Diocese of Rockville Centre


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


Date:           February 11, 2011

West Islip, NY – Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths among both men and women in the United States.  This is why earlier detection, along with an accurate diagnosis, is critical to patient care.  Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is now one of the first hospitals in Suffolk County using the latest technology for diagnosing and staging lung cancer.  Terry Pallat, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, was instrumental in obtaining the EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound system) equipment for Good Samaritan Hospital.

During a bronchoscopy, a physician uses an instrument, called a bronchoscope—a long, thin tube with a high-resolution camera, which obtains and transmits images to a video monitor—to visualize the airways of the lungs and obtain samples of lung tissue to determine why a patient is experiencing specific symptoms.  Another option is to undergo a surgical procedure, known as mediastinoscopy, during which the physician makes an incision and inserts a scope and sampling tools to obtain a diagnosis. 

“By using the latest, most innovative technology, the physician can more accurately diagnose and stage lung cancer, and avoid more invasive diagnostic surgical procedures.  By having a non-surgical outpatient procedure instead of mediastinoscopy, you can speed your recovery time, and lower the risk of complications, including infection,” stated Dr. Palatt.   

 If you (or a loved one) are experiencing symptoms, you want to know that you will receive the best care.   Good Samaritan Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and was granted the prestigious Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.  Good Samaritan is a Magnet™ designated hospital— professional nursing’s highest honor, achieved by fewer than six percent of U.S. hospitals and recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval ™.

For more information on cancer services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.


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.