FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104Date:
December 10, 2010
West Islip, NY – The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets standards for health care facilities across the nation, has awarded Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center its Gold Seal of Approval ™. Hospitals undergo a survey every three years, which can occur at any time and without prior notice. The Joint Commission team spent five days evaluating every aspect of care and safety at Good Samaritan.
“Accreditation by the Joint Commission is a clear sign that Good Samaritan Hospital has demonstrated compliance to the most stringent standards of performance. Furthermore, because this is a voluntary program, accreditation represents the medical center’s commitment to providing safe, quality care,” stated Good Samaritan Hospital’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas.
This official approval recognizes that Good Samaritan Hospital offers patients the most consistent high-quality, best-value health care across all settings. “Day after day the surveyors were impressed with what they learned,” said Mr. Caldas. “Good Samaritan’s work with noise reduction, its patient safety protocol and the Emergency Department’s Mid-Track program earned the hospital an invitation to showcase its programs on the commission’s Best Practices web page.”
The Mid-Track program addresses those patients who are neither severely injured nor experiencing minor injuries. Instead it focuses on patients who are in the middle. The ongoing initiative has resulted in improved patient satisfaction in emergency department visits, and, in addition, there has been a decrease in wait time. Another Good Samaritan practice recognized by the Joint Commission focuses on noise, using a data-rich process to identify improvements for problems or processes, while maximizing the efficiency process.
“I am impressed with the fine leadership demonstrated by administration and great values of the employees, especially with the number of beds in the facility and keeping its family feeling. It is obvious that the hospital did not just get ready for this review, seeing that the practices observed are clearly done every day,” noted Juli Antonow, MD, Joint Commission surveyor.
Good Samaritan is embarking on a new patient safety protocol, called the “Medication Safety Zone”. This involves a nurse wearing a yellow sash to alert those in the vicinity that medication is being administered, thereby redirecting questions or comments to the nurses’ station in order to prevent any distractions or errors.
“The accreditation would not be possible without the compassion and dedication to excellence embodied by every employee within the medical center. The Good Samaritan board, administration, physicians and staff work as a team to provide the highest quality of health care to the community,” remarked Mr. Caldas.
For information on Good Samaritan Hospital’s many services, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit its website, www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
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 95,000 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.