Category Archives: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Can You Beat Patrick Heffernan’s 15 Gallon Blood Donation?

When Patrick Heffernan donated blood for the first time in the 1980s, he didn’t think he’d still be donating on a regular basis thirty years later. The former Avon employee has donated at Good Samaritan Hospital 121 times, and once elsewhere, over the past thirty years; the 15 gallons of blood he has donated has the potential of saving 480 lives. Pat started a blood drive at Avon, donating once every few months during his lunch break and has continued donating past his retirement, marking a ‘donate date’ on his calendar every two months. As an avid pin collector, Heffernan has received a pin for every gallon of blood donated. Today, he owns an Avon hat decorated with fifteen pins, a collection he hopes to expand to sixteen gallons or beyond. When asked why he donates so often, Pat Heffernan said, “I enjoy it and enjoy being able to give back.” He also shared his feelings about donating blood while saying, “If you can, why not?”

Blood donations are a critical component to almost every hospital visit but the numbers of blood donations each year are not as high as they could be. An estimated 38% of the United States population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually donate each year. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital needs blood, averaging out to one person every two seconds. There are about 1 billion red blood cells in three drops of blood and each donation can save up to three lives.

By the numbers, the need for blood donations is evident. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions in the United States and Canada each year; more than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year, many of them will need blood during chemotherapy, sometimes daily. To keep the numbers in perspective, a single car accident patient can require as many as 100 pints of blood. According to the American Red Cross, 15.7 million blood donations are collected annually in the United States by 9.2 million blood donors.

Blood cannot be manufactured, only donated. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days or double red cells every 112 days; a healthy donor may also donate platelets as few as 7 days apart but a donor may only donate platelets 24 times per year. Four transfusable products can be derived from blood—red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate and donors can choose whether they would like to donate whole blood or a specific blood component. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation, some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.

Those interested in donating to the blood banks at Good Samaritan Hospital or St. Anthony Community Hospital and those interested in more information should contact the Donor Room at (845) 368-5178. To donate blood you must be between 17 years old and 76 years old (or 16 with a parental permission slip or note from your physician after your 76th birthday), weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID and have your license number or Social Security Number.

Good Samaritan Hospital Wins 2015 Practice Greenhealth Awards

Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for substantial health care, has recently announced the winners of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards. The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards is Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals; recipients are selected from the Greenhealth Partner for Change Awards applicants and are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability.

Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital has been awarded the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award as well as the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Less Waste Circle of Excellence Award.

Competition was tough as member hospitals all around the nation were vying for one of the twenty-five spots. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth, said, “Competition was fierce this year among the many advanced and innovative programs at our member hospitals. I commend the winning hospitals for leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.”

These awards highlight hospitals throughout the nation that are pushing the envelope by driving innovation in sustainability performance. This year’s list of award winners is packed with innovative achievements. The Circles of Excellence awards honor up to ten hospitals in each “circle” that have achieved at least Greenhealth Partner for Change Award status and have shown outstanding performance in the category for which they have been awarded. The Greenhealth “Circles” include Leadership, Waste, Chemicals, Greening the OR, EEP (environmentally preferable purchasing), Energy, Water, Food, Climate and Green Building. According to Practice Greenhealth, the hospitals awarded the Less Waste Circle of Excellence Award have “excelled in waste prevention and material handling, demonstrated through high recycling rates, low regulated medical waste generation and low rates of total waste generated per patient day.”

The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award vary greatly in size but each hospital leads the country in health care sustainability and has the documentation and data to prove their hard work and successes. These facilities have innovative programs and show leadership in their local communities and the health care sector. The award recipients were celebrated on May 14 at the Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Portland, Oregon, closing the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

Press Release: Sleep Disorder Institute Participates In Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Disorder Institute Participates In Sleep Awareness Week

Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center made the answer clear, “Sleep Health is linked to brain, heart, lung and muscle function.”

