Chairman's Message

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A Message from George M. Kerlakian, M.D., F.A.C.S
Chairman - Department of Surgery


The Department of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital has a long-acclaimed tradition of providing exceptional patient care, medical education, and research opportunities to benefit both the community at large and physicians in training. Multiple leaders in the field of surgery have been involved in the enormously rich historical growth and development of our department, including George C. Blackman, Roberts Bartholow, Phineas S. Connor, Frank H. Mayfield, John J. Cranley, William P. Mulvaney, and Richard E. Welling to name a few.

With a commitment to providing the most technologically advanced medical and surgical care available, Good Samaritan Hospital recently completed construction on a new ten-story, 175,000 square-foot tower, adding nearly seven acres of clinical space to the medical complex. Two new cutting-edge and state-of-the-art cardiothoracic daVinci-equipped surgery suites, a new post-anesthesia care unit, and a new pre-operative wing consolidated all major surgical services to one floor with access to 23 major operating rooms. The new tower also added four new outpatient surgery suites, a new medical-surgical intensive care unit, a new hemodialysis unit, expanded services for rehabilitation, orthopedics, and obstetrics and gynecology, a new conference center, and an entire floor completely dedicated to graduate medical education. Along with the new construction, major renovations were completed to improve services throughout the hospital, including modernization and expansion of the emergency department and the E. Kenneth Hatton MD Institute for Research and Education.

Recognizing that the discipline of general surgery is changing, we have recently adopted the zero and five vascular surgery residency training program, accredited by the ACGME, and created an independent section of vascular surgery. We are also in the process of recruiting additional bariatric, minimally invasive, and colorectal surgeons, as well as surgical oncologists. The goal is to develop integrated clinical programs and centers of excellence that spread across departments and maintain the tradition of quality and safety at Good Samaritan Hospital. As the "business of surgery" changes, we are also pursuing different arrangements with independent groups of surgeons that allow better alignment of incentives.

It is an extremely exciting time for our department as we continue to experience sustained growth in an era of rapidly evolving and highly technological improvements in surgery. Currently utilizing 6 daVinci robotic surgical systems, Good Samaritan Hospital serves as one of a handful of national training centers for the advancement of surgical robotics. The Department of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital remains committed to providing advancements that will benefit both the patients of today and tomorrow through research in surgery and medicine, and to maintaining a rigorous program of medical education and research for physicians in training.

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