Thank You, Lifesavers!

Our associates help each other out on a daily basis. Whether that’s a helping hand or a listening ear, we are here for each other. As part of the I am Good Samaritan: iCare campaign, associates were able to reward fellow teammates last week for going the extra mile and being a Lifesaver with a pack of delicious Lifesaver candies!

Some of these packs included a golden star under the wrapper, which could be exchanged for a fun prize. A total of 80 associates won a prize, and one Grand Prize winner was randomly selected from this group.

The Grand Prize winner was Remy Owen from Med/Surg 3, pictured on right with her team, who took home a Beats Headset.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of our associates for being lifesavers!

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Invest in your health–eating healthy doesn’t have to be pricey! Good Samaritan Medical Center Outpatient Dietitian Stacy Beeson, formerly a dietitian for Albertsons grocery stores, shares some fool-proof tips on how to make wise daily choices that are both health- and budget-friendly.

To eat more healthily, focus your purchasing power on unpackaged foods, such as produce, or packaged items containing few ingredients, including milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, lean meats, poultry, fish, whole grain breads and bulk oats.

You’ve heard it before but it’s worth saying it again–steer clear from highly processed salty, sweetened and snack-type foods such as chips, cookies, processed meats and other sweetened beverages!

Food Hacks: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

  •  If you think healthy food costs more, don’t forget the other “costs” of food–extra calorie costs and nutrient-loss costs with refined foods that have been striped of their nutrients. All of these add up to long-term health costs!
  • Fresh, whole produce in its natural state can actually be a bargain with cost per edible serving at less than 50 cents. When you shop the produce section, aim for three colors in your cart. The Produce Marketing Association and USDA both found that, on average, the daily recommended amount of 5-servings of fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canned, and dried items, can be purchased for $2.00 to $2.50.
  • Cut and freeze vegetables that are about to spoil to use and make a pot of vegetable soup at the end of the week.
  • Fresh protein sources, such as chicken breast and ground beef, are likely the most expensive food group. Think “beans” for dinner. Beans are an inexpensive source of protein that can be the base of dinner or help stretch meat meals. A can of beans can cost as little as 60 cents.

Sample Thrifty Grocery List:

FRUITS & VEGES: Bananas, apples, peppers, cabbage, broccoli head, whole carrots, potatoes, store-brand frozen vegetables

GRAINS: Bulk brown rice, bulk old-fashioned oats

PROTEIN: Dried beans, peas, lentils, eggs, whole turkey, frozen chicken tenders, peanut butter       ​

Now that you have a stockpile of healthy foods, loosely plan out your meals for the week with a lean protein source, massive amounts of produce, intact whole grain and tasty sauce.


Nominate a Nurse for a Nursing Excellence Award

It’s that time of year again! Nominate a nurse for the Good Samaritan Medical Center Nursing Excellence Awards from one of the following categories:

  • Community Nursing
  • Expert Nurse in Patient Care
  • New Graduate
  • Nurse Educator and Mentor
  • Nurse Leader

 You have two ways to nominate:

 Nominate Online:

 Click here for the secure, online nomination.

 Hard Copy Nomination:

 Fill out a hard copy Nursing Excellence Nomination form and return it to your manager no later than Friday, March 24, 2017.

Note to managers: please pass all completed applications to Kristy Murphy, Clinical Manager for IMCU & ICU.

 Nursing Excellence Awards Nomination deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017.

 If you have any questions or comments, please call 303-689-6913.


Bone Marrow Registry Drive: Thank You For Answering the Call!

Thank you to all the Good Samaritans that answered the call!

Nearly 100 people turned out for the Be The Match bone marrow registry drive, which was held on Monday, March 6. On behalf of Don Schmid of Erie (who had the idea for the drive), Good Samaritan Medical Center oncology nurses who put it together and Bonfils Blood Center, we thank you!

To learn more about bone marrow donation and how to join the registry, please visit:

3 Healthy Eating Tips With Huge Positive Impacts

We are all faced with a variety of “fad” diets and “lose weight now!” commercials on a daily basis, but what if there were a few tried-and-true actions that you could do right now that would make a big difference? Stacy Beeson, Registered Dietitian, shares three easy, fail-safe tips that you can start doing now for lasting health impacts.

