Shaping the Future of Health Care on Long Island
Message from the President, Ruth E. Hennessey - updated June 29, 2021
Shaping the future of health care, meeting the needs of the community and working hand-in-hand with local residents on the south shore…
These three goals are the foundation of Good Samaritan’s Patient Care Pavilion project. This project will transform Good Samaritan and its ability to care for you, our local residents. To continue to be a reliable neighbor, Good Samaritan must remain an advanced and resilient facility, providing you with high demand services, 24/7. This includes many of our new award-winning, premier services, such as our Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center, Cancer Institute and the St. Francis Heart Center Programs at Good Samaritan. These unique services fill a much needed void within our service area, which extends to Massapequa on the West, Patchogue on the East and North to the Long Island Expressway.
Throughout this entire construction process, we are guided by our Catholic Health I-CARE Values:
- Integrity: We are who we say we are and act in accordance with the splendor of truth of our Catholic moral teaching and our Catholic values.
- Compassion: We have compassion for our patients, see the suffering Christ in them, strive to alleviate suffering and serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our patients.
- Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
- Respect: We honor the sanctity of life at every stage of life and the dignity of every person, and incorporate all the principles of Catholic social teaching in our relationships and advocacy.
- Excellence: We seek the glory of God in the compassionate service of our patients, and we strive to do the best that can be done, whatever our role.
By combining these values, advanced services and our faith-based focus on compassion and care, the Patient Care Pavilion will provide the tools necessary to care for you and your loved ones long into the future, here on the south shore of Long Island. As more information and milestones related to the Patient Care Pavilion Project become available, we will share them here, to keep you up-to-date and in the know.
Ruth E. Hennessey
President, Good Samaritan Hospital
The parable of the Good Samaritan, the ultimate story of a neighbor helping another, has been the foundation of Good Samaritan Hospital. 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 an 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 the end of 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
Meet the Patient Care Pavilion Team
Chief Operating Officer
Sr. VP of Planning & Development
Director of Public & Community Relations
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