Good Samaritan is the First in Region to Offer Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Good Samaritan’s Board of Governors approved the $1.35 million purchase of Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm to assist with partial and total knee, and total hip replacement procedures, making Good Samaritan the first hospital in the region to offer this type of technology.

The robotic arm technology is an innovative tissue-sparing procedure, with implants designed to result in a more natural feeling joint replacement. It offers a less surgical invasive option and promotes a quicker recovery time, while having the potential to decrease the patient’s length of stay in the hospital.

“This is a momentous day for the Good Samaritan Joint Replacement Program and the patients we serve,” said Dr. Terry Fenwick, Orthopedic Surgeon at Good Samaritan. “The addition of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System clearly establishes Good Samaritan as the regional leader in joint replacement surgery. These are exciting times!”

Dr. David Miller added, “Makoplasty will provide a more customized joint replacement surgery that will allow our patients to have a decreased recovery time so they can get back to the things they enjoy, which is the ultimate goal in joint replacement.”

Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to personalize each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively, so there is a clear plan for how the surgeon will position the implant before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can make any necessary adjustments with the help of the robotic arm to execute the surgical plan with a high level of accuracy and predictability. The combination of these three features of the system has the potential to lead to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.

“We are extremely proud to be the first hospital in the region to offer this innovative technology to our patients,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “The Mako Robotic Arm will allow our surgeons to provide patient care with state-of-the-art technology close to home.”

Another purchase approval made during the board meeting was for Sentri7 / Pharmacy OneSource surveillance software which will be paid for by Good Samaritan Foundation for the first year at a cost of $94,000. This clinical surveillance platform constantly monitors and evaluates patient data using proprietary clinical content. The software will send evidence-based alerts to the users in real time. It will also analyze outcomes and provide reports to enable continuous improvement.
“Sentri 7 / Pharmacy OneSource will boost our electronic medical system allowing us real-time surveillance and alerts that will assist our clinicians to respond quickly to our patient needs and achieve excellence in the health care we provide,” said Robin Riley, Infection Prevention Coordinator.

The software will assist Good Samaritan in reducing hospital-acquired infections, recognizing outbreaks promptly, reducing readmissions and overall length of stay. Pharmacy OneSource will ensure patient safety by increasing the impact of pharmacy interventions that enhance patient care. Good Samaritan’s antimicrobial stewardship program will continue to grow, as this software will provide a data driven approach to high performing efforts.

Good Samaritan’s Trauma Department made a presentation to the board featuring information about infant mortality. Located in the region with the highest rate of infant mortality in the state of Indiana, Good Samaritan Trauma was awarded a $25,000 grant to create a toolkit (an instructional how-to guide) to hosting a comprehensive Baby Safety Shower that will serve as the state model.

The Baby Safety Shower Program created at Good Samaritan will serve as the template to replicate in counties across the state of Indiana. The “pilot launch” was held on May 9, 2017 along with a train-the-trainer session. Local physicians, schools and community organizations helped with the preparation and provided education to those who attended the shower.

“I was extremely blown away by how great the event was,” said Preston Harness, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator with the Indiana Department of Health. “We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout and flow for the event. I am new in the game of infant safety, but it was by far the best safety shower I’ve been to!”

Interactive booths provided information ranging from prenatal care to safe sleep to pet safety. Each attendee received a free Evenflo infant car seat, carbon monoxide detector, HALO sleep sack, PURPLE Crying Booklet and DVD, and a bath thermometer duck. Throughout the next 12 months, Good Samaritan Trauma Services will travel to surrounding counties to assist with showers and provide safety shower kits.

“With the rates of infant mortality increasing every year, we knew that some type of education was needed in our community,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager. “The baby safety showers are a great way to interact and provide valuable information to new moms in a fun atmosphere. We were very happy with the success of the first shower and are excited to serve as the state model for other hospital’s success.”

As part of the grant, Good Samaritan will host a Certified Passenger Safety Technician course in the fall of 2017 and create their own certified technicians to utilize in future showers. These safety technicians will be a community resource for parents who would like one-on-one personalized instruction on how to properly use their child’s car seat.

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