January/February 2007

Good Samaritan Helps Employees Recover from Ice Storm

Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb., created Caring Connection, a virtual bulletin board, on its intranet to help employees affected by devastating December ice storms that knocked out power to many communities for weeks. Employees used Caring Connection to post and locate resources that could help staff members whose homes were without power for an extended period or who needed help with storm clean up. Good Samaritan also negotiated discounted rates at local hotels for employees who could not stay in their homes, and made some essential services, such as kitchen facilities, laundry facilities and hot showers, available to employees and their families.