Pastoral Care

The pastoral/spiritual care staff at Good Samaritan is comprised of certified and ordained chaplains who meet both the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families. Our goal is to enhance the healing process by providing encouragement and support through prayerful presence and attentive listening. In addition, sacramental ministry is available to patients of the Roman Catholic tradition, as well as prayer and devotional materials for those of other religious traditions.

Please see below for more information on ways to volunteer in our Pastoral Care Department.

Eucharistic Minister

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) who take communion to the sick in the hospital have a role in sharing the Church’s total ministry to the sick after the manner of Jesus. In bringing Communion to the sick, the EMHC represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at Sunday Mass.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are “sent forth” from the chapel at 10:15 am daily.

To become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion training is offered by the Diocese of Rockville Centre several times a year. Please contact the Pastoral Care office at (631)-376-4103 for more information.

No One Dies Alone Program

The No One Dies Alone program is coordinated through the Department of Pastoral Care. Through the efforts of volunteers, NODA provides a reassuring presence to dying patients who would otherwise be alone.  With the support of the nursing staff, compassionate companions offer patients the most valuable of human gifts-a dignified death.

Under the supervision of the Nursing Staff, volunteers will act as “Compassionate Companions” by sitting with the patient or resident, perhaps holding their hand, reading to them and assisting in comfort measures as directed by the nurse.

Our NODA Volunteer will learn about:

  • NODA history & implementation
  • Patient referral process & criteria
  • Discussion of palliative care & comfort care
  • Volunteer's role and appropriate activities
  • Review of standard precautions and confidentiality guidelines
  • Patients' Rights and Ethics

Requirements

  • Application
  • 2 Professional References
  • Medical Clearance
  • Interview & Orientation
  • Security Badge

Applications

  • Below please find all materials needed to begin the application process to volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Please mail completed applications to address listed below
  1. Application
  2. Medical Evaluation Form

We thank you for your interest in volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital. For more information on the Volunteer Program, please contact Brittany Colasanto, Manager of Volunteer Services

Contact Information

Elizabeth Cook, Secretary of the Pastoral Care Department
Phone: (631) 376-4103
Fax: (631) 376-3785

Brittany Colasanto, Manager of Volunteer Services 
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: (631) 376-3659
Fax: (631) 376-4292
Email: brittany.colasanto@chsli.org
Address:
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Volunteer Office
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795

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