Good Samaritan Board of Governors Approves Agreement Between Hospital and Family Health Center

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Good Samaritan’s Board of Governors approved a funding agreement between Good Samaritan and Good Samaritan Family Health Center (GSFHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The GSFHC will expand the services that are currently provided at the Primary Care Clinic with a goal to offer more options to those in the community that are underserved and/or underinsured.

The funding agreement explains that Good Samaritan and GSFHC share their mission to provide health care services to the residents of Knox and surrounding counties in Indiana and Illinois regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital has supported and facilitated GSFHC’s efforts to obtain FQHC status. Both parties have entered into an Affiliation Agreement, Real Estate Lease Agreement and Employee Lease Agreement where the hospital understands their support will be reimbursed once the GSFHC begins collecting payment for services provided.

“The hospital is excited to partner with our community FQHC (Good Samaritan Family Health Center) and understands how critical it is to be an advocate for this new start up primary care provider,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “Having access to primary care through the GSFHC is critical to Knox County and to those surrounding counties which see shortages of similar primary care needs.”

The Good Samaritan Family Health Center has been working closely with the hospital, Physician Network, Samaritan Center and other community entities to integrate critical medical and social services that will benefit patients. Some of the services include: adult/pediatric primary care, obstetrics/gynecology, behavioral health, substance use/abuse, oral health, eye health and case management.

With the completion of key start-up pieces, including the funding agreement, the work toward the final steps needed to open the GSFHC will now focus on operational and support services.

During the board meeting, the members also approved the completion of two Engineering projects presented by the department’s director, Don Page. The first was the approval of $100,000 to ensure the facility is in compliance of Life Safety Code standards of The Joint Commission. The standard requires Good Samaritan to maintain current and accurate drawings denoting features of fire safety and related square footage.

“All of the information concerning our fire safety features such as, locations of hazardous storage areas, areas of the building that are fully set up with a sprinkler system, locations of all chutes and shafts, and other features are provided in architectural drawing sets,” stated Page. “The last set of drawings were completed in 2008 and with the addition of the new Gibault Memorial Tower and the elimination of several buildings, our current drawings are now outdated.”

To ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff, as well as remain in compliance with the next Joint Commission survey in 2019, the board approved the request to bring the Life Safety Drawings up to date.

Another request from the Engineering Department was for the upgrade of the Central Sterile HVAC system. The current system is unable to provide a comfortable work environment for employees and struggles to maintain a consistent positive/negative air pressure relationship. During the upgrade, Engineering also plans to replace the original ceiling grid tile and recessed sprinkler heads installed in 1970, as well as upgrade lighting to all new LED fixtures.

The capital request for the complete project will total $160,000. The HVAC system will be renovated by H.G. Heinz, Inc. at the cost of $100,945. The additional $59,055 will cover the cost of the new LED lighting, ceiling grid/tile and the installation of concealed sprinkler heads. Work on the projects will begin in the spring of 2018 and will take approximately 100 days to complete.

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