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Good Samaritan chosen for clinical study

VINCENNES, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Vincennes-based Good Samaritan has been chosen to participate in the largest international clinical study to date, Magnet4Europe. The initiative is a European commission funded randomized trial to redesign hospitals to improve employee mental health, retention of medical personnel and patient safety. 

Organizations must follow a process demanding participation from staff, including written documentation of patient care, an on-site visit, electronic application and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition. A Magnet status designation for hospitals from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center means the facility met criteria used to measure nursing excellence. Good Samaritan has received the honor three times, with the most recent in 2018.

“Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care here at Good Samaritan and inspires every team member to achieve excellence daily,” said Rob McLin, president and CEO. “It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that sets us apart from other organizations and it is why we are excited to improve health care even more by participating in Magnet4Europe.”

The collaboration results in 60 U.S. hospitals working with 60 European hospitals to find if the framework of the initiative is effective and sustainable in Europe to improve care, safety and patient satisfaction. The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Program has offered 4 million Euros to fund the program. 

Good Samaritan will participate in the U.S. Study of Clinician Wellbeing and Patient Outcomes. It’s the first large-scale study of the mental health of American hospital nurses and doctors. 

“This is an amazing opportunity of great magnitude for an organization like Good Samaritan,” said Rachel Spalding, Good Samaritan CNO. “We have the power to change health care internationally and deliver on our promise of providing world-class care.”

The program began in January, which aligned with 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, designated by the World Health Organization.