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   For Immediate Release: October 11, 2012

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Generous donation mades purchase of new equipment possible

(West Islip, NY) Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Emergency Department and Dialysis Center in Bay Shore are using new scanners, ventilators and a patient monitoring system. What many may not know is the extraordinary woman whose generous donation made the purchase of this equipment was made possible.

Helen Dodd—who died in 2007, a few months before her 105th birthday—bequeathed to Good Samaritan Hospital a generous gift of $1.6 million. The intent of her donation was that monies be used to support health care services to the medically needy. Mrs. Dodd’s niece, Bettie Grinnell, and nephew, Arthur Field have provided direction as to her charitable legacy.

“I was not surprised by my aunt’s wishes to donate to Good Samaritan. She was very generous through the years to various organizations and members of her family. Helen lived life to the fullest—traveling the world while managing family funds with a keen eye for investing. She met many people less fortunate than herself in her travels, and I believe this is when she made a promise to herself to help those close to home,” said Mrs. Grinnell.

“Helen was a remarkable woman for her time. She was a working, college educated and independent person during the depression. She saw first hand the devastating effects the great depression had on her family,” said Mr. Fields.

Mrs. Dodd had the insight to plan ahead to guarantee that her wishes to fund health care for our underserved community would be properly carried out. She believed in the mission of Good Samaritan Hospital and the hospital’s long-term future which is why she created a legacy gift to support it.

“We are grateful to Mrs. Dodd who used her estate to benefit others for many generations to come,” said The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Executive Director Kathy Dulanto.

For more information about planned giving to support hospital initiatives, please call (631) 376-4365.

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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