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Good Samaritan Medical Center First in Palm Beaches to Perform Innovative Robotic Knee Surgery12/13/2010
Good Samaritan Medical Center Goes Pink11/8/2010
Good Samaritan Medical Center Offers New Procedure Designed to Zap Away Liver Tumors5/17/2010

WEST PALM BEACH, FLThe same technology many people use to warm up leftovers or cook a bag of popcorn is now being used at Good Samaritan Medical Center to fight liver cancer. It’s called Microwave Laparoscopic Ablation, a minimally-invasive procedure that uses microwave energy to destroy cancerous tumors.

With the procedure, a surgeon makes two tiny incisions in the patient’s abdomen and uses an instrument to guide a small probe directly into a tumor. The probe produces electromagnetic waves that create heat and destroys the bad cells. 

“The microwave ablation technique is just one example of our commitment to offering the very latest medical advancements to the community for our patient’s benefit,” said Mark Nosacka, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Dr. Richard Lynn, the first surgeon to perform Microwave Laparoscopic Ablation at Good Samaritan, said ablation is considered a last resort for cancer patients who don’t respond to chemotherapy or who aren’t candidates to have the tumors cut out. He said he also believes microwave ablation will eventually replace a similar, but older technology that uses radio frequencies. There are different laparascopic methods that can be used in microwave ablations. One involves robotic surgery using the daVinci® Surgical SI System.

In robotic surgery, a surgeon’s hand movements are scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within an operative site. The magnified, three-dimensional view that is produced, allows the surgeon to be much more precise.  

Another surgical method for the ablations is called Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, or SILS. SILS requires the doctor to make just one tiny incision in the patient’s navel for instruments to pass through, versus creating four small holes that traditional laparoscopic surgery calls for. Besides fewer incisions, SILS is beneficial because there is less pain, faster recovery times and fewer wound complications.

Good Samaritan A Primary Stroke Center1/6/2009 West Palm Beach, FL  – Good Samaritan Medical Center has been approved as a Primary Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

This certification is based on the hospital’s advanced capabilities and protocols for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

“Being certified as a Primary Stroke Center is truly a great accomplishment for Good Samaritan and our community," said Mark Nosacka, Good Samaritan CEO. “This State designation reinforces Good Samaritan Medical Center’s strategic goal of achieving excellence in healthcare.” 

To earn the State Designation as a Primary Stroke Center certification, a hospital must undergo a voluntary, rigorous evaluation and demonstrate the critical elements necessary to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

In obtaining this designation Good Samaritan certified that it meets Joint Commission standards for primary stroke center certification. Certification is based on the recommendations for Primary Stroke Centers published by the Brain Attack coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. 

According to the Joint Commission, Primary Stroke Center designation is considered the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality and safety. It also allows the public to identify which hospitals provide the best possible treatment and results for stroke patients. 

According to Mylissa Graber, M.D., Good Samaritan Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, stroke care services start in the ambulance and continue after discharge.

“Time is of the essence when treating stroke. The faster we can treat the patient, the better the patient’s chances for a complete recovery,” said Dr. Graber. “Our approach is designed to allow the Emergency Department staff to quickly diagnose stroke and begin the treatment within the three-hour ‘window’ in which it is most effective.” 

Studies show that stroke patients who receive care within three hours of the onset of symptoms have a greater chance of survival and fewer complications.
 
“We employ a multidisciplinary approach to stroke care,” adds Pat Torrico, Chief Nursing Officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “This means our team of health care professionals, from physicians to nurses, pharmacists to radiologists, is specially educated to work in concert to quickly and effectively implement the appropriate plan of care.”
 
During their hospital stay, stroke patients receive services such as nursing care, respiratory care, drug therapy and rehabilitation services (physical, occupational and speech therapy) that are geared toward the unique needs of stroke patients.

Five CIGNA Designations For Good Samaritan9/9/2008

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- Good Samaritan Medical Center announced that it has received five CIGNA quality designations.

