Shaping the Future of Health Care on Long Island
The parable of the Good Samaritan, the ultimate story of a neighbor helping another, has been the foundation of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. It speaks to the mission of caring for and partnering with the neighbors of West Islip, as well as the rest of the south shore.
To be a reliable neighbor, Good Samaritan must continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore new award-winning programs and realign to become an increasing resilient facility when faced with powerful storms, natural disasters and other hazardous events. Sweeping changes in health care over the past ten years have prompted Good Samaritan to plan more than ten years forward to develop medical programs that can serve the needs of our community well into the future. An advanced Medical Center, breakthrough technology and state-of-the-art facility also provides the tools to continue to attract physicians, nurses and other health professionals to live and work here on Long Island.
Good Sam 2019 statistics
- 437 certified acute care beds
- 24,000 inpatient discharges (excluding newborn)
- 2,200 newborn deliveries
- 88,000 total emergency room visits
- 18,000 ambulatory surgeries
- 382 open heart procedures &85 TAVRs
- 550 neuro biplane cases (stroke, aneurysms and more)
- 4,800 cardiac catheterizations
- 1,300 angioplasties
- 3,300 full time employees
Good Samaritan’s Service Area includes the communities on the western portion of the south shore of Suffolk County, and largely, Suffolk County as a whole. Our vision is to continue to provide the highest level of health care, offer the communities on the south shore of Long Island high-quality programs and services, and realign to become an increasingly resilient facility.
Cutting Edge Services & Programs
Our community's health needs are changing and patients expect cutting-edge services and private space. Good Samaritan has recently added a number of new, advanced services and technology, such as the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center of Long Island and expanded interventional cardiology and radiology suite. Future plans include more state-of-the-art technologies and environments that will attract high quality physicians and surgeons to the community.
Our Community's Population is Aging
Although the overall population will only grow about 2.3% from 2017 to 2027, the 65 and over age bracket is projected to grow by nearly 26%, which is significant. This is an indicator that the services mentioned are critical and will be much-needed to care for the residents of Suffolk County. Expanding and enhancing the facility now and having state-of-the-art technology and services will enable Good Samaritan to care for this community well into the future.
Emergency Department Enhancements
The Good Samaritan Emergency Department is often the first point of contact for both adults and children throughout Suffolk County in need of health care, seeing nearly 80,000 patients a year. With an unmatched level of services, including the only Verified Level 2 Trauma Center for both Adults and Pediatrics on the south shore of Long Island, it is not surprising that this volume represents the second highest amount of emergency department visits in Suffolk County. With such a high demand for emergency services, supported by Good Samaritan, the community and the health care professionals that serve them, deserve the best medical experience possible.
A need existed to immediately enhance Good Samaritan’s Emergency Department, creating a completely separate experience for pediatric patients and their families, and eventually, providing a larger state-of-the-art facility. A redesign of the Emergency Department's waiting and triage areas has already allowed for better patient flow. The opening of the new Pediatric Emergency Department has provided a more distinct separation between the pediatric and adult waiting and treatment areas. Emergency treatment bays will be developed to alleviate overcrowding and provide a safe and secure environment for patients and their families. This enhanced Emergency Department will act as a bridge to a larger modernization project — the Patient Care Pavilion.
A Continued Commitment to Our Community: The Patient Care Pavilion
To better shape the future of health care, Good Samaritan has developed plans for a Patient Care Pavilion providing health care solutions for the growing population on the south shore. This option was based off of data from a number of different sources, including a needs assessment that also identified many challenges related to the current campus facility, a long term and capacity analysis report from Kaufman Hall (a third party consultant specializing in health care) conceptualizing how a future health care facility should be structured, overall facility priorities, community needs and the current costs for construction. The total number of beds provided by Good Samaritan will not increase. Instead, it will remain 437 and stay current with the advancements in medical technology, insuring a wide variety of benefits to the residents of the south shore.
The Patient Care Pavilion will be a new five-story addition with construction beginning at a time to-be-determined between 2021 and 2022 that will include:
- An enhanced emergency department, allowing Good Samaritan to care for the nearly 80,000 visits by local community residents every year—consistently the second highest in Suffolk County
- A larger surgical suite, which will include an additional 16 operating rooms, a new perioperative area and sterile processing and support—required due to the continued move toward more minimally invasive and outpatient surgical procedures
- A private medical surgical unit featuring 42 single patient rooms, with the ability to renovate additional floors, increasing the number of private rooms to 120.
Many initial steps have been taken to assist in the development of the Patient Care Pavilion, including:
- Parking and traffic studies
- Length of Stay reductions and the development of a central command center to assist with patient flow
- Conversations with the Town of Islip on overall needs of the community
- Conversations with local resident organizations throughout West Islip for feedback
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