Diocese of Rockville Centre


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

Date: April 11, 2012


Cancer CommitteeWest Islip, NY - The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has given its Outstanding Achievement Award, a three-year approval with commendation, to the cancer program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. The hospital is the only facility in New York state in three consecutive surveys to receive this award nine years in a row, and one of just six facilities in the state to earn this honor in 2012. Earning the Outstanding Achievement Award indicates the facility has demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with 8 standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and, in addition, a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards.

“Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” said Chairman of the Cancer Committee and Chief of Hematology/Oncology Kenneth Gold, MD. “Good Samaritan undergoes a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance every three-years to maintain this prestigious standing.”

The medical center’s expert oncologists, surgeons, nurses and ancillary medical staff specialize in the treatment of cancer. The program has weekly, multidisciplinary cancer conferences where cases are reviewed by a team of experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and genetics. In addition to the Outstanding Achievement Award, the hospital has also earned other notable cancer-related honors, including three–year accreditation with commendation in eight areas from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and was named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Good Samaritan’s cancer program offers patients access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and technology
  • Multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • Cancer registry, which collects data on type and stage of cancers along with treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home For more information on cancer care services at Good Samaritan, please call (631) 376-4444.


Cancer Committee Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital’s; Chief of Hematology/Oncology Kenneth D. Gold, MD, Director Women’s Imaging Services Melinda J. Staiger, MD, FACR, Chair of Pathology William J. Engellenner, MD, Assistant Vice President of Imaging and Cancer Care Services Ralph Corbino, Nurse Coordinator Palliative Care Services Ronnie Hojnacki, RN, BS, CHPN, Arnbjorn Toset, MD, surgery, Director of Cancer Registry Services Mary Ellen Weber, MBA, CTR, Chief of Surgery John Francfort, MD, Lauren Gentz, CTR, cancer registry, Breast Health Center Coordinator Bonnie Edsall, RN, BSN, CBCN, CBPN-C, Nurse Manager, D Unit Patricia Brown, RN, Director Medical/Surgical Nursing Karen Lange, MS, CMSRN, NE-BC, Community Health Educator Georgeine Bellando, Vice President, Administration Kenneth Long and Chief of Thoracic Surgery Terry Palatt, MD.


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 2011. 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 $43 million in community service and charity care in 2011. 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.