For the third consecutive year Good Samaritan Hospital, in collaboration with the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition and other organizations marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a field of pink flags honoring cancer patients and special banners saluting local breast cancer coalitions.
More than 100 supporters gathered on September 29 to launch the display. Members of the hospital’s administration, medical staff and breast cancer survivors were among the speakers who paid tribute to all those affected by the disease. Elected officials such as New York State Senator Phil Boyle, New York State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter and Town of Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron and Councilwoman Trish Bergen and members of the West Islip Fire Department were on hand to lend their support.
Members of the West Islip High School’s Vocal Motion performed an inspirational song as part of the moving ceremony.
Suffolk County has one of the highest incidences of breast cancer in the state. In response, Good Sam opened its Breast Health Center two decades ago followed by Suffolk’s first free-standing Women’s Imaging Center in 2010.
These two programs are key to the hospital’s comprehensive and multidisciplinary Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, where advanced diagnostic technology and up-to-the-minute treatment options provide patients with every opportunity for optimal outcomes.
For more information on women’s services at Good Samaritan, please call (631) 376-4444.