As the end of 2016 approaches, Good Samaritan has reason to celebrate.
Looking back at its numerous accomplishments, the hospital is proud of
its dedication to world class care and continues to raise the bar in health care.
Good Samaritan always strives to exceed expectations and increase patient
safety. In 2016, our Value Based Purchasing (VBP) score was 11% better
than the State average and 13% better than National average. VBP is the
federal government’s method of paying hospitals for the provision
of quality service. The hospital’s fall rate dropped from 2.01 to
1.59, early elective delivery rate is 0% and all cause readmission rates
declined from 11.95% to 10.01%. According to National Patient Safety Goals,
Good Samaritan continuously reaches the 90th percentile and performs at
world class status.
In recognition of quality patient care, the hospital once again earned
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with
its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment
to providing safe and effective patient care.
In the spring of 2016, a new electronic health record system was implemented.
Good Samaritan partnered with Deaconess Health System through Community
Care Connect to gain access to EPIC, the nation’s leading electronic
medical record system. Having an electronic medical record system like
Epic increases patient safety, quality of care and communication both
internally and externally.
Good Samaritan also participated in another joint venture in 2016 with
Cleveland Clinic and Vizient, Inc. In an effort to obtain the best quality
medical equipment and supplies, with the best outcomes, Good Samaritan’s
Materials Management Department joined Excelerate Strategic Health Sourcing.
Excelerate is a provider-led collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic
and Vizient, Inc. that delivers significant and sustainable savings to
health care organizations through a physician-engaged sourcing model to
purchase medical supplies, ranging from bandages to joint implants. “Partnerships
and collaborations with world renowned organizations are important and
give Good Samaritan the greatest opportunity to become world class,”
said Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “We want to
ensure that our patients are receiving quality services and want to learn
from other best-in-class organizations like the Cleveland Clinic.”
Continuously striving to be the regional center of excellence, Good Samaritan
has received many accreditations this year. The trauma center was verified
as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC),
an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College
of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s
dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. This verification
means that Good Samaritan is the fourth Indiana Level III Trauma Center
in the state and the only verified trauma center in the Wabash Valley.
After years of active participation within the Indiana State Trauma Care
Committee, Good Samaritan has helped to realize the organization’s
goal to expand statewide care for injured patients as the 13th overall verified trauma center in the State of Indiana.
The hospital also achieved many other accolades throughout different departments
such as, a three-year CARF accreditation for inpatient rehabilitation
and stroke care program; The College of American Pathologists (CAP’s)
Laboratory certification in laboratory; Oncology services received the
Commission on Cancer accreditation; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield designated
Good Samaritan as a Blue Distinction® Center for maternity care and
knee and hip replacement; the Lung Cancer Screening Program was designated
as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology
(ACR); and Good Samaritan Home Care Service was named one of the top 500
in HomeCare Elite.
The relocation of key service areas and the opening of a new clinic are
more ways Good Samaritan is meeting its mission and vision. Vincennes
Orthopedics moved to a new location within the hospital inside the Health
Pavilion after more than 40 years at its previous location. The new office,
along with the arrival of a new orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Miller,
has improved patient access and offers a spacious gym for after-surgery
The Rehabilitation Center also moved to a newly remodeled location. Previously
located on the second floor of the Memorial Building, the unit made the
move to the second floor of Columbian Tower West. In addition to new,
private and comfortable rooms for each patient, the updates also include
a dining and social space for patients and their families, and a state-of-the-art
gym for physical, speech and occupational therapy.
Seeing a need for acute care in Robinson, Illinois, Good Samaritan opened
an Occupational Health and Acute Care Clinic for patients who may become
sick or injured and cannot make it into their regular physician for an
appointment. “We are continuously looking for ways to bring medical
care to the communities that we serve,” stated Adam Thacker, Chief
Operating Officer of Physician Network. “The opening of this clinic
gives patients access to quality care when they need it.”
Dedicated employees and providers make becoming the regional center of
excellence possible. As Good Samaritan expands both internally and externally,
the addition of new physicians and providers is key. The hospital welcomed
four new physicians in 2016; Elizabeth Ashworth, MD, Thoracic Surgeon;
Allie Thomas-Fannin, MD, Psychiatry; David Miller, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon;
and Brittany Serratos, MD, Anesthesia. Seventeen advance practice providers
also joined Good Samaritan in 2016 in different fields ranging from psychiatry
to family practice.
As Good Samaritan prepares for the new year, the organization remains thankful
for a successful 2016. “All of this year’s achievements were
made possible by the amazing group of employees and medical staff that
we have,” stated McLin. “Their determination and passion for
helping others allows Good Samaritan to remain world class in everything