Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           January 3, 2011

HambelWest Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center appointed David Hambel director of Respiratory Care.  Mr. Hambel has more than 23 years of experience as a licensed respiratory therapist.  Among his credentialing is the neonatal pediatric specialty credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care.  Prior to this promotion, he was assistant director for the past six years. 

In his role as director, he will be responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Respiratory Care, as well as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and Good Samaritan’s Sleep Apnea Center.  He is committed to continuing the expansion of respiratory services to the community. 

Mr. Hambel holds an associate’s degree in applied science for respiratory therapy from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse.  He is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in health care administration at St. Joseph’s College and plans to continue on for an MBA.


A resident of East Patchogue, he has been married for 23 years and has two children, Chelsea and Jake.


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 2009.  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 $54 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.