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
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
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.