Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           March 28, 2011
West Islip, NY – Members from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s staff from the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care recently spent the day with some very special people.  Each year, a number of children who have been treated at the offsite center or who have spent time in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) form a select group of pediatric patients chosen to participate in the SamariKids Festival.  To honor these children and their families, the hospital organizes this free, annual celebration.

samara_kids.jpgThe 12th annual SamariKids Spring Festival was held in the St. John the Baptist High School cafeteria. With the assistance of St. John students, the cafeteria reflected a circus-like theme, with food, music, games, door prizes, gifts and lots of fun.  The hospital staff is grateful to the high school students for volunteering their time.  SamariKids always look forward to playing games and enjoying the day with these teens.  Special guests included Blue from Blue’s Clues, Scooby Doo, Sparky the Dragon, Cubby the Clown and Ronald McDonald.

Director of the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care Barry Goldberg, MD, inaugurated this event in 2000.  “Good Samaritan’s staff consider it an honor to care for the community’s children in their time of greatest need.  For more than a decade, the specialized pediatric program at Good Samaritan has treated thousands of children and touched the lives of each one,” stated Dr. Goldberg.

The event could not have been possible without the generous support of the Long Island State Park Police PBA, Bob Venero Children’s Foundation, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., of Holbrook, John Theissen Children’s Foundation, Coyle’s Ice Cream, McDonald’s, DJ Vinnie Luvera, Frank Biondo, Aileen Eppig, Wendy Baner (the “Pipe Cleaner Art Lady”), Ridgewood Savings Bank and the SamariKids Committee.

“SamariKids brings many of those involved in the care of these children together to accomplish a common goal,” said Good Samaritan’s Event Coordinator Lorraine Marinaro.  “We thank our sponsors and all who participated for everything they did to help make this event such a success.”

For more information about Good Samaritan’s pediatric services or Center for Pediatric Specialty Care, please call (631) 376-4444.


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.