These designations mean that the hospital has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.
Good Samaritan Medical Center received the following designations: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Adult Pneumonia, Stroke and Vaginal Delivery.

“We are pleased that our hospital has been recognized by CIGNA for the high quality care that we provide,” said Mark Nosacka, chief executive officer of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Our physicians and staff work very hard to provide quality patient care, and these designations are evidence of the high standard of care we deliver every day.”

The CIGNA designations are based on the hospital’s effectiveness in treating the selected condition or performing the procedure. The designation measures and weighs complications, mortality and The Leapfrog Group Patient Safety Index.

About Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet’s Palm Beach Health Network, is a 333-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.

In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrated its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.

The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

GWTG Recognition For Good Samaritan7/15/2008

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA -- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Good Samaritan Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association's Get With The GuidelinesSM program.  

Good Samaritan joins 518 other hospitals being featured in an advertisement in the July 21st "America's Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report. 

GWTG is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.  The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. 

Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.  Upon meeting each module's criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's recommendations. 

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's advertisement recognizes Good Samaritan's commitment and success in performance achievement.  "The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants," said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. 

"The program makes it easier for hospitals like Good Samaritan to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients." 

"We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of US News & World Report to recognize Good Samaritan for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program," said Chief Executive Officer Mark Nosacka.  "Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Since 1920, Good Samaritan, a 333-bed hospital, has delivered acute, comprehensive care to generations of families in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Good Samaritan's latest advances include the Surgical Institute, Cancer Institute, Heart Care and more.

 

About GWTG

Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. 

Experience has shown that 80,000 lives could be saved annually if the coronary artery disease (GWTG-CAD) module alone was implemented nationwide.  For more information, visit  www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.  

Patient Navigator Joins Good Samaritan6/1/2008

Good Samaritan proudly brings award-winning oncology patient navigator to West Palm Beach.  

Email our Oncology Patient Navigator or call her at 561-671-7058 office, 561-234-8879 cell.

Mary Jean’s office is conveniently located in the Comprehensive Breast Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center. There is no fee for her services, and resources are available by phone, in person or at the patient’s bedside.

West Palm Beach, FL -- CEO Mark Nosacka announced the appointment of , RN, BSN, BA, CCM, as Patient Navigator Program Manager for the Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Houlahan served as a Marine Captain and as Company Executive Officer and Manager of the Office of the Undersecretary of the Navy at the Pentagon.

"Mary Jean is a leader in her field. I am pleased to have a person of her caliber, experience and dedication to better oncology care join our staff," said Nosacka. "As Oncology Navigation Patient Manager, her knowledge and background will greatly enhance our mission to continue to give quality patient care at Good Samaritan Medical Center."

Houlahan holds a BA from Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BSN, from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, and MBA course work at Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri with a concentration on Health Care Services.

For the past 34 years she has demonstrated a passion for excellence in patient care. She has extensive experience as a Patient Navigator and was liaison to Congress of Florida's oncology nurses. As an advocate for legislation to benefit oncology patients, she is concerned with quality patient care. With a news series on breast cancer patient care, which earned four Emmys, she implemented The Breast Cancer Navigator Program (2004).

Some of her accomplishments are State Health Policy Liaison for Oncology Nursing Society, the Vitas Customer Service Award, Palm Healthcare R.N. of the Year for Palm Beach County, and Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award for lifesaving, past President of the Palm Beach Chapter of ONS. She has been a guest speaker on business, healthcare and motivation and training for international and national audiences, including faculty for major conferences. Mary Jean has been asked to present most recently at ONS Congress in Boston and the Susan G. Koman Foundation Mission Conference in Washington, D.C.


 

Nosacka Named CEO Of Good Samaritan4/3/2008

DALLAS - April 3, 2008 -Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced the appointment of Mark Nosacka as chief executive officer of Tenet's Good Samaritan Medical Center, a 333-bed acute care facility located in West Palm Beach, Fla. 

