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Report: Potential Layoffs at Good Samaritan Hospital

"Small percentage" of administrative jobs at West Islip hospital may be cut, Newsday reports.

A number of clerical workers and nurses in administrative positions at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center learned Monday they may face layoffs, according to a Newsday report.

Though hospital officials did not provide a specific number when discussing the potential layoffs, spokeswoman Christine Hendriks told the paper it would be a "very, very small percentage" of employees.

The reduction comes as a result of the hospital's shift from inpatient to outpatient care, allowing some administrative duties to be streamlined. Hendriks cited the Affordable Care Act as a main motive in the change.

"While we can't quote a specific number, because actions are still ongoing that may allow individuals to be placed through the system or be retrained for new positions, we can tell you that we are working closely with each respected colleague," Hendriks told Newsday.

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Bob Morgan October 23, 2012 at 08:46 AM
People have already been laid off as of Monday!.Whats with the *may*?.The reason? budget cuts and outsourcing!
Rich October 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Also ObamaCare and poor management. No it's not a small small number. It's over a 100 dedicated people. Some who have worked there for over 30 years.
John October 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
poorly managed, prehaps joining the NSLIJ system would save jobs.
Layla October 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I agree with all above posters. The lay offs ARE real. Over 100 people will be laid off, and many were let go yesterday. Why can't they just tell the truth?
Bella October 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Over 200 will be out of a job at the end of this all, and who knows if this is just the 1st wave of many layoff sessions. The rumor mill is disturbing. Good Sam is a sinking ship and people should take this as a heads up and start looking elsewhere or at least have a backup plan so they don't end up blindsided. It's very sad.
Rich October 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Layoffs include Nurses, Nurses Aides and other patient care professionals are being layed off. Some of their best and most loyal employees are being let go, how will they run the hospital???
GS October 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It's so sad this is a major life altering event and the hospital can't even be forthcoming and honest. Christine Hendriks blames it on healthcare reform when it boils down to poor management of those in management positions. Building a unit before the doctors sign on?? Who does that and is the person responsible for that out of a job? I think not. Very, very poor management all though in the last few years. It used to be a great place to work
Deee October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Rich and GS, are you right! It is because of the big mess up with the heart center and investing millions of dollars before contracts were signed. Bad planning on the part of Administration is now costing hundreds of dedicated employees their jobs. What a shame.
Elle October 24, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Some "Catholic" hospital, lying to the public. Good Samaritan stopped being a real Catholic institution when they new administration came in.
Concerned October 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Hopefully Kaitlyn is working on a follow up to this article, which will detail what is actually happening, rather than what Catholic Health Services WANTS the public to believe. Yes, clerical workers have been let go; haven't heard about any "nursing administrators" losing their jobs though. As of yesterday, all Licensed Practical Nurses and Patient Care Assistants have also been "let go." These are people who work at the bedside and provide direct, hands on care to the patients. Translation.... if you are a patient at Good Samaritan, you will now wait longer for someone to answer your call for assistance, medication and information. No mention of that in the original article. Maybe Kaitlyn can ask for a tour of the hospital and see for herself the millions of dollars that have been spent in the last year building and staffing a "state of the art" open heart surgery unit that sits unoccupied! Catholic Health Services would love to blame Obama Care for this mess, but in reality, their poor management and misguided attempts to keep up with services provided by NSUH/LIJ just down the road at Southside, are what is really at fault here. I have worked at Good Sam for many years. It used to be a great place to work; staff and administrators were caring and dedicated. However, since Catholic Health Services took over, it has gone steadily downhill. Still have my job, but who knows for how long. I will be advising my friends and family to go to Southside from now on.
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Concerned- I am working on uncovering the full details and extent of the layoffs. If you or anyone else would like to speak with me regarding the issue, off the record, please contact me at kaitlyn.piccoli@patch.com.
Jen October 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Yes, Virginia there is bad management at Good Samaritan. The nurses that remain are beyond dedicated and for that reason the patients will not suffer. CHS has driven a once thriving hospital into the ground. And NO the administrator who erred and spent $30 million dollars threw everyone else under the bus. Unit clerks housekeeping and bedside nurses over 100 were let go. Bet they could have slavaged those positions but getting rid of one over paid incompetent administrator.
Tony October 24, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I worked there for about 10 years and left about 10 years ago for another job. I saw a huge change when CHS took over, but it has gotten even worse. I still have friends and a family member who work there who tell me about what's going on. New management has been brought in, and of course these new people haven't lost their jobs! People in housekeeping, dietary, unit clerks, all LPNs (except those in maternity and delivery) have lost jobs...some who have been there for over 30 years. Many of these dedicated employees were escorted out to their cars by administration, as if they were criminals! I also know two individuals who still work there that were told by their supervisors (2 different supervisors) that they were not allowed to cry because their colleagues just lost their jobs. Because of management, people now choose Southside over Good Sam!
Tony October 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Rose Newsday also said that Good Samaritan is trying its best to relocate people to other positions instead of letting them go.......I work at the hospital (for now) and that isn't happening they are just laying off workers
Bay Shore Resident October 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
