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Good Samaritan Society - Woodland

100 Buffalo Hills Ln. E., Brainerd, MN 56401

Based on 14 reviews

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Services and Housing Options

Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Home, Adult Day Care, Respite, Respite, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation

Estimated Pricing

Estimated $3,575
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Good Samaritan Society - Woodland Description

The Good Samaritan Society is devoted to offering an unparalleled level of excellence in service, compassionate care and a wide selection of amenities - all designed with our residents' well-being at heart. Our goal? To ensure that each resident can lead a worry-free life full of fulfillment tailored specifically for them! Our idyllic, park-like surroundings provide you with the autonomy desired as well as the safety required. Nestled among the tranquil Brainerd Lakes of north-central Minnesota, our community offers a peaceful refuge. Experience the joy of accessible walking paths and a plethora of year-round wellness, cultural, and entertainment activities!

Price Comparison

  • Estimated Facility Price: $3,575
  • Average City Price: $3,169
  • Average State Price: $3,169
  • Average National Price: $3,394
  • Ranking

  • Ranking in City: 4 out of 10 communities in Brainerd
  • Ranking in State: 517 out of 648 communities in MN
  • Parent Organization

    Good Samaritan Society - Woodland is a member of a larger group of communities called Good Samaritan Society

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    The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland provides a range of amenities for its residents and visitors, including a chapel for spiritual nourishment, community rooms to foster camaraderie, a dining room with guest housing available, a library full of books and magazines, a salon for hair styling services, walking trails to get some fresh air and exercise, a wellness center with fitness equipment and classes as well as a whirlpool.

    Good Samaritan Society - Woodland offers a wide range of services for seniors. It provides adult day services, respite care, senior living, assisted living, independent living and rehabilitation therapy. The rehabilitation therapy includes inpatient and outpatient rehab as well as long-term care. All of these services are designed to help seniors maintain their independence while providing quality care in a safe environment.


    outpatient therapy

    restorative care

    medication management

    social services

    24-hour nursing care

    long-term care


    medicare certified

    rehabilitation services

    individualized care plans

    nursing supervision

    home health care

    physical, occupational and speech therapy

    in-house therapy

    pharmacy services

    licensed nursing staff

    safety checks


    24-hour skilled nursing care


    rehabilitation therapy

    short-term rehabilitation


    outpatient rehabilitation


    respite care services

    therapy services

    post-acute care


    wellness programming

    daily activities

    daily recreational activities

    therapeutic recreation


    social activities



    restaurant-style dining


    transportation provided

    short-term stay

    move-in coordination

    scheduled transportation to appointments

    personal assistance

    home maintenance

    adult day services

    weekly housekeeping

    24-hour supervision

    garbage removal

    maintenance of building and grounds

    supportive services

    weekly laundry

    respite stays

    regularly scheduled transportation

    snow removal

    laundry and housekeeping


    paid utilities

    emergency response systems

    library and computer room

    complimentary laundry rooms


    sitting room

    common areas

    wireless internet access

    dining room

    personal emergency response system

    living room

    outdoor garden

    ample closet space



    garden areas

    beauty/barber shop


    bathroom with walk-in shower

    community garden

    walking paths


    pet-friendly environment

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    Employee Reviews for Good Samaritan Society in Brainerd, Minnesota

    2.39 out of 5 stars. Based on 18 reviews

    Employees of Good Samaritan Society in the Brainerd, MN area have mixed reviews of their experience. Many employees appreciate the 8 hour shifts and the hardworking and dedicated colleagues. However, there are some major cons that employees have voiced. These include unorganized management and understaffing, resulting in overtime and burnout. Employees also mentioned that there are no raises, not even yearly cost of living raises, and that they are constantly overworked. Additionally, employees have experienced disrespect from nurses and aides, and impossible deadlines for apartment turnovers from upper management. Employees are expected to clean the apartment ceilings, walls, floors, counters, toilet, sinks, shower, light switches, oven, fridge, outlets, baseboards, doors, door frames, under stove and fridge, closets and cupboards including all shelves and inside and out, and they must climb the counters to clean the tops of cupboards, all in less than 6 hours and at their normal pay rate. Furthermore, employees in the care center have to clean up to 40 rooms per day in the same 7 hour shift. Despite the fact that Good Samaritan Society is a non-profit, employees feel that this is not enough of an excuse for why they cannot pay more or improve working conditions.

