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CHS Supports Veterans with Suffolk County Marathon Funding

August 18th, 2017


West Islip, N.Y. (August 16, 2017) – 15 veterans organizations received donations totaling $143,500 on Wednesday morning during a press conference at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone made the check presentation, based on the proceeds from the 2016 Catholic Health Services (CHS) Suffolk County Marathon. He was joined by Alan Guerci, MD, Chief Executive Officer, CHS, Thomas Ronayne, Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency Director and Mike Polansky of the Greater Long Island Running Club.

“Through the generosity of CHS and the thousands of runners who compete in this annual community event, we were able to continue our support and dedication to the veterans organizations of Suffolk County,” said Bellone. “This is a wonderful gift for our veterans, but I would like to see us beat this mark with the proceeds from the 2017 race!” 

This year marks the second consecutive year that CHS will serve as the title sponsor and third year as medicine provider for the race. The 2017 CHS Suffolk County Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, October 29 in Patchogue. Overall, CHS has supported the marathon for the past three years, both clinically and monetarily, donating nearly $500,000.  As part of its commitment to community safety, CHS announced the introduction of a 10-person medical bike unit that will operate between check-points at the 2017 marathon. 

“The addition of the medical bike unit will allow our teams of highly-trained emergency medicine professionals to quickly reach those runners who need assistance on the course away from the checkpoints,” said Dr. Guerci. “CHS is honored to once again support this great race and we’re proud to be able to help those members of our community who bravely fought for our freedom.”

An additional announcement was made by the Greater Long Island Running Club regarding a new race medal.  Runners who participate in the Nassau and Suffolk County Marathons will receive complementary medals that will combine to form one larger award.  

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center has more than 3,438 employees and 900 physicians on staff and had nearly 26,000 patient admissions and nearly 90,000 emergency department visits in 2015. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.