Good Samaritan Hospital Unveils Plan for Major Expansion
Emergency Department to nearly triple in size over next decade, huge enhancements coming in outpatient services
April 15, 2011 – Good Samaritan Hospital plans to break ground this spring for a major expansion of its busy Emergency Department.
The goal is to nearly triple the size of the ED over the next decade, Philip Patterson, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, told more than 100 Rockland County community leaders March 31 at a “Celebration of Growth” at the Tuxedo Club.
The event was hosted by Pierson Mapes and Dan Rifkin, dedicated members of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board. In an effort to make Good Samaritan as user-friendly as possible for outpatients, the hospital plans to create a major center for outpatient surgery and other services at the Suffern Medical Pavilion on the Good Samaritan Hospital campus. Bon Secours has committed an initial $24 million for Medical Office Building improvements.
“As technology improves and procedures become less invasive – and recovery time shortens dramatically – the need for state-of-the-art outpatient services is vital,” Patterson said.
“Undeniable” is how Patterson explained the need to expand the Emergency Department. “We are already over capacity,” he said. “With 19 bays, the emergency department is designed to serve about 29,000 patients a year. Last year, we saw more than 35,000 – and we know our community continues to grow.”
To meet the growth, the hospital will, with the first phase of the ED expansion, create 13 new bays, for a total of 32. Subsequent expansion over the coming decade will bring the total of patient bays to 50. Simultaneously, the hospital will install new imaging and diagnostic technology to do testing in the Emergency Department, saving patients the hassle of being transported to other areas of the hospital.
The first phase of improvements to the Emergency Department will cost at least $15.8 million. That money has already been committed to Good Samaritan by Rich Statuto, CEO of the Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System. “This is our top priority at Good Samaritan Hospital – and an urgent need for this community,” Statuto said.
The hospital has also been working in earnest to attract new doctors, Patterson said, and is working to increase services to women. Specifically, a new Center for Breast Health being created at Suffern Medical Pavilion will offer state-of-the-art imaging technology. “We already have the best cardiac program in the state,” Mapes said at the March 31 gathering at the Tuxedo Club. “With the expansion of outpatient services, we’ll be able to offer our community diagnostics and preventative care, besides cardiac surgery and diagnostics, oncology services and a great regional hospital.”
About Bon Secours Charity Health System
The Bon Secours Charity Health System includes Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., a regional medical center, and two community hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y. 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 off-site medical programs. The Bon Secours Charity Health System draws its name from the two Catholic orders that jointly sponsor the system: The Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. For more information, visit http://bschs.bonsecours.com.