Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Application Advances to Project Review Committee -- New York State Department of Health Recommends Approval

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The Project Review Committee of the New York State Department of HealthÂ?s Hospital Review and Planning Council announced that it will hear Good Samaritan HospitalÂ?s application for a Certificate of Need (CON) that, if approved, would pave the way for a comprehensive cardiac surgery program at the Rockland County hospital. The formal hearing before the committee will take place in Albany at 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 3, 2005.

“We are gratified that our application to bring urgently needed advanced cardiac surgery and care to our community is advancing to the Project Review Committee with a recommendation for approval from the Department of Health,” said Dominick Stanzione, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, of which Good Samaritan Hospital is a member.

Should the committee vote to recommend approval of the CON, Good Samaritan’s application would then be presented to the full State Hospital Review and Planning Council immediately following the Project Review Committee meeting. Approval at the SHRPC level would send the application to Dr. Antonia C. Novello New York State Commissioner of Health, for final action.

In its application, Good Samaritan Hospital has proposed adding an adult interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery program to its service area in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties. Good Samaritan’s Interventional cardiac program will fill a critical void for residents of these counties, making advanced cardiac care more readily accessible. Currently, no medical institution in the 130-mile corridor west of the Hudson River – from the New Jersey border to Albany – offers comprehensive cardiac surgery.

“All of us at Good Samaritan Hospital are grateful for the heartfelt and vocal community support that helped to bring this issue to the forefront for consideration,” said Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital. “We are especially grateful to Governor Pataki, and to the Department of Health, for helping to move the process forward.”

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, or log on to http://www.goodsamhosp.org.

Media Contacts:

Deborah Marshall

Good Samaritan Hospital

(845) 368-5570

dmarshall@tshs.org

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John Lonsdorf

R&J Public Relations                        

(973) 331-1070

jlonsdorf@RandJpr.com

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