  1. Add a fruit or vegetable serving to your day. You pick the meal–berries or banana at breakfast, snap peas or baby carrots at lunch, or a side of stir-fry vegetables or cabbage salad kit at dinner. Fruits and vegetables are the only food group sporting a variety of colors–these represent plant chemicals that help decrease inflammation. Shoot for one more serving in your day!
  2. Aim to eat the majority of your food before the evening. You’ve heard it before–always start your day with breakfast! Even a one food item, like Greek yogurt, will make for a great start. Have a mid-morning snack if you feel hunger come on, and make time for lunch. Eat a small two food group snack (i.e., grapes + 2 tablespoons nuts) and plan on enjoying a lighter dinner. Aim to fill your tank 60% full before your dinner meal.
  3. Practice mindfulness at each eating session. Even if you eat at your computer, take in your meal, the colors, the smells and tastes. Use the graphic pictured on right as a reminder. The more senses you involve with your meals and snacks, the more satiated, or fully satisfied, you will feel.

March is Nutrition Month–Take the Challenge and You Could Win!

March is National Nutrition Month and the registered dietitians of Good Samaritan will promote healthy eating and hydration for the entire month. Look for these activities in March.

  1. Each THURSDAY, dietitians will provide gluten-free samplings in the café from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (for those with gluten intolerance or those that want try a creative recipe). Stop by, chat and sign up for the hydration challenge
  2. Hydration Challenge -Dietitians will offer a hydration challenge to promote fluid increase. Download this form or stop by the booth to participate. All players receive a nice prize
  3. Wellness Wednesday – grab a Wellness Wednesday punch card from the café cashier and earn a healthy meal after 5 punches


For National Nutrition month, our dietitians would like to challenge you to stay hydrated!

This month, track your fluid intake each week using this form. At the end of March, send your completed form to Stacy Beeson for a prize. Entries submitted the entire month are entered in a drawing for a grand prize!

The National Academy of Science recommends males drink 13 cups of fluid and females drink 9 cups of fluid a day to stay properly hydrated. Water is not the only fluid that will keep you hydrated–milk, juice and even coffee can also provide you with the valuable fluids you need.

Why is it important to stay hydrated?

  • Adequate hydration replaces and maintains the fluid our bodies need to function properly.
  • Mild dehydration can impair your ability to concentrate, impair short-term memory, cause fatigue and decrease cardiac output.
  • Water helps cushion joints, keeps muscles working properly and preserves skin elasticity.
  • During warm spring weather, it is important to increase your fluid intake – regardless of activity level.

Tips to Stay Hydrated

  • Add flavor to your drink, people tend to drink more with flavor.
  • Choose beverages that fit your lifestyle and choose a low calorie option.
  • Keep a full cup of your favorite beverage at your desk or in your car.

Congrats! GSMC AGAIN Among America’s Best Hospitals

In an article published last week by the Denver Business Journal, HealthGrades announced their annual list of the top hospitals in the nation.

Good Samaritan Medical Center was once again recognized as one of best hospitals in Colorado, ranking among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the fifth year running. The annual distinction recognizes hospitals that “not only deliver superior care across multiple clinical areas, but also do so year after year.”

Our SCL Health sister hospitals in the Front Range, Saint Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center, were also named among America’s 50 Best Hospitals and 100 Best Hospitals, respectively.

This exemplary achievement is thanks to our culture of putting the patient at the center of all that we do, and is a result of the dedication, compassion and expertise of all our associates. 

Read the full article in the Denver Business Journal.


A Simple Cheek Swab Could Save a Life

On Monday, March 6, Good Samaritan Medical Center will host a “Be The Match” bone marrow registry drive to help make our patient’s dream come true.

Don Schmid, a local man from Erie, was a strong, active guy. He enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and was also a member of the Mending Faces team, which travels to the Philippines once a year to repair cleft lips and palates of children who would otherwise never have the opportunity to have the surgery.

