Carter named President of Good Samaritan Hospital

GREENSBORO, GA (November 28, 2012) – D. Montez Carter, PharmD, MBA, has been named president of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. Carter has served as interim president of Good Samaritan since St. Mary’s acquired the hospital on January 1, 2012.

Montez Carter named President of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital“Montez is an excellent leader and has established a great relationship with the Good Samaritan Board,” said Joe Gorman, Chairman of the Good Samaritan Board of Directors. “He is committed to providing exceptional patient care and services to our community. We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber to lead our Good Samaritan Hospital.”

“Montez has done a tremendous job as interim president,” said Don McKenna, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Care System, of which Good Samaritan Hospital is a part. “In less than a year under his leadership, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital has made significant improvements in the services and technology available to the community and worked toward improving the overall quality of care throughout the organization. We’re proud that the hospital was recently recognized as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country.”

Carter said his top goal in the months ahead will be the successful completion of the new Good Samaritan replacement hospital on Lake Oconee Parkway. Grading has already begun for the $40 million facility, and the installation of utilities and underground infrastructure is well under way. The hospital is scheduled to open by early 2014.

Equally important, Carter said, will be Good Samaritan’s continued focus on improving quality, increasing patient satisfaction scores, and recruiting new physicians and additional medical specialties to the greater Greene County area.

“I’m extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the last 11 months through the team work demonstrated by our Board, medical staff and hospital staff,” he said. “We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art healthcare services to our community.”

McKenna cited a number of significant accomplishments at Good Samaritan during Carter’s tenure as interim president, including:

  • The region’s first 64-slice CT scanner. This high-speed diagnostic tool provides highly detailed, 3-D images of any part of the body in seconds. It is a vital tool in heart and stroke diagnostic imaging, and is so fast it can capture images of the heart’s blood vessels between heartbeats.
  • Enhanced stroke care. Good Samaritan Hospital is now part of the Georgia Health Sciences University REACH network. Through a live, interactive telemedicine system, REACH provides real-time consultations with stroke experts in Augusta. The system helps physicians at Good Samaritan provide state-of-the-art stroke care, including the administration of the clot-busting drug tPA.
  • Quality ratings. Good Samaritan was recently ranked one of the top 20 critical access hospitals for quality in America by the National Rural Health Association. The hospital also was recently named to the Trustee category of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll, one of only 26 hospitals in the state to be recognized at the Trustee level.
  • New services. Since January 1, Good Samaritan has upgraded to digital mammography machines, brought sleep disorders testing in-house, and expanded its rehabilitative services to include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology and a swing bed program.
  • Medical staff growth. Several physicians have joined the hospital’s medical staff recently, representing a number of specialties including internal medicine, gynecology, and cardiology.

Carter joined St. Mary’s in November 2010 as the system’s vice president of operations. He was heavily involved in the acquisition of Good Samaritan Hospital from its previous owner, Saint Joseph’s Health System of Atlanta, leading to his appointment as interim president.

Carter came to St. Mary’s from Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss., where he served as director of pharmacy services and then as Associate Director of Performance Improvement and Patient Support Services. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and his doctoral degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi.

“At St. Mary’s, the work is the ministry,” Carter said. “Our culture is one of wonderful, high-performing people striving to live our mission of being a compassionate healing presence in the communities we serve. Good Samaritan Hospital has achieved a great deal in a very short time, but we want to do more. I am excited to be part of it.”