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Awards and Recognition



Beacon Award for Excellence

The Beacon Award for Excellence is a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments and recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks, meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement
COE Minimally Invasive Surgery
COE Robotic Surgery









Named a Center of Excellence for both Minimally Invasive Gynecology & Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation

These Center of Excellence designations recognize Good Samaritan as performing advanced minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic procedures, while achieving and exceeding standards for patient safety and care quality.


Joint Commission

New York State Department of Health & Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center

Good Samaritan is the ONLY hospital on the south shore of Long Island to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level available, by both the New York State Department of Health and the Joint Commission. It was also the first hospital on the south shore of Suffolk to earn designation as a Stroke Center.  This means Good Samaritan and its staff passed a rigorous inspection and that the doctors, nurses and other professional staff have had special education in the care of stroke patients.  It also means the medications and equipment needed to provide expert stroke care are immediately available at the hospital.




Commission on Cancer Full Accreditation for 6 Surveys, 18 Years in a Row

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has awarded its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award to the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for the 6th consecutive survey, 18 years in a row. This is a recognition only earned by seven cancer programs nationwide. To earn the Outstanding Achievement Award, a cancer program must meet or exceed  the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.



Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke – Honor Roll Elite & Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Good Samaritan has been recognized as a Stroke Gold Plus facility since 2009, but this marks the second time that the medical center has achieved Target: Stroke Honor Roll status. 

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award



Verified Level II Trauma Center for Adults & Pediatrics by the American College of Surgeons

Designated as Level-II, the Trauma Center at Good Samaritan is one of only two hospitals in Suffolk County with ACS verification to treat both adults and children. With an Emergency Department that treats nearly 90,000 patients each year, the most of any facility in Suffolk County, this verification is a direct result of the investment and commitment the Center has made to patients on the south shore and all of Long Island.



Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Good Samaritan is fully accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
The AARC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients and their families, the public, the profession and respiratory therapists.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
AACVPR certification of Good Samaritan’s pulmonary rehabilitation program recognizes that the medical center meets the essential standards of care described in the 4th Edition Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Programs.  The mission is to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and aggressive disease management.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
AACVPR certification of Good Samaritan’s cardiac rehabilitation program recognizes that the medical center meets strict standards for quality patient care and outcomes.

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
The process of AABB accreditation for Good Samaritan specifically assessed quality systems and operational areas for compliance with standards.  This independent assessment of operations assists in preparation for other inspections and serves as a valuable tool to improve both compliance and operations.  The program offers both educational and peer review opportunities.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
As an accredited center, Good Samaritan is recognized by the AASM as a full-service sleep disorders center that provides clinical diagnostic and treatment services for patients with any type of sleep disorder.

American College of Radiology (ACR)
The ACR’s accreditation of Good Samaritan for radiation oncology, mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, MRI, CT and ultrasound indicates that the medical center serves patients and society by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socioeconomics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiologists and allied health professionals, and conducting research for the future of radiology.

American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center
A designated Level II trauma center is a facility capable of providing definitive treatment to most trauma patients.  Good Samaritan has emergency medicine specialists and general surgeons available 24 hours a day; other medical specialists are available on an on-call basis.

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. Good Samaritan is one of 101 programs nationwide to have received the designation since the program’s launch in 2017.

Best in Value™: Superior Quality Merit Award from the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index
Good Samaritan is one of 75 hospitals to receive this award based on performance in the categories of quality, affordability, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
The CoC of the ACS encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.  These programs are concerned with prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services and end-of-life care.

Education Recognition Program (ERP) of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Membership in this program indicates that Good Samaritan meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.  The ADA’s ERP certifies diabetes self-management training for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  ADA membership provides physicians, nurses, research scientists, diabetes educators and other health professionals with the most current information about breakthroughs in diabetes research and treatment options.

Exemplar Hospital Status
This recognition from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement signifies that Good Samaritan is a leader in best practice for joint replacement surgery and qualifies the hospital to be a resource for other facilities.

Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award
The American Heart Association has recognized Good Samaritan for effectiveness in treating heart failure patients with its Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award.  The processes developed by the medical center’s interdisciplinary team resulted in the achievement of 100% compliance with evidence-based care standards over the course of two years.

