Delivering Excellence in Health Care
Good Samaritan University Hospital, part of the Catholic Health system, is a community hospital located in West Islip, NY. The hospital has served the south shore of Long Island for more than 50 years. Our combination of clinical excellence and compassionate care sets us apart and is why so many residents of our community rely on and trust us for their health and wellness needs.
We have earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing—reflecting our commitment to patient care and safety.
Learn more about why Good Samaritan Hospital is now Good Samaritan University Hospital.
About Good Samaritan University Hospital
- Rated by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing for aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke, and uterine cancer surgery. (2022-2023)
- 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 Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer for six consecutive surveys, spanning a continuous 18 years.
- Only hospital on Long Island to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and NYS DOH.
- Only Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center on the south shore of Long Island.
- 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)
- Awarded recertification of the Geriatric Fracture Care program by The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) (2021)
- Received the 2022 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 and the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. Additionally, received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy Award.
- 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, 2018 and again in 2022, 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)
- Granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transesophageal and Adult Transthoracic.
LAST UPDATED: MARCH 2023
Good Samaritan University Hospital Leadership Team
- Ruth E. Hennessey, President
- Vincent Angeloro, Vice President, Quality Management & Accreditation
- Robert Carlin, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer
- Dina Cicillini, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, Vice President, Performance Improvement
- Ralph Corbino, Assistant Vice President, Imaging, Cancer and Cardiology Services
- Susan Knoepffler, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer
- Joseph Loiacono, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Planning
- Kathleen McDonald, RN, Assistant Vice President, Peri-Operative Services, Labor & Delivery
- John McMurray, Chief Operating Officer
- Joseph Mihalich, Assistant Vice President, Plant Engineering
- Lori Spina, Vice President, Human Resources
- Christine Stehlik, Assistant Vice President, Finance
- Donald Teplitz, DO, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
- Stephen Trapani, Senior Vice President, Finance
- Anthony Uberti, Assistant Vice President, Hospital Based Physicians
Catholic Health Executive Leadership
- Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, MS-POPH, FACEP, CHCQM, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Daniel DeBarba, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
- Jason M. Golbin, DO, MBA, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
- Joseph Lamantia, Executive Vice President Chief Transformation Officer
- Tracy E. Miller, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel
- Dennis Verzi, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Joseph Carofano, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer
- Michael Mainiero, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Information Officer
- Father Kevin Creagh, Senior Vice President for Mission Integration
- Gara Edelstein, Chief Nursing Officer
- Peggy Maher, Chief Development Officer
- Anthony Pellicano, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer
Highlights of Our History
Good Samaritan University Hospital opened its doors on May 18, 1959. It has undergone major master facility expansions six multiple times: to the east in 1966; to the south with the 120-bed Baxter Pavilion in 1970; to the west with two additional patient floors in 1973; to the north in 1983 with a five-story addition which included eight new operating rooms and new radiology and pediatric departments; and in 1996 with a four-story addition for the teaching, mammography, pathology and surgical programs.
The sixth expansion, begun in 1998, was a new two-story structure connected to the main building by a corridor. The Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma, which was dedicated on April 22, 2001, encompasses the first floor. This 29,200 square foot, state-of-the-art facility’s unique features include an expanded Triage and Fast Track area, more than 40 adult and pediatric patient care areas, digital filmless radiography, a trauma center and the only Pediatric Emergency Department in Suffolk County. The second floor houses the most modern Ambulatory Surgery Unit on Long Island and has five operating rooms and two pain management suites.
The Pediatric Emergency Department was further enhanced in 2020 with the development of a modular, separate area to provide a completely different emergency medicine experience for pediatric patients and their families.
- In October of 2019, The Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan University Hospital opened to give our community access to comprehensive cancer care at one location close to home. The two-floor comprehensive cancer center features a 22-bay infusion center, 12 physician offices and 20 exam rooms.
- Good Samaritan University Hospital's Women's Imaging Center is the first comprehensive breast care center on Long Island. It is the only breast care facility on Long Island to be accredited by the American College of Radiology for excellence in the performance of all types of stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies.
Newborn & Pediatric Patients
- Good Samaritan University Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was established in 1995.
- The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the first on the south shore of Suffolk County, was opened in October 1997.
- The Pediatric Emergency Department accepted its first patient in January 1998 and provided care for more than 17,000 children in its opening year. In July of 2020, the hospital opened a dedicated pediatric emergency department with features specific to pediatric patients
- The first expansion of the Center for Pediatric Specialty Care, a multi-specialty pediatric center, was completed in July 1998 in a location across from the hospital. In June of 2007, due to increased demands, a new expanded location opened at 655 Deer Park Ave in Babylon. This new center provides 22 examination and treatment rooms, 180 dedicated parking spots and more appointment slots and staffing.
Vascular & Cardiology Care
- Good Samaritan University was the first community hospital in Suffolk County to offer both emergency angioplasty and cardiac rehabilitation
- On July 27, 1999, a state-of-the-art vascular suite opened.
- In April of 2000, the first endovascular grafting procedure of an abdominal aortic aneurysm was performed at Good Samaritan University University Hospital.
- The hospital has increased its capability for monitoring cardiac patients at bedside or by telemetry in addition to its comprehensive facilities in coronary care and special care.
- In January 2007, the hospital started a cardiac rehabilitation program. This program was created to benefit patients who have, or are recovering from, heart conditions or procedures.
- More recently, the St. Francis Heart Center at Good Samaritan University Hospital gives patients access to the same level of excellence offered at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, home to Long Island's most awarded heart program. Our services include an open heart surgery program and a dedicated cardiac catheterization laboratory specially equipped to evaluate patients with coronary heart disease for appropriate treatment. Like St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, the medical center has achieved the highest level of care and patient safety available, with superior clinical outcomes. Renovations to the cardiology facilities are an important component in securing the ongoing availability of the finest cardiac services for our community.
- In 2018, the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island at Good Samaritan University Hospital opened, provided endovascular treatments for patients. Good Samaritan University Hospital is the only facility on Long Island to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and NYS Department of Health.
As a member of Catholic Health Services, Good Samaritan University Hospital will continue providing quality care for patients in the community.
Good Samaritan University Hospital offers free wellness events and free health screenings
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Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.
Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.
Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.
Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.
The Story Behind Our Logo
Our logo communicates the power of faith, hope and healing found both in our Catholic Faith and our work at Catholic Health. The shape of the logo evokes two images. The first is that of a chalice and sacred host, representing the elements of Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the very heart of the Catholic Faith. As a graphic element, the chalice and host also becomes the figure of a human person, arms uplifted in a celebration of the gifts of life, health and healing, especially as these reflect the mission of Catholic Health.