Nosacka, 48, is an accomplished health care executive with more than two decades of health care experience.  He reports to Marsha Powers, senior vice president of operations for Tenet's Florida region.  

"Mark is a dynamic and passionate leader, and I look forward to his contributions to our already strong stable of CEO hospital leadership in Florida," said Powers. 

"His successful track record leading multidisciplinary facilities will help Good Samaritan continue to grow and provide quality care to patients throughout the Palm Beach area."

Nosacka most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Community Health Partners, an integrated health care delivery system in Loraine, Ohio.  Previously, Nosacka was chief operating officer of Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W. Va., formerly owned by Triad Hospitals, now part of Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH). 

In these roles, Nosacka was responsible for leading hospital operations and promoting the delivery of high quality care.  Nosacka holds a bachelor's of Liberal Studies from Loyola University Of the South in New Orleans and a juris doctor degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. 

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on numerous community boards and civic organizations in Lorain County, Ohio.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related ancillary health care businesses, which include ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers. Tenet is committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities we serve.  Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

 

Joint Program Honored1/18/2008

Request more info on joint replacement.

Good Samaritan is one of three Tenet hospitals in Palm Beach County honored with nine United Premium® Specialty Center designations for 2007 to 2009. 

Good Samaritan was recognized for total joint replacement;  These designations mean the hospitals have met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.

"We are pleased that our hospitals have been honored by UnitedHealthcare for the high quality of care they provide," said Marsha Powers, senior vice president, operations, Tenet's  Florida region.  "Our physicians and staff strive every day for medical excellence and these designations are evidence of their achievement."

The UnitedHealth Premium® Specialty Center designation program identifies surgical spine, total joint replacement and cardiac facilities that meet specific criteria and recognizes them for their commitment to quality health care. 

The program measures the facility's breadth of care, staff experience and availability of emergency care.  Designations are based on detailed information about programmatic structure, patient care processes and clinical outcomes that are submitted by the hospital to UnitedHealthcare.

Dr.Tejedor Joins Hospital Practice12/10/2007

Call (561)671-7465 to make an appointment .  

Nancy Tejedor, MD, has joined the staff of Good Samaritan Physician Services. Her office is near the hospital at 411 North Flagler Drive, Suite 8000, adjacent to the hospital.

Dr. Tejedor, a native of Puerto Rico, is board-certified in internal medicine and licensed to practice in Florida and Puerto Rico.

She was affiliated with Centro de Diagnostico para Intelligencias Multiples in San Juan where she diagnosed underlying causes of learning disabilities secondary to developmental delays, genetic syndromes, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Tejedor is a graduate of Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. During her residency, she won a first place research award. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Seth Joins Good Samaritan Practice12/10/2007

Call (561)671-7465 to make an appointment.

Usha Seth, MD, board-certified in internal medicine, has joined the new Good Samaritan Physician Services medical practice, in the Farris Building adjacent to the hospital at 1411 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 8000.

A native of India with 20 years of internal medicine experience, she was most recently in private practice in Tamarac, treating diabetic, geriatric and cardiac patients.

Dr. Seth completed her internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital, University School of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has directed numerous clinical research studies on asthma, asthma with allergic rhinitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dr. Seth is accepting new patients.

Dr. Rubin Joins Good Samaritan12/1/2007

Neurologist Jeff Rubin, MD, has joined the staff of Good Samaritan Medical Center, announced Chief Executive Officer Paul Echelard.

Dr. Rubin, who has more than 30 years experience in neurology, specializes in neurological disorders including migraines, facial pain, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

Most recently, he served at the Arizona Neurological Institute and as a consulting neurologist for five area hospitals. He also was medical director of the Tourette’s Syndrome Association of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.

“Good Samaritan is committed to providing our neurological patients with the highest standard of medical excellence,” said Echelard. “Dr. Rubin is a valuable asset to our hospital and to our community.”

Dr. Rubin earned a bachelor of science in Physiological Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, where he also earned his medical degree. He later completed residencies at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, and The Montreal Children’s Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the New York Hospital.
Dr. Rubin is a member of several professional associations, including the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec – Specialist in Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology, the Canadian Neurological Society and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association of Canada.

