Commitment to the Under-Served
Good Samaritan Hospital’s (GSH) commitment to the under-served is demonstrated in various programs like medication assistance, home care, palliative care, and English assistance.
Helping Those in Need
The Sisters of Charity founded GSH in 1932, and to this day the hospital has remained committed to assisting the under-served in a multitude of ways. The Samaritan Homeless Clinic, Anam Cara program, and Camp Samaritan are just three examples of Good Samaritan’s dedication to providing compassionate care to the under-served, both inside and outside hospital walls.
Samaritan Homeless Clinic
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic has worked continuously to identify the health needs of local homeless men, women, and children since its founding in 1992. The clinic has aggressively targeted those needs with expert, cost-effective and accessible preventative and primary health care. The Samaritan Homeless Clinic has also taken a leadership role in assisting the homeless in Dayton beyond just meeting their immediate medical needs.
The clinic’s multi-disciplinary approach to caring for its patients includes medical, dental, psychiatric, podiatric, and optometric services, as well as counseling, health and life skills education, social work services, and addiction recovery. The Samaritan Homeless Clinic is dedicated to helping the homeless re-enter society and lead productive, healthy lives.
GSH’s Anam Cara program provides personalized care and support to patients and their families suffering from chronic, acute or life-threatening illnesses. “Anam Cara” is Gaelic for “soul friend,” and it is with this in mind that volunteers are specially trained to visit with patients and families at Good Samaritan Hospital. These volunteers are dedicated to being good listeners and providing patients and family members with the respect and dignity each person deserves. Anam Cara volunteers are a visible sign of support and care, and accept people as they are—regardless of circumstances, diagnosis, faith, culture, creed or race. Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to have the Anam Cara service available to all patients who stay at the hospital.
Camp Samaritan is a wellness retreat for adults living with cancer. The camp is held twice a year and run by Good Samaritan Hospital physicians, nurses, and staff who volunteer their time to be at Camp Samaritan. The camp provides cancer patients and their loved ones with educational and recreational activities designed to help patients cope with their illness.
At Camp Samaritan, patients are able to share their experiences with others who are facing similar issues and concerns—all in a relaxing environment. Good Samaritan Hospital is pleased to give adults who are diagnosed with cancer a place to get away for the weekend, as well as a chance to meet others who share their questions and concerns. Camp Samaritan helps patients and their loved ones focus on themselves instead of their disease.