Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           March 3, 2011

The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center held a Valentine brunch Sunday, February 13, at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip.  Catherine Caronia, MD, president of Good Samaritan’s medical board, chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Department, chairman of pediatrics, associate dean, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and director of pediatric critical care services, was honored as the “Ace of Hearts.”  More than 130 guests were in attendance, resulting in a $5,000 donation to pediatric services. 

Valentine's Brunch 2011 

Pictured (L to R): President of the Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Gail Sullivan, “Ace of Hearts” honoree Catherine Caronia, MD, and Valentine Brunch Chairperson Bernadette Nee.


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.