Womens Imaging Specialist Joins Good Samaritan11/30/2007

Radiologist David Wolin, M.D., has joined the staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Breast Center, announced Chief Executive Officer Paul Echelard. He specializes in women’s imaging, including MRI of the breast.

Dr. Wolin has more than 27 years of experience in diagnostic radiology. Most recently, he served for three years as chief of breast imaging at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Prior to that, he was medical director of Femwell Diagnostic Center in Miami, which specializes in women’s imaging technology, including mammography, ultrasound and interventional breast procedures.

“We’re very committed to women’s health and to providing the best in early detection,” said Echelard. “Dr. Wolin will be an excellent addition to our Breast Center and a great resource for the community.” Dr. Wolin completed a residency in radiology and was chief resident.

He is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Breast Imaging.

New ER Medical Director Named8/30/2007Good Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce that Mylissa Graber, M.D., has been named Medical Director of the hospital’s Emergency Room. Dr. Graber is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Most recently, she was an emergency physician at Coral Springs Medical Center where she served for the past five years. At the hospital, she worked in a leadership capacity on numerous committees, including the Emergency Department Interdisciplinary Team, Pediatric Quality Committee and the Patient Satisfaction Committee. “We are pleased to have Dr. Graber take on this key role at our hospital,” said CEO Paul Echelard. “She is a dedicated, caring doctor with a strong commitment to quality healthcare.” Dr. Graber received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Brandeis University, a medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and then completed her residency in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She serves as Vice President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians and is editor in chief of EM Pulse, the professional organization’s news magazine. With her expertise, Dr. Graber chairs the Red Cross Emergency Health Services and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physician’s Steering Committee and Finance Committee. She was named the Florida College of Emergency Physicians William T. Haeck Member of the Year for 2006 and received the University of South Florida Fred Karl Community Service award for outstanding volunteer service.
Oncology Renovations Unveiled8/14/2007

Good Samaritan Medical Center announced today it has completed a $350,000 renovation project on its 36-bed oncology unit, providing patients with a totally new interior design while they receive care from one of South Florida’s finest cancer teams.

The 34 private rooms and one semi-private room have been redesigned with a fresh, modern look. The décor incorporates soothing color palates, artwork, refinished walls, new flooring, shades and renovated bathrooms. Flat panel televisions complete every room.

“This is a very timely facelift for our oncology unit,” said Chief Executive Officer Paul Echelard. “We offer our patients some of the most advanced technology and innovative procedures in cancer care. Now their rooms reflect that same cutting-edge attitude.”

The hospital provides cancer services through the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center. The Cancer Institute’s approach combines a multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists, advanced technology and clinical research.

Earlier this year, the hospital added digital mammography with computer aided detection and MRI of the breast.

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet’s Palm Beach Health Network, is a 333-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine. The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort.

Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Heart Care Achievement Award6/22/2007

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (May 2007) – Good Samaritan Medical Center announced it has received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) Initial Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The recognition signifies that the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The GuidelinesSM is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures for heart failure patients in their care to prevent future hospitalizations.

“Good Samaritan is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines - HF program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Good Samaritan CEO Paul Echelard.

Under GWTG-HF, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

Good Samaritan Medical Center has successfully implemented these quality measures for one quarter or 90 days. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives of heart failure patients,” said Gregg Fonarow, M.D., chairman of the GWTG Science Sub-Committee and director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

“The aim of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Good Samaritan implement appropriate evidence-based guidelines for care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, about five million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show the incidence of heart failure has not declined in two decades and each year more than 52,000 people will die of heart failure. GWTG-HF helps Good Samaritan’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools.

This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Good Samaritan to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and, ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

Visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines to learn more.

