We are not just doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators. We are also members of the community. Our children go to schools. Our parents attend church. Our friends work in the neighborhood. We know that what happens outside the hospital walls affects what happens inside them.
To strengthen the community we serve, we give back as much as possible. We sponsor charities to help residents in need. We partner with organizations to extend our reach in communicating with potential patients. And we donate, volunteer and fundraise to improve the health of our fellow community members. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished over the years.
Outlet Mall Sponsor
Good Sam was proud to serve as the exclusive sponsor for the Palm Beach Outlet Mall Grand Opening in 2014. Our staff enjoyed themselves in the mall’s three-day opening celebration. Part of the sponsorship included a shopping event called “Open Doors, Open Hearts.” The proceeds of the tickets went to 20 non-profit organizations in the community, including Urban League of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Gulf Stream Goodwill Industries.
Meals on Wheels
We know homebound seniors need all the help they can get. To help ensure their continued health and wellness, we participate in the program Meals on Wheels. All meals are prepared in our hospital kitchen for volunteers to deliver to seniors in the Palm Beach area.
Good Samaritan Medical Center partners with Meals on Wheels Program-WPTV
Key to the Cure Charity Shopping Event
The Mary Crowley Center at Good Samaritan was one of the two sponsors Key to the Cure Reception in 2012 to raise money and awareness for cancer and women’s health. The reception was the kickoff for a charity shopping event.
We want to connect with you as much as possible. That’s why we have a newsletter so you can stay informed about upcoming educational events and campaigns that raise awareness. Learn more about how we can help you and your neighbors lead a healthy life.
American Cancer Society’s signature programs
We’ve partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer their signature programs through our Cancer Center. One of those programs is Reach to Recovery. The goal is to support women to confront the emotional and physical challenges of battling breast cancer. Survivors of breast cancer volunteer to visit our patients to answer questions, give support and share their stories. No one should endure breast cancer alone.
Chest Pain Center community outreach program
Our accredited Chest Pain Center is a major source of pride for Good Samaritan Medical Center. Having a heart attack doesn’t mean you quality of life has to decline. Sign up for our newsletter and learn when our outreach program is hosting another event.
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Classes & Events
One way you can learn more about our efforts to give and connect is to visit our Classes & Events page. There you’ll see a list of upcoming classes, like learning about diabetes and hypertension.
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We focus on compassionate care.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is proud of all our medical staff and employees and appreciates any recognition for their efforts. In one such case, the Palm Beach Post profiled one of our very own nurses, Joel Zapata. Joel has a reputation for compassion and good cheer that’s earned him much admiration from both his patient and his peers.Read about Joel.
Our staff’s top priority is to take care of patients. Sometimes that commitment to hard work receives recognition beyond the appreciation of our patients themselves. When that happens, no matter how modest our staff might be, we are proud of them and wish to share the good word. For example: In 2012, the research firm Castle Connelly included 65 physicians at Good Sam on their “Top Doctors” list.
We know that prevention is often the best medicine. To accomplish our goal of educating the residents in our community we often have to hit the road and spread the word. That’s why you will find us participating in events like West Palm Beach Health Fair, where our medical staff volunteers their time to inform citizens about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
We believe that charity is contagious. If we give, others might also participate. In the spirit of goodwill, Good Sam often participates in efforts to make life easier for those who struggle for one reason or another. That same spirit motivated our board member Dorritt Miller to raise funds for Gay-Ann Clarke after she read her essay as part of a scholarship application to the South Florida Chapter of the Clarendon College Alumni Association. In the essay, Gay-Ann details the hardship of her disability. She is unable to walk, and her mother had to push her two miles to school in a makeshift wheelchair every day. To help her, Dorritt provided Gay-Ann a new wheelchair, a laptop and cab fare for one year so she could more easily attend class.