For Immediate Release: March 26, 2012

Good Samaritan Hospital 13th Annual SamariKids Festival

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Pediatric patients enjoy special event      

(West Islip, NY) Members of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s staff from its Center for Pediatric Specialty Care recently spent the day with some very special youngsters.  Each year, a number of children who have been treated at the offsite center located in Babylon or who have spent time in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit participate in the SamariKids Festival.  To honor these children and their families, the hospital organizes this free, annual celebration.

The Center for Pediatric Specialty Care’s Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology Barry Goldberg, MD, inaugurated this event in 2000.  The 13th annual SamariKids Festival was held at St. John the Baptist High School.  The event featured food, music, games, door prizes, gifts and lots of fun.

“Good Samaritan’s staff consider it an honor to care for the community’s children in their time of greatest need.  For more than a decade, the specialized pediatric program at Good Samaritan has treated thousands of children and touched the lives of each one,” stated Dr. Goldberg.

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, Coyle’s Ice Cream, McDonald’s, Vinny Luvera, Frank Biondo, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board Financial Chairperson Aileen Eppig, Ridgewood Savings Bank, St. John the Baptist High School students, Long Island Radio Group, WALK Radio and the SamariKids Committee.  In recognition of his longstanding commitment to SamariKids, DJ Vinny Luvera, owner of VJ Entertainment in West Islip, was presented with Good Samaritan’s Community Service Award during the festivities.

For more information about Good Samaritan’s pediatric services or Center for Pediatric Specialty Care, please call (631) 376-4444.

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 nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2011.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

Good Samaritan provided more than $43 million in community service and charity care in 2011.  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.

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