Surgical Institute Now Open3/6/2007 Good Samaritan Medical Center proudly announces the establishment of the Surgical Institute at Good Samaritan. Designed to create an exceptional hospital experience, the Surgical Institute integrates a hotel-like environment into a high quality clinical setting, enhancing both the atmosphere and the service patients’ experience.

This enhanced offering is part of a new service philosophy where hospitals are responding to what their customers want -- privacy, comfort and convenience. Focusing on such amenities may foster a quicker recovery and overall better patient experience.

Physicians and patients will also benefit form enhanced patient education materials including patient education videos, group exercise for joint replacement patients and much more.

“This is our way of showing our community and our medical staff that we are committed to providing the very best care and service possible,” said Brian Bizub, Administrative Director of the Surgical Institute.

The Surgical Institute at Good Samaritan is designed to serve patients opting for elective inpatient surgery, joint replacement and spine surgery. Recently, Good Samaritan introduced a joint replacement seminar series, which provides more information on hip and knee pain and helpful tips on various symptoms and treatment options. For more information or to attend a seminar, call us at 650-6023.
Digital Mammography With Computer Aided Detection9/12/2006

Important Addition to Norma and Miles Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – August 2006 – Good Samaritan Medical Center announces its Norma and Miles Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center has introduced digital mammography with computer aided detection to its extensive range of services for women. 
    “This is truly a life-saving addition to the Comprehensive Breast Center because digital mammography has demonstrated improved accuracy,” said Paul Echelard, CEO, Good Samaritan Medical Center. 
    Digital mammography is a technique for recording x-ray images in computer code instead of on x-ray film, as with conventional mammography. Computer aided detection (CAD) involves the use of computers to bring suspicious areas on a mammogram to the radiologist’s attention. The use of CAD may help to improve the accuracy of a screening mammography resulting in early detection. 
    “Early detection of cancer helps save lives and often may give women less invasive and less disfiguring treatment options,” according to George Guzewicz, Director of Imaging Services. 
    “At the Comprehensive Breast Center, board certified medical specialists collaborate on appropriate testing and treatment designed to achieve the best possible outcome. Then our integrated technology—ultrasound, digital mammography with computer aided detection and MRI—is utilized with the goal of providing the highest quality mammography diagnosis,” Guzewicz added.


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    When necessary, image-guided procedures can also be performed through Good Samaritan’s Comprehensive Breast Center. “This integrated approach provides our medical staff the tools they need to give our patients access to the sophisticated breast care available today,” explained Echelard. 
    To make an appointment at the Good Samaritan Comprehensive Breast Center, patients should call 561-650 - 6441. 
    Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 333-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrated its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine. The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center. The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511.

Good Samaritan Medical Center Donates $1,000 to Boy Scouts of America1/4/2006

Donated Funds Supported More than 1,000 Scouts at Annual Mosquioree Campout

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – January 4, 2006 – Good Samaritan Medical Center has donated $1,000 to the Lighthouse District of the Gulf Stream Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America.  The donation supported nearly 1,000 campers who attended the annual Mosquioree campout, a yearly district event where the Scouts earn badges.

“The Boy Scouts of America provides many benefits to the children and families in our community,” says Paul Echelard, chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “We’re grateful our donation can help the organization continue teaching valuable life lessons and providing positive social experiences.”

The Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness.

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  The hospital proudly celebrates  85 years of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511.

Good Samaritan Medical Center Donates $5,000 to Art Magnet School1/4/2006

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – January 4, 2006 – Good Samaritan Medical Center has donated $5,000 to U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts. The school’s mission is to provide neighborhood students with a much-needed support system after the academic day by offering music, art and dance clubs, as well as field trips to arts organizations around Florida and beyond.
 
“Through its innovative after-school arts programs, U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School provides guidance and culture to our community’s children,” says Paul Echelard, chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “We’re honored to support the school’s mission.”

