Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           February 16, 2011


A grant of $100,000 from the New York Community Bank Foundation was given recently to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to support a new navigation program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, designed to enhance family-centered care for medically complex children.  “The staff and board of the NY Community Bank Foundation is pleased to be able to support the pediatric department at Good Samaritan Hospital, and the vulnerable communities it serves,” stated New York Community Bank Foundation Board Chairman Jack Bransfield.  Good Samaritan Hospital is further expanding the services provided by its Center for Pediatric Specialty Care to enhance the family-centered care of medically complex children.  A physician comprehensively evaluates these patients and their families so the coordination of care between specialists, primary care physicians and therapists can be established.  “With so many children with special needs, it is most important to ensure that pediatric subspecialists are available to care for them in a timely manner and support each child’s needs as well as those of the family,” stated Catherine Caronia, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital’s medical director of pediatric critical care services and chairperson of pediatrics. 


Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan’s Foundation Board Chairman John J. Halleron, III; Good Samaritan’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas; Good Samaritan’s Medical Staff President Catherine Caronia, MD; New York Community Bank Foundation Board Chairman Jack Bransfield; New York Community Bank Foundation Executive Director Marian Conway; and Good Samaritan’s Foundation Board Financial Chairperson Aileen Eppig.      


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 more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency room 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.