FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: May 19, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s new outreach facility, the Bishop McHugh Center, is expanding its operational hours to meet the increasing demand for clinical services. Located in Bay Shore, the facility treats some of the most underserved members of the community, providing free medical services to those in need. This expansion of services has been made possible in part by a generous bequest from the estate of the late Helen K. Dodd, a long-time resident of Long Island.
Mrs. Dodd—who died in 2007, a few months before her 105th birthday—bequeathed to Good Samaritan Hospital a gift of $1.6 million. The provision and intent of her donation stipulated that monies be used to support the services that Good Samaritan already provides to the needy, as well as for new opportunities in offering medical care to the less fortunate. Mrs. Dodd’s niece, Elisabeth Grinnell, and nephew, Arthur Field—working closely with attorney Werner Zumbrunn, of Zumbrunn & Hand, Babylon—remain committed to fulfilling the wishes of their aunt, who directed that the charitable legacy be used to help those less fortunate.
Since opening in October, the Bishop McHugh Center has treated uninsured patients one afternoon each week. Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Dodd and other benefactors, the free clinic will soon be open for two additional Mondays per month. Also, staffing is being expanded in order to assist with the increasing volume of patients, better enabling the facility to provide treatment for the underserved. In addition to these outreach services, Good Samaritan offers in-home health care to the homebound, which is also supported by the benevolent legacy from Mrs. Dodd’s estate.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s Bishop McHugh Center or home health care services, please call (631) 376-4104.
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 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room 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.