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Preventive Care

Preventive care is important to your health and well-being. Annual check-ups, immunizations, tests and screenings can help detect or prevent serious diseases and medical problems before they become worse. Below are a few examples of preventative care options you can take to better your health.

Preventive care is key to your health. If you have any questions or would like more information talk to your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider and need help finding the right provider for you, click here to submit a request or call 812-885-8500.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Community Health Screenings
    Community Health Screenings: Community Health Services is a preventive health outreach program of Good Samaritan that offers individuals free screenings and low-cost walk-in visits. This department works with the community to provide health-related education, promote healthy lifestyles, and encourage the use of appropriate health care services in order to prevent chronic diseases. Throughout the year, Community Health nurses visit various locations providing education and multiple screenings such as: blood pressure, lab draws, take-home colorectal screening kits, body fat composition and more.
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  • Colonoscopy

    Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers - and it can be preventable. Everyone is at risk for colon cancer and usually there aren’t any symptoms. The risk of colorectal polyps increases after the age of 45. On average, colonoscopies find precancerous polyps in 15% of women and 25% of men who are screened. Removing the polyps prevents colon cancer. It’s as simple as that. Today’s colonoscopy preparation is easier than ever and it is an extremely safe procedure. 
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  • Lung Cancer Screening
    Years of tobacco use can have harmful effects on the human body and can eventually lead to lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Good Samaritan now has the opportunity to find evidence of lung cancer sooner by offering Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung screenings that have been shown to save numerous lives in high-risk populations.
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  • Mammogram
    Yearly screening mammograms are an important preventive step you can take to find breast cancer early. We encourage women age 40 and older to have a mammogram every year for as long as they are in good health. Although it is rare, men can get breast cancer too. Both men and women should contact their physician if they see any symptoms of breast cancer.
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  • Sleep Disorders Study
    The inability to get a good night’s rest takes its toll on your physical and mental health. Anyone who has struggled with these issues before knows how impossible it can feel to sleep through the night. When you have had consistent difficulty staying asleep or frequently feel lethargic throughout the day, it is time to get medical help. A sleep disorder can have serious consequences on your health. Lack of sleep can result in high blood pressure, which could result in a stroke. Additionally, feeling tired and disoriented during the day increases your risk of suffering an accident, particularly if you drive long hours or operate heavy machinery. Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders can improve sleep, health and quality of life.
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  • Vascular Screenings
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Vascular disease is a serious condition which affects the circulation of blood flow within the arteries and veins. If not treated, vascular disease can lead to serious health issues such as amputation, stroke, aneurysm, or even death. Understanding your risk is the first step toward prevention. If you are 50 or older, with certain risk factors such as: diabetes; family history of stroke, aneurysm, or circulation disorders; high total cholesterol or low HDL; high blood pressure; leg muscle pain with walking; and current or former smoker, you may be at risk for vascular disease.
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