Experts in Medicine, Leaders in Care

Catholic Health is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. The health system has nearly 17,000 employees, six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health service, hospice and a network of physician practices.

Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Health serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity.

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Our History & Honors

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Catholic Health provides nationally recognized, award-winning care at our hospitals and continuing care facilities across Long Island.

  • Recognized nationally by Modern Healthcare as among the Best Places to Work in both 2020 and 2019, the only New York State provider so honored. 
  • Named by Newsday as a Top Workplace on Long Island in both 2018 and 2019. 
  • All six Catholic Health hospitals are recognized for excellence in stroke care by the American Stroke Association. St. Charles Hospital is named a Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus facility and St. Francis Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital each garnered Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Honors. These awards highlight our hospitals’ shared commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. (2021)
  • All six Catholic Health hospitals have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and are fully accredited. 
  • Nationally ranked for the fourteenth time by U.S. News & World Report for Cardiology & Heart Surgery (2021-2022)—more times than any other hospital on Long Island in this specialty.
  • Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four other adult specialties—Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Geriatrics. (2021-2022)
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in three additional adult specialties: Oncology, Pulmonology, and Urology. (2021-2022)
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in 15 common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, pneumonia, stroke and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). (2021-2022)
  • Rated among the top 10 hospitals in the region by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #6 in New York State and #6 in the New York Metropolitan Area. (2021-2022) 
  • Received 18th “A” grade for safety by the Leapfrog Group (fall 2021)—the most for any hospital in Nassau County
  • Received a 5-Star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the second time in a row. (May 2021)
  • Awarded the Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) Lantern Award, which recognizes emergency departments for demonstrating exceptional performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. (2021)
  • Earned Magnet designation for nursing excellence four times in a row, the only hospital in Nassau County to hold that honor so consistently. (2020)
  • Named a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award winner in four categories and a 2021 Pinnacle of Excellence Award winner in two categories by Press Ganey.
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Earned the 2021 Women’s Choice Award for the following:
    • Best Mammogram Imaging Center 
    • Best Hospitals for Heart Care    
    • Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery
    • Best Hospitals for Orthopedics
    • Best Hospitals for Cancer Care 
    • Best Hospitals for Stroke Care
    • Best Hospitals for Minimally Invasive Surgery

 

  • Rated by U.S. News & World Report as high performing for aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke. (2021-2022)
  • Holds the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. Only nine percent of hospitals throughout the U.S. hold this honor. 
  • One of seven hospitals nationwide to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer for five consecutive surveys, spanning a continuous 15 years.
  • One of seven hospitals nationwide to receive Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer for six consecutive surveys, spanning a continuous 18 years.
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Only hospital on Long Island to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and NYS DOH.
  • Only Verified Level 2 Trauma Center for both Adults and Pediatrics on the south shore of Long Island, as selected by the American College of Surgeons.
  • In 2009, the hospital's Breast Health Center became the second facility of its kind in New York State to receive a three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Administered by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of breast care. Reaccredited in 2012, 2015 and again in 2018, the center earned the highest scores from the NAPBC for best outcomes in prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship, as well as for providing individualized supportive services for women at all stages of breast cancer.
  • Awarded the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Designated hospitals have created stewardship programs led by ID-trained physicians and pharmacists that advance science in Antimicrobial Resistance and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines such as the IDSA-SHEA guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements. The hospital is one of 101 programs nationwide to have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2017.
  • Two intensive care units (ICU) have earned the silver-level Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence: Medical ICU and Cardiothoracic ICU.
  • The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Good Samaritan Hospital for excellence in lactation care 10 years in a row. (July 2021)
  • Awarded recertification of the Geriatric Fracture Care program by The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) (2021)
  • The hospital's Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) earned a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) (2021)
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Disease Specific Program—Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Programs
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification Disease Specific Program—Stroke
  • Joint Commission Advanced Certification Disease Specific Program—Palliative Care
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation for Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation for both adults and Children, Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialty Programs, Brain Injury Specialty Programs, and Stroke Rehabilitation Specialty Programs. (2020)
  • Cancer Program Received Commission on Cancer (COC) Accreditation
  • Accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSQIP) of the American College of Surgeons
  • Received all three of Healthgrades’ Women’s Care Specialty Excellence Awards for 2020. St. Charles is the only hospital in NYS to achieve the OBGYN Excellence Award 3 Years in a row, the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award 6 Years in a Row and the 2020 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. (2020)
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest standards-setting, accrediting body in health care.
  • Holds Joint Commission Accreditation for disease-specific care—Stroke.
  • Holds Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Program Specific Diseases—Palliative Care. 
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing for COPD, heart failure, and kidney failure. (2020-2021)
  • Designated a Baby-Friendly® birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, the first hospital to earn the designation in Suffolk County.
  • Designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Earned Healthgrades’ five-star rating for C-Section Delivery in 2020. 
  • Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
  • Accredited by the American College of Radiology in MRI, CT, ultrasound, ultrasound breast, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound vascular, mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy.
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for four consecutive surveys (12 years in a row) and Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-Level Commendation. (2019)
  • The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Certificate for Sepsis Care—the first hospital in NY to earn Gold Seal (2019)
  • Rated by U.S. News & World Report as high performing for COPD and kidney failure. (2021-2022)
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. Additionally, made the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • Rated by U.S. News & World Report as high performing for heart failure, COPD and kidney failure. (2021-2022) 
  • Earned the Target Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association (2019). 
  • Earned three-year accreditation in ultrasound from the American College of Radiology (2019). 
  • Diabetes Education Center of Excellence as recognized by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
  • Winner of the 2018 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for "The Cultural, Clinical and Operational Benefits of Establishing a Robust Safe Patient Handling Program".
  • Catholic Health’s three skilled nursing facilities — Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation, Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitation, and St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation — all scored high in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes report (2021). Out of 616 nursing homes in New York State, Our Lady of Consolation is 1 of just 44 locations to receive a 5 out of 5 score. 
  • Long Island Business News readers commended Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation one of the best nursing homes in Suffolk. (2019)
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation a national leader for short-term rehabilitation (2020-21). U.S. News & World Report rated Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitation as High Performing for short-term rehabilitation the past three years in a row.
  • Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitation and St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation both made Newsweek’s list of Best Nursing Homes for 2020 and 2021.
  • All three of Catholic Health’s skilled nursing facilities have received 5 stars from CMS for quality measures.
  • Our Lady of Consolation was named a Top-Performing Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report for 2020 and 2021.
  • Maryhaven Center of Hope earned a 2020 Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety from the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). The award recognizes and encourages broad dissemination of successful quality improvement and innovative patient safety initiatives.
  • Good Shepherd Hospice’s leadership was presented with the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Patriot Award (2018). 
  • Good Shepherd Hospice was featured in HANYS’s ‘Member Spotlight’ for its bereavement outreach to Hispanic children and their caretakers, a program that won a grant from the New York Life Foundation.
  • Catholic Health Home Care and Good Shepherd Hospice were awarded the 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst for their high commitment to safety and patient care.
  • Catholic Health Home Care received outstanding feedback at the completion of its triennial Joint Commission survey, while earning a place among the HomeCare Elite® top 25% of home health agencies in the nation for 2018.
  • Good Shepherd Hospice was featured prominently in an award-winning video produced by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, ultimately honored a Gold Circle Award. The video detailed the outstanding level of care staff of Good Shepherd provided to a 9/11 first responder.

LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 2021

Well-Established History of Caring for Long Islanders

Catholic Health was founded in 1997 by the Diocese of Rockville Centre and encompasses facilities and services that originated as charitable institutions under the sponsorship of religious sponsors. Reaching back more than a century, various congregations of women religious shared a profound commitment to helping those in need on Long Island:

  • Toward the end of the 19th century, four Sisters of St. Dominic traveled from Germany to serve the needs of immigrants, soon establishing a school, an orphanage and two hospitals. In 1894, they opened a convalescent home, known today as Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitation.
  • The Daughters of Wisdom, originally from France, founded St. Charles Hospital in 1907, Maryhaven Center of Hope (which began as the Wharton Memorial Institute) in 1930 and Good Samaritan Hospital in 1959.
  • Three nuns from the Congregation of the Infant Jesus began nursing the sick poor in 1905, and that work eventually grew into Nursing Sisters Home Care, which—now known as Catholic Health Home Care—became part of Catholic Health in 1998. Often referred to as the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, this congregation also founded Mercy Hospital, the very first Catholic hospital in Nassau County, in 1913.
  • St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1922. By 1949, St. Francis Hospital was the largest hospital in the U.S. dedicated to pediatric cardiac care and today is one of the nation’s leading cardiac centers.
  • St. Catherine of Siena Hospital joined Catholic Health in 2000, and St. Joseph Hospital became part of the system in 2010.
  • In addition to Our Lady of Consolation, Catholic Health Home Care and Maryhaven, our Continuing Care Division also comprises Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation, St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Hospice.

Catholic Health operates under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre to serve the residents of Long Island. Its six hospitals are members of the Long Island Health Network (LIHN) and Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. Catholic Health also is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association and Healthcare Association of New York State.

In order to better improve the health and well-being of the surrounding communities, Catholic Health facilities have partnered extensively with local organizations such as civic groups, other hospitals and health care providers, universities, school districts, libraries, senior centers, county health departments, and community health and advocacy agencies. This has resulted in the formation of the Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC), an innovative, bi-county effort to help Long Islanders improve their health.

Catholic Health’s affiliated physicians play an essential role in the many programs offered across the system. In 2012, Catholic Health launched the Catholic Health Physician Hospital Organization (PHO), in conjunction with LIHN. Under the leadership of and guided by doctors, the Catholic Health PHO will further deliver clinically excellent and value-based medical services to patients.

System Highlights

  *   1,918 Certified Hospital Beds
  *   685 Nursing Home Beds
  *   Approximately 17,000 Employees
  *   More than 4,600 Medical Staff
  *   More than 4,000 Nursing Staff
  *   More than 3,000 Volunteers
  *   More than $2.8 Billion in Revenues

Annually*, at Catholic Health there are:

  *   879,325 Hospital Admissions
  *   5,492 Newborn Deliveries
  *   408,884 Home Care Visits
  *   50,787 Ambulatory Surgeries
  *   23,085 Inpatient Surgeries
  *   424,906 Ambulatory Outpatient Visits
  *   15,218 Cardiac Catheterizations
  *   4,452 Coronary Angioplasties
  *   1,588 Open Heart Surgeries
  *   182,952 Emergency Dept. Visits
  *   149,628 Hospice Days of Care
  *   107,366 Rehabilitation Visits
  *   Day & Residential Services for Approximately 2,600 Unique Individuals With Special Needs, Behavioral/Mental Health Concerns & Substance Abuse Issues

*2020 statistics

Community Health

Catholic Health offers free wellness events and free health screenings across Long Island.