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

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center was where Charles Bianculli, DC, was taken following the crash of a small plane in which he was a passenger.  He would not realize how lucky he was to have been brought to Good Samaritan until weeks later.  According to him and other medical experts, without the care he received at Good Samaritan’s Emergency Department (ED), he might not be here today.

“Good Sam saved my life.  The quick actions of the emergency team put me in a position to survive long enough for the next-level facility to put me back together,” stated Dr. Bianculli.

Plane Crash Victim“Due to the seriousness of Dr. Bianculli’s injuries, it was imperative that the emergency team evaluate and move quickly in order to save his life.  Even with such extensive injuries, he was alert and cooperative.  I was amazed with the progress he has made, considering his injuries were life-threatening,” stated David Levy, DO, the attending physician at Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritan’s ED is the busiest emergency department in Suffolk County, providing more than 96,000 patient visits last year.  It is designed, staffed and equipped to evaluate and treat all types of emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is a NYS Designated Level II Trauma Center for treating life- and limb-threatening injuries.  Within the ED are an Emergency Cardiac Care Center for rapidly diagnosing and treating suspected heart attack patients and a Fast Track for rapid treatment of minor illness and injuries.  The ED’s staff includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are trained and experienced in responding to emergent medical problems in patients of all ages. 

Thankfully, Dr. Bianculli beat the odds and is working on rehabilitation to be able to return to his practice in Lindenhurst.  “You guys are terrific.  I don’t know how to say ‘thank you’.”  

For more information on emergency services at Good Samaritan, please call (631) 376-4444.

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department attending physician David Levy, DO, and patient Charles Bianculli, DC.


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.