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.”