The BEACON Project

Over 100 years ago, the original Gibault Building welcomed visitors on February 6, 1908. So many people came to see the hospital that it took two days to clean it afterwards and prepare for patients, who filled the 25-bed facility on February 8. The architect and contractor had strict guidelines to build on a budget of $24,300 or less, equal to a little over $648,000 today.

The Gibault Memorial Tower opening this July is a little over the 1908 budget. The $65 million, 120-bed, five-story building will serve as a beacon of hope in Vincennes and surrounding communities Good Samaritan serves. Created with patients in mind, the Gibault Memorial Tower is more than a building with four walls. It is a place where highly trained and motivated caregivers and physicians deliver compassionate care in a state-of-the-art facility.

It is not a surprise that the world of health care is changing and, in order to survive, we must change with it. It is the responsibility of Good Samaritan to plan for the future by being proactive. It is our duty to remain a leading health care provider in Southern Indiana so we are able to provide the best care to our patients and community. The people of Good Samaritan (employees, volunteers, physicians and students) are dedicated to growing, thriving and improving health care.

The new Gibault Memorial Tower was built with patients in mind. Good Samaritan’s five centers of excellence will be housed in one location. All patient services will be conveniently located for improved patient access and patient experience. “Throughout this whole process we have kept our patients in mind,” stated Rob McLin, President and CEO. “We have always tried to do everything in our power to ensure our patients have the best experience when they are at Good Samaritan. But in the new tower, we wanted to make an even greater effort to ensure our patients’ safety and comfort while they are with us.”

When the first Gibault building was constructed, the Vincennes Capital described it as "belonging to no one person, institution or party". The same notion is still true today. While Good Samaritan's name is on the building, the new Gibault Memorial Tower was created with everyone in mind. Rooms are constructed so that patients can have more privacy and comfort while they are staying at the hospital. Every nurse will have their own personal telephone when they are on duty to ensure quicker communication and decrease noise levels on each floor.

Countless hours have been spent on imagining and creating a facility worthy of our patients. Gibault Memorial Tower is made possible by specialty bonds, revenue bonds and charitable donations from Good Samaritan Foundation and other members and organizations in the community. Without the support of the people in Vincennes and surrounding communities, life-saving technology, supplies and portions of Gibault Memorial Tower would not exist today.

The excitement around the opening of the new tower is increasing every day; however, right after the opening, comes the patient move. Hospital committees are meeting multiple times a week to prepare for the move of patients and ensure that everything runs smoothly. “When you think that you have thought of everything, it is time to start from the beginning and double check all the scenarios,” stated Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “Our ability to adjust to different situations will make this move to the new building successful.”

Patients will start their first move on July 24 and each floor will be moved every three days. Good Samaritan employees will be volunteering extra time to assist with the move in any way possible. “This move will be a monumental part of the BEACON process,” states John Manning, Vice President of Behavioral Health and Special Projects. “Even though we have an expectation of employees working extra hours to help with the move, the majority want to help and be a part of this experience. This is their hospital as much as anyone else’s and their dedication to our patients and the future of Good Samaritan is overwhelming.”

When the dust clears and everything is said and done, the Gibault Memorial Tower will help launch Good Samaritan into the future of health care. “This is a gift we want to present to our community,” added McLin. “Without the loyalty of our patients, we cease to exist. It is time that we say “thank you” to them and our community by offering a world-class facility to match our world-class care.”

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