FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: May 25, 2010
West Islip, NY – Two Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center employees were recently presented with the hospital’s prestigious Bernstein Award. This tribute was established in 1985, in honor of the late Marvin Bernstein, MD, to recognize Good Samaritan employees who embody the same virtues
Dr. Bernstein personified, such as humanitarianism, compassion and empathy. Employees are nominated by their peers, and recipients are chosen by a committee made up of previous award winners. Martin Podgainy, MD, a friend and colleague of Dr. Bernstein, presented the award to Cancer Registry Supervisor Mary Ellen Weber and Director of Nursing Patricia Kurz, RN, at a recent hospital ceremony.
Mary Ellen Weber, a resident of West Islip, joined Good Samaritan in 1994. To truly appreciate her impact on patient care, staff and the medical center, it is important to understand the role of cancer registry. The medical center’s registrars capture a complete summary of the history, diagnosis, treatment, disease status and follow-up for every cancer patient diagnosed and/or treated at Good Samaritan. The team handles more than 1,100 charts annually. The information gathered is used to manage cancer patients, support data for cancer research, monitor quality of care and clinical practice guidelines, assess patterns of care, and monitor morbidity and mortality.
Ms. Weber was nominated for the Bernstein Award because of the support and comfort she provides to patients. One colleague stated, “She is a mentor and a source of valuable information. Mary Ellen is an expert in cancer registry and exemplifies the meaning of a Good Samaritan dedicated to her staff, her colleagues and the needs of cancer patients.” Her persistent leadership in the department greatly contributed to Good Samaritan’s becoming only the second facility in New York state to receive accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Patricia Kurz, a registered nurse, recently celebrated 30 years of service with Good Samaritan. She began her career as an RN “float,” going on to become head nurse of critical care, critical care specialist and director of the Emergency Department. On a daily basis, she demonstrates all the qualities possessed by Dr. Bernstein by her consistent dedication to patients, empathy and humanitarianism.
Ms. Kurz is one of the brightest and most dedicated nursing administrators. She has a great knowledge of nursing and a passion for sharing her years of nursing experience with others. Ms. Kurz is a wonderful mentor and leads by example, modeling how hard work brings both success and personal growth.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s cancer registry, the Emergency Department or any other service, please call (631) 376-4444.
Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Charles Bové, Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Registry Supervisor Mary Ellen Weber, Good Samaritan Hospital Director of nursing Patricia Kurz, RN, Martin Podgainy, MD, and Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President of Human Resources Lori K. Spina.
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 95,000 emergency room visits in 2008. 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 $30 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.