Category Archives: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center recognizes World Blood Donor Day

Blood Donations needed 

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, local residents can become volunteer blood donors at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on June 13, 2014, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.  A pair of Rockland Boulders Baseball tickets for a summer home game will be given to all blood donors.

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center operates the only hospital-based blood donor collection facility in the region. This allows Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center to meet the blood transfusion needs of our busy surgical, trauma, oncology, dialysis and medical services.

It is estimated that every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion.  Half of all blood used in transfusions comes from donors in the community. Over 2,000 individuals donate annually at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Last year, the hospital used more than 4,000 pints of blood directly serving the community to save countless lives.  Blood can only come through the generosity of donors; it cannot be manufactured.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, please contact us at 845-368-5178.  The donor room at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am-5:30 pm, and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 4 pm.  Visit   to learn more.

Bon Secours Wins 2014 Practice GreenHealth Awards

Bon Secours Health System has been selected again as winner of Practice Greenhealth’s 2014 System for Change Award and local systems have also received awards for ecological stewardship.  Seven Bon Secours hospitals received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, which is now Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals.  Five Bon Secours hospitals received the Emerald Award.  New this year, the Greenhealth Emerald Award is presented to hospitals that demonstrate their sustainability programs are better developed.

Check out Bon Secours Charity Health System’s Awards:

•              Bon Secours Community Hospital – Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award; Circle of Excellence-Waste; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

•              Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital – Emerald Partner for Change; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

•              Bon Secours Saint Anthony Community Hospital – Emerald Partner for Change; Circle of Excellence-Energy; and Circle of Excellence-Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Trauma documentation added to ConnectCare

As a NYS designated Level II trauma center, Good Samaritan is in the process of revising policy and practice in order to become verified as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. One of the ACS requirements is that all documentation for trauma activations be done on a Flowsheet. Connect Care has added a trauma Flowsheet to the Emergency Dept documentation.  Having the nurse complete this mandatory documentation in Connect Care is an easy way to ensure compliance with this ACS standard.

Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses and One Holistic Health Practitioner Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center 

Caring Advocate Graduation 2On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

The graduates had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare them with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Professional Practice Model that emphasizes Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.

In 2007 Dr. Jean Watson founded the international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing in today’s healthcare systems and to retain its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and transdisciplinary care team members.

Dr. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. And the Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of her Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy.

The recent graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital Registered Nurse Claudia VanRaamsdonk, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Donna Regan, Registered Nurses Sandy Gomas and Carol Tunney of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility; Regina Stafford and Catherine Hood of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County Nurse Manager Maureen Donnelly and Holistic Health Practitioner Karen Dalton of St. Anthony Community Hospital.

The new Caring Advocate Education Program nurses were mentored for six months by Janet Bailey, Joie Ogrodnick, Kathy Guerra and Gunnel Greenfield. Their work and study projects focused on self-care to prevent nurse burnout; developing trusting relationships with patients and coworkers; and creating a caring, healing environment.

“The Caring Advocate Program,” said graduate Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN, information nurse manager Orange County, “allows us to discern the Dr. Jean Watson theory and bring the caring concept to the nurses and patients at the bedside.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses are invited to apply and to be part of this annual program, which will begin in September.

Bon Secours Charity Health System Thanks Volunteers

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Last year volunteers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY donated a record 80,014 hours of their time in service.

On May 1 these three hospitals of the Bon Secours Charity Health System invited volunteers to a Recognition Luncheon held at the picturesque Fountains Wallkill Golf Course in Middletown, NY. It was an opportunity for Bon Secours Charity Health System senior administrators to express their gratitude to the many dedicated men and women, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, who donate their time and energy.

Following a tradition that began last year, the theme of this special luncheon was “stars,” not only in tribute to the famous stars of stage and screen but also to the “stars” invited to the luncheon who selflessly volunteer their service throughout the year. Later in the program and much to everyone’s amusement, there was also a surprise visit by ”Diana Ross and the Supremes,” as played by Penny Mann, system director of volunteers, Volunteer Manager Amy Moore, and volunteer coordinators Lynn Beers and Andrea Studnitzer.

Mann acted as emcee for the day and told her audience of volunteers that they were essential to the success of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. She added that their service had resulted in immeasurable savings in resources that can be employed to provide the best possible healthcare in each community where they serve. “You are stars and stars produce light,” she said. “That’s what we see in our volunteers. And without light there is darkness.”

