The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (TELGSS) strives to be a good neighbor to all, particularly to the elderly people in need of housing and health care. The not-for-profit organization owns or leases some 240 senior living facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and affordable housing projects for seniors. Through its facilities, it also provides home health care services, outpatient rehabilitation, adult day care, and a variety of other services, such as specialized units for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. TELGSS, which operates in about two dozen US states, opened its first Good Samaritan center in 1923 as a home for disabled children.
Outside its home state of South Dakota, TELGSS serves more than 27,000 clients across its 240 locations nationwide. It operates in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.
TELGSS embraces the digital age by offering home telehealth services, which is the remote delivery of health care between a patient and his or her physician. Telehealth aims to reduce health care costs by eliminating the need to import expensive specialists to remote areas, allowing patients to more actively participate in their health care, and letting doctors to more accurately track patient medication compliance.
The health care society is also using a technology called WellAWARE through a partnership with Philips Lifeline and Honeywell HomMed. It uses sensor monitoring to keep tabs on the subscriber's daily routine. If there are blips in that routine (for example the patient does not get out of bed) a clinician can intervene more quickly. The system is made of small wireless sensors that use infrared light beams to detect motion; major declines in a subscriber's activity level or a fall can also trigger the detectors to call 911.
TELGSS has expanded its operations in recent years, boosting its number of locations by nearly 10. The health services provider opened a new campus in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, with 30 rehabilitation and skilled care beds, 24 assisted living units, and 42 senior living apartments and cottages. In Hastings, Nebraska, it also added a pair of housing locations, including a 40-unit tax credit project, and a tax renovation of a 51-unit facility in Omaha. It's extending its reach in South Dakota, as well, by breaking ground on a new Good Samaritan Society in St. Martin Village near Rapid City, South Dakota.
The society's revenue has risen steadily for the past five years. Revenue increased 4% in 2011 vs. 2010, thanks to a hefty 81% from its rehabilitation/skilled care business. Net income, on the other hand, decreased by 55% during the same reporting period. – less