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Good Sam Honored by LIBN

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Good Sam Honored by LIBN


Woodbury, NY – Medical professionals across Long Island were honored Tuesday night at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury for the LIBN annual Achievements in Health Care awards.  Among the winners, were four members of the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center family. 

Christopher La Mendola, MD, Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan, was named one of the top physicians on Long Island Tuesday evening. Dr. La Mendola is responsible for building the open-heart surgery program at Good Samaritan from the ground up. With two decades of experience as a heart surgeon, Dr. La Mendola has duplicated St. Francis’ open heart surgery program in Suffolk County by encouraging professionalism and training that ensures successful outcomes.  Dr. La Mendola’s surgical expertise has resulted in more than 700 life-saving procedures with outcomes equivalent or better than major medical centers around the nation. 

Few people have had as much of an impact on women’s lives as Bonnie Edsall, MS, RN, CBSN, CN-BN Breast Health Center/Radiation Oncology Nurse Manager. A consummate professional whose intellect, education and decades of experiences are unparalleled, she was instrumental in coordinating Good Samaritan’s efforts to become accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers – the second hospital in the state to achieve this honor and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.  For her efforts, she was honored with the Women’s Health and Wellness award.

Jill Bocchieri, PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services and Roseann Deluca, RN, MSN, Bariatric Coordinator are integral parts of Good Samaritan’s Healthier Families Program. In conjunction with the Bay Shore School District and the Bay Shore Wellness Alliance, they were able to bring health care professionals and educators together to target the root of childhood obesity and provide information and support to children in grades 3-5 and their parents or guardians. Their hard work and this incredible program was honored in the Innovations in Healthcare category.

According to LIBN Vice President Scott Schoen, “The Achievements in Health Care awards seek to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care.” Good Samaritan is grateful to LIBN for the recognition and extremely proud of our deserving employees and all that they have achieved.