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Staff and recipients for Good Samaritan Nursing Scholarship 2024

Good Samaritan University Hospital (West Islip, NY) has provided $500,000 in nursing scholarships to hospital employees pursuing degrees in nursing thanks to the support of numerous donors. The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation made a $250,000 grant challenge match to catalyze local donors to start the fundraising drive. Local donors, including the Helen Hoffritz Charitable Trust and the Guilds of Good Samaritan University Hospital, matched the grant by making donations of $50,000 or more that provided an additional $250,000, bringing the total funding to $500,000.

Long recognized as center of excellence in medical education, Good Samaritan University Hospital is committed to cultivating, retaining and strengthening it nursing workforce. The nursing scholarships will assist the south shore hospital’s nurses to sharpen their talents, deepen their skillsets and advance in their careers, all part of Catholic Health driving effort to reshape and enhance the future of health care on Long Island.

“The quality of nursing care is what ensures that our Catholic Health mission is fulfilled,” said Good Samaritan Chief Nursing Officer Susan Knoepffler. “We are privileged to serve the health care needs of our community. And we’re very thankful to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and others who generously provided the funding for this innovative new scholarship program.”

At a time when health care organizations are suffering a shortage in the Registered Nursing (RN) workforce, Catholic Health is committed to assisting nurses through post baccalaureate nurse residency programs and innovative nursing initiatives to attract and retain the best nursing workforce in our region.

In 2021, The American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) bestowed upon Catholic Health’s Good Samaritan University Hospital the most coveted and prestigious honor hospital nurses can achieve—Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing care. This recognition highlights exceptional clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, as well as nursing professionalism, collaboration and teamwork. Good Samaritan is the only hospital on the south shore of Suffolk County to earn this distinction, which is held by less than ten percent of hospitals nationwide. The Magnet Recognition Program® honors health care organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adhere to national standards for improving patient care, have an active research program, and display leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity.

Get more information on programs and services at Good Samaritan University Hospital.

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