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Good Samaritan’s commitment to women’s health, surpasses just their obstetrical needs and extends to every phase of their life cycle, from pregnancy and parenthood through menopause and beyond. The hospital continues to be a leader in breast health offering a full spectrum of care for women to take preventative measures against cancer and treatment and support for those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
Good Samaritan is the only hospital on the south shore of Suffolk County to offer da Vinci® robotic surgery, offering the very highest level of patient safety and quality of care for the community. The hospital’s skilled surgeons use da Vinci® to improve clinical outcomes, decrease recovery time and reduce any risks or complications for women. This advanced, minimally invasive technology offers superior results in hysterectomies and other gynecologic surgeries. Patients are able to return to normal activities faster than with conventional surgery. da Vinci® provides excellent patient satisfaction and a proven track record of more than 150,000 hysterectomies annually. It is also the number one surgical treatment option for women diagnosed with gynecological cancer. Through the da Vinci® surgical system, often complex procedures are now performed through just a few tiny incisions and with less pain.
For more information on surgeons trained, call (631) 376-4444. Click here for more information on Cancer Services.
BirthPlace & Maternal/Fetal Medicine Program
Welcoming a new baby into the world is one of life’s most joyous events. Good Samaritan is privileged to share in this special time with the more than 3,000 maternity patients who deliver their babies here each year. With necessary human and technological resources to provide expert care to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies, the hospital’s maternity program, BirthPlace, is increasingly becoming the hospital of choice for the region’s maternity patients. Women whose pregnancies are high-risk are reassured by round-the-clock presence of neonatologists to care for ill or premature newborns on a moment’s notice.
The Maternal/Fetal Medicine Program provides monitoring and supportive care of women whose pregnancies are complicated by premature labor, underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or due to a multiple birth. High-risk pregnancy specialists work in tandem with neonatologists to ensure the health of both mother and baby.
To help parents to prepare for childbirth as completely as possible, Good Samaritan has developed a unique Perinatal Education Center that can help to ease many of the fears and anxieties that parents might have. By learning as much as possible about childbirth, parents can have a much greater sense of security about the birth of their child and know what to expect. Perinatal education offers a unique opportunity for the entire family to become involved in the parent-child bonding process. Knowledge of what is expected to happen is one of the keys to having a positive childbirth experience. Programs offered include pregnancy classes, lamaze, baby care, maternity tours, new mother support groups, parenting, grandparent and sibling classes, breast feeding, infant massage as well as refresher courses. Breast pump rentals are also available for rent on a monthly or weekly basis and include individualservice and education on fitting and use provided by a health care professional.
For information, call (631) 376-4444.
Women's Imaging Center
Breast cancer is the number one cancer diagnosis in women. Breast, ovarian and uterine cancers combined account for more than 40 percent of all cancers in women. Early and accurate diagnosis of breast cancer and gynecological cancers is emphasized at the hospital. The full range of diagnostic technologies is available to help clinicians diagnose cancer and help women select the most appropriate treatment.
At Good Samaritan, access to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances is as important as providing patients with the care and support they need. The Women's Imaging Center, named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, performs more than 22,000 mammograms annually. Patients requiring surgical biopsy can often be spared from unnecessary lymph node removal through the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy. In cases where needle biopsy can be performed, results are provided within 15 to 20 minutes. Ultrasound, which has the ability to yield detailed information about a suspected abnormality, as well as ultrasound guided needle biopsy, are offered. A registered nurse is available throughout all procedures to answer questions and alleviate anxiety. Support groups and counseling services are offered.
Good Samaritan now offers Breast MR and 3-D digital tomosynthesis imaging. These procedures provides hospital physicians with the ability to identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk.
Breast Health Center
The Breast Health Center, an education and support center, contains a library of educational information such as books, videotapes and other publications for use by patients and families. Here, support groups and other counseling services are offered. Community lectures and special programs such as the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good…Feel Better” program are also held. The Center even offers the services of a boutique carrying bras, prostheses, turbans, fragrances and small gifts.
Good Samaritan has earned a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The Breast Health Center received the highest scores on all standards.