News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: March 29, 2010
West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care staff recently spent the day with some very special people. Each year a group of children who have been treated at the Center or who have spent time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) comprise a select group of Good Samaritan pediatric patients chosen to participate in the SamariKids Festival. To honor these children and their families, Good Samaritan hosts this annual celebration.
The 11th Annual SamariKids Spring Festival was held at the St. John the Baptist High School cafeteria. With the assistance of St. John’s students, the cafeteria reflected a fun, circus-like theme, with food, music, games, door prizes, gifts and lots of fun. Special “guest” visitors included, Blue from Blues Clues, Scooby Doo, Sparky the Dragon, Spider Man and Ronald McDonald. The many door prizes included notebook computers, Apple ipod shuffles, Flip ultra camcorder, LI Ducks tickets and a Nintendo Wii. One of the many highlights was a performance by Terrence Washington, a talented young man, best known for his winning performance at “Amateur Night” at the Apollo theatre in New York City.
“I thank God and Good Samaritan for divine intervention and medical technology. They saved my daughter, Maggie’s, life” said a father of pediatric specialty patient, Tyree Bacon. “Several months after my daughter’s life threatening heart surgery, we planned her christening. But, Maggie was taken ill again and had to be hospitalized and we thought she would miss being christened. Through the help and compassion of Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer Pat Hogan, our daughter was christened in the hospital chapel, with our family as witnesses. Maggie will be a cardiac patient for the rest of her life, but she is doing very well and there is nothing she cannot do, except maybe play football. Everyone from the emergency department staff, pastoral care, PICU nursing staff and physicians at Good Samaritan has been there for our family.”
“This is a very special event for all of us and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Director of Pediatric Cardiology and the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care Barry E. Goldberg, MD.
The pediatric staff of Good Samaritan considers it an honor to take care of the community’s children in their times of greatest need. For more than a decade the expanded pediatric program at Good Samaritan has cared for thousands of children and touched the lives of each one.
The event could not have been possible without the generous support of the Long Island State Park Police PBA, Bob Venero Children’s Foundation, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., of Holbrook, John Theissen Children’s Foundation and Ridgewood Savings Bank.
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 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 our 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.