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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Oct 30, 2014


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) - Sioux Falls has been named one of Money Magazine's "Nine Great Places to Retire."


Sioux Falls was listed as a runner-up in the article's "Best Place to Keep Costs Low" category. Sioux Falls also ranked high for access to specialty healthcare and its variety of excellent dining options.


All nine winning towns offer affordable living, great encore career opportunities, and various amenities, according to the magazine.


To determine its list, Money started with a study by the National Institute on Retirement Security, which included factors such as housing prices, taxes on pension income, job opportunities, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Researchers then mined data including crime rates, available green space, job growth, and access to healthcare.


The magazine also accounted for number of large employers and amenities such as the arts and recreation.

Center news highlights

Oct 28, 2014

Lisa Henk was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. She is grateful for the global support of research for treatments and a cure.

(Kearney, Nebraska) – This summer, millions participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge. The dare was a chilly one: Dump a bucket of ice on someone’s head to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. The challenge “soaked” all corners of the social media world as an explosion of videos were posted. The viral campaign had raised $100 million — and still counting — by the beginning of September.


One Good Samaritan Society resident was especially touched by the challenge. Lisa Henk has lived at St. Luke’s since September 2013. She was diagnosed with ALS in June 2009. The disease is characterized by the degeneration of the motor neurons in the brain responsible for controlling muscle movement.


This summer, she watched as her fiancé, his father, and her friends came to St. Luke’s and dumped water on their heads to support her.

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Center news highlights

Oct 24, 2014

(Omaha, Nebraska) – Savanna Wiley Gomez is excited to become a registered nurse — and she’s honored that Good Samaritan Society – Millard is supporting her dreams.


Staff member and scholarship recipient Savanna Wiley Gomez checks in on her friend, resident Bette Panuska.

When Savanna began working at the campus as a certified nursing assistant in 2012, she was a single mom to six children, two of whom she was in the process of adopting.


“God never gives you more than you can handle,” Savanna says. “It’s easy to become complacent, but when you have a goal, it pushes you to want to succeed.”


At Good Samaritan Society – Millard, she found more than a job to pay the bills. She found people who truly care.


“I have always loved working at Good Sam — this is like my second family,” Savanna says. “I genuinely care about residents and my fellow staff members.”


In the nearly three years she’s been at the campus, Savanna’s life has changed dramatically.


“By the grace of God, I met my wonderful husband,” Savanna says. They married in June 2013 and now have a son together as well. It was just a few months later that Savanna decided to go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse.


“I have a passion to help people…I want to make a difference,” she says. “Nursing is my calling and my way to connect to people.”


She completed the LPN program earlier this year and is now enrolled in a program to become a registered nurse.


This fall, the campus awarded her a scholarship to use toward her education.

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Center news highlights

Oct 15, 2014


(Arapahoe, Nebraska) – Good Samaritan Society – Arapahoe has long cared for older loved ones in the community. Now with the help of a $1,000 grant, the center is reaching out to schoolchildren in need by supplying warm gloves, stocking caps and school supplies.


These items were recently distributed through Arapahoe’s Supplies for Scholars program. Funding for this project comes from the Society’s Social Accountability program, which encourages Society locations nationwide to develop projects that alleviate unmet community needs.

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Center news highlights

Oct 09, 2014


Comic book cover created by the staff and residents of Good Samaritan Society – George.

(George, Iowa) – A contest sponsored by the Iowa Health Care Association has residents and staff flying high at Good Samaritan Society – George.


IHCA held a convention contest challenge for its members with the theme "Healthcare Heroes." Entries were to be designed to look like a comic book cover that featured the healthcare heroes at their center. Entries were judged by an independent panel, and prizes were awarded at the IHCA's annual convention on Oct. 1.


Good Samaritan Society – George staff members chose the superhero name "The Good Sammies." Residents and staff had oodles of fun with the project, with staff members dressing in T-shirts depicting their favorite superhero and residents wearing superhero masks to hide their identities.


Administrator Kimberly Smith attended the convention, where the results of the contest were announced. She was thrilled to hear that their center was one of the winners. Staff members relayed the news to the residents, and much excitement ensued. "One comment was that they really like living here," says Kimberly.



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