Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date:           June 6, 2011

West Islip, NY – Three years ago, Michelle Mahler found herself facing dialysis treatments once again, when her kidney transplant failed.  Having struggled with illness leading to kidney failure earlier in life, the 35-year-old had a reprieve for several years until her health failed, shutting down her donated kidney.

Michelle and Joseph Mahler“I have to say I was nervous and anxious to start treatments again,” said Mahler.  “I said to myself, ‘You’ve been through this before, so you know what to expect,’ but what I didn’t expect was the extent of care and personal attention offered by Good Sam’s staff, making me feel like more than just one of many patients.  When it comes to life-saving dialysis treatment, Good Samaritan is the place to be.”
Mahler told her story to a gathering of more than 200 supporters of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center at the 51st annual Samaritans’ Dinner, held in May at Land’s End in Sayville.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Good Samaritan’s Dialysis Department.

In addition to its hospital-based dialysis unit, Good Samaritan opened the Chronic Dialysis Center in Bay Shore in 1976, the first freestanding dialysis facility in Suffolk County, followed by an additional site in Lindenhurst in 2000.  A total of more than 55,000 treatments are provided annually at the 3 locations.  Both the Bay Shore and Lindenhurst centers offer maintenance dialysis, self-care dialysis, home peritoneal dialysis training and transplant referral, and the Bay Shore facility has home hemodialysis training.  Care is provided by certified RNs, LPNs and dialysis technicians who are skilled in renal therapy and clinical technology.  The multidisciplinary team also includes renal social workers, registered dietitians and physical therapists.

“I feel safe and secure, knowing that all the people responsible for my care at Good Sam have my best interest at heart,” said Mahler.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s dialysis services, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Pictured: Michelle and Joseph Mahler.


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.