 Just how important are those eight hours of shut-eye? During Sleep Awareness Week last week, the medical staff at the Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center made the answer clear. “Sleep Health is linked to brain, heart, lung and muscle function,” explained Jack Horng, M.D. FCCP, medical director of the Sleep Disorder Institute and a pulmonologist with Rockland Pulmonary and Medical Associates, part of Bon Secours Medical Group. “Research also shows that sleep disruptions or lack of sleep affect our short-term memory, mood and ability to concentrate during the day. Weight gain also may be seen among patients who are sleep deprived.”

While Sleep Awareness Week, promoted by the National Sleep Foundation, highlights the importance of Sleep Health, Dr. Horng and his staff at the Sleep Disorder Institute work year-round to increase public and professional awareness of sleep disorders and to provide comprehensive care in the field of Sleep Medicine. “The benefits of sleep are underestimated by our society,” Dr. Horng said. “We work long hours to keep up with professional/academic demands and accept stimulants such as coffee, tea and sodas to compensate for our sleep deprivation. This feeds into a lack of sleep at night as well.”

Leading a team of board-certified Sleep Medicine specialists, Dr. Horng evaluates and treats patients with sleep disorders such as episodic acute insomnia, experienced by more than 50% of the general population at some point in their lifetime. “Approximately one in three people complain of experiencing sleep disruptions,” said Dr. Horng, “and a tenth of the population suffers from a daytime functional impairment consistent with a diagnosis of insomnia.”

Dr. Horng added that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which patients stop breathing during sleep, is present in 4-6% of the population and is an important condition that can worsen hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and behavioral disorders. Other disorders evaluated at the Sleep Disorder Institute include snoring, which Dr. Horng described as common and increasingly prevalent as we age, as well as restless leg syndrome/periodic leg movement syndrome, which affects 10% of the population in the U.S. but is often misdiagnosed as insomnia or other neurological disorders. Also treated at the Institute are narcolepsy, R.E.M Behavior Disorder, parasomnia/sleep walking and talking, circadian rhythm disorders and shift work disorder.

Regardless of the type of sleep disorder, Dr. Horng stressed the importance of evaluating a patient’s sleep within the broader context of his or her overall health. “The biggest myth among my patient population, and even referring physicians, is that polysomnographic (sleep) study is used to answer why a person sleeps poorly.” He emphasized that all tests, including sleep studies, need to be coupled with a clinical diagnosis or suspicion to be confirmed or negated. “An insomniac taking a sleep study without a history or physical exam will not have an answer to why the person does not sleep,” he explained.

Dr. Hong went on to say that although eight hours has been advocated as good amount of sleep, our body actually will tell us how much sleep we need, and this changes as we age. “There are short sleepers who can get away with four to five hours of sleep and function well without daytime sleepiness. On the other hand, there are people who sleep 9-10 hours a night and still feel like they need to nap to catch up with their sleep.” He observed that we typically deprive ourselves of sleep during the workweek and try to catch up on the weekends. “A good rule would be to strive for whatever number of hours of sleep you need so you don’t feel the need for stimulants or naps to keep you functioning during the day.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System, Bon Secours Health System and Westchester Medical Center Announce Exploration of Joint Venture






Contact: Kara Bennorth (Westchester Medical Center) (914) 493-7805

Deborah Marshall (Bon Secours Charity Health System) (845) 494-6558

The Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI), Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) and Westchester Medical Center (WMC) today announced that they are in exclusive discussions to explore a joint venture corporate relationship among them, in which Westchester Medical Center would become the majority co-member of BSCHS and would work with Bon Secours to achieve high-quality, cost-effective healthcare and care management services in community-based setting.

“A Joint Venture with Westchester Medical Center represents an unparalleled opportunity to enhance the quality of services for the people in the region and would preserve and expand local health care,” said Mark Nantz, Executive Vice President of Bon Secours Health System. “The challenges of today’s healthcare environment require that healthcare systems explore innovative ways to deliver high-quality care through clinical transformation and population health management. We believe this joint venture could achieve the best for both our organizations.”

