Unfortunately, healthcare providers are experiencing an increasing number of concerns related to verification of accurate patient identity. These concerns include appropriate care and treatment based on accurate and complete medical information and identity theft.

As a result of this, Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill is now requiring patients to present identification at the time of registration.

“Because identification processes need to be consistent for all patients, this initiative is important for the people we serve,” said Wendy Atkinson, director of medical information management at Good Samaritan Health Center. “Across the nation, hospitals are implementing a variety of patient safety initiatives and while Good Samaritan has not had any problems in this area, we are doing this proactively to keep patients and their protected information safe.

The following documents may be produced by the patient for identification purposes:

  • Driver’s license and/or other governmental identification
  • Student ID card
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport
  • Other photo ID

“If a patient comes to the hospital requesting emergency medical care, an appropriate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment will not be denied or delayed in order to verify patient identity,” added Atkinson.

A member of the Ministry Health Care System, Good Samaritan Health Center was founded in 1923 by the Holy Cross Sisters. It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as respite, emergency, and walk-in clinic services.


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