Gail is highly regarded for her knowledge and expertise, particularly in the area of patient safety, making her qualified for this expanded role within CHS,” stated
Good Samaritan, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Charles President and CEO James Caldas.

With a nursing degree from Flushing Hospital School of Nursing, Donheiser earned a master’s in family therapy from Hofstra University and later her master’s in
jurisprudence health care law from Loyola University, Chicago.  She resides in Bay Shore with her husband, Walter.

Gail Ann Donheiser, RN, LNC, MA, JP, was appointed vice president, risk management and patient safety, for the eastern region of Catholic Health Services.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a 558-bed (including 240 nursing home beds) voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in Smithtown.  St. Charles Hospital is a 231-bed, voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in Port Jefferson.  All three hospitals are members of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS), an extensive health care system that includes three additional hospitals: Mercy Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital.  It also comprises three nursing homes—Good Samaritan, Our Lady of Consolation and St. Catherine of Siena—as well as Maryhaven Center of Hope, CHS Home Support Services and Good Shepherd Hospice.