Good Samaritan Celebrates Opening of New Cancer Institute
Patients across the south shore of Long Island have long benefitted from the excellent cancer services offered at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Now they’ll be able to receive that treatment under one roof as Good Samaritan announced the opening of its Cancer Institute at a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
“Today, we open this magnificent new facility that incorporates the latest technology in cancer care in a comfortable and convenient setting,” said Good Samaritan President Ruth Hennessey. “This truly is a program that fully embodies the mission of Catholic Health Services and focuses treatment around the patient experience.”
The two-floor comprehensive cancer center features a 22-bay infusion center, 12 physician offices and 20 exam rooms. The new facility allows Good Samaritan to centralize its cancer care, combining the infusion services of seven medical oncologists at two separate offices into one easily accessible location with additional pharmacy and laboratory-related services. Genetic counseling, social work, nutrition and dietary services will also be featured at this location as well as patient navigators to assist with scheduling appointments and coordinating care.
“The Cancer Institute will provide a full spectrum of services, from diagnosis to infusion treatment and support,” said Mrs. Hennessy. “Its goal is to treat the individual, not just the cancer.”
The ceremony was attended by Catholic Health Services administration and staff, as well as local elected officials and the Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, the Bishop of Diocese of Rockville Centre. The highlight of the event was a special blessing by Bishop Barres of the Our Lady of Lourdes statue which will be featured in the lobby of the Cancer Institute.
The Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, located at 111 Beach Drive in West Islip, will be open to patients on Monday, October 7. There will be an Open House on Sunday, October 6 from 12pm – 2pm for members of the community who would like to tour the new facility.