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.