UB Kinsey is one of the oldest elementary school campuses in Palm Beach County, opening in 1929.  In 1994, it was designated as an art magnet school. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  The hospital proudly celebrates  85 years of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center Donates $3,000 to Connie J. Goodale Breast Cancer Foundation1/2/2006

Donation Provides Funding to Patients and Families Devastated by Breast Cancer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – January 2, 2006 – Good Samaritan Medical Center CEO Paul Echelard presented Connie J. Goodale Breast Cancer Foundation President Debra Moore (center) and Chairman of the Board Sally S. Cunningham with a $3,000 donation on behalf of the Tenet Healthcare Foundation.   The Connie J. Goodale Breast Cancer Foundation provides funding to patients and families devastated by breast cancer.

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives American Heart Association Award12/1/2005

Get with the Guidelines- Coronary Artery Disease Initial Performance Achievement Award recognizes excellence in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and primary prevention of stroke

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (December 1, 2005) – Good Samaritan Medical Center has recently received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With The Guidelines–Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Initial Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Good Samaritan Medical Center, along with 54 other hospitals nationwide, in accordance with AHA guidelines that effectively improve treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

“Good Samaritan Medical Center is dedicated to delivering high quality healthcare and the Get With The GuidelinesSM program is helping us accomplish that by improving the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said CEO Paul Echelard.  “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.” 

To receive the award, Good Samaritan Medical Center consistently complied for 90-days with the requirements in the GWTG–CAD program. Under the GWTG–CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. Hospitals selected for the award have demonstrated that, during one quarter, at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatments.

“The American Heart Association applauds Good Samaritan Medical Center for its success in implementing the appropriate standards of care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events in coronary patients,” said Gray Ellrodt, M.D., the American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national Get With The GuidelinesSM.

Projections have shown that implementation of cardiovascular disease secondary prevention guidelines nationwide, as promoted in the GWTG–CAD program, could result in saving more than 80,000 lives each year.  
   
The American Heart Association’s GWTG–CAD program is designed to increase the use of and adherence to the association’s secondary prevention guidelines for coronary artery disease.  Developed to assist healthcare professionals follow proven standards and procedures before patients are discharged, GWTG–CAD can help Good Samaritan Medical Center reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and death in treated patients. The program, which works by mobilizing teams in acute care hospitals to implement American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines, was developed with support from an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.    

According to the American Heart Association, more than 450,000 people suffer recurrent heart attacks each year.  Statistics also show that within one year of an attack, 25 percent of men and 38 percent of women will die.  Within six years after a heart attack, about 22 percent of men and 46 percent of women will be disabled with heart failure.

The American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program is being implemented in hospitals around the country.  For more information on Get With The GuidelinesSM, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.  

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center Awards Scholarships to Florida Atlantic University Nursing Students10/18/2005

Students Will Work at Hospital for Credit Toward FAU’s Accelerated BSN Program

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (October 18), 2005 – Good Samaritan Medical Center has awarded scholarships to two Florida Atlantic University (FAU) nursing students: Caroline Sambinano and Desiree Layman, both residents of West Palm Beach.  The students are enrolled in the university’s Accelerated BSN Program, which began this summer and will continue through the fall and spring semesters.

“We truly value our nurses for the hard work and compassion they bring every day to our hospital,” said Good Samaritan Medical Center CEO Paul Echelard.  “By contributing financially and academically to the education of future nurses, we hope to ensure high quality service to the community for years to come.”

In addition to academic coursework, Sambinano and Layman will earn credits through nursing practice hours at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center.  The students must fulfill 20 hours per week during the summer semester and 26-30 hours for fall and spring semesters.

“Our program allows nursing students to step out of the classroom and into an actual hospital setting,” said Chief Nursing Officer Andi Brenn.  “Practice hours at Good Samaritan Medical Center give students the real-life experiences they need to become efficient, successful nurses.”

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center Nurse Organizes Successful Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign9/13/2005

Stephanie Hughes, Who Lost Her Own Home to Hurricane Jeanne, Vows to Aid Victims Who’ve Lost Considerably More

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A recent hurricane victim herself, Good Samaritan Medical Center nurse Stephanie Hughes organized a donation effort at the hospital that delivered essential supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans.  Hughes, who has worked for the hospital more than 13 years, lost her own home last year to Hurricane Jeanne.

