Good Samaritan Lives up to Title


Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes is working toward filling a void when it comes to trauma service in their area.

The hospital has been a level 3 trauma center for the past couple of years now, but later this month, they’ll learn if their efforts will mean an upgrade.

Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes have been working extra hard for the past two years to bridge a gap in emergency care.    

“If you look at a map and you look where trauma centers existed in Indiana there was a big kind of a hole here in the area,” emergency medical director, Lance Payton said.

The nearest trauma centers are greater than an hour away from Good Sam. With the nod from the American College of Surgeons, the hospital has been acting as a level 3 trauma center.

“What they are allowing us to do is to improve our processes to make our health care delivery more efficient and bring a higher level of care to our emergency room and our hospital,” physician Kelly Anderson said.

With the center, nurses and physicians evaluate seriously injured patients and determine whether or not they have the resources to operate and usually they do. Forty to sixty trauma patients come in a month and now the hospital can assist 80% to 90% of those patients.
Payton says working toward a goal like this inspires staff to give it their all.

“You think something can’t improve from where it is, and then you put something like this into place, everybody gets excited about it and our care has really gone up, I think,” Payton said.   

Those patients Good Samaritan cannot assist are transported to Evansville for a level 2 trauma center or Indianapolis for level 1.
They’ll learn later this month if they’re granted verification.

The American College of Surgeons will evaluate Good Samaritan’s trauma center later this month. Staff say they’re confident they will become verified and if not they’ll continue to improve their efforts until they are.    

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