Good Samaritan prides itself on being a community-based hospital that focuses
on the patient first. The 1,899 employees working on and off campus strive
to deliver safe, quality care to everyone, regardless of their ability
to pay. Good Samaritan provided more than $4 million in charity care services
and over $296 million in Medicare and Medicaid deductions in 2015. “We
want to provide health care to anyone that walks through our doors,”
stated Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “Whether
or not a patient has health insurance is of little importance to us. We
just want to make sure that they are taken care of and we can make them
Making sure that those living in small, rural communities have access to
health care has been a main priority the past several years. To gain a
better understanding of the health status and needs of area residents,
Good Samaritan, along with Indiana University School of Medicine, Department
of Family Medicine’s Bowen Research Center, conduct a Community
Based Needs Assessment every three years. After looking at the results
of the latest Community Based Needs Assessment, Good Samaritan was able
to see where health care services are needed the most. The assessment
found that many of the residents of the area served by Good Samaritan
reported having unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that put them at risk for
serious chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
The health measures and quality of life of the residents would benefit
from a greater focus on other aspects of preventive and primary health care.
To help meet these needs Good Samaritan offers a preventive health outreach
program and free screenings in a ten county area through the Community
Health Services Department. Nurses work within communities to provide
health-related education and screenings, ranging from blood pressure checks
to lipid profiles. Collaborative partners provide the space necessary
to see patients including senior and community centers, Goodwill, housing
authorities, farmers markets, parks departments and other not-for-profit sites.
In 2015, Community Health provided 27,361 free screenings. This number
includes the 250 women seen at the Spring Screenings and 600 men at the
Men’s Health Tune-Up. At these two events that take place each year,
individuals receive multiple screenings in one convenient location including:
cholesterol (HDL and LDL), blood sugar, glomerular filtration rate (kidney
function), blood pressure, bone density, respiratory function, colorectal
take-home kits, prostate specific antigen screening for men and more.
“When we are out in the community providing these free screenings,
we have many people come up to us and say how much they appreciate our
care. The screenings have enabled us to make individuals aware of health
issues and encourage them to follow up with a primary care provider. Early
detection often leads to a more positive outcome,” stated Cathy
Lindsey, Community Health Coordinator. “Their comments assure me
that we are providing a needed service to the community.”
In addition to health screenings, Good Samaritan also provides information
and education to area schools. Last year, 995 first grade students participated
in Germ Busters, a program that teaches students the correct way to thoroughly
wash their hands and the health benefits of doing so. With the current
rise in obesity among children, Community Health also educates third,
fifth and ninth grade students on healthy eating habits and activity.
In 2015, 4,824 students in Vincennes Community, Vincennes Catholic, North
Knox and South Knox were able to benefit from this program called Fit Kids.
Making a positive impact in the community is something Good Samaritan has
always strived to do in the past, and will continue in the future. In
2015, the annual payroll for all employees was more than $98 million.
Chambers of Commerce and Economic Developers estimate that the dollars
that a business generates through their employee payroll and through the
purchase of goods and services, rolls over as many as six to nine times
within the community – making up to an over $800 million dollar
impact on our community. Good Samaritan’s Primary Care Clinic offers
high-quality patient care to individuals who do not have health insurance,
are underinsured and who have Medicaid. This clinic was visited by 3,987
patients in 2015 who otherwise would not have had access to medical care.
Aside from health and financial impacts, this year Good Samaritan is embarking
on a new community-focused initiative. Good Samaritan administration leaders
and directors will participate in the Serve 365 program where they will
provide eight hours of community service through various means. “We
always try to be involved within the community, but wanted to step it
up this year,” stated McLin. “Each of us will have the opportunity
to sign up for multiple service projects that will benefit the counties
we serve.” Leaders will perform various volunteer duties such as;
serving meals, distributing food items to local pantries, participate
in community-wide cleanup and work directly with families in need.
The hospital also supports area residents through school and community
sponsorships. In 2015, Good Samaritan donated $55,117 to various charitable
causes in the community. Aside from what the hospital donated itself,
Good Samaritan’s generous employees also made contributions to support
area causes. Last year, hospital employees donated nearly $89,000 to the
Knox County United Way, and many also donated to and participated in the
Knox County Relay for Life, the March of Dimes’ March for Babies
and the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk. Also, each year hospital employees
prove to have big hearts in their generosity of supporting Good Samaritan’s
Giving Tree program. In 2015, 175 children in Knox County received Christmas
gifts that they otherwise may have not received if it had not been for
the generous gift donations from hospital employees.
Good Samaritan’s dedication to Vincennes and the surrounding communities
will always be a part of the hospital’s mission and vision. Being
a world-class organization means providing the best care in a safe, clean
environment while supporting the communities it serves, and Good Samaritan
will always strive to do so.