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VINCENNES, Ind. – In collaboration with three local hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital has agreed to enter a consortium to receive post-graduate residency students. Starting July 2017, Good Samaritan will receive five residency students every year for three years in either Family Practice or Internal Medicine. In addition, Good Samaritan Hospital has the opportunity to receive up to 5 residency students in Psychiatry, resulting in up to 30 residency students training at Good Samaritan. Good Samaritan Hospital will have the opportunity to become a “home base” for one or two specialties where residents will be able to have outpatient clinics and assist with the growing shortage of primary care physicians.

“In many rural areas and recently seen in southwestern Indiana, there is a physician shortage among hospitals, particularly in primary care, ” states Dr. Charles Hedde, Chief Medical Officer. “Having medical students complete their residency at Good Samaritan Hospital not only provides extended medical care to our community and southwestern Indiana, but those students are more likely to establish a practice in the area.” “Most residents will come from Indiana University School of Medicine and Marian University, but the opportunity is available to all medical school graduates across the country, ” adds Dr. Hedde.

According to a presentation given to the board by Dr. Steven G. Becker, Director and Associate Dean at the Indiana University School of Medicine at the Evansville Campus, participating in this program will increase Good Samaritan Hospital’s opportunity to attract private and public funding at all levels and hospitals with residency programs show improved quality of care.

“This is a great opportunity for our hospital and community, ” states Rob McLin, President and CEO. “Having residents at Good Samaritan Hospital not only helps with physician recruitment, but it also allows us to provide care to more community members who may be having trouble finding a physician. This opportunity also allows our physicians and the students to learn from each other and ultimately provide improved patient care.” It will cost Good Samaritan $250, 000 per year for 4 years to participate in this consortium with St. Mary’s, Deaconess, both located in Evansville, Indiana, and Jasper Memorial. Fundraising efforts will be in place to provide financial support for this program. However, this $1 million investment is expected to result in a $3.5 million per year return to Good Samaritan Hospital after five years. “It is our goal to receive enough reimbursement to make this a self-sustained program after the first initial year of fundraising, ” adds McLin.

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