Good Samaritan Hospital Receives Baldridge Award
Tucked away in suburban Chicago, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has consistently proven its worth in health care for the residents of Downers Grove, Illinois, and beyond. Providing some of the best medical treatments, diagnoses and aftercare in the country, “Good Sam” has been recognized for the second time as a 100 Top Hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters and will be presented with the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for 2010, a presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is an acute care medical facility that has made advances in cardiology, gastroenterology, stroke care, women's health, and behavioral health by adhering to the highest standards of care in these areas and others. Among other highlights, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s risk management practices have reduced malpractice claims significantly, the SCIP (Surgical Care Improvement Project) has reduced surgical complications, and its outreach programs such as free wellness services, health fairs, screenings, and lectures have provided the community with health resources and information that engage and inform about issues such as childhood obesity, women’s health or children with special needs.
In addition to serving the community through health care resources and outstanding medical practices, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital also provides a 10-week summer extern program to nurses that are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This program provides hands-on education by partnering BSN students with a current RN in the hospital, allowing these students to experience the schedule and job duties of a working RN. For nursing students selected to participate in the extern program, the chance to be a part of a working medical team can enhance current Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum, as well as lead to future employment within the hospital.
As one of only seven Baldridge National Quality Award recipients, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is a medical facility that provides an environment of trust, ensuring the best patient outcomes available and giving its employees the satisfaction of being part of a team that gives back to the community.