FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: July 16, 2010
West Islip, NY – Recently, Wayne Miller and Choice Ambulette Services sponsored a fund raiser at the Airport Playhouse in Bohemia, with proceeds designated for the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Dialysis Patient Emergency Fund. The event was a success, with more than $4,500 donated to the fund. This is the sixth consecutive year that Mr. Miller has organized this function to support the dialysis services provided by Good Samaritan Hospital.
Mr. Miller not only coordinates the benefit but also recruits sponsors from the community, in addition to providing tickets for dialysis patients to attend the show. Good Samaritan’s Administrator of Dialysis Services Pat Hansen, RN, stated, “We are grateful for Mr. Miller’s generosity. The money he raised will help Good Samaritan continue to provide the highest in quality care to its dialysis patients.”
Wayne Miller is an extraordinary example of compassion toward others. Shortly after being discharged from the U.S. Navy, he pursued a career, while serving as an EMT and volunteering his time in the community. Twenty years later, Mr. Miller left his job and went to work for one of the ambulette companies, where he felt he could apply his experience as an EMT to a better cause. Later, after working for two different companies and becoming acquainted with dialysis patients and their extraordinary needs, he decided to operate his own ambulette company, in order to provide more help, especially for indigent patients.
Mr. Miller has taken it upon himself to transport free of charge new patients who are awaiting Medicaid approval, until approval comes through. Every year, he also transports patients to a picnic and to a holiday party. Several years ago, Mr. Miller organized the first benefit for the dialysis program, and he has continued to do this annually. The funds generated continue to grow each year, as the event becomes more and more successful. Mr. Miller’s generosity does not stop with dialysis patients. He still volunteers locally as an EMT and continues to help people—including family and friends—when needed.
Pictured: (L-R) Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Charles Bové, Good Samaritan Hospital Administrative Director of the Chronic Dialysis Center Patricia Hansen, RN, President of Choice Medical Transport Wayne Miller, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Secretary Terese M. Weber; and The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Financial Chairperson Aileen Eppig.
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 more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 Emergency Department visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $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.