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Good Samaritan moves first patient to new tower

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Good Samaritan Hospital Friday started moving patients into its newly opened Gibault Memorial Patient Tower. The first patient, Mary, took a ride via hospital bed into the new facility at 8:30 a.m. From 8:30 a.m., through noon Friday hospital staffers would move one read more »

Defy the Odds: Patient Highlight

Laura didn’t have much time to think about her cancer diagnosis – she went from a routine colonoscopy to surgery the next day. But because of the care and concern of her doctors and nurses at Good Samaritan, she never once felt alone. Laura’s life-saving colonoscopy was her first one. When read more »

Defy the Odds: Patient Highlight

Stage IV lung cancer. If that does not bring you to your knees, let’s add brain cancer. And liver cancer. For most people, this is a recipe for despair. Stage IV means the cancer has spread to both lungs, to fluid around the lungs, or to another part of the body. But Pat does not discourage read more »

The Determination of Marilyn Wehmeir

Determination. Look up synonyms in the thesaurus and you will find “assurance,” “bravery,” “conviction,” “dedication” and “persistence.” Or you could look up Marilyn Wehmeier, a kind, gentle-hearted, retired nurse from Sandborn, Ind. At 81 years old, Marilyn was determined as read more »

The Story of Joe and Beth Furman

Joe and Beth Furman have dedicated their lives to those in need. But after a series of hardships, they found themselves to be the ones in need. Born and raised in Bicknell, Ind., Beth moved to Georgia in 1988 and met the love of her life, Joe. They married a year later, but Beth became homesick read more »

Sherry Hildebrand was Inspired by the Care Her Mother Received

Holding a framed photograph of her smiling parents, Sherry Hildebrand starts to tear up as she remembers her late mother, Paula. “She loved meeting and talking to new people,” Sherry explained. “It was hard to see her starting to forget who she was.” Paula first visited Good Samaritan read more »

Young Cousins Organize Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Cousins Allyson Beckort, 8, Bailey Sparks, 11, and William Burgess, 6, have been a part of the March of Dimes ever since they were babies. When they were younger, their mothers called the shots, but for the past three years they have been organizers themselves. Allyson, Bailey and William spent read more »

Young Philanthropist Raises Money for Breast Cancer Patients

Max Smith has always reached out to others in need. “That’s just the way he is,” said his mother, Laura. “He always wants to help. Every time we walk by a group or organization collecting donations, he contributes his own money.” So when Max saw a television program about people who read more »

Community Health Program’s Screenings Saves Lives

Good Samaritan Hospital has saved the life of retired State Trooper Dwight Holbrook once – and maybe more than once. Thirteen years ago, Dwight was sitting in his cruiser beside U.S. 50 filling out paperwork during a routine traffic stop. Suddenly, a truck slammed into him from behind, pinning read more »

Chris Harmon Beat Cancer Close to Home

When Chris Harmon attended the open house at the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Pavilion in 2008, he was impressed with the facilities but didn’t give them much thought afterward. After all, he was in his early 40s and feeling fine. But four years later, the co-owner of Harmon’s Medical read more »