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Grants and Special Projects

Lesley Bollwitt,
Grants and Special Projects

The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation incorporates a comprehensive grants program as part of its overall development plan for Good Samaritan Hospital.  Past and current grant monies have been secured from a variety of sources, including federal, state, local government, foundations and corporate foundations.

The Foundation ensures that any project undertaken correlates with the overall strategic plan and mission of the health systems to ensure successful project implementation and to facilitate the desired outcomes of the various grant programs. The Foundation staff is providing assistance in this process through the Foundation Grant Committee. The Grant Committee serves as an advisory committee, meeting every other month to discuss proposed projects and potential funding sources. The Grant Committee is compiled of the hospital's CEO, VP/CFO, VP Strategic Planning, VP Medical Affairs, two representatives from the Foundation Board, and one representative from the Hospital Board, Medical Staff President, Foundation President, and the Manager of Grants & Special Projects.

Examples of a few programs currently being supported through the grants development program include:

Critical Access Hospital Network: Good Samaritan Hospital serves as the hub facility for a twelve member Critical Access Hospital Network. As the hub facility, Good Samaritan provides overall network coordination and facilitates the securing of grant funds to support the network. This network is recognized as one of the largest critical access hospital networks in the country.

Telehealth: The Mid-Nebraska Telemedicine Network became operational in December 1995 with five rural network members. Since that time, the network has continued to grow to include ten rural Nebraska and two rural Kansas network members. Good Samaritan Hospital serves as the hub facility for the network. Activity over the network includes teleradioogy, medical consults and educational offerings.

Cancer Survivors:  Through funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Cancer Center celebrates several cancer survivor's events including Cancer Survivor's Day and and an event called Simply Pink.  The Cancer Center also facilitates a support group, "A Time to Heal", for breast cancer survivors.