Mar 08, 2014
(Hot Springs Village, Ark.) – With the help of Good Samaritan Society – Hot Springs Village staff member Kevin Buckner, a surprise Skype call to Germany made for a very shocked and tearful reunion for resident Anna Lavold.
Anna had no idea that Marketing Director C.J. Jackson had started making plans back in early January for this call. C.J. had received an e-mail from Anna’s distant cousin, Andreas Stork, who lives in Germany. Andreas told C.J. that he heard from family members that Anna had moved to Cedar Lodge on the Good Samaritan Society campus. His grandfather, Anna’s cousin, was about to celebrate his birthday, and Andreas wanted to connect the two of them as a birthday surprise, especially since many of Anna’s family members would be with her cousin to participate in the call. From there, plans for the surprise phone call began.
Staff members smile as resident Anna Lavold talks to her relatives in Germany via Skype.
Feb 28, 2014
(Sioux Falls, S.D.) – The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer to its senior management team.
- Tom Syverson, currently the Society’s vice president of operations systems, has been selected as the Society’s new Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
- Bill Anderson, most recently the Society’s vice president of quality, innovation and change engineering, has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer. (This change was effective February 1.)
Both positions become part of the Society’s now four-person Executive Leadership Team — which, in addition to Syverson and Anderson — will include David J. Horazdovsky, President and CEO; and Raye Nae Nylander, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.
Feb 27, 2014
(Belington, W.Va.) – Good Samaritan Society – Barbour County recently donated to the Flight 93 Memorial Fund through our Jeans Friday program.
The memorial fund was established to remember the passengers of Flight 93, who were en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers took over the plane and rerouted it toward Washington, D.C. Due to the heroic efforts of the passengers and flight crew, the hijackers never made it to their destination, and the plane crashed in a remote field in Shanksville, Pa., killing all 44 people on board.
"We want the public to know that we care about each other," says Administrator Dion Wagoner. "By encouraging our staff to donate $1 each Friday, we are making a difference in someone's — or a family's — life somewhere."
The Jeans Friday program at Good Samaritan Society – Barbour County allows staff members to wear jeans on Fridays when they donate $1. The money raised each month goes to a charity of the staff members' choice.
Feb 26, 2014
“After a knee or hip replacement, this is an excellent treatment,” says Shane Sheehan (left), director of rehabilitation at Las Cruces Village.
(Las Cruces, N.M.) – Post-acute patients and long-term residents at the Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village healthcare center have a new tool to speed healing after injury, and provide pain relief and comfort for acute and chronic conditions.
Donors to the Village’s Well-being Fund helped purchase a Game Ready System for use in the therapy department.
Game Ready circulates chilled water through special wraps that conform to parts of the body. The cold therapy relieves pain, reduces swelling, and gets people back to their normal lives faster.
Feb 25, 2014
Connie McLachlan appreciates the peace of mind that comes from preventative technology and sensors in her apartment at the Good Samaritan Society. Through a program called LivingWell@Home, nurses are able to monitor Connie’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate, pulse, weight and more, and they can communicate with her if significant changes are noticed.
One morning, Connie didn’t feel very good. She thought it might be her blood pressure so she checked it in her campus’ wellness room, but it was fine. Later that morning, she received a call from a LivingWell@Home nurse, Lucy, saying she was concerned that Connie’s heart rate was high. Connie waited a couple of days to see if it would pass, but she continued to feel poorly so the nurse suggested a doctor visit. Connie visited acute care, but the doctor did not find any concerns.