Good Samaritan’s Home Health Agency Selected as HomeCare Elite™ Winner for 2008 and 2009
Good Samaritan’s Home Health Agency has been listed as one of the top 25% of agencies in the country for financial and quality outcomes.

International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Award 10 Years in a Row
The IBCLC recognizes hospitals that hire currently certified lactation consultants.  These hospitals have achieved this award because of the training they have provided to all levels of staff, as well as the implementation of special projects that support breastfeeding.

Julianna G. Penny Reach to Recovery Award of Excellence
The international Reach to Recovery breast cancer support network is built on a simple yet universal principle—that one woman who has lived through breast cancer gives of her time and experience to help another woman confronting the same challenge.  This award shows the hospital’s commitment to breast cancer awareness and education, while supporting patients.

Joint Commission
The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years.  Its accreditation of Good Samaritan is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates the hospital meets high performance standards.

Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™
Certification involves not only preparing for a review but also indicates that Good Samaritan maintains a high level of quality and compliance with the latest standards.

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Good Samaritan’s NICU and PICU unit attends to the needs of critically ill babies, premature newborns, and infants and pediatric patients requiring close, intensive observation.

Long Island Blood Services (LIBS) Diamond Award and Pacesetter Award
Good Samaritan has received the LIBS’s most prestigious honors for facilitating blood donations.

Long Island Workforce Builders Honor Roll
The Workforce Builders Award recognizes that Good Samaritan has engaged in efforts to promote a strong Long Island economy and workforce through various school-to-work initiatives.

Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC)
NHQC recognizes the hospital for a statistically significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rate than the state average, using a 95% confidence interval on a given indicator.

Outstanding Achievement Award From the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (Twelve Years in a Row/Four Consecutive Surveys)
This award recognizes cancer programs, like Good Samaritan’s, that “strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients” and demonstrate commitment to excellent, comprehensive and compassionate care.

Partner Recognition Award From Practice Greenhealth
This award was presented to the medical center for work on environmental improvements, for achievements in progress and for having less than a 10% recycling rate for the total waste stream.

Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders
The Performance Matrix provides an executive-level scorecard that objectively measures leadership effectiveness, the success of organizational improvement strategies and the impact of executive decisions.  Good Samaritan was favorably compared to peers across the nation.

Commission on Cancer Three-Year Accreditation With Commendation (15 Years in a Row/4 Consecutive Surveys)
Good Samaritan has again demonstrated a commendation level of compliance, this time with eight standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.  Elements of the program include committee leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Three Out of Three Stars From the Department of Health for Preventing Complications During Acute Care
Earned by Good Samaritan for exceeding expectations in preventing complications during medical, surgical and obstetrical care, this indicates that Good Samaritan’s patients are much likelier to have a smooth recovery than patients at many other New York hospitals.  The medical center received top performance rankings in its national peer group, as well.

Three-Year Accreditation from the American College of Radiology-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ACR-ASTRO)
The Radiation Oncology Department has again received a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR)-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).  Accreditation by ACR-ASTRO demonstrates that Good Samaritan has undergone a comprehensive review process and meets nationally accepted standards of care.  The ACR-ASTRO accreditation process is overseen by board certified expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.  It signifies that Good Samaritan’s radiation oncology provides this essential service to the community with the highest standards of radiation oncology professionals, equipment, quality assurance and radiation safety.

Three-Year/Full Accreditation Designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
NAPBC designation, administered by the American College of Surgeons, is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Three-Year/Full Recertification by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)
The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care earned three-year/full recertification in both pediatric and fetal echocardiography.

US News and World Report Best Hospital & Top Performer
Ranked for the second year in a row as a Best Hospital in the state and the region by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-2015. The hospital was also cited as a top performer in urology. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Center of Excellence

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recognizes Good Samaritan’s Mammography and Breast Diagnostic Center for achieving excellence.  Good Samaritan earned accreditation in the ACR’s entire voluntary breast imaging accreditation programs and modules—in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program—resulting in the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Center of Excellence
As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep-related breathing disorders, the AASM recognizes Good Samaritan’s Sleep Apnea Center as offering the highest quality of medical care for people with sleep problems.

For more information on Good Samaritan's awards, accreditations and distinctions, please call (631) 376-4444.