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I don’t need to tell you that GSH is a great place to receive healthcare. Our organization is a gem and caregivers are the best around. I’m also very proud of the fact that Good Samaritan plays a key role in educating healthcare professionals—doctors, nurses, those in the allied health field and more.


Case in point: Our residents. Did you know there are four physicians in residency right here at GSH? Residents are physicians who have graduated from med school and then take the next step in their careers of entering a residency program to further their training in their selected specialty. GSH is one of five rural site locations from the UNMC family practice residency program—the others are in Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte and Scottsbluff. (Thanks to Jan Wagner in the Med Staff Office for her kind help with these background details.)


So, back to where I was going with this…we have the unique opportunity to currently host four residents: Drs. Manish Tiwari and Jessica Hatch are in their second year and will graduate in 2013, and Drs. Safana Makhdoom and Nirmal Bastola are third year students who will graduate later this spring. Through the Rural Training Track that we’re part of, these up-and-coming docs do their first year of residency at UNMC in Omaha, then spend two years at their chosen rural training site. The development of this program was based on the fact that residents tend to practice within 100 miles of where they train—in a further effort to retain new physicians in rural areas.


Also of worthy mention is Dr. Rob Messbarger who serves as the associate program director through UNMC for these students. Locally, he serves as the Family Practice Residency medical director. Dr. Messbarger’s involvement with these residents is KEY to the success of this program. He enjoys teaching and takes tremendous pride in turning out quality physicians who will benefit any community. He is absolutely invaluable in his varied role of teacher, mentor, supervisor and friend—in addition to the top-notch care he provides to his own patients along the way.



In the fall, I caught up with the residents and Dr. Messbarger for a photo. After me, from left, are: Dr. Safana Makhdoom, Dr. Jessica hatch, Dr. Manish Tiwari and Dr. Rob Messbarger. Dr. Bastola isn’t pictured because he was presenting a paper in Florida at the time.


Our family practice residency program is one example of what makes Good Samaritan a progressive regional medical center. Our education focus helps us provide the exceptional care our patients have come to expect, and the family practice residency program is but one of the many educational offerings in place here at GSH. A quick conversation with Karen Crocker in Ed Services will tell you:

  • Good Samaritan is accredited to provide continuing education hours for physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, and mental health providers. This means they can receive their required number of continuing education hours right here in Kearney. In 2011, we provided education to  1,521 physicians.
  • Good Samaritan provides the full complement of Life Support courses—and we’re one of only four hospitals in the state to do so.  This includes ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program), TNCC, (Trauma Nurse Core Course), ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life support), the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Fundamentals of Critical Care, and ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.)
  • Our Education Department sponsored 10 different Opportunities in Health Care Careers events to recruit both high school and college students into the healthcare field.  The department also coordinates student shadows and internships for college students. 
  • Education also acts as the liaison between CHI and our critical access hospitals to provide online education services (Up-to-Date, Lippincott Nursing resource, HealthStream) that are required for physicians and nurses at those facilities.
  • Serving the education and professional development needs of our staff is also a huge component of our Education Department’s duties. That includes: LEAD modules, department director retreats, Just Culture education, management orientation, and until this year, Leadership University.

I’m really proud of the care we provide here and the fact that future healthcare professionals are honing their skills with us. Each of you are in the very important position to be an example of compassion and excellence. Thank you for ultimately helping to guide the future of healthcare.



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