Good Samaritan Society

"Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan"

21 hours ago
Good Samaritan Society

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has released her "Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan." The multi-phase guidelines are used by nursing homes and assisted living facilities to shape policies for keeping residents safe during the pandemic.  Nate Schema is the executive vice president and COO of the Good Samaritan Society. He joins us to talk about the potential application of the plan in South Dakota facilities. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

 

Randy Bury & The Good Samaritan Society

May 21, 2020
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In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 1

The state public health lab is organizing mass COVID-19 testing in nursing homes over the next month—starting in communities with substantial spread of the virus.

Long-term care facilities in the state face two overwhelming challenges. Their residents are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In fact, more than half of the state’s COVID fatalities are older patients.   The pandemic is also exacerbating existing financial challenges.      

Testing Without COVID-19 Symptoms a Matter of Supplies

Apr 24, 2020

State health officials say up to a quarter of people who test positive for COVID-19 will show NO symptoms. Some organizations are doing widespread testing to prevent those people from spreading the virus. But the state Department of Health will only test people with symptoms. 

The difference comes down to a matter of supplies.

Good Samaritan Society Preps For COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020
Good Samaritan Society

In The Moment ... March 12, 2020 Show 772 Hour 1

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state are taking preventative measures to protect residents from infection with coronavirus.  Randy Bury is president of Good Samaritan Society. He joins us with insight.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

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Tom Syverson, COO of the Good Samaritan Society and Nate Schema, VP of Operations are with us today to discuss long-term care, reimbursement rates and how the newly organized Good Sam is working to keep facilities open.

  Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

It’s official: Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society finalized their merge on the first of the year. Together they employ nearly 50 thousand employees across more than 20 states, providing healthcare to patients from birth to old age. But as nursing homes continue to face financial struggles in South Dakota, the organizations expect to work closely with state legislators to prevent further closures. 

Selby Community Forms Non-Profit to Save Nursing Home

Oct 11, 2018
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The nursing home in Selby has served the small community for more than 50 years. When its operators announced plans to pull out of the facility, concerned community members sprang into action to keep the home running. 

The Good Samaritan Society announced plans to end its operation of the facility in Selby in late September, but it gave the community some options. The home could close, the community could temporarily fund the society for one year, or the community could form its own organization to run the home.

The merger between Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is now set to start two months before initially scheduled. But joining two of the area’s largest employers signals a change in the healthcare industry both at home and around the country. 

Sanford Health Chief Administrative Officer Randy Bury says healthcare is an evolving industry. He says it used to be that clinics were separate from hospitals, and long-term facilities like nursing homes were separate from acute-care providers.