Good Samaritan Welcomes New CNO

Good Samaritan is excited to announce the arrival of a new Chief Nursing Officer, Rachel Spalding. Previously the Executive Director of Perioperative Services at Ascension, St. Vincent Evansville, Spalding brings years of leadership experience and knowledge to Good Samaritan.

Spalding earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Southern Indiana, and then her Doctorate of Nursing at Capella University. “My grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was three and a half years into my Bachelor’s of Biology,” said Spalding. “Through her experiences, it sparked an interest in nursing and from that point I knew I wanted to advocate and ensure that others were cared for in a compassionate manner receiving the best quality care.”

Various leadership roles throughout her academic years led Spalding to pursue similar positions in her professional career. These traits combined with her passion and advocacy of ensuring the health care team has the environment to deliver the ultimate patient experience and high-quality outcomes, drew her to nursing leadership positions.

Previously a director at Ascension, St. Vincent in Evansville, Spalding saw an opportunity at Good Samaritan worth taking. “Good Samaritan has had an unbelievable record of delivering high quality care, innovation and services to the region,” she said. “Their focus on patient safety and quality, investing in their team members, community commitment, and the future growth of the organization is impressive.”

Spalding’s focus on the delivery of quality care and the importance of teamwork of health care providers made the decision to hire her as CNO an easy one for Good Samaritan’s senior leadership. “After an extensive search and interview process, I felt Rachel provided the perfect mix of energy and experience to be a great CNO at Good Samaritan,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “Because of her extensive background in nursing leadership at a different and larger organization, Rachel offers us an outsider’s perspective on patient care. She also comes from a small community and understands the importance of rural health care and treating every patient like family.” McLin also noted Spalding has a great understanding of Good Samaritan’s PRIDE values, excellent communication skills and has an engaging personality.

Spalding and her husband, Brian reside in Evansville, Indiana. Their daughter, Mya will graduate from Indiana University in May 2020. In her free time, Spalding enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is excited to get to know the entire health care team at Good Samaritan in the next few months, listen to their voices and learn what is most important in helping accomplish everyone’s goals. “In my first year as CNO, my main goal is to ensure that we are delivering world-class, quality care and meeting the strategic goals of the organization,” she said.

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