A lover of the outdoors, he often spent time at the cabin he and his wife of 41 years built with their own hands. His grandchildren think of him as “silly Papa,” who talks like Donald Duck, makes silly face and laughs big belly laughs. And of course, he loves the Broncos and never missed watching a game with his daughters and grandchildren.

Then, last summer, he didn’t feel right. He ended up in the hospital with a bad foot infection after a camping trip. His blood work came back with areas of concern, which were attributed to the infection. His blood work, however, continued to be abnormal and, following a bone-marrow biopsy, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in September 2016.

He made good progress with induction chemotherapy and was lucky to achieve remission and endured two additional rounds of consolidation chemotherapy while preparing for a stem cell transplant. He was lucky to find a match on the Be The Match Registry but, unfortunately, a lung complication and a relapse of his leukemia prevented him from receiving his transplant.

All along this journey, he simply wished for others to be able to find a match. He often pestered his nurses about having a drive at the hospital. Even if he wasn’t able to get his transplant, he was always concerned about making sure everyone who needed one could find a match.

The oncology nurses, our very own Good Samaritans, decided to make this patient’s dream come true by hosting a Be The Match drive on Monday, March 6 in his honor. It only takes a cheek swab to register. Most registered donors are never called but you could be the hero that helps to save a life.

Don is currently an inpatient at Good Samaritan Medical Center and is still fighting his battle. He is looking forward to participating in the drive in any way he can.

About the Be The Match Drive:
When: Monday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Good Samaritan Medical Center
Who: People between 18 and 44 years old*
*Age guidelines are meant to protect the safety of the donor and provide the best possible outcome for the patient.

Front Range Care Sites Named Among Top Hospitals in the Country

Three Front Range care sites — Saint Joseph Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center — were named among Healthgrades’ top 100 hospitals in the country last week. All three care sites were named to the top 100 list last year, and this year Saint Joseph Hospital moved into the top 50 hospitals in the country.

The top 100 list represents the top two percent of hospitals in the country and the top 50 represents the top one percent. Saint Joseph Hospital had been on the top 100 list for the past three years before being named to the top 50. Read the full coverage of the awards in the Denver Business Journal.

Congratulations to all three care sites!


Van Gogh Art Contest…Winners!

Good Samaritan Medical Center is full of amazingly talented individuals, but who knew we also have so much artistic talent as well? On February 14, the Van Gogh Art Contest featured approx. 30 pieces of artwork submitted by 13 of our very own associates. The artwork on display ranged from painted masterpieces and photography to handmade crafts and quilts.

Throughout the day, over 160 individuals toured the artwork and voted for their favorite pieces from four different winning categories: Best in Show, Runner Up, Most Creative and Best Use of Materials.

The winners of this year’s art contest were:

Best in Show: LaCinda Saxen, handmade quilt made from recycled wool.

  • From the artist: “Bittersweet Briar is the name of this pattern designed by Kim Diehl from her Simple Graces book. This quilted wall hanging is made of cotton, purchased and recycled wool clothing from thrift stores. It was machine pieced by hand and machine appliqued. The quilting part, which puts all the layers together, was done on a long arm with computerized and free-hand stitching designs.”

Runner Up: Shana Bollinger, “Man’s Best Friend” photograph

  • From the artist: Please stay tuned…



Most Creative: Robert Ratliff, “Rat Rod”

  • From the artist: “A good friend of mine’s Dad had built something similar for his grandson years ago and I always wanted to build one but, with no kids (or reason) of my own, it didn’t happen. The opportunity to build this came along this summer when another friend and I were talking about going to the GOOD GUYS hot rod car show. Since we were going to take his four-year-old son with us, I knew he couldn’t walk the entire 600+ vehicle car show and I wanted to have something better than the typical wagon/stroller and let myself go to town on this.”


Best Use of Materials: Rachel Hamasaki, “Ikebana” Japanese flower arrangement

  • From the artist: “I lived in Japan for ten years and, during this time, absolutely fell in love with Japanese art. Now, one of my favorite ways to relax is to design and arrange flowers in the traditional ikebana method, which appreciates things in nature that are often overlooked due to our busy lives.”

Thank you to all who participated and to those who stopped by to vote!