Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip breaks ground on $500 million patient care pavilion


Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip is getting a $500 million upgrade.

Leadership at the 63-year-old medical center, together with local elected officials and community members, gathered for a momentous groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, for the 300,000 square-foot addition.

The patient care pavilion will feature a state-of-the-art 75-bay, 70,000 square-foot adult and pediatric emergency department, along with 16 high-tech operating rooms and three floors of private patient rooms.

Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, CEO of Catholic Health, said after about 20 years of discussing ideas and five years of working on this specific vision for the hospital, the project is expected to be completed within the next three years.

“These amenities and this facility will meet the needs of our incredibly talented healthcare professionals,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We are leading, cutting-edge care at Catholic Health, the future of healthcare is here now and it’s here at Good Samaritan.”

Good Samaritan Hospital President Ruth Hennessey said the pavilion will “transform and modernize” the campus.

As an important component of the hospital’s level two adult and pediatric trauma programs, Hennessey said the new structure will have ready access to operating rooms, critical care units and in-patient beds.

The 16-high tech operating rooms and two hybrid rooms will be used to perform advanced, minimally invasive procedures and help attract “the best and brightest physicians that will serve our communities for years to come,” Hennessey added.

Six private patient rooms include their own bathroom and shower.

“The patient care pavilion will incorporate new technologies and environments to help the patient healing process,” Hennessey said. “It will provide an environment that patients, medical staff, and employees deserve.”

Christine Newins, a stroke survivor who received treatment at Good Samaritan’s Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center, shared her experience as a patient and expressed her gratitude for the team who “saved her life.”

She said she was among the first patients who came through the new center and was “blessed” to have had access to the facility at the time.

Newins believes the new pavilion is a step in the right direction for more immediate help for stroke and brain aneurysm patients in the future.

“With this addition, patients don’t need to have a long hike from the E.R., and they will have easier access to better treatments and newer technologies,” she said.

Continue to follow for updates on the new patient care pavilion at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Top image: Catholic Health, Good Samaritan staff and other attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Ana Borruto.