More than $6.3M Donated to Good Samaritan for Capital Projects

The CHI Health Good Samaritan Foundation received its largest donation to date—$5.621 million—that will fund three major projects at Good Samaritan: a new PET/CT system, a Cath Lab Hybrid Room and a renovation of the Wellness Center. The very generous gift is courtesy of an anonymous donor.

“We’re honored to be the recipient of such deep generosity,” Randy DeFreece, retiring director of the Good Samaritan Foundation said. “This gift will have a direct impact on our community, and we’re incredibly grateful the donor shares our mission.”

In funding the three identified projects, the gift ensures residents of this community and region have access to important services that allow them to remain close to home. The $2.56 million PET/CT is a key tool for cancer care that will replace an aging system. Patients otherwise would need to travel to North Platte or Lincoln for this diagnostic tool.

The $2.415 million Cath Lab Hybrid Room will add a dedicated hybrid room to the current cath lab, allowing for new vascular, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic procedures to be performed at Good Samaritan.

In addition, the hospital has renovated its Wellness Center that opened in 2000. The $750,000 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® Pool, which offers an interior rectangular warm water well (94º) and exterior oval track of cooler (86º) water with a gentle current, helping  patients recovering from hip and knee replacements, strokes, paraplegics, quadriplegics and those with multiple sclerosis.

“For the last year, health care has been intensely centered on Covid,” Good Samaritan President Michael Schnieders said. “Now that we’re making gains in the care of Covid patients, we’re adding our growth strategies back to our focus. This gift will certainly allow us to step up our care to the region, and we’re thankful the donor’s generosity is helping us do that.”

In addition to these three major projects, the final phase of Good Samaritan’s $15.6 M Emergency Department project is set to begin soon when construction crews begin work to fully enclose the existing ambulance bay on the hospital’s east side. The structure will encompass 4,000 square feet of the new Dr. Kenton L. Shaffer Emergency Care Center that opened its doors to the Kearney, Neb. community on Sept. 28. The enclosure will allow for greater protection from the elements and added patient privacy.

Good Samaritan employees and members of our community have contributed more than $750K to the new ambulance entrance enclosure estimated to cost $1.1M.