Good Samaritan Prepared for Ebola Threat

VINCENNES, Ind. – Although there have been no cases of Ebola in Indiana or Illinois, Good Samaritan is preparing for the possibility. All employees have and will continue to be educated about proper precautions, identification and care of Ebola patients. “We are currently working and speaking with the Indiana State Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every day to stay up-to-date with the latest information,” stated Robin Riley-McDonald, Infection Preventionist. “We treat patients with infectious diseases every day and are prepared to go the extra mile to prevent and care for an Ebola patient.”

Signage has been placed throughout the hospital and all employees have been informed to ask each patient they see if they have been out of the United States in the last 30 days. “A multidisciplinary team and our Infection Preventionist have worked together and developed a plan following the CDC guidelines. We have also decided to increase the level of Personal Protective Equipment we use in certain circumstances,” stated Stacy Voliva, Emergency Management Coordinator. “We have increased our training and education with the staff whenever we receive new information from the CDC so that we can better protect our patients, employees and community.”

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ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN
Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed for 239 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan Hospital has more than 440,000 outpatient visits and an additional 35,000 plus visits to its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services. From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan Hospital provides a superb level of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit www.gshvin.org.

Mission: Provide excellent health care and promote healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence for health care.

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