Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           June 6, 2011 


West Islip, NY – The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently collected baby cloths, toys and other items at a special “baby shower”, resulting in a donation of 61 layettes.  The gifts collected included disposable diapers, handmade blankets, sweater sets and hats, new outfits, onesies, bibs and booties—everything a newborn might need.  The Guilds, longtime supporters of patient services at Good Samaritan Hospital, once again came to the assistance of others. 

 Food service personnel provided new toys, while nurses donated both handmade and purchased items.  Nurse Manager, Mother/Baby, Joanne Schroeder, RN, and Susan Rogers, MS, of the Social Work Department, gratefully accepted the gifts on behalf of the recipients.  “The layettes will be given to new mothers who otherwise might not have something to bring their babies home in,” said Schroeder.

Each year in Good Samaritan’s BirthPlace, approximately 3,000 infants are welcomed into the world.  Accommodations are modern, family-centered and attractively decorated.  A talented group of physicians, nurses and support staff are responsible for each mother’s and newborn’s well-being. 

 “The Guild members provided these beautiful donated items, going above and beyond their regular volunteer work and fund raising.  Also, the Helping Hands Committee was delighted to have received the cooperation of so many Good Samaritan Hospital staff members who wanted to be a part of this special project,” stated Terese Weber, committee chair and member of the Great South Bay Guild.  

The Guilds of Good Samaritan are comprised of volunteers from local communities, who are active in fund raising, advocacy and community service activities for the benefit of the hospital and its patients.

For information on the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.

Baby Shower

Pictured (L-R): Grace Keller, RN; Senior Vice President, Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer Pat Hogan, RN; Terese Weber, chair, Helping Hands Committee; Joanne Schroeder, RN, nurse manager, mother/baby; Judine Harrison, NA; Susan Rogers, MS, social work; Guild members Vera Meinhold and Marie Nicharico; Michele Boccia, director, Pastoral Care Department and Gail Sullivan, president, Central Council of the Guilds.


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.