News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: April 15, 2010
West Islip, NY - New York Governor David Paterson has proclaimed May 12, 2010, as Health Care Auxilian Day, in recognition of the many auxilians who donate more than five million hours
of service annually to their health care facilities and to their communities.
New York state has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund and volunteer for a
wide variety of patient and family care services ? from outpatient clinics to intensive care units.
They sponsor health fairs, blood banks and wellness lecture series, in addition to raising funds for hospital and nursing home equipment. They also organize and underwrite outreach programs in their communities.
During the past year, the Auxiliary to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center raised more than $300,000 to benefit the hospital. Money is raised through craft and vendor sales, the gift shop, the thrift shop and flower sales. The Guilds of Good Samaritan were recently honored at the hospital’s volunteer awards lunch. More than 150 volunteers were recognized at the event for contributing more than 320,000 hours in 2009. One volunteer, Claire Runyon, contributed more than 30,000 hours. “I have made wonderful, life-long friends over the past 40 years, as a volunteer at Good Samaritan,” said Ms. Runyon.
For more information or to become a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, please call
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 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.