“Westchester Medical Center’s historic mission has been to ensure that all the residents of the Hudson Valley have the finest healthcare available as close to home as possible,” said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO of Westchester Medical Center. “Our focus remains protecting the valued local healthcare services that the residents of this region have come to expect and deserve and, with our clinical and operational acumen, further strengthening local programs and offerings in the community, which started with our partnership with MidHudson Regional Hospital earlier this year.”

WMC Board Chair Mark Tulis said that these actions are part of a long-term, broad strategic planning effort to invest in the Hudson Valley. “The Hudson Valley is our home and our commitment continues to be making sure that our friends and neighbors have access to the best care right here, without having to leave the region. Our vision is to partner to build on Bon Secours’ strong foundation, enhance what is available and foster integration and coordination, which will require the long-term viability of these partners and more,” Tulis added.

Mary Leahy, M.D., and CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System said a joint venture such as this one is “transformative and will allow our organizations to thrive in a climate of change. We share a common vision of clinical and operational excellence and a keen desire to maintain the long-held mission of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity.”

According to Leahy, Bon Secours Charity would remain a Catholic healthcare ministry with Bon Secours Health System and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as members and canonical sponsors.

A Bon Secours Charity joint venture, with management from Westchester Medical Center and support from Bon Secours Health System, will improve and sustain high-quality, compassionate healthcare through population health management with special emphasis on care for the most vulnerable. Israel added that Bon Secours is already a major force in Westchester Medical Center’s current partnership with more than 240 local organizations and 4,000 individual providers to develop an integrated delivery system that will improve care coordination and focus on the specific health care problems faced by the low income populations in the area and dramatically improve the care of Medicaid recipients in the Hudson Valley.

 About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a multi-state healthcare provider serving nearly a million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides including Distinguished Hospital Award for the top 100 hospitals by HealthGrades and Truven’s Top 100 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the area’s largest employers Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of over 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Visit for more information.

About Westchester Medical Center

Spanning every adult and pediatric medical specialty, Westchester Medical Center is the 895- bed regional medical organization serving New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond, encompassing a regional academic medical center, children’s hospital, community hospital, two inpatient behavioral health centers, homecare and numerous outpatient health and related services. Well-known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, transplant, neuroscience, cancer and pediatrics at our Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, today Westchester Medical Center is home to a workforce of more than 7,000, with more than1,200 attending physicians–the only facility capable of providing immediate lifesaving advanced care between New York City and Albany. Westchester Medical Center serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region and provides outstanding care to more than 120,000 children and adults every year.


“Made for iPhone Hearing Aid” Available at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Brought to you by Starky and the Audiology Department at Good Samaritan

The Audiology Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center offers Halo™, a Made for iPhone® hearing aid engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch®.

Sold under the Starkey brand name, Halo combines Starkey Hearing Technologies’ superior hearing technology with iOS to deliver a revolutionary solution that makes every aspect of life better – from conversations to phone calls to listening to music. Halo will connect with the TruLink™ Hearing Control app, which is available as a free download in the App Store.

Together, Halo and TruLink deliver the most personalized hearing experience ever, and are designed to:

  • Stream calls from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids using Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology
  • Use your iPhone remotely to control your hearing aids
  • Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity
  • Help you hear comfortably in noise
  • Eliminate buzzing and whistling
  • Stream FaceTime®, music and more directly to your hearing aid

In addition to seamless integration with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Halo hearing aids are also stand-alone hearing aids packed with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ best-in-class performance features including feedback cancellation, adaptive noise management and directionality.

Call Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Audiology Department today to learn more: (845) 368 – 5253.

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Granted Reaccreditation

– American Academy of Sleep Medicine Recognizes Excellence in Quality Care –

The Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recently achieved reaccreditation through August 2019 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Having recently passed a site visit from the AASM, The Sleep Disorder Institute successfully demonstrated dedication to clinical excellence, high quality care and its commitment to enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element of health, safety and quality of life.

