Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes has approved a three-year strategic plan. Hospital leaders say a major focus of the strategy is continuing to increase community involvement, specifically among populations with a lack of health resources.
The hospital’s board approved the strategy Tuesday night. The plan’s goals fall under five "beacons of excellence," including: Patient Safety and Quality, Team, Experience, Community and Stewardship and Growth.
Chief Administrative Officer Fred England says the strategy was put together with input from employees, patients, volunteers, board members and community leaders.
Good Samaritan says its latest Community Needs Assessment found three major factors that contribute to unhealthy behaviors: lack of primary care, decreased physical activity and lack of health education. The hospital says it will increase community partnerships to address the lack of health resources many patients have.
The plan’s goals include decreasing patient wait times to see primary care providers and specialists. It also outlines plans to increase employee wellness, including continued health screenings and incentives for meeting certain health criteria.