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Good Samaritan Prepared for Total Solar Eclipse

Good Samaritan Prepared for Total Solar Eclipse

As the highly anticipated total solar eclipse approaches on Monday, April 8, 2024, public officials are expecting thousands of people to gather in the region to witness this extraordinary celestial event. Whether individuals choose to observe the eclipse at large public gatherings, with family in their backyards, or opt not to watch at all, Good Samaritan remains committed to providing excellent health care services to the community.

On April 8, Good Samaritan's Convenient Care Clinic located at 1813 Willow Street, will have additional staffing and resources available to ensure prompt and efficient care for those with non-emergent health care needs including minor illnesses and injuries. This clinic will be accepting walk-in patients from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Good Samaritan's Emergency Department will also be ready to treat patients with urgent or life-threatening conditions, severe injuries and sudden changes in chronic conditions. Good Samaritan Emergency Medical Services will also have five ambulances stationed throughout Knox County to provide quick emergency transport, if needed.

In Bicknell, EMS will have a first aid station set up in the former radiology suite at 510 West 11th Street. Patients with minor injuries may utilize this first aid station. EMS will also have its Mobile Wellness Unit available for first aid, however, the location of the bus will be determined based on the activity level in the community. It will be staged where the most people are gathered.

"Due to the expected significant increase in visitors coming to Vincennes for the eclipse, we have made the decision to close many of our provider offices and hospital departments," stated Adam Thacker, Chief Operating Officer. "This is being done to ensure our patients are safe, as roadways are expected to be congested causing potential problems for patients to make it to their provider appointments."

Please note that several specialty clinics will be closed or have modified hours on eclipse day.

The following offices will be closed on April 8:

  • All GSPN offices in the Medical Center of Vincennes
  • All GSPN offices in the Bierhaus Center
  • All GSPN offices in the Medical Arts Building
  • MCV Pediatrics
  • GSPN Kids
  • Bicknell Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Orthopedics
  • Good Samaritan Surgical Clinic
  • Wound Healing Center
  • Breast Care Center
  • WIC Offices in Knox and Daviess counties
  • Coumadin Clinic
  • Vincennes Orthopedics Therapy Clinic
  • Internal Medicine Residency Clinic
  • Convenient Care Clinic at Williams Bros.
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Infusion Center
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Good Samaritan Hospice Indiana and Illinois (will have on-call coverage for urgent needs)
  • Good Samaritan Gift Shop

These departments will be closing early on April 8:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation will close at 10 a.m.
  • Dayson Heart Center will close at 1 p.m. (staff will be on-call for echo vascular and cath lab for emergencies)
  • Pulmonology will close at 1 p.m.
  • Center for Therapy and Sports Performance will close at 1 p.m.

Additionally, parking lots will be policed to ensure that both employee and patient parking is readily available. No eclipse viewing will be available in any Good Samaritan facility parking lot. Please note that guest Wi-Fi will not be available during this time.

Good Samaritan remains dedicated to providing exceptional care to the community during the total solar eclipse.