So true, born and raised in Bay Shore 5 years ago I would say if you want to die go to Southside, since NSLIJ saw the need for great care in our area they took southside over by storm and now its the place to go to live. I have heard of so many people getting really bad infections from Good Sam and one is my family member. Thank you NSLIJ for turning our Community hospital around and coming through like you have said with your open heart program. You have saved my aunt and my dad with your amazing program. Thank you Dr, Hartman for your golden hands. Go Southside!
Tess October 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
The leaders of Good Samaritan Hospital/CHS should be ashamed of themselves!The layoffs of over 100 long-term, dedicated employees are NOT due to ObamaCare! Rather, they are the result of poor planning and the collapse of an Open Heart program! The ignorant leaders at Good Samaritan/CHS invested over $34 million dollars on a program that fell apart.The leadership failed to secure Cardiothoracic Surgeons for the Open Heart Program prior to investing millions into the program. Yet,these administrators are still employed! Sadly, Administration has absolutely no connection or reverence for the employees. Ask ANY employee or physician, and they will undoubtedly tell you stories of total disregard and arrogance by the administrators.Employees and physicians will also confirm that the quality of care has rapidly deteriorated within the PAST YEAR due to the new administration. Administration’s ONLY concern is the almighty dollar!Employees are well aware of the financial crisis that effect healthcare and the hospital.As a result, employees have sacrificed so much of themselves for the sake of the innocent patients who are victims of Administrations greed.In the past year employees have worked extra hours without pay just to ensure that each and every patient was provided with the care and dignity they deserve.While the ignorant leaders of CHS and Good Samaritan Hospital were busy throwing away over $34 million, the sweat and tears of the dedicated employees kept the hospital alive.
Concerned October 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Amen, Tess! Would love to know who authorized that Open Heart Program and why they haven't been "let go" because of their failure to get it running. Really?? Who builds an Open Heart Unit before securing surgeons to run it and attract patients?? We were told they had surgeons but they backed out at the last minute so it wasn't the fault of the hospital! And spot on about the non paid overtime. I don't know any nurses who actually leave work on time. Usually they are giving report, taking care of emergencies or doing some work they don't want to leave to the next shift because they haven't been able to to get it all done. Overtime is a thing of the past. We were told NO OVERTIME. If you absolutely must stay past your shift, call the nursing office for approval, explain why and then call every 30 minutes till you leave for continued approval. Oh, and by the way, make sure you call an hour before your shift ends to get it approved!! Most people I know just stay till they are done and forget about the overtime....fearful of being told they are not doing their job correctly. This policy of overtime harrassment saves the hospital thousands of dollars in overtime pay!
Tony October 25, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Rose So true concerned.......I am an employee and we are always staying at least a half hour past our shift to get jobs done. This is because of lack of staffing and with no overtime.
Jim October 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Thank you OBAMACARE. Please remember this on election day, November 6.
phil kane October 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Catholic health services, nepotism, and fraud, brought this on this once great hospital, and as usual the little guy pays the price
DLee October 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thank you, Kaitlyn, for making an honest effort to look into this story. I imagine that a lot of those who were laid off are speaking to attorneys and trying to learn about their options. I hope that some people directly affected by the egregious errors in management on the part of Good Samaritan Hospital will speak to you about it so that the public is informed. Good Sam tries to hide behind "Obamacare" as the reason all of these nurses were laid off, but using this logic, layoffs and cuts would be widespread from hospital to hospital all over LI and not centered on those run by Catholic Health Services.
Jill C. November 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Jill Good Samaritan Hospital is worse off than the titanic and the only ones who will have a life boat to get into are the executives who have brought it to its demise. There is absolutely no repect for the nurses who are so dedicated, or the aides who work ever so diligently to serve the patients. Where does the deception stop? Or does it? The executives who have made all of the poor decisions that brought us to this point are the ones who should have been let go. Not the staff so dedicated to their duties. The patients are waiting longer for assistance, and the supplies have been reduced to a point where you are lucky if you can find a water pitcher to supply a patient with fresh water at the bedside. Shame on all of you who have brought this once respected institution to it's all time low!
informed November 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Christine Hendriks tell the truth! The Affordable Care Act did not cause this mess. I recently found out that the St. Francis doctors were ready to sign and run the open heart unit when the new administration told them that they would have to be employees of the hospital. This was not what was agreed to with the prior administration, so they signed with Stonybrook. The employees of Good Sam have been lied to from day one. Too many cut backs to take care of the patients safely. I do not recommend anyone to go to Good Sam. Go to South Side.
Concerned RN November 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I agree with all the above posts. When nurses speak out about the unsafe working conditions they just get reprimanded.
ConcernedAboutGS November 16, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The level of corruption at the hospital is at an all time high. It starts with the CEO JC and the the EVP NS. Both are completely incompetent and on top of it they keep bringing in their cronies from Mercy to take over roles of established and hard working individuals at Good Samaritan. How could the board of Good Samaritan allow this to happen? A petition should be started to get this group of people out!
Tony November 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Its funny how health care is run these days by administrators. For starters, they want to make sure nurses punch in and work a "full day." Same for hospital doctors, some of the best who have already left for this reason. These people have credentials behind their names like RN, MD etc. And have a records that support these credentials. On the other hand, most of these administrators don't have any credentials or got an on-line MBA. Come and go as they please. Have no accountability screw everything up somewhere and move on to the next place to destroy. Looks like its Good Samaritan's turn...
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Anonymous August 04, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Here we go again.... more Good Scam cuts..... This administration(used loosely) is something else... cut cut cut....

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