The Good Samaritan Health System is preparing to open the new Good Samaritan Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine in May. As part of the preparations, Good Samaritan has appointed the medical and operational leaders for the center. Benson Harvey, Jr., M.D., will serve as medical director and John Stover will serve as program director. The state-of-the-art outpatient center will offer advanced technologies and proven clinical protocols in the treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds. The center will be located at 840 Tuck Street in Lebanon.
Dr. Harvey brings a wealth of medical experience to the center. He has served the Lebanon County region as a surgeon in private practice since 1985. He also has served as the vascular services medical director for The Good Samaritan Hospital during the same time frame. Prior to that, he had been in private practice in Ohio and Maine. A graduate of the Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tenn., he earned a board certification from the American Board of Surgery. In addition to his medical duties, he has taught the next generation of surgeons as a professor and has published research in several medical journals. In his new role, Dr. Harvey will supervise all patient care at the center.
John Stover will manage the center’s operations. For almost 30 years, he has managed a variety of healthcare facilities. Most recently, he was the center manager for Jefferson Imaging in Langhorne, Pa. Stover earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Shippensburg University and is a registered respiratory therapist.
Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds—a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.
For 119 years, the Good Samaritan Health System (www.gshleb.org) has served the health care needs of Lebanon County. The Good Samaritan Hospital is a modern, fully-equipped, fully-accredited 172-bed acute care facility that offers complete inpatient and outpatient care, as well as an inpatient rehabilitation program. The health system also provides services at many other sites located throughout Lebanon County.