Anonymous Donation Funds Three Major Projects at Good Samaritan

Courtesy of an anonymous donor, CHI Health Good Samaritan Foundation received its largest donations to date-$5.25 million-to fund three major projects at the hospital.

"We're honored to be the recipient of such deep generosity given to improve the health of our community," says Randy DeFreece, director of the Good Samaritan Foundation. "This gift ensures everyone in our region has access to important services so they don't have to travel for care. We're incredibly grateful the donor shares our same mission."

The hospital is working to solidify plans to purchase a new Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography (PET/CT), costing $2.3 million, to replace an older system located in the hospital's cancer center. The only system between North Platte and Lincoln, the high-tech images capture changes at the cellular level, identifying diseases like cancer, in its earliest stages.

$2.2 million, is earmarked for converting one of the hospital's three cardiac catheterization labs to a new Hybrid Cath Lab. With the added ability for both surgical and intravascular procedures to be performed in the same room, the hospital can provide new vascular, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic procedures found in larger metropolitan areas.

The remaining dollars, $750,000, are planned for a refresh of hospital's Wellness Center opened in 2000. The renovation will replace cardio and weight equipment, furniture and TVs, update the general aesthetic of the space, and give attention to one of the center's drawing points-the Turttle(r) Pool.

"For the last year, health care has been intensely centered on COVID-19," says Michael Schnieders, president of Good Samaritan. "Now that we're making gains, we're hoping to shift some of our focus back to wellness, disease prevention and continuing to provide high-quality health care close to home. We're incredibly thankful of the donor's generosity is helping us do that."