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Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System thanked and praised the volunteers for their valuable service to the community. “We appreciate all that you do,” she said.

Jeff Reilly, senior vice president/administrator Bon Secours Community Hospital and St. Anthony Community Hospital, echoed those sentiments. “We could not achieve all that we do without you,” he said. “You are always there for us.”

Deborah Marshall, vice president of public relations, marketing and strategic planning for Bon Secours Charity Health System served as awards presenter. She praised the volunteers for the important role they play and paid special tribute, presenting the Above and Beyond Award, to John Gafycz, an especially hard working volunteer who maintains the grounds at Bon Secours Community Hospital.

Volunteers Jim Toth of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Betty La Barbera of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Jane Beaty of St. Anthony Community Hospital received Volunteer of the Year Awards. 

Guests also participated in a raffle for gift certificates and merchandise provided by local businesses.

“It’s wonderful that they do this for us,” said Patrick Colman of Warwick, a longtime volunteer at St. Anthony Community Hospital.


Good Samaritan Foundation to Host “Pedal for a Purpose” Event to Help Support Center for Breast Health

Stationary Bike Spin-A-Thon to be Held May 2 at RevRyder Spin Studio in Sloatsburg, NY

Book your bike, burn calories and feel good about the workout and great about the cause.

On Friday evening, May 2, Good Samaritan Foundation will host a “Pedal for a Purpose” indoor bicycle spin-a-thon to help support the Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY.

Three 60-min. rides beginning at 4:15 p.m. and ending at 7:15 p.m. will be held at the RevRyder Spin Studio, 174 Route 17 North in Sloatsburg, NY.

Men and women of all fitness levels can register on line at The

$25 donation for each class entitles each rider to a fun, exciting and healthful workout along with prizes and refreshments. And each ryde will have special surprises that will move and inspire you.

Space is limited so please register early and no later than April 29.

Sponsorship opportunities and team registration are also available and whether you’re in the saddle or supporting a cyclist the funds raised will continue to support services to improve the quality of life for patients at the Center for Breast Health through early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Breast health is every woman’s concern and The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, serving women in lower New York State, eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, offers one of the most advanced programs for diagnosing and treating virtually any breast health issue.

The Good Samaritan Foundation is the voice of philanthropy for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.


Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has celebrated the opening of its expanded and improved Family Birthing Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing on April 2.

Located on the fifth floor of the hospital, the newly expanded maternity wing now features:

  • Twelve newly constructed private mother-baby rooms, bringing the total number to 31 for the unit; there are also seven labor-delivery-recovery suites
  • A comfortable and nurturing environment, designed to be “all-inclusive” and create a highly personalized experience for new parents
  • An additional well-baby nursery and nursing station

“We’re thrilled to bring expectant parents and their families this expanded maternity unit,” said  Meg Moore, Maternity Consultant and Clinical Manager of Mother Baby . “We go to great lengths to make the experience for them exceptional, and this comfortable and spacious new wing will only enhance that.”

While many hospitals are reporting declining birth rates, Good Samaritan has seen a steady increase since 2000. The maternity unit welcomes more than 3,000 babies into the world each year—higher than any other hospital in the region. The program has an excellent reputation among physicians and patients alike, and it is known for bringing a full suite of services to its clientele, including:

  • Personal maternity consultant who creates highly customized birthing plans for parents
  • One-on-one education, as well as in- and outpatient lactation support
  • A broad range of pain relief options to meet every woman’s needs and to make the birthing experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible
  • A full referral service for both ob/gyns and midwives; and a highly experienced nursing staff that specializes in obstetrics

Another incredible comfort to new parents is the center’s onsite Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),.

“Here, parents get the complete package—personalized care, an expert medical team, advanced security protocols, and education,” said  Jeanne Boydston, Clinical Manager of Labor and Delivery.. “Now, with this expansion, the environment complements our extensive offerings.”

Weekly tours for the all-new Union State Bank Family Birthing Center are available the first Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.; no registration is required—simply arrive in the hospital lobby 10 minutes before.


March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. And every year, approximately 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease and more than 50,000 die from it.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY encourage the people in their communities to begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly.

