Category Archives: Rockland County

“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.


Help Support the Bon Secours Charity Walkers in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, October 26 

Enjoy food, music and fun for a good cause.

On Sunday, October 26, the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team, whose members include hospital employees and citizens of communities serviced by Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY will participate in the annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The JDRF Walk, designed to raise money for critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, will be held at the Rockland Boulders Stadium, 1 Provident Bank Park in Pomona, New York. Check in time is 9 a.m. and the 5k walk starts at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to support the Walk by fundraising or making a donation.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin — a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research.

To register and participate in the walk or to make a donation on behalf of the Bon Secours Charity Walkers Team visit:

For additional information contact Katie Marshall at (201) 568-4838 or email:

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.



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.

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.

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

Bon Secours Volunteer Luncheon 1

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 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.”


Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, Placing Good Samaritan Among Top 5% of Hospitals in Nation

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellenceaccording to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction makes Good Samaritan one of the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance.

From 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as a group had an overall 26.4% lower risk adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals.  During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, 156,036 lives could potentially have been saved.

Variation in hospital performance exists locally as well as nationally.  For example, of the 61 hospitals evaluated located in the New York, NY/Northern New Jersey metropolitan area for treatment of Stroke, risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates ranged from 2.7% on the low end to 25.0% on the high end, which is more than a 9-fold difference in mortality rates.

“Recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence have demonstrated better than expected quality care. For patients undergoing treatment for select common conditions and procedures at these hospitals, this translates to a statistically significant lower likelihood of death or experiencing complications when compared to the rest of American hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades.

The 260 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2014 study period (2010-2012), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 30 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ recipients, please visit