Good Samaritan Receives Vision Award

Good Samaritan was recently awarded the “Vision” Award from VisionFirst for their leadership and commitment to their donor program. Good Samaritan’s donor program ensures that all patients have the opportunity to become donors. Key to their success is having staff, including physicians and nurses, who understand and communicate the impact organ donation has on the lives of others and how the possibility of donation can offer something positive to families who have suffered a loss.

The goal of any donor program is to ensure that every individual and family is presented with the opportunity to become a donor. Good Samaritan has a program in place to resent organ donation opportunities, while always maintaining the dignity of donors and their families.

In 2016, Good Samaritan was responsible for making a difference in the lives of more than 74 individuals through the gift of sight. In the past five years, 238 people had corneal transplants due to the hospital’s efforts, and the generosity of donors and their families. “These are our family members, friends and neighbors who now have their vision restored thanks to the kindness of patients and families who make the decision to donate,” said Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “We are humbled and honored to be there for our patients and their families during a difficult time in their lives. Their choice to donate will help improve the quality of life for someone else, which is a wonderful thing.”

Thanks to the generosity of Indiana residents, VisionFirst has helped more than 17,000 individuals in the last six years have a better life.

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