Dr. James M. Luciano Named Vice President for Medical Affairs at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY

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Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. announced today that Dr. James M. Luciano, M.D., Mh.A., F.A.C.P., has been appointed Vice President for Medical Affairs. In his role as Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Luciano will oversee all aspects of clinical care at Good Samaritan, and will act as a liaison between the hospital and the hospital’s medical staff. He will also coordinate clinical, regulatory and medical issues between the hospital and its parent, Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. announced today that Dr. James M. Luciano, M.D., Mh.A., F.A.C.P., has been appointed Vice President for Medical Affairs. The announcement was made by Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator at the 370-bed acute care hospital.

In his role as Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Luciano will oversee all aspects of clinical care at Good Samaritan, and will act as a liaison between the hospital and the hospital’s medical staff. He will also coordinate clinical, regulatory and medical issues between the hospital and its parent, Bon Secours Charity Health System.

Immediately prior to joining Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Luciano served as Vice President for Quality Management and Medical Affairs at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, a four hundred-bed community hospital, and a member of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. In that role, he had a broad spectrum of responsibilities including quality, utilization, and risk management; regulatory affairs; bioethics and pastoral care; credentialing and professional staff services; patient relations; and the supervision of eleven clinical departments.

From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Luciano was the Medical Director of the Montefiore Contract Management Organization (CMO), a management services organization responsible for 130,000 patients covered by full-risk managed care contracts. In that capacity, while serving as a clinically-active member of Montefiore Medical Center’s Division of Geriatrics, he was responsible for developing and implementing the CMO’s network-wide quality improvement and utilization management programs.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome a physician with the stature and background that Dr. Luciano brings to our hospital,” said Schnieders. “As Good Samaritan adds physicians, programs and treatment options, Dr. Luciano’s experience and expertise will be of tremendous benefit both to everyone here at the hospital, as well as the people of Lower Hudson Valley community that we serve.”

Dr. Luciano received his M.D. from the Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn in 1982, and completed his residency in internal medicine there in 1985. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. From 1986 through 1997, he was in private practice and affiliated with community hospitals in Westchester County and central New Jersey and has also served as Medical Director of the Hudson Independent Practice Association.

Dr. Luciano replaces Dr. Donald Thomas, M.D., who has been serving in the position on an interim basis for several months. “We thank Dr. Thomas for stepping into the VPMA position on an interim basis, and for his unflagging dedication to Good Samaritan Hospital over the past several months,” noted Schnieders.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about Good Samaritan Hospital, or any of its programs, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

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