For Immediate Release: January 25, 2012

Good Samaritan Hospital Earns Awards

Long Island Press Releases

For Stroke/Heart Failure Care

(West Islip, NY) Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® (GWTG) Gold Plus and Gold Performance Achievement Awards for stroke and heart failure, respectively.  Serving the residents of southwest Suffolk County and parts of Nassau County, Good Samaritan Hospital provides the lifesaving services needed by the community.

“Our staff is dedicated to providing the best care for stroke and heart failure patients in the country.  Implementing the Get With The Guidelines ® protocols helps us to accomplish this,” said Good Samaritan’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Simmons.

As a NYS Designated Stroke Center, Good Samaritan offers the treatments needed in an emergency as well as stroke prevention services, including free screenings and lectures and raising awareness of the warning signs for stroke.  The Department of Emergency Medicine provides the critical care needed in an urgent stroke situation.  The Radiology Department offers advanced, low-dosage CT scanning and other diagnostic imaging, including MRIs.  Additionally, patients who are recovering from stroke receive services such as short- and long-term home health care, speech and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

GWTG provides hospital staff with proven protocols to use when caring for heart failure patients.  According to the AHA, 5.7 million Americans suffer from heart failure annually, and more than 300,000 people die as a result.  Good Samaritan was the first facility on the south shore of Suffolk County to offer both elective angioplasty and cardiac rehabilitation and is partnering with St. Francis Hospital, The Heart CenterÒ, to bring its award-winning cardiac surgical program to the area.

These awards signify that Good Samaritan has achieved and sustained 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG Heart Failure and Stroke Performance Achievement indicators over a 24-month, consecutive interval and 75 percent or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Stroke Quality Measures over a 24-month, consecutive interval.  For more information about Good Samaritan’s cardiology services or the warning signs for stroke, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit 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 nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010.  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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