Good Samaritan Society to speak at AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit

May 22, 2023

Tess Hedrick
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society will share how it has identified and implemented opportunities with parent company Sanford Health to develop new care delivery models that increase access to services and reduce disruptions for residents at the 2023 AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in Grapevine, Texas May 22-24.

For long term care and post-acute care providers, the Quality Summit provides programming designed for quality practitioners at all levels and includes such topics as Baldrige criteria, workforce retention, diversity, equity and inclusion, quality improvement, survey/regulatory and more.

The Quality Summit features sessions led by industry experts, including Heather Herlyn, MS, RN, CPHQ, director of quality and safety for the Good Samaritan Society. Titled ‘A Catalyst for Innovation is in Your Backyard,’ Herlyn’s session will provide insights into how the Good Samaritan Society, together with Sanford Health, has harnessed opportunities to unlock greater innovation and enhance quality care.

“The needs of seniors are comprehensive and evolving, so finding innovative ways to deliver care and sharpen your facility’s performance is a key to providing the best possible experience and outcomes for residents and staff,” said Herlyn. “Attendees will take away new ideas on how to work with hospital partners to improve the patient and resident experience, and get an insider’s look at how acute-care programs can be applied in post-acute care settings.”

Since joining forces in 2019, Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan Society have unlocked innovations to improve seniors’ access to care, enhance quality care, and engaged clinical teams in new ways. In 2021, Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village opened a home hemodialysis den, making it possible for residents to receive dialysis services without leaving home. It is the only skilled nursing-based home hemodialysis den in South Dakota.

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About the Good Samaritan Society
The Good Samaritan Society is one of the largest not-for-profit providers for senior care and services in the United States with more than 200 locations in 21 states. Its services include senior living, long-term care, rehabilitation therapy, home-based services and more. For 100 years, the organization has been dedicated to sharing God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Society at 

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.