Patient Family Engagement Council

Patient & Family Engagement Council

Good Samaritan values the patient experience and encourages patient and family engagement in health care decisions.

That is why the organization has formed a Patient and Family Engagement Council (PFEC). The PFEC currently features 10 community members who have personally been a patient at Good Samaritan, or whose family has been a patient at Good Samaritan. This council meets on a monthly basis to provide feedback and creative solutions for program development or improvements within Good Samaritan.

Meet your Patient & Family Engagement Council Members:

Becky Blagrave, Vincennes

Becky is a retiree, having retired from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security where she served as the District Manager for EMS for 26 years. She and her late husband, have one daughter, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson. In her free time, Becky enjoys gardening, photography, coloring, traveling, cooking and making floral arrangements.

Becky wanted to be a member of the PFEC as an opportunity to serve the community and promote one of its greatest assets, Good Samaritan. She is most looking forward to learning about all of the various projects the hospital is involved in and playing a role in the promotion of the hospital to the community.

Carol Henke, Vincennes

Carol is a retired employee of Good Samaritan. She last served at the hospital as the Medical Staff Office Coordinator. She and her husband, James, have one daughter and two grandchildren. In her free time, Carol enjoys working outside in the summer doing landscaping and yard work and in the winter she likes to sit by the fireplace.

Carol wanted to join the PFEC because she wanted to do volunteer work, and this opportunity was a perfect fit with her hospital background. She is looking forward to understanding and working through patient complaints, concerns, etc. She will appreciate feedback and work to help others understand Good Samaritan's position, when necessary.

Cindi Trent Holloway, Vincennes

Cindi is a semi-retired, part-time nurse at Generations. She and her husband have five children and 12 grandchildren. In her free time, Cindi loves attending sporting events, listening to music, going to concerts, traveling and doing Zumba.

Cindi wanted to join the PFEC to help address concerns related to patients and caregivers. She is looking forward to sharing her personal and professional lessons learned as caregiver, patient and professional.

Dottie Lane, Vincennes

Dottie is a retired secretary. She and her husband, Marvis, have been married for 56 years. They have four sons, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In her free time, Dottie enjoys volunteering at Good Samaritan, needlework, crocheting, knitting, reading, attending sports events, Bible study and gardening.

Dottie wanted to join the PFEC to help spread positive attitudes and experiences about Good Samaritan. She is looking forward to promoting positive experiences, as well as helping to address concerns.

Paul Martin, Vincennes

Paul is a local barber. He and his wife, Mary Cay, have been married 45 years. They have two sons, one daughter and four grandchildren. In his free time, Paul enjoys golfing, walking, and spending time with friends and family.

Paul is looking forward to being a part of the PFEC because he would like to continue spreading the good reputation of good caring service at Good Samaritan.

Fred Nocus, Vincennes

Fred is an ordained minister of the Vincennes First Church of God. He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have been married 53 years. They have two sons and nine grandchildren. In his free time, Fred enjoys exercising at the YMCA, playing horseshoes, doing yard work and spending time with his wife.

Fred wanted to join the PFEC because he enjoys the challenge of making a difference in people and in this case, the hospital. He is looking forward to the teamwork this council will bring and achieving goals and objectives.

Connie Watjen, Vincennes

Connie is a retired elementary school teacher. She and her late husband, Brad, have one son who is a Network Specialist at Good Samaritan. In her free time, Connie enjoys reading, doing genealogy research, traveling and gardening.

Connie joined the PFEC because of the many dealings she's had with Good Samaritan throughout her life. She wants to do her part to contribute to making suggestions for improvement for the hospital's continued quality of service to the community. She is looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the health care system, providing her unique perspectives, and hopefully strengthening the patient / hospital satisfaction of services rendered.

Michael Gwaltney, Vincennes

Michael is a retired pharmacist. Michael is a father of two children, Rachel and Paul, and one grandchild, Scarlet. He enjoys working on classic cars and trucks and likes to “play farmer”.

Michael joined the Patient and Family Engagement Council to feel like he is doing something to help Good Samaritan, and hopes to help promote Good Samaritan to the community.

Valerie Grumieaux, Vincennes

Valerie currently works for the Vincennes Community School Corporation as a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Vigo Elementary School in Vincennes. She has been married to her husband, Brian Grumieaux, for nearly 40 years. They have three grown children who are all married and one grandson. Valerie likes to read and watch TV in her free time. During school breaks, she enjoys traveling to visit family.

She joined the PFEC to learn more about the programs and services Good Samaritan offers. Valerie wants to take what she learns about Good Samaritan and share it with others in the community. Also, she wants to share what she learns with the council to address both praises and concerns from those who have utilized Good Samaritan’s services.