Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           October 31, 2011

Nancy SimmonsWest Islip, NY – Nancy Simmons, RN, MS, has been appointed Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO).  She brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at Long Island community hospitals.  Simmons has substantial expertise in leading organizations to accomplish their patient care initiatives.

Simmons has been instrumental in advancing patient-focused care at Catholic Health Services (CHS) facilities, including the reduction of wait times for Emergency Department patients to be admitted and other enhancements in patient satisfaction.  She has also achieved significant improvements in operational areas, accomplishing cost efficiency while increasing nursing time spent at the bedside with patients.

Simmons is familiar with Good Samaritan, having worked on-site in the past in the areas of care management and performance improvement.  She has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at CHS’s St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, and was later promoted to executive vice president and CAO for Mercy Medical Center—another CHS hospital. 

“Nancy’s level of health care expertise and her history of achievements will bring tremendous strength to Good Samaritan,” stated Good Samaritan Hospital President and CEO James Caldas.  “I look forward to working with her in carrying out our mission of delivering excellent and compassionate care and service.”

A registered nurse, Simmons received her master’s of science degree in nursing administration from Adelphi University.  She resides in Malverne with her husband, Andrew.


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 provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010.  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.