For Immediate Release: December 4, 2012

Good Samaritan’s New Surgical Intensive Care Unit Offers Patient-Focused Care

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Good Samaritan Hospital’s New Surgical Intensive Care Unit Offers Patient-Focused Care

(West Islip, N.Y.) – Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center were joined by administration, physicians, elected officials and community members at the recent ribbon cutting for the hospital’s new Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). This state-of-the-art 16-bed unit will accommodate trauma patients and surgical patients requiring intensive care. These single patient, private rooms include showers, accommodations for patient’s family as well as the latest monitoring equipment.

“We have responded to patients’ needs by providing greater access to surgical care,” said Good Samaritan’s Chair of Surgery John Francfort, MD. “This advanced suite will further enable comprehensive care focused on patient safety to make a difference in the community and better serve our patients.”

New Surgical Intensive Care Unit Offers Patient-Focused Care

Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan’s Vice President, Administration, Joseph Loiacono, Town of Islip Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., New York State Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino, Good Samaritan’s President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Simmons, Director of Trauma Services Steven Allen Blau, MD, Chair of Surgery John Francfort, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD, New York State Senator Elect Phil Boyle, intensivist, Kathleen O’Hara, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Cilmi, neurologist, Alan Mechanic, MD and SICU Nurse Manager Karen Fee, RN.

The hospital is working toward a planned 2013 American College of Surgeons (ACS) site visit and review. If verified, Good Sam will be among the first hospitals in New York State to be named an ACS-Committee on Trauma Level II Trauma Center. As the first hospital in the State to invite the ACS-COT to review its trauma program, the hospital has set a standard of care that the State Department of Health has adopted for all trauma centers across the State.

“As part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to clinical excellence, this unit is a key component of the hospital’s trauma program,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Simmons.

For more information on trauma services at Good Samaritan, 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.

Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
(631) 376-4483
(631) 376-3893 (fax)

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