Good Samaritan Board of Governors Approve Building Purchase to Expand Primary Care Clinic

In preparation of Good Samaritan beginning its medical residency program in 2019, the Good Samaritan Board of Governor’s approved the purchase of Dr. Ralph Stewart’s previous office located on 501 S. 6th Street in Vincennes. The Good Samaritan Foundation is donating funds for the $312,500 purchase.

The acquisition of this building will allow for the expansion of the hospital’s Primary Care Clinic where internal medicine residents will also be seeing patients. Plans are to move the Primary Care Clinic from its current location to this larger building to be able to expand services to the community, including dental care and mental health services.

“Improving access to care is a top priority identified in our Community Health Needs Assessment and the purchase of this property, along with our medical residency program, is going to help us meet this need,” stated Rob McLin, President and CEO. “We want to ensure that people in our communities have access to health care no matter their circumstances. With the added clinic space and the addition of our residents, our Primary Care Clinic will be able to treat even more patients who are uninsured or underinsured.”

Good Samaritan is collaborating with three other hospitals, St. Vincent and Deaconess hospitals in Evansville, and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, to enter this Graduate Medical Education consortium to receive post-graduate residency students from Indiana University School of Medicine and Marian University. Residents at Good Samaritan will specialize in internal medicine and psychiatry and will see patients at the new Primary Care Clinic location, as well as in the hospital.

“We are very thankful to have a foundation that supports us in these endeavors that will have such a positive impact on our community,” said Matt Schuckman, Vice President of Operations, who presented the purchase request to the board.

Foundation Director Gary Hackney added, “through the foundation’s Second Century fundraising campaign, there were still funds available for building and renovation projects. Our board was fully supportive of assisting in the purchase of this property to be able to expand the Primary Care Clinic services to better meet the needs of our community.”

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