Good Samaritan Celebrates A Successful 2016

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 rehabilitation.

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 we do.”

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