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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 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.



Center news highlights

Oct 04, 2014

Eddie the Comfort Dog is specially trained to reach out to people in distress.


(Grand Island, Nebraska) – There’s something comforting about knowing a friend will be there for you without judgment and understands what you are feeling, even without saying a word. At Grand Island Village, that warm friendship comes from Eddie.

Eddie, or Sir Edward Isaiah 65:1 by full name, is a K-9 Comfort Dog. Supported by Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) through Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Eddie interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations. He visits Grand Island Village several times a month.

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Center news highlights

Sep 25, 2014


(Pipestone, Minnesota) – Residents at our center are getting house calls from doctors…who are 50 miles away. The consultations happen with the push of a button, through an Avera electronic long-term care program called eLTC.

Designed to assist seniors and care centers in rural settings like Pipestone, eLTC gives us 24-hour access to a team of Avera nurses and physicians in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Residents can be evaluated and diagnosed by healthcare providers connected to us through the eLTC’s system of high-definition videoconferencing technology.

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