Emergency Department Offers Exceptional Skill, Advanced Technology and Award-Winning Services

Dr. Robert Bramante compares working in an Emergency Department to drinking out of a never-ending cup.

“It’s a field where you see a little bit of everything and it never really stops,” said Bramante, MD, Associate Director of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. “You could be having a very quiet day or a very busy day and five minutes later, everything changes.”

Fortunately, Dr. Bramante is a member of the highly talented Emergency Department team at Good Samaritan which features some of the area’s top physicians, nurses and mid-level practitioners. Their exceptional skill, advanced technology and award-winning services allows them to make patients the priority and excellence the goal. 

Good Samaritan recently achieved Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center Verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). While Good Sam has received previous ACS recognition, this marked the first time the pediatric trauma program has been recognized. This honor highlights Good Sam as the only facility to provide this service on the south shore of Long Island.

“There is published peer reviewed data that shows that Trauma Centers verified by the ACS are more efficient and have better outcomes than those that are not,” said Abenamar Arrillaga, MD, Medical Director of Trauma in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan. “This verification validates our goal at Good Sam to provide the best trauma care to the critically injured patients of all ages.”

 The Stroke Team at Good Samaritan was recently recognized with the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award for the ninth consecutive year. In addition, the Medical Center also earned the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA|ASA). In the fall of 2017, Good Samaritan opened the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center, which includes the only neuro-interventional program in the area, providing minimally invasive treatments to stroke care patients. This further complements and strengthens the relationship between the Medical Center’s Stroke Team and members of the Trauma Center, both integral parts of the Emergency Department. In December 2018, Good Samaritan was recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart and American Stroke Association as the only Comprehensive Stroke Center on the south shore of Long Island.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Glenda Miranda, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of Emergency Services at Good Samaritan. “Good Sam continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the AHA|ASA’s Get With The Guidelines initiative further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Other award-winning services at Good Samaritan include:

·         Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Cancer Society’s Commission on Cancer 15 years in a row.

·         Recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and the first facility in Suffolk County with 3-D Digital Tomography.

·         The St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program and the St. Francis Heart Valve Center at Good Samaritan.

·         Pediatric Center featuring the largest free-standing specialty care center on Long Island, a separate Pediatric Emergency Department, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a Level III NICU.

“Good Sam provides more services than any other facility on the south shore,” said Dr. Bramante.  “Everyone thinks of Good Sam as a community hospital, but it’s really a tertiary care academic hospital within a community setting, providing incredible resources to local residents in Suffolk County and across the entire south shore of Long Island.”

In addition to a wide range of services to enhance patient care, Good Samaritan developed Aim 4 Excellence, a program designed to efficiently revolutionize operations, patient flow and prepare the organization for the future of health care delivery. A cornerstone of the project is new clinical technology software that monitors the status of patients from the time they are admitted to the hospital, through the scheduling of tests and treatments, to preparation for discharge. The project was implemented at the start of 2017 with the help of Care Logistics, and already provided positive results stemming from increased communication.

As the Medical Center continues to expand and enhance its state-of-the-art technology and award-winning services, the doctors, nurses and staff have still managed to maintain the personal touch that makes Good Sam a special place.

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