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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
all corporate news, Society news, center news or center news highlights.

Corporate news

Jan 23, 2015

Dr. David Basel, medical director of Avera Medical Group Quality, shares goals behind the partnership with long-term care providers, including the Good Samaritan Society, to establish the Avera Virtual Care Center for Long Term Care.

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – The Good Samaritan Society is embarking on a three-year project designed to reduce re-hospitalization rates while caring for residents in the places they call home.


Through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Avera Health eCare is collaborating with long-term care providers, including the Society, to establish the Avera Virtual Care Center for Long Term Care.


Avera Health received an $8.8 million grant to support the effort.


Ten Good Samaritan Society communities in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota have been chosen to participate in the grant program. They are:


  • Estherville, Iowa
  • Edgerton, Minnesota
  • Pipestone, Minnesota
  • Tyndall, South Dakota
  • Tripp, South Dakota
  • Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Holstein, Iowa
  • Alma, Nebraska
  • Corsica, South Dakota
  • Howard, South Dakota

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Corporate news

Jan 23, 2015

Nurse Barb Obink uses a camcorder to examine Donna Fritz' hand. Donna's doctor in Sioux Falls is able to see the wound on his computer screen.

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Rural America’s elderly population grows each year, yet access to quality health care does not. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, in rural areas there are only 46.1 primary care physicians for every 100,000 patients.


A pilot telehealth program called eLTC, or electronic long-term care, aims to change this.


Here’s an example of how eLTC works: A resident at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Pipestone, Minnesota, complains of chest pain at 9 p.m. Instead of calling the volunteer rescue squad, completing paperwork and sending the resident 115 miles round trip, her nurse simply takes the resident to the center’s eLTC room.


There, a computer monitor, a webcam, a handicam and an electronic stethoscope are set up on a cart. The nurse turns on the monitor, calls the number that pops up on the bottom of the
computer screen, and within minutes a physician live conferences into the room.


This system, developed by Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, offers obvious benefits. Residents no longer need to go out in inclement weather, and they can receive medical treatment any time of day. But the sense of comfort that comes with familiar surroundings, reduced financial burden, and decreased re-admission rates are among the real advantages.


“Many nursing home residents who have to transfer [to unfamiliar care facilities] have poor outcomes because they are moved to a setting that’s not familiar,” says Muriel Engbrecht, a certified nurse practitioner at Avera who sees patients using the eLTC system. “Twenty-five percent of them are re-admitted.”

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Center news highlights

Jan 23, 2015

Click the video above for an overview of Avera eCare.


(Estherville, Iowa) - Good Samaritan Society - Estherville is among 10 Good Samaritan Society locations selected to participate in an $8.8 million, three-year grant project designed to reduce re-hospitalization rates and emergency room transfers.


The locations were selected by Avera eCare, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which received grant funding from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The overall goal is improving long-term care delivery and reducing care costs, while stressing quality of care for residents in the place they call home.


The Good Samaritan Society represents a third of the locations selected for the project. In addition to Good Samaritan Society - Estherville, locations where Society centers are participating include:



The remaining 20 grant participants are aligned with Golden Living and Avera Health. All 30 locations will begin using Avera eCare services by March 1, 2015.

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Center news highlights

Jan 21, 2015


(Kearney, Nebraska) – In the heart of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Colombia, South America, life can be dark. Poor water, flimsy houses and little family support … it’s not anything like Good Samaritan Society – St. Luke’s. But even here, the mission of the Society shines out …


… and you can help make it brighter!

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Corporate news

Jan 14, 2015


You should be thinking of what book to read to your grandchildren, not how you’re going to pay next month’s rent.


It’s scary not knowing if you’re going to be able to pay your bills. Especially if you’re living in a place where you don’t feel safe because it’s all you can afford.


There are options — safe, affordable, reliable housing options, such as those available through
Good Samaritan Society in locations across the United States.

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