Beginning this Veterans Day, November 11, Good Samaritan will begin a new
program in appreciation of Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Patients
who enter the hospital will be asked if they are a veteran and whether
or not they will allow the hospital to honor them during their inpatient
stay or outpatient visit.
Veteran status will be entered into Good Samaritan’s electronic medical
records system, EPIC, during admission. If the veteran agrees, as an inpatient
they will have a patriotic arm band and an American flag sign will be
placed on the outside of their room door. This will give employees taking
part in their care an opportunity to express appreciation for their service.
Outpatient veterans may choose to wear an American flag sticker during
their visit at the hospital that will also serve as an identifier for
others to show their appreciation.
“We have several veterans in the area and we felt that having a way
to show our gratitude was important,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program
Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator. “Not every veteran
may want to participate, and that is ok. For those that allow us, we just
want to acknowledge their service and say thank you.”
If a veteran passes while at Good Samaritan, the family of the patient
will be offered a Final Salute. An overhead announcement will invite all
available hospital employees to meet in theGibault Memorial lobby to pay
their respects. Once in the lobby, the hospital chaplain and nursing supervisor
will read “A Veteran’s Prayer” followed by a tribute
to the veteran.
“Our veterans sacrificed so much and fought for our freedom,”
said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “This recognition is the least
we could do to honor their service. We hope that this small ceremony also
provides some comfort to the grieving family.”