FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: November 18, 2010
West Islip, NY – During the week of November 7–13, National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recognized this distinguished group of health care providers. Since 1965, nurse practitioners have been meeting the primary and specialty care needs of their patients providing a high level of medical expertise and patient satisfaction. National NP Week highlights the role of the nurse practitioner, helping individuals make wise choices when selecting health care providers.
Throughout the week, there were informational handouts and displays in Good Samaritan’s lobby and employee cafeteria relating to the expertise of NPs. A team of Good Samaritan’s NPs were guest speakers at local girl scout troops and senior centers and discussed topics such as how to stay healthy. Throughout the year, NPs teach at nursing schools and participate in community health fairs and events.
“The theme of 2010 National NP week recognizes all NPs as heroes. NPs are privileged to care for patients holistically, recognizing the psychological, social, biological and spiritual needs of every human being. As colleagues, they act as quintessential role models, bringing the art and science of nursing to every setting along the continuum of care,” stated Good Samaritan Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan.
NPs partner with physicians to provide high-quality primary, acute and specialty health care. They help to empower patients by developing individualized and comprehensive health education and counseling. As baby boomers age, having choices about health care providers will become even more important. At Good Samaritan Hospital, NPs on staff have expertise in areas such as acute and chronic care, neurosurgery, perioperative medicine, geriatrics and pediatrics.
For more information on nurse practitioner services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444.
Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital nurse practitioners Kathy Gallo, Kymberly Harvell, Andrea Flannery, Jennifer Davis, Jane Koop and Eva Macdowell.
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 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 more than $54 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.