Caring for Those Who Need it Most
Since 1995, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has partnered with the DuPage County Health Department to provide care for women in underserved communities who often delay medical treatment due to financial concerns.
The goal is to give these women access to vital preventive care and screenings that can help improve their chances of diagnosing conditions early and receive care at the right time.
In 2012, the Why Wait Clinic provided physicals, screenings, digital mammograms and Pap smears for nearly 800 women. Clinicians also taught free health educational classes on the importance of self-breast exams and knowing your family medical history.
The program’s longevity and continued success is made possible by hospital physicians, nurses, radiologists and technicians who volunteer their time and resources to ensure those most in need get the essential care they deserve.
Partnering for Better Health
The year 2012 marked an 11-year partnership between Good Samaritan Hospital and more than 225 different organizations and other area hospitals to provide health care access to thousands of uninsured residents in DuPage County.
This special initiative, called Access DuPage, helped to provide free medical treatment for 16,000 uninsured DuPage County residents last year.
Good Samaritan Hospital was one of 13 founding partner organizations to launch the health care safety net program in 2001. In addition to clinicians volunteering their time and medical services, Good Samaritan also contributed $763,000 in 2012 to sustain this much-needed program.
Protecting Hearts in our Communities
Preventing cardiovascular disease starts with knowing your risk factors. In 2012, Good Samaritan Hospital continued its commitment to ensure patients and community residents are informed about the risks associated with heart disease.
Nearly 800 attendees received free heart health screenings at the hospital’s 10th annual Big Boomin’ Heart Fair, held in February during National American Heart Month.
Cardiac nurses were also on hand to provide personal one-on-one counseling about heart risk assessments. In addition, there was a special session designed to teach each attendee how to use an automated external defibrillator, which can save a life if someone is experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.
Serving Diverse Communities
Making sure patients and their families are fully informed and understand their treatment plan is vital. That’s why Good Samaritan Hospital’s Department of Multi-Cultural Services works to ensure language is not a barrier.
In 2012, medical interpreters at the hospital helped translate more than 4,200 encounters into more than 42 different languages.
Programs and Services 2012
Ataxia Support Group
Auxiliary Blood Drive
Bariatric Support Group
Big Boomin’ Heart Fair
Cardiac Outreach and Education
Child Safety Class
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School Partnership
Community Connections Newsletter
DBSA (Depression, Bipolar Support Association)
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Diabetes Education Program
Disaster Preparedness Planning
Domestic Violence Task Force/ Domestic Violence Council
DuPage Health Coalition (Access DuPage, DuPage Community Clinic)
DuPage Health and Wellness Fair
Free Health Fairs, Screenings and Lectures
Fun with Fitness
Future Healthcare Workers
Health and Wellness Center Charity Memberships
Language Assistance Services
Lewis University Nursing Students
Look Good Feel Better
Medicare Sessions for Seniors
Mental Health Resources
NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) Connections
New Mothers Support Groups
Organ Donor Transplant Support
Ostomy Support Group
PADS Laundry Services
Rotary Grove Fest
Senior Advocate Breakfast Club Lectures
SHARE (Pregnancy and Infant Loss – Grief Support Group)
Sibling & Grandparent Classes
Taste of Oak Brook
Trauma and Emergency Services
Why Wait Clinic
Women and Infant/Prenatal Education and Support
Young Hearts for Life