Saint Joseph's East Georgia now Good Samaritan Hospital

GREENSBORO (January 3, 2012) – The transfer of Saint Joseph’s at East Georgia to St. Mary’s Health Care System successfully took place as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2012, according to St. Mary’s President and CEO Don McKenna. The hospital, which has been renamed Good Samaritan Hospital in conjunction with its change of ownership, is now part of the St. Mary’s system of care.

“This day is the result of many months of hard work by many people at Saint Joseph’s, St. Mary’s and across the community,” McKenna said. “We are proud and humbled to have this historic opportunity to further extend St. Mary’s mission and values to the people of the greater Greensboro area.”

In the ownership transfer, the hospital’s Certificate of Need (CON) and all of its facilities, property and equipment passed from Saint Joseph’s Health System of Atlanta to St. Mary’s. Both systems are part of Catholic Health East. St. Mary’s has provided interim leadership of the Greensboro hospital since May 2011 while it completed a rigorous due diligence process.

“This gives the community the opportunity to come together as one to welcome St. Mary’s and its history of outstanding and compassionate care to Greene County,” said Good Samaritan Board Chair Joe Gorman. “St. Mary’s commitment to build our new state-of-the-art hospital is a dream come true for all the volunteers, donors and supporters who have given so much and have been so patient over the last few years.”

“The transfer of ownership went very smoothly,” said Montez Carter, St. Mary’s Vice President Operations, and Interim CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “The staff has been very excited about this change. Today, we are all thrilled to be providing care to our community as part of the St. Mary’s family.”

St. Mary’s has already begun its efforts to improve access to high quality care, Carter said. For example, St. Mary’s has installed a 64-slice CT scanner at Good Samaritan. The scanner, which is 16 times more powerful than the system it replaces, produces detailed images of the inside of the body. These images can provide vital information to help physicians diagnose a wide range of conditions, including stroke and heart attack. The scanner is so fast and accurate it can detect narrow spots in coronary arteries between heartbeats.

“Our 64-slice scanner is a huge improvement for both emergency and non-emergency care in our community,” Carter said. “We are proud to have the ability to bring such a powerful diagnostic imager to the greater Greensboro area.”

Planning continues for a new hospital to replace the aging facility on Siloam Road in Greensboro, McKenna noted, adding that St. Mary’s will keep the community informed as the process progresses.