Monthly Archives: December 2013

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Blood Drive

Join us Thursday, December 19th from 9:30am-5:00pm in the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Auditorium. Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is located at 255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern NY.

The need for blood never takes a holiday, so your LifeSaving donation is very important to help us make sure that we have an adequate supply on hand over the next three weeks! Please take the time to come to our drive, and help us avoid a potential blood shortage.

All donors will receive an AMC Silver movie ticket, in addition to coupons from local vendors. Nicky’s pizza generously supplies a coupon for two slices and a fountain soda to each donor. A raffle will also be held for a $25 Visa gift card, and a $20 gift card from The Turn (located across the street from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center). Each donor will also get a “goody-bag” at the drive.

Are you a male donor with AB Blood? PLEASE call Pat Bonnier at 845-608-3735 or e-mail to discuss how your donation can be earmarked specifically for the Good Samaritan Emergency Department.



Many of the residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, recently gathered together to fill out and, in some cases, hand craft 300 Christmas cards to be mailed to men and women serving in our armed forces.

“They were as busy as Santa’s elves,” said Director of Activities Amy Barra. “This is a cause they believe in as it brings about many memories of when they or their family members were in the military during the holidays.”

Barra explained that the project began when Activity Aide Jessica Maillet came in with a flyer for “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” During the holiday season, this Red Cross program delivers tens of thousands of cards to service members, veterans and their families at military hospitals and installations across the country and around the world.

“We enjoyed getting together and doing something good for our soldiers at this time of year,” said Joseph Grell, who turned in 59 of the 300 cards. “ And we are thankful for their service.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call “home.”

2013 Tree Lighting Ceremonies

St. Anthony Community Hospital 

The December 3rd tree lighting celebration was filled with holiday music and song by guitarist Al Eubanks. After a welcoming address by Senior Vice President and Administrator for St. Anthony Community Hospital Jeff Reilly, everyone headed outside for a tree lighting ceremony that began with invocations and blessings of the tree by Director of Pastoral Care Suzanne Evanoff and Chaplain Sister Mary Spano.

All those in attendance sang “Silent Night” followed by a countdown and tree lighting. After singing other traditional Christmas songs, everyone was invited back inside the hospital’s main lobby to enjoy a reception and refreshments featuring cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider.

The entire ceremony and music was broadcast live by Warwick Radio WTBQ

Bon Secours Community Hospital 

Though there was heavy rain outside the night of the Bon Secours Community Hospital Tree Lighting, guests enjoyed a festive celebration indoors in the hospital’s cafeteria dining area with holiday music and song by guitarist Nick Sauschuck and members of the Port Jervis High School Band.

After a welcoming address by Senior Vice President and Administrator for Bon Secours Community Hospital Jeff Reilly, everyone headed outside and braved the rain for a brief tree lighting ceremony, which began with an invocation and blessing of the tree by Sister Cathy Crowley.

Following the countdown and tree lighting everyone returned back inside to enjoy a reception and refreshments along with additional Christmas music.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

The Good Samaritan Foundation rang in the holidays with the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Glee and Gleeful choirs from the Tuxedo Park School joined us with carols, and staff, leadership and the community joined in as we lit the tree and celebrated the spirit of the season.

Also announced that evening were the winners of the Art Contest: I’m A Good Samaritan. Students from the Tuxedo Park School were asked to draw images of “I’m A Good Samaritan.” The winners will hang in pediatric treatment rooms in our new Emergency Department. The winners were: 2nd Graders Jonathan Stone and Brandon Murphy, and 5th Graders Rachel Griegel, Rebecca Weinstein and Katherine Parry.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the students who participated in the efforts, and a special thanks to Kathleen McNamara and Megan Sweeney from TPS.