FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini,
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: July 22, 2010
Melville, NY – One of the many babies delivered this year at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is Evan Michael Bonitch. Born on June 8th, he was two weeks and two days early. Evan’s mother, Susan Bonitch of West Islip, had developed a kidney infection—with eight kidney stones—during her pregnancy. At 30 weeks, she was admitted to Good Samaritan for treatment and was subsequently cared for by the medical center’s staff over the course of seven and a half weeks prior to giving birth to little Evan. Because the two treatment options that normally would be available could not be performed without endangering the baby, Mrs. Bonitch’s condition was monitored, and her pain was managed.
“I was feeling guilty about taking medication while I was pregnant, but the nurses at Good Samaritan assured me it was the best and safest option for me and my baby,” said Mrs. Bonitch, adding, “They would always make me feel better about my situation.”
Mrs. Bonitch’s experience is a perfect example of the excellent services provided at Good Samaritan Hospital. This high level of quality care earned Good Samaritan and affiliated hospitals of Catholic Health Services of Long Island the 2010 Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. By employing a process called crew resource management (CRM)—developed by NASA and used in the aviation industry—the obstetric and maternity personnel achieved improved outcomes and better patient care. Thanks to effective teamwork, the teams reduced unexpected neonatal intensive care admissions significantly.
Mrs. Bonitch plans to return to Good Samaritan Hospital to be treated for the kidney stones, now that her baby is home.
“My experience at Good Sam was amazing,” she stated. “From the moment I stepped off the elevator, the staff were there to make sure I was comfortable.”
More than 3,000 babies are safely delivered annually at Good Samaritan. Expectant mothers who are classified as high risk are cared for through the medical center’s maternal fetal medicine services. With the HANYS Pinnacle Award, the multihospital program was recognized as the most outstanding safety initiative out of more than 130 nominees from hospitals and health systems across New York. In addition to this latest award, Good Samaritan—a Magnet™ designated facility—has earned three out of three stars from the state Department of Health for preventing complications during medical, surgical and obstetrical acute care, as well as the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.
For more information about the award-winning obstetrics and maternity services offered at Good Samaritan Hospital, 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 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.