Good Samaritan Hospital has named Rachel Spalding as its new nursing officer.
She replaces Karen Haak, who stepped down last fall.
Spalding had served as an executive director with Ascension's St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.
She said she was drawn to nursing when her grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer while Spalding was studying for a bachelor's degree in biology at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.
“Through her experiences, it sparked an interest in nursing and from that point I knew I wanted to advocate and ensure that others were cared for in a compassionate manner receiving the best quality care,” Spalding said.
She switched her major to nursing, received her degree and then a master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana and ultimately a doctoral degree from Capella University
Spalding’s focus on the delivery of quality care and the importance of teamwork made the decision to hire her an easy one for Good Samaritan’s senior leadership.
“After an extensive search and interview process, I felt Rachel provided the perfect mix of energy and experience to be a great CNO at Good Samaritan,” said Rob McLin, president and CEO. “Because of her extensive background in nursing leadership at a different and larger organization, Rachel offers us an outsider’s perspective on patient care.
“She also comes from a small community and understands the importance of rural health care and treating every patient like family.”
McLin noted Spalding has a great understanding of Good Samaritan’s PRIDE values, excellent communication skills and has an engaging personality.
For her part, Spalding saw an opportunity at Good Samaritan worth taking.
“Good Samaritan has had an unbelievable record of delivering high quality care, innovation and services to the region,” she said. “Their focus on patient safety and quality, investing in their team members, community commitment, and the future growth of the organization is impressive.”
She's been busy getting to know the Good Samaritan team at Good Samaritan, listening to them and learning what is most important in helping accomplish everyone’s goals.
“In my first year … my main goal is to ensure that we are delivering world-class, quality care and meeting the strategic goals of the organization,” Spalding said
She and her husband, Brian, reside in Evansville.Their daughter, Mya will graduate from Indiana University in May. In her free time, Spalding enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.