Guilds Further Support Pediatric Services at Good Samaritan Hospital
February 8, 2011
(West Islip, NY) – Earlier this winter, the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center contributed $57,000 to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to support pediatric services. This recent gift brought the 2010 donations to $153,000 for specific pediatric projects, including bassinets, infant bed warmers, capnography units and refurbishment of the Pediatric Unit’s family lounge. In addition, the Guilds contributed more than $105,000 to cardiology services, bringing the combined 2010 total donations to more than $258,000. Good Samaritan Hospital ensures that pediatric patients, from newborns to adolescents, receive expert care close to home. Services include pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, hematology, sleep and breathing disorders, developmental care, cystic fibrosis, infectious diseases, and allergy and asthma treatment. Good Samaritan has the most extensive perinatal and neonatal services in southern Suffolk County.
The Guilds have entered their second half century of service and fund raising which benefits Good Samaritan. They devote themselves to 2 retail sites, as well as more than 25 other areas of the hospital. Guild members, working with hospital leadership and the Foundation, have supported Good Samaritan’s work from the earliest days. Aileen Eppig, financial chairperson of The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, commented, “The Foundation Board appreciates all the Guilds do each and every day?and have done throughout the history of the hospital, to its great benefit. The ability to assist in efficiently delivering quality health care is viewed as a chance to help patients and, ultimately, the entire community.”
With the first fully designated pediatric emergency department in Suffolk, Good Samaritan has continued to enhance its services for the youngest patients. The hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is one of only two in Suffolk County. Recently, its Division of Pediatric Cardiology received three-year/full recertification in both fetal and pediatric echocardiography from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.
Those who are interested in donating their time and talents at Good Samaritan may contact the Volunteer Office at (631) 376-3659. There are programs for 14–18-year-olds and also for 18 and over. The commitment and service of every volunteer is part of the legacy of the Guilds.
Pictured (L-R): Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President Joseph Loiacono, The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Financial Chairperson Aileen Eppig, Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital President Gail Sullivan and Good Samaritan Hospital Vice President Dominick Alese.
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