Nursing at Good Samaritan
Critical Care Division
The Critical Care Division offers comprehensive and cutting-edge care to our acute patient population. State-of-the-art technology allows us to provide patients who require intensive observation with the highest quality of professional care.
The number of visits to the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center surpassed 95,000, exceeding all other hospitals in Suffolk County. The Emergency Department (ED) at Good Samaritan is designed, staffed and equipped to evaluate and treat all types of adult and pediatric emergencies 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. It includes the only designated pediatric emergency room in Suffolk County. It has a Fast Track for rapid treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, is an Area Trauma Center (Level II) for treating life and limb threatening injuries and participates in concert with our cardiology department in a program that allows for rapid diagnosis and treatment of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks).
In 1995, Good Samaritan was designated as an Area Trauma Center (Level II) by the state of New York. Approximately 8,000 trauma patients are screened by the emergency department annually. Approximately 365 adults and children are severely injured and require the services of the multidisciplinary Trauma Center Team.
What began as a clinical trial, percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) are now performed under certain criteria generated by the New York state Department of Health. This approval allows us to perform PCIs during the most serious and life threatening types of heart attacks. A primary PCI is a procedure that opens blocked heart vessels to stop damage in patients having heart attacks. Since 2001, Good Samaritan has safely performed angioplasty on patients having heart attacks. In 2007, the New York state Department of Health granted approval for a few select community hospitals performing these types of procedures to begin performing them on an elective basis. Elective PCI began in 2008. The Cardiology Department also provides a wide range of other services including but not limited to cardiac catherizations, intraortic balloon insertion, temporary and permanent pacemaker insertion, transesophageal echocardiography and tilt table studies. In addition, open heart surgery is now performed here at Good Samaritan Hospital in cooperation with St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, a nationally recognized open-heart surgery program.
Intensive Care Services
Our twenty-five bed Intensive Care Unit is equipped to handle complex medical and surgical problems. The nursing staff is experienced in the care of the critically ill patient and a respiratory therapist is assigned to the unit at all times.
Medical Surgical Division
Medical surgical nurses are the front line for Good Samaritan's high quality nursing care. These nurses work within health care teams that include physicians, advanced practice nurses, care managers, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists, physician assistants, occupational and physical therapists and speech pathologists. The teams of professionals ensure that patients receive competent and compassionate care.
In addition to general medical-surgical nursing services, the division is organized into specific subspecialties to best meet the needs of our patients: geriatrics, oncology, an acute palliative care unit, neuro-trauma and stroke care in our designated stroke center. Within the eight patient care units nurses use a collaborative team approach to patient and family-centered care.
Maternal Child Services
The Maternal Child Division offers a never-ending culture of excellence and optimal patient outcomes. From the perinatal education classes to the outstanding pediatric services; the Maternal Child Division “delivers” comprehensive family-centered care of the highest standard.
The Perinatal Education Center helps parents to prepare for childbirth as completely as possible, with a unique opportunity for the entire family to become involved in the parent-child bonding process. Some of the programs offered are early pregnancy class, Lamaze, breast feeding, infant massage and big brother/big sister classes.
More that 3,000 infants are welcomed into the world annually through the services of the Birthplace. The interdisciplinary team is central to our family-centered maternity program. High-risk obstetric patients are admitted to the Ante-partum Unit where they benefit from the care of Maternal Fetal Medicine and our highly trained nursing staff. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was established in 1993. The unit treats more than 500 infants each year. It is a 16-bed state-of-the-art Level 3 facility which provides a broad spectrum of intensive care services for babies born as early as 23 weeks.
The Mother Baby Unit offers "rooming in" so that new parents have the opportunity to spend as much time with their baby as they desire. Breastfeeding classes are offered for all moms.
Comprehensive services were built around the long-established Pediatric Unit, starting with the addition of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The PICU is the only one of its kind on Suffolk’s south shore. The general Pediatric Unit offers a wide spectrum of services for children and their families. The Center for Pediatric Specialty Care is Good Samaritan’s multispecialty pediatric ambulatory center, which has more than 21,000 visits annually. The different areas of specialty include cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, and infant/child development. Comprehensive care for children with complex special needs is also available at the center. The center also includes a Cystic Fibrosis Center (A Satellite of the Columbia University’s CF Center).
Perioperative Services at Good Samaritan consist of the Ambulatory Surgical Services, Pre-Surgical Testing, Endoscopy and Pain Management, two state-of-the-art surgical areas and two Post Anesthesia Care Units. Combined, these areas provide 18 operating suites and a 26-bed Post Anesthesia Care Unit. The Endoscopy Unit offers services to children and adults of all ages. The north Ambulatory Surgery Unit includes a family waiting room with a guest relations representative to guide patients and families with important updates throughout their time in the Ambulatory Unit. The perioperative nurses are an integral and professional member of the interdisciplinary team rendering care to all ages through the continuum of life. Each year thousands of outpatient visits are recorded and approximately 15,828 same day surgical procedures are performed as well as a total of 15,127 surgical procedures.
A collaborative practice model provides the best treatment for each patient through teamwork and clinical competency. The fast paced environment of the Perioperative Division encourages nurses to learn, grow and remain professionally challenged. There are several practice settings available to ensure that Good Samaritan nurses remain diverse and can shape their careers along their professional journey. Perioperative Services uses the application of forward-looking technology and techniques while grounding their collaborative clinical practice in the latest scientific evidence to ensure the delivery of our high quality of nursing care in a supportive and professional atmosphere.