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

Jan 12, 2015


(Syracuse, Nebraska)  – If you ask a high school student about physical therapy, he might say it’ll help you recover after a knee injury. If you ask an 85-year-old, she might say it’ll give you the strength you need to walk again. But no matter your age or ailment, the physical therapy program at Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse is here for you.


From wheelchair to walker to nothing at all

Lucille Kreifels

After a hospital stay, Lucille Kreifels, 85, began therapy here to regain her strength. Before surgery, Lucille was strong enough to deliver mail to fellow Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse residents. After surgery, she was so weak she needed a wheelchair to get around.


This is common for many physical therapy patients, says Melissa Ostrander, physical therapy assistant. “For every one day you lie in bed, you lose three days of muscle strength,” she says.


But the therapy team worked with Lucille three times a day — an amount unique to this program — to help her regain her strength as soon as possible.


“We pushed her every day and we could see improvement in every treatment session,” Melissa says. “She worked really hard and did whatever we asked.”


Melissa says most patients will see improvement in as little as two sessions; after a few sessions of her own, Lucille was using a walker and then walking on her own.


Today, she is back to delivering mail and joking with her therapists in the halls.


Beyond walking

Physical therapy isn’t just for people who need to recover after surgery. Darlene Issacs worked at Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse for 15 years before personally experiencing the benefits of physical therapy.

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Center news highlights

Jan 06, 2015

From left: Luann Foos and Debbie Coy sit in on a lecture at Seoul Women's Nursing College during a visit to South Korea.


(Kissimmee, Florida) – Since 2008, Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village has partnered with Florida International College in Kissimmee to offer hands-on training to a variety of students in medical, administrative and hospitality programs.


Many of the students are from South Korea, and this fall, two Society staff members traveled to South Korea to learn more about nursing practices and culture.


“This gives us a better understanding of the students,” says Debbie Coy, assisted living manager. “They don’t have nursing homes or assisted living in South Korea like we do, and they’re interested in embracing what we do here.”

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Center news highlights

Jan 05, 2015

Click to watch the video from Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village.


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Daryl Gullickson and his children Chris, Anna and Emily enjoy practicing the art of Taekwondo as a family. On a recent trip to Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village, they took their techniques to a new audience. As boards break and his children steady their bodies and minds for the next move, Daryl reflects on what this experience means to his family.

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