Good Sam Babies
If you were born at Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH), we invite you to join our family of Good Sam Babies. If you were born at home, in a hospital that no longer exists, or just feel a special bond with our hospital and Dayton, you can adopt GSH as your birth home. Choose one of the following ways to register:
Fill out the printable registration form and then:
or call us to register
(937) 278-5770 or
(800) 772-1130, ext. 5025 (Toll Free)
When you register, please include your birthday. We would like to send you a keepsake card to celebrate your special day.
Read about a few Good Sam Babies:
Actor Martin Sheen: Embracing Life and Good Samaritan
To commemorate his 65th birthday, Martin Sheen received a bouquet of balloons from Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation - Dayton, his hometown. A Good Sam Baby registration form with a note was attached. The note invited him to embrace the Hospital. He previously sent a handwritten note saying he wished he had been born at GSH but, in fact, at 8:03 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 1940, he entered this world at St. Ann’s Maternity Ward at St. Elizabeth.
Before his family gathered for his birthday party, the actor completed the Good Sam Baby Registry form and signed it with “Many Thanks, Peace, Ramón Estévez, AKA Martin Sheen.” He captured the spirit of the Good Sam Baby program, writing, “I’m delighted to be included.”
His actual birth home just a memory, he embraced GSH, the workplace of a childhood friend, Shirley Pohl. The Director of Laboratory Services at the Hospital until her untimely death in 1993, Shirley and her Hospital Volunteer mother Margaret Pohl, were extended family to Martin.
Their families belonged to Holy Trinity parish together, and Margaret made room in her heart and home for the Estévez children after their mother died two days before Martin’s 11th birthday.
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Barbara (Bobbie) Patton Martin and Sandy Patton: Twins Making Their Mark
Bobbie and Sandy were born June 17, 1949, at GSH. Both girls graduated from Meadowdale High School. Sandy attended Miami Jacobs Business School, while Bobbie attended the GSH School of Nursing (Class of 1970). Sandy Patton, the promotions director at WKEF-TV for over 20 years, passed away in 1994 after a battle with cancer. Bobbie is currently GSH’s Director of Oncology at Samaritan Cancer Center.
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Lt. Col. Walter R. Wingard: “From Good Sam to Uncle Sam”
Lt. Col. Walter R. Wingard was born November 10, 1952, at GSH. Mrs. Christine Wingard remembers being in labor with Walter for over eight hours. What stuck in her mind was the excellent care from the wonderful nurses.
Mrs. Wingard chose to have six of her eight children at GSH citing the wonderful community outreach programs and administrative staff, along with the excellent clinical care she had received.
Walter says that being a Good Sam Baby means he was “blessed at birth, and the wheels of fortune were set into motion, leading from Good Sam to Uncle Sam.” Wingard graduated from Jefferson Township High School, the University of Dayton (with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Education), and Webster University (with a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Management).
In 1976, he began his professional football experience in the WFL in Hawaii. He played for the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Rams, and the WFL Hawaiians. In 1982 he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force and is now a Lieutenant Colonel.
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Reverend Joseph W. Goetz: One of the First Good Sam Babies
The buildings of GSH were just a few years old when Father Joseph W. Goetz was born here on August 11, 1933. As a youth, Father Goetz had several extended periods of treatment at GSH, which were quite normal in those days.
At the age of 8, he suffered acute appendicitis and was in danger of peritonitis. This resulted in an extended stay of six weeks at GSH. Fortunately, his favorite Aunt Josephine Schwind spent countless long afternoons regaling him with her tales of travel to the Vatican along with discussions of a theological nature. These discourses sparked an interest that prompted him to later study as a graduate student at Cambridge University in England, earning a PhD in Philosophical Theology.
Father Goetz’s assignments over the years have included several parishes in the Dayton area. He also taught at the University of Dayton and United Theological Seminary. Now retired, he is repeatedly called upon to officiate at milestone activities — weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
The Goetz family’s ties to Dayton reach back several generations, as his great great uncle, Reverend Francis Joseph Goetz, was the founding pastor of Holy Trinity parish. His maternal grandfather, William A. Keyes, was a real estate developer who founded Keyes, Inc., a company still in existence today. It was W.A. Keyes who joined other Dayton leaders in 1928 to raise funding for the establishment of a new Hospital in Dayton − GSH − where Father Goetz was born shortly after it opened its doors.
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Lauren Lochtefeld – International Good Sam Baby
After a whirlwind round of meetings in Santa Barbara, a stop for a wedding in Florida and a touchdown in Dayton to visit family, Good Sam Baby Lauren Lochtefeld whisked back to her home base in Singapore. This hectic schedule is a way of life for Lauren. As marketing and corporate creative manager for Network Hardware Resale (NHR) in their Asia-Pacific headquarters, Lauren stays busy and on the go – just the way she likes it.
The youngest of three siblings born at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lauren kept the Good Sam Baby tradition going—her dad Aloys Lochtefeld, his twin brother Gerald and sister Lu Ann, all had been born at Good Samaritan.
Lauren's childhood was spent on the go, especially enjoying the parade of foreign exchange students and staff members the Lochtefeld's hosted through the 4H International Exchange Program. Fueling a desire for cultural experience, Lauren participated in exchange programs in Japan, Costa Rica, and Leon, Spain.
Early on Lauren knew that her "tool of creativity" would be the camera—she graduated from The Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her coursework for a Masters of Science degree. She just needs to stay in one place for a time to complete her thesis. "Photography is my passion," Lauren said. "Seeing with the camera is the best way I know to get close to my world."
Her world now is the "perfectly manicured tropical paradise" of Singapore where she has established Network Hardware Resale's new Asia-Pacific headquarters. Although she misses the States, especially her little Yorkshire terrier temporarily staying with friends, she says she might be interested in the opportunity to remain in the Asia-Pacific region to open another NHR office. Lauren is definitely enjoying the ride wherever it might take her.
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