10 years of MultiCare and Good Samaritan: Q&A with Glenn Kasman
In 2006, Good Samaritan Hospital became part of MultiCare Health System. Since then, many changes have occurred at the hospital that benefit the community of Puyallup and East Pierce County.
To find out more, we caught up with Glenn Kasman, President and Market Leader for the East Region. Glenn joined MultiCare in 1998 and formerly served as President of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.
What has MultiCare brought to Good Samaritan and the community of East Pierce County?
The affiliation between MultiCare and Good Samaritan spurred a large-scale expansion of facilities. These include the Dally Patient Care Tower; a new 80,000-square-foot medical office building on the Good Samaritan campus; numerous other medical buildings and clinics; and expanded medical services across East Pierce County.
The Dally Tower was completed in 2011. It's a state-of-the-art structure that includes private patient and emergency department rooms, modern surgical suites, healing and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces and a helistop for transporting trauma patients by helicopter.
The affiliation with MultiCare transformed Good Samaritan from being a community hospital to being a true regional medical center.
How have these changes helped the community?
We've seen improved access to care across the continuum of inpatient and outpatient services; better patient services; and recruitment of talented physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and other care providers.
As the result of all this growth, the affiliation has also created broad economic benefits for the community. Good Samaritan is the largest employer in the region and an important part of the East Pierce economic engine.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital has earned numerous awards since 2006. Would you say these are the result of the affiliation?
A few of the awards can be directly attributed to the affiliation, including:
- The Stage 7 Awards from HIMSS Analytics, which represent the pinnacle of achievement in digital health records.
- The Gold Award for Leadership in Energy and Design (known as LEED), for the Dally Tower. The Tower was the first inpatient hospital in Washington State to receive the award.
- The Vista Award for architecture of the Dally Tower.
Overall, the affiliation has benefited both Good Samaritan and MultiCare, and as an integrated system we are now stronger than ever across the board. The results of the affiliation have exceeded expectations of both parties.One of the great outcomes of the affiliation is that the range of clinical services, programs and facilities at Good Samaritan has been highly enhanced, but at the same time Good Samaritan has remained true to its own legacy as the hospital dedicated to serving the needs of the East Pierce community.