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EGSMC Turns 5

January 14, 2010
Exempla Good Samaritan turns 5 EGSMC celebrates with a red-carpet event By Kimberli Turner Colorado Hometown Newspapers Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center opened its doors five years ago to serve Lafayette and surrounding communities. A red-carpet event took place Tuesday, Dec. 1, to wish the center happy birthday and honor the staff — 450 strong — who have been there since the beginning. A photo exhibit was unveiled with Good Samaritan’s history along with photos and information about the center’s firsts — first baby born, first patient and first surgery. “It’s a milestone day, thinking about all the things we’ve been able to do, and for all the patients we’ve been able to care for,” said EGSMC CEO and President Dave Hamm. Since Dec. 1, 2004, the center has admitted more than 54,500 people and treated more than 402,900 outpatients. Hospital administrator Beth Forsyth was a part of the original design team and said she has enjoyed watching the center expand in the last five years. “It’s been a lifetime experience for many of us that we’ve been here since the beginning, with the ability to put our handprints for what our hospital looks like for our patients and families in the community,” she said. The hospital has undergone two expansions, — in 2006 and 2007 — and 64 beds have been added, bringing the number to 234, according to EGSMC Marketing Director Sharon Burnette. Staff has grown from 900 to 1,400, and now employs 1,000 doctors. Forsyth said she looks forward to expanding the medical center’s key service lines, including cardiology and orthopedics. Spokesperson Mary Jackson said EGSMC is proud to be part of the community and have felt residents’ embrace the center. “We have given back through economic development and by being a good neighbor and fulfilling our mission through health and healing,” Jackson said. Exempla Healthcare is proud of its charity giving — centers around Colorado provided nearly $91 million in charity care and other health benefits in 2007, according to the community benefit report. EGSMC also offers various community services including “Baby’s First Ride” — every family with a newborn is provided with a child safety seat inspection before they leave from a certified passenger safety technician. Nearly 10,000 babies have been born at EGSMC in the past five years, and Brahm’s “Lullaby” can be heard throughout the hospital each time a baby is born. EGSMC also partners with Delta Society Pet Partners — trained volunteers with pets who visit the hospital’s patients. The medical center provides free health fairs, screenings, flu shots and outreach around the community. The campus spans 77 acres and consists of three main buildings — the hospital, the Kaiser Permanente facility and the Community Physicians Pavilion. Hamm said he has seen growth among hospital staff who have become increasingly comfortable with more complicated situations and patients. “It’s been a wonderful opportunity,” he said. “I feel very blessed to be a part of this.”