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Ostomy Services

Having questions and concerns about your life with an ostomy is normal. At Good Samaritan, we are ready to help with anything you may need when it comes to your ostomy. With a referral from your primary care physician, an outpatient nurse is available to set up an appointment to provide you with support, resources, and education about your life with an ostomy.

What is an ostomy?

An ostomy causes a change in the way urine or stool exits the body as a result of a surgical procedure. Bodily waste is rerouted from its usual path because of malfunctioning parts of the urinary or digestive system. They can be temporary or permanent.

What is a stoma?

A stoma is the opening created by ostomy surgery. It is located on the abdomen and is dark pink in color. For most ostomies, a pouch is worn over the stoma to collect stool or urine. For some people, it is possible to have a continent diversion, which is a procedure that avoids having to wear a pouch, as an alternative to a conventional ostomy.

Services Offered:
  • Outpatient nurse visit to assess stoma, peri-wound and proper fit of appliance
  • Trouble-shoot ostomy issues, including odor
  • Appliance fitting and resources to obtain supplies
  • Skin concerns
  • Supply chain
  • Offer emotional support
  • Dietary and nutrition
  • Answer questions about sex and intimacy
  • Help with new products
  • Provider referral (which is good for up to one year)
  • Cannot be a Home Health Care patient

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Melinda Carie RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CMSRN at 812-885-3721. If unable to take your call, please leave a voicemail and she will return your call Monday-Thursday. For physician referrals, please use fax number 812-885-3434.

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