2017: A Year In ReviewFeb 28, 2018
As 2017 comes to an end, Good Samaritan Medical Center looks back on a successful year. The hospital earned and achieved several prestigious awards and also welcomed a new chief executive officer. Highlights from this year include:
Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
Good Samaritan Medical Center received full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). By achieving SCPC's Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, Good Samaritan Medical Center demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
- Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
- Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms.
- Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
- Ensuing the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
- Maintaining organizational structure and committment
- Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
- Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack
Good Sam Receives Re-accreditation Designation by NAPBC for High Quality Patient Care
Good Samaritan Medical Center achieves a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
Good Samaritan Medical Center's Midtown Imaging Earns an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation
Good Samaritan Medical Center's Imaging receives a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers earning accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). Peer-review evaluations are conducted in east breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined Midtown Imaging is achieving high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
Good Sam Names New Chief Executive Officer
Good Samaritan Medical Center appoints Tara McCoy to the position of chief executive officer. Tara is a healthcare executive with a background in strategic development and physician recruitment. She will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Tara spent the last five years as a service line administrator for Tenet's Florida Region, now part of the Coastal Division. During her time as a service line administrator, Tara developed the Heart and Vascular Network and achieved interdisciplinary cooperation between the region's hospitals.
Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives Award for Commitment to High Quality Stroke Care
Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Good Samaritan Medical Center Hosts Hands Only CPR Class
Good Samaritan Medical Center offered the opportunity to learn how to save a life. The hospital held free hands only CPR classes, taught by local EMS providers from West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Palm Beach Shores Fire Rescue, and Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue, along with stroke screenings for the public. Hands only CPR allows for uninterrupted chest compressions on someone who may actually need it in a lifesaving situation. Using CPR effectively and immediately can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.