Good Samaritan Makes Positive Impact on Community in 2016

No matter the changes that may arise in the world of health care, Good Samaritan will always stay committed to providing the best care to its patients. The 1,939 employees working within the hospital and out in the community are dedicated to delivering safe, quality care to everyone. Understanding that patients and families may not always have the means to afford health care, Good Samaritan had a cost of $55 million in free and underpaid services in 2016. Approximately $4 million went into free/charity care and $51 million was attributed by underpayment of Medicare and Medicaid where Good Samaritan was paid less by these government programs than the actual cost to provide services. “Providing world class health care to our friends and neighbors is a great honor,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “We strive every day to meet the needs of our patients and ensure that they have access to the best care possible.”

One way the hospital is trying to provide care to more patients is through its Primary Care Clinic. The clinic offers high-quality patient care to individuals who do not have health insurance, are underinsured and who have Medicaid. Financial assistance and one-on-one time with a nurse navigator are available to patients so they have the opportunity to make and meet health goals they would like to achieve. In 2016, 5,112 patients visited this clinic, who otherwise would not have had access to medical care.

Reaching out to residents in rural populations is a constant mission of Good Samaritan. The hospital offers preventive health outreach programs and free screenings in an 11 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.

In 2016, Community Health provided 23,600 free screenings including; blood pressure checks, colorectal take-home kits, body mass index measurements, blood work and bone density. Community Health and many other departments also provide screenings and information at the annual men and women’s health fairs. Around 250 women attended the Spring Screenings and 549 men were at the Men’s Health Tune-up last year.

“The significance of these free health screenings should not be under-rated. They provide an underserved, underinsured population the opportunity to have crucial lab tests,” said Debra Hardwick, Community Health Coordinator. “Our Community Health outreach is a population-based approach to health care and prevention. Prevention can best be carried out at the population level. Our entire community benefits with improved health, improved cost-effectiveness and a healthier workforce.”

Understanding that prevention is key to battling poor health, Good Samaritan provides health education to area schools. In 2016, 123 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 2016, 1,571students in the Vincennes Community, Vincennes Catholic, North Knox and South Knox school systems were able to benefit from this program called Fit Kids.

Investing in the communities it is privileged to serve is another top priority of Good Samaritan. Nearly $60 million was spent locally to purchase goods and services. In 2016, the annual payroll for all employees was more than $104.7 million. Chambers of Commerce and Economic Developers estimate that the dollars that a business generates through their employee payroll and purchases, rolls over as many as six to nine times within the community – making up around $600-800 million dollar impact on our community.

Good Samaritan leaders embarked on a new community-focused initiative in 2016 as well. Administrators and directors participated in the Serve 365 program where they provided hours of community service through various means. Leaders performed various volunteer duties such as; serving meals, distributing food items to local pantries, participating in community-wide cleanup and working directly with families in need. In 2016, 413 hours were volunteered through the Serve 365 program equaling $24,941 worth of time and an average of 9.39 hours per volunteer. From the months of October through December in 2016, Nursing Services volunteered 56 hours for food pantry distribution through Generations, a local agency that helps the elderly and disabled.

In 2016, Good Samaritan also donated $56,374 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 $69,127 to the Knox County United Way, and many also donated to and participated in the Knox County Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the March of Dimes’ March for Babies and the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk. Each year at Christmas time, hospital employees prove to have big hearts in their generosity of supporting Good Samaritan’s Giving Tree program. In 2016, 165 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.

The vision of Good Samaritan to be the regional center of excellence in health and wellness can only be achieved with the help of dedicated employees and supportive members of the communities it is privileged to serve. Understanding the importance of its residents’ health fuels Good Samaritan’s passion to provide needed care to anyone at anytime. With the future of health care unknown, it is important that Good Samaritan remains on the forefront of change and continues to offer world-class health care.

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