“My home was destroyed by Hurricane Jeanne and it put many pieces of my life on hold,” says Hughes.  “But the people of New Orleans have lost everything and are struggling just to survive.  I knew I had to help.”

When Hughes, who works at Good Samaritan Medical Center’s medical and surgical department, learned just a few days before Labor Day that friends were chartering a plane to deliver supplies to hurricane victims in New Orleans over the holiday weekend, she quickly took action.  Hughes alerted fellow hospital staff and began organizing a donation program to aid victims of the brutal storm.

In only five hours, Hughes collected more than $2,000 in donations from Good Samaritan Medical Center staff, physicians and volunteers.  Then, after learning area officials were asking for much-needed supplies rather than cash, Hughes rushed to local stores and converted the donations into essential baby and hygiene products.  Her purchases included: 2,000 diapers, 100 packs of baby wipes, 150 packages of formula, 100 bottles, 50 tubes of diaper rash cream, 150 bottles of sports drinks and numerous first aid kits.  Hughes then personally delivered all the items to the airport and the chartered plane, which made a successful delivery to hurricane survivors on Labor Day.

Hughes, a resident of West Palm Beach, has been living in an apartment since her own house was destroyed in 2004.  She hopes to visit New Orleans at the end of September to personally help hurricane victims. 

“We’re all touched by Stephanie’s efforts to help the New Orleans victims when she herself is still recovering from hurricane losses,” says hospital CEO Paul Echelard.  “Among all the various hurricane relief efforts in which our hospital participated, this project has truly been a tale of inspiration.”

Hughes earned her Associate degree at Palm Beach Community College and Bachelor degree at Florida Atlantic University.  Although Hurricane Jeanne briefly sidetracked her education, Hughes is currently taking courses at FAU in hopes of obtaining a medical degree.

Tenet Healthcare Foundation is encouraging hospital employees to help their colleagues affected by Hurricane Katrina through donations to the Tenet Disaster Relief Fund.  To extend the number of employees able to receive assistance, Tenet will double every contribution made to the fund.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort.

Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

GOOD SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER HONORS JANIS BOUIE AS EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER8/29/2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Good Samaritan Medical Center recently honored Janis Bouie, a certified laboratory assistant, as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2005.

Bouie has worked in the hospital’s Laboratory Department since 1998.  She started her career as a certified laboratory assistant at Everglades Memorial Hospital in Pahokee, Fla.

“Janis has a great attitude and always has a smile on her face,” said CEO Paul Echelard.  “She demonstrates outstanding customer service skills with her patients, often being specifically requested by patients and staff.  Janis finds her joy is in doing a good job and caring for patients.”

As employee of the quarter, Janis received several gifts from Good Samaritan Medical Center, including a savings bond, a special parking spot and a plaque recognizing her achievement.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort.

Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center Auxiliary Donates $30,000 to Samaritan Gardens Health Center3/22/2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—(March 22, 2005) – For the second consecutive year, the Good Samaritan Medical Center Auxiliary has donated $30,000 to the Samaritan Gardens Community Health Center located in West Palm Beach.

The Good Samaritan Auxiliary is a non-profit organization that raises money through sales in the Good Samaritan Medical Center Gift Shop and the Garden Gate Flower Shop.  Both programs are run by volunteers.

“We’re proud to support this very worthy organization,” said Cherie Toufanian and Pat Sned, chairwomen of the Auxiliary.  “Our volunteers have worked hard throughout the year so that we can contribute to the wellness of our community.”

Samaritan Gardens Community Health Center provides non-emergency medical, dental and vision care to those who do not have access to healthcare – the working poor, homeless and undocumented migrants.  Services offered by the organization include optometry, podiatry, gynecology and mammography.  Following treatment, the center’s staff works with patients to help ensure continuity of care as needed.

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511.

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