AASM Accreditation of Sleep Disorders Centers is considered the gold standard for evaluating and comparing sleep medicine programs and facilities nationwide. The Sleep Disorder Institute’s reaccreditation demonstrates the staff’s ongoing efforts to provide patients with high quality diagnostic services and long-term management of sleep disorders.

The Sleep Disorder Institute is one of the select few accredited sleep centers that offer home-sleep testing. When clinically indicated, those patients participating in home-sleep tests are supplied with equipment that measures their breathing patterns while sleeping.  The test enables the institutes to offer broader diagnostic options to patients suffering from sleep apnea, while demonstrating a commitment to quality services.

If you are a loud, habitual snorer, feel tired and groggy upon awakening, experience sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours, are overweight, or tend to choke, gasp or hold your breath during sleep, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Contact the Bon Secours Sleep Disorder Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at (845) 368 – 5512.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Wound and Hyperbaric Institute Reaccredited

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Grants Highest Level of Accreditation 

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, directed by *Dr. Byoung Yang, recently achieved reaccreditation with “Distinction”, the highest level possible, through the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Good Samaritan is one of three facilities in New York State accredited with Distinction by UHMS.

The honor was bestowed on the institute after the UMHS sent a team of experts to the facility to examine staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, and maintenance, facility and patient safety, and standards of care.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most powerful treatment methods available today for healing chronic wounds and radiation damage such as hemorrhagic cystitis, proctitis or psteoradionecrosis. HBOT is safe and non-invasive.  Patients simply lie in a comfortable chamber, relax and breathe pressurized 100% oxygen. This brings more oxygen to wounds and damaged tissue, helping patients to fight infection and speed the healing process.

Hyperbaric oxygen helps the body reduce inflammation that hinders blood flow to tissues; kills bacteria to avoid disease; boosts the infection-fighting power of white blood cells; stimulates blood vessel growth in damaged tissue by releasing stem cells from bone marrow.

*Dr. Yang is System Medical Director of Wound and Hyperbaric, Bon Secours Charity Health System. He is board-certified in both Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Internal Medicine; fellowship-trained at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania, and the 2007 recipient of the President Award (Second Place) for stem cell research by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is home to the leading wound care specialists and treatment options in the region, serving Rockland County in New York and northern New Jersey. For more information, please call (845) 368.5465, or visit



SUFFERN, NEW YORK –  (July 1, 2014)  When 19-year old lifeguard, Sean Meigh, renewed his CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification in early June, he believed he would use his life-saving skill on a beach or at a pool, not on the living room floor of his home in Garnerville, New York. Neither did he imagine that he would save the life of the man dearest to him; his father, Michael Meigh.

Mr. Meigh, a police sergeant with Amtrak, set out to complete some chores in his yard on what he believed to be a typical day at home.  After pouring cement footings on his property, he felt as if he needed a break from the activity.  He went in his home for a cool drink and a brief rest.  He drank some water.  As his body became extremely hot, he put on the air-conditioner. He began profusely sweating and feeling lightheaded.   Certain he was dehydrated or having a heat stroke, he continued to rest and drink more water.   As Sean prepared to take a shower, he asked that his 11 year-old brother, Connor, stay by their father to make sure that he would begin feeling better. That is the last thing Mr. Meigh remembers before blacking out and subsequently waking up in the Cardiac Care Unit of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York.

Wise beyond his years, Connor quickly dialed 9-1-1 and requested an ambulance for his father while alerting his older brother of the situation.  For the first time, Sean’s CPR skills were put to the test, as he immediately began using them on his father while Connor waited outside for the ambulance to arrive.  “My adrenaline just kicked in and I did what I instinctively knew I should do,” stated Sean.  “It never crossed my mind that I would have to actually have to save my father’s life – and if it weren’t for knowing CPR, I wouldn’t have been able to.  Everyone should know CPR.”

