Comfort & Care

Good Shepherd Hospice, a member of Catholic Health, provides expert medical, emotional and spiritual care for patients with serious illness as well as support for their loved ones. We provide both palliative care services and hospice services to support patients and families throughout the entire course of a serious illness to improve symptom control and enhance quality of life.

Hospice and palliative care aren’t about giving up or losing hope. They are about finding comfort, care and compassion and affirming life and dignity. Good Shepherd Hospice provides support so that patients and their families may live each day fully.

Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a specific place. Our dedicated team offers care wherever needed. Most often in a patient’s or family member’s home but also at assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, or our specially designed hospice centers. Our focus is on quality of life and symptom control. Our goal is to provide care that honors the patient's and family’s goals and values.

Board of Trustees

  • Thomas Christman, Chairperson
  • Peter Dagher, Vice Chairman
  • Michael Lambert, Secretary
  • John O'Brien, Treasurer
  • Rev. Stephen Pietrowski

Foundation Board

  • Sr. Dolores Castellano
  • Lisa Coors
  • Carter Ann McGowan

Senior Leadership

  • Kim Kranz, RN, MS,CHPCA, President
  • Tarek S. Zetoune, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
  • Danielle Desser, Vice President of Finance
  • Mary Frawley, DNP, RN, Associate Vice President of Homecare and Hospice
  • Barbara Rowe, DNP, FNP, APRN, Associate Vice President Valued Based Care
  • Carolyn O'Connor, Director of Patient Accounts
  • Lucas Magnani, Director of Business Operations
  • Marianne Bogannam, Foundation Director
  • Maribeth McKeever, LCSW-R, BCD, Director of Bereavement Services
  • Dawn Turpin, M.A., BCC, Director of Pastoral Care

About Good Shepherd Hospice

Good Shepherd Hospice was created in 2001 by the merger of Good Samaritan, St. Charles, and Mercy Hospices and represents a combined 50 years of experience serving the Long Island community.

We are part of Catholic Health, the health care ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. We employ more than 200 staff members and have over 100 dedicated volunteers.

The mission of Good Shepherd Hospice is to expand and enhance health care for patients with serious illness and their families who live throughout Long Island. We also educate the community about the benefits of hospice and palliative care services.

 As part of Catholic Health, Good Shepherd Hospice carries on the tradition of helping those in need on Long Island. The mission of Catholic Health allows us to bring Catholic health care to our communities—serving the greater good with integrity, justice and respect for the dignity of all.

  • 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.
  • Awarded the 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by NYC Health+Hospitals/Elmhurst for a high commitment to safety and patient care.
  • 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 that Good Shepherd Hospice staff provided to a 9/11 first responder.

Explore Good Shepherd Hospice

For Patients & Caregivers

Find helpful information about our hospice and palliative care services.

Services & Care

We care for patients of all ages with all types of conditions and diseases.

Symptom Management & Supportive Care

Our team works alongside your other medical providers.

Keeping You Safe

We're keeping patients and their loved ones safe during COVID-19.

Bereavement Support

Free services to patients' families and our Long Island communities.


Join our volunteer team.

Sr. Dolores Castellano

“I truly love people and just want to be there for them when they’re down. I love being able to portray the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in my daily life.”

-Sr. Dolores Castellano, CIJ, member of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus and board member of Good Shepherd Hospice Foundation. She’s been part of Catholic Health for more than a half-century.

Our Sisters inspire patients and staff each day, a reminder of Catholic Health's founding mission and enduring values.

Sr. Dolores is pictured on a mission to Nigeria.

Sr. Dolores in Nigeria

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Charitable contributions help us bring hospice and palliative care to Long Islanders with little or no financial resources.