 “Colorectal cancer is a cancer that can be prevented, or at the very least treated successfully when detected early,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, FACS, FASCRS, director of colon and rectal surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Colorectal cancer is most prevalent in patients over the age of 50. And screening for colorectal cancer starts at age 50, unless there is a strong family history,  or if a patient has symptoms such as rectal bleeding or a change in bowel habits at a younger age.”

Dr. Kaye explained that there are different ways of screening, but colonoscopy is the gold standard. A skilled colonoscopist can both examine the colon, and remove any precursors to cancer (polyps) at the time of examination. The procedure is safe and painless because it is performed with gentle sedation.

“Patients need to be proactive about their wellness,” said Dr. Kaye. “Don’t be a victim. Prevention is by early detection. Schedule an appointment with your local colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist to see if it is time for you to schedule a colonoscopy.”


Blood Donations Needed

What if it was someone you loved?

by Patricia Bonnier, Donor Program Supervisor.

You’re driving down the road minding your own business, when suddenly you’re on your way to the hospital. Doesn’t matter whose fault it was, you’re still hurt! Or maybe you’re home watching TV when you get a pain somewhere and your brain tells you “Something is WRONG!” Or worst of all, these things happen to someone you love.

Life has a way of smacking you in the head from time to time, and all of a sudden we’re relying on help from the strangers around us. It could be at the scene of a car accident, or as we’re heading for the emergency room in the middle of the night. We depend on the kindness of strangers to see us through the crisis.

You have the chance to pay it forward and be one of the “kind strangers,” who are willing to reach out to those in need. Blood donations literally save lives; it takes a truly dedicated person to roll up their sleeves and give a precious blood donation to a stranger.

Due to the extreme weather we’ve experienced this winter, we are currently experiencing a blood shortage. Please visit your local facilities blood donor room to help us maintain an adequate supply of blood on hand for our patients.

Starting in 2014 we’ve begun a “LifeSaver Club,” and anyone who pledges to donate at least 4 times this year will be entered into it. It’s a work in progress, but some of the things we’ve planned so far is to have a “wall of fame” in our donor room with all the members listed, express treatment at our blood drives (or in the donor room) and special recognition items over the course of the year.

Bon Secours Charity Health System Blood Donation Information:

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s donor room is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from  9:30am-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 8am-4pm. Schedule a donation today!

St. Anthony Community Hospital runs bi-weekly blood drives on Mondays from 2:30pm-8:00pm, and Thursdays from 10am-6pm. Blood drives are also held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 8am-2pm. The donor site is located in the trailer at 20 Grand Street on the Ground of Mount Alverno.

Bon Secours Community Hospital: Mark your calendars! The next blood drive is Tuesday, March 4th from 9am-3pm in the conference at 168 E. Main Street.

Be the person who helps – Donate Blood Today and save some lives in 2014!


Retirement Savings Plan (For Bon Secours Employees)

Take the Time to Maximize Your Retirement Savings

It is still a good time to make an election for your savings in the Bon Secours Retirement Savings Plan (403(b)/401(k)) for 2014.  Here are a few things to consider as you make your plan contribution election:

  • In order to maximize the employer matching contributions you receive from Bon Secours*, you will want to spread your contributions over as many pay periods as possible, up to 26 pay periods, to be sure to maximize your matching contribution.
  • You will not receive matching contributions for any pay periods that you are not making a contribution.  Also, if you elect to stop your employee contributions, your matching contributions for those pay periods will be stopped as well.
  • The IRS has set the maximum 403(b)/401(k) elective deferral limits for 2014 for employee contributions at $17,500.  Individuals over age 50 are eligible to defer up to an additional $5,500 for 2014 (up to $23,000).  The annual compensation limit has been increased to $260,000.

If you were contributing in 2013, your 2013 employee contribution will continue into 2014 until you make a change. You can make a new election or change it under the Plan anytime by visiting the VALIC website,  If you need assistance with your elections, please contact VALIC Client Care Center at (877) 375-2422 or contact your local VALIC representative. If you have questions about your eligibility for the employer matching contributions, please contact

*Please note: Not all employees are eligible for an employer matching contribution.  If you are not certain if you are eligible for an employer match or what the match is please contact BSHSI_RetirementBenefits@