“I never ever thought I was having a heart attack” stated Mr. Meigh, who is only 51 years of age and has no family history of cardiac problems.  “I had no chest pains at all, actually no pain anywhere and just thought I was dehydrated or having a heat stroke.”

What Mr. Meigh remembers next is waking up in the hospital with his wife, Marian, at his side.  He was shocked to learn that he had a heart attack and a procedure to place a stent in his blocked artery, under the care of Cary Hirsch, MD, FACC, of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Bon Secours Medical Group of Suffern, New York.

“Dr. Hirsch, and other members of the medical team, told me several times that the quick actions of my two sons saved my life,” said Mr. Meigh.  “I am so grateful to both of them and so proud.”  Now discharged from the hospital and doing well at home, Mr. Meigh is looking forward to a full recovery under Dr. Hirsch’s guidance.

Sean Meigh is now rethinking the path he chooses for his future and would like to pursue a career in the medical or law enforcement field.  “I like the feeling of saving lives and helping others,” he said. “My father gave me my life, and I was happy to give him back his.”

CPR Classes are available at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York.  Call 845-368-5000, extension 6791 for dates and more information.

All Employees Now Have a BSHSI Email Address

Along with the recent opening of the new Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) and launch of the online AskHR, all Bon Secours employees now have a BSHSI email address.

This allows Bon Secours to ensure that employees receive confidential responses from HROC and AskHR when personal benefit details are provided.

A Quick Reference Guide has been developed with step-by-step directions to assist employees without computers at work or those without previous access to email.  The guide is being distributed to BSHSI managers.  It’s also available on IRIS, the Bon Secours intranet, when you look for the Introducing AskHR section on the BSHSI home page.

Here are some highlights of what you need to know if you have just been assigned an email address, but don’t have access to a computer at work:

  • If you have used ezAccess before please use the same log in credentials.
  • If not, or you have forgotten them, please call the eISSC Support Center at 866-809-9259 for log in and password help.
  • Bon Secours email is The first name is based on your legal name in Bon Secours’ human resources system.
  • Access to your email is through Outlook:  (This is true inside or outside Bon Secours.)
  • If you don’t have a computer at work, you can access your email from home or on shared computers at work.
  • You can’t access email from the kiosks, only from a computer.

If you have additional questions about how email will be used, please contact HROC at




Last year, The Active International Cardiovascular Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, formed an alliance with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Hospital. On Thursday, June 19, physicians, medical staff, administrators, and community members from both facilities came together to commemorate the partnership’s first year of success.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of Healthgrades 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence Award to The Active International Cardiovascular Institute. Ben Mahfood, Vice President of National Accounts at Healthgrades, explained that the award recognizes superior outcomes in five key services: heart bypass and valve surgeries, the treatment of heart attack and heart failure, and life-saving interventions that restore normal blood flow to the heart muscle. In addition, Mr. Mahfood awarded Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with the Healthgrades 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The event, which took place at New York Country Club, brought together key stakeholders to celebrate the collaboration and take a look toward the future. Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, congratulated all those who help make the partnership a success, highlighting the outstanding care, flexibility, and teamwork that enable the program to thrive. In her remarks, Dr. Leahy said, “At last year’s kick-off dinner, we witnessed a striking synergy among the group. One year later, it is apparent that this level of cooperation is contributing to a superior patient experience.” Physicians, clinical staff, and administrators look forward to maintaining the quality distinctions of the program and continuing to deliver exception care to patients.

Established in June 2013, the collaboration agreement enables HackensackUMC Heart & Vascular Hospital physicians to provide clinical support and direct patient care at the Good Samaritan Active International Cardiovascular Institute. The collaborative effort brings HackensackUMC’s doctors closer to Good Samaritan patients with serious heart and vascular issues and elevates the level of cardiovascular services available in Rockland and Orange Counties. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program is among the state-of-the-art services that are now available to Good Samaritan patients.