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Good Sam Receives Top Nursing Honor

Hospital attains Magnet status.

Good Samaritan Hospital recently received Magnet recognition for their nursing practice, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors, the hospital announced. 

Patricia Hogan, Good Samaritan’s Senior Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer said that Magnet honor reflects the “hospital’s professional commitment to exemplary nursing practice and patient care.”   

“To have earned Magnet recognition originally was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses,” she said.  “The hospital’s achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

According to Good Sam, Magnet  status is granted by the ANCC (American Nursing Credentialing Center) to hospitals that satisfy a demanding set of criteria to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.  To attain such a status means a hospital’s patient care program has been identified as one of the best in the nation, the hospital said. 

Good Samaritan first achieved Magnet status in 2006. 

Other notable news:

Good Samaritan's Laurence Engelberg recently spoke to members of the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA) as part of that organization’s Healthy Life Series. 

According to the hospital, Engelberg, MD, chief of pulmonary medicine at Good Sam, made a presentation on topics such as drowsy driving, sleep apnea and car accidents, and shift workers and job-related accidents before

“Sleep disorders can dramatically hinder a person’s quality of life and put that individual at risk of injury," he said.  “Common treatments for a sleep disorder may include basic lifestyle changes such as weight loss or abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.”

Engelberg, who is also the medical director of Good Samaritan’s Sleep Apnea Center, has been diagnosing and treating sleep disorders for 28 years, the hospital said. 

A graduate of Tufts University and New York University School of Medicine, Engelberg began his career with a fellowship at Stony Brook University Hospital.

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