Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104

Date:           June 17, 2011


West Islip, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo recently paid tribute to volunteers across the state for donating millions of hours of service annually to health care facilities.  Similarly, Good Samaritan Hospital, along with local political leaders, honored its volunteers at the Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s monthly meeting. 

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Guild Central Council President Gail Sullivan.  “The Guilds of Good Samaritan are a dedicated group of individuals who are proud to be part of the team at Good Samaritan.”

For more than 50 years, Good Samaritan’s volunteers have been supporting the vital work of the hospital.  During the past year, the Guilds of Good Samaritan raised approximately $258,000 and collectively contributed more than 39,000 hours to benefit the medical center.  Three volunteers, Rosella Brink, Inge Luttmann and Claire Runyon, have each donated at least 30,000 lifetime  hours to Good Samaritan.  All three women have dedicated themselves to supporting the services provided by the hospital, exemplifying the critical role that volunteers play in the community.
“I enjoy this service, when I can help people,” stated Inge Luttmann.  She calls herself a “professional volunteer”, because prior to joining Good Sam’s family, she cared for her father and then her husband.

For more information on volunteering opportunities or Good Samaritan’s upcoming volunteer job fair on October 25, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit

Guild Recognition


Pictured (L-R): Representative Ryland Gaines, Jr., Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas F. Barraga, Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, Town of Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, Guild Central Council President Gail Sullivan, Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Administration Joseph Loiacono and Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

Good Samaritan provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health.  This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.