Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           November 16, 2011

West Islip, NY – The number one surgical treatment option for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, da Vinci® surgical services are now available at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.  Through tiny incisions, surgeons using da Vinci® can operate with greater precision and control, while  offering the best clinical outcomes, including less pain and a shorter recovery.  Good Samaritan is the only facility on the south shore of Suffolk County with da Vinci®. 

daVinci.jpgThe minimally invasive system is an alternative to both conventional gynecologic surgery and laparoscopy and is widely used for hysterectomies and a range of conditions, including fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse and cancer.  Traditionally, the standard approach to these procedures required large incisions, until the emergence of the da Vinci®, offering excellent patient satisfaction and a proven track record of more than 150,000 hysterectomies performed annually.

“For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option,” stated Good Samaritan Hospital’s Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Benjamin Schwartz, MD.  “The opportunity to expand the capabilities of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology with state-of-the-art procedures offered by da Vinci® and other advanced systems is indeed exciting.”  

Good Samaritan’s Department of Surgery is staffed by more than 100 surgical specialists in 12 separate specialty divisions.  The hospital is the second largest tertiary care facility in Suffolk County, delivering a combination of superior surgical outcomes with the benefit of comprehensive medical resources supporting each procedure.

To learn more about Good Samaritan’s da Vinci® robotic surgery and other minimally invasive services, visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org or 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 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.