    Employee Reviews for Good Samaritan Society

    3.16 out of 5 stars. Based on 974 reviews

    The Good Samaritan Society has generally positive reviews from employees. They appreciate the flexible schedule, willing to listen to employees, good benefits, and supportive system from the National Campus. Employees also enjoy the mission and culture of compassion. However, there are some cons such as pay being negligible compared to other companies, no official PTO, short staffing, long hours, poor management, and lack of corporate support. Employees suggest that the company should update their EMR, provide more team management, higher pay for nurses and CNAs, and provide more training and corporate support.

    Information from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Nursing Home Ratings

    Overall rating: 4
    Health inspection rating: 4
    Staffing rating: 4
    Overall quality rating: 2
    Long-term quality rating: 2
    Short-term quality rating: 2

    Nursing Home Overview

    Participation date: 1987-07-01
    Ownership type: Non Profit
    Provider type: Medicare and Medicaid
    Nursing home capacity: 40
    Total current residents: 35
    Facility is located in a hospital: No
    Automatic sprinkler system: Yes
    Resident and family council: Both

    Facility Incident, Complaints and Fines

    Number of facility incidents: 0
    Number of substantiated complaints: 0
    Number of payment denials: 0
    Number of fines: 0
    Total cost of fines: $0

    Overall Ratings

    The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland is a nursing home that prides itself on high standards, as evidenced by its 4-star overall rating, the second highest possible. This specific rating grants it a place in the top 30% of facilities in terms of overall ratings, exceeding the state average. Alongside its overall rating, this nursing home also boasts a 4-star health inspection rating, the second-highest possible, which also places it within the upper 30% of facilities in the national rankings, surpassing the state average as well. However, in terms of the quality rating, the Good Samaritan Society - Woodland has earned a 2-star rating, the second lowest possible. This score situates it in the bottom 20% of facilities and it's lower than the state average.

    Staff Ratings

    Good Samaritan Society - Woodland is a highly recognized nursing home with a 4-star staff rating, representing the second highest possible level. Despite such high-rated staff, it falls into the bottom 30% of facilities with nursing aid staffing hours averaging 1.79 per resident per day, notably less than the state's average of 2.35 hours. With regards to LPN staffing hours, despite being in the lower half of facilities, it manages to log 0.81 hours, surpassing the state's average of 0.67 hours. The nursing home is counted among the top 30% of facilities in terms of both RN and licensed staffing hours. Even though its RN staffing hours of 0.82 are less than the state average of 1.03, and the licensed staffing hours of 1.63 are slightly less than the state average of 1.7, landing in the top 30% demonstrates its efforts in these areas. However, in terms of physical therapist staffing hours, the nursing home's performance falls in the bottom 40% with 0.04 hours per resident per day, half of the state's average of 0.08 hours.

    Covid Data

    The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland is a commendable nursing home, ranking in the top 40% of facilities in terms of keeping its residents and staff up to date with the latest vaccinations. Its commitment to resident health is demonstrated by a vaccination rate of 75.0%, which surpasses the state average of 73.0%. This positions the home slightly above the median in the state. Despite being at the forefront in resident vaccinations, it is noted that the staff vaccination rate is slightly lower than the state average, sitting at 22.2% compared to the state's 25.2%. Nonetheless, this still places the facility in the top 40% in terms of staff vaccinations. The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland continues to prioritize the health of its community through regular vaccinations.

    Quality Measures

    The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland, despite its 2-star quality measure rating, maintains a high standing in several aspects of its healthcare provisions. With 11.4% of its residents administered antipsychotic medication, it ranks in the top half of facilities statewide, a figure considerably less than the state average of 16.68%. The nursing home also excels in vaccination efforts, boasting a 100.0% flu vaccine coverage, much higher than the state average of 94.71%, ranking it among the top 20% of facilities. Moreover, it leads the way in bladder care, with no recorded instances of residents having a catheter inserted and left in, significantly better than the statewide percentage of 2.84%. This record of care extends to its handling of major injury falls, recording no such incidents and placing it in the top 10% of facilities. However, 17.65% of their residents' ability to move independently has worsened, placing the home in the state’s bottom 40% for this category, compared to the state average of 16.01%.

    Emergency and Hospitalization Quality Measures

    The Good Samaritan Society - Woodland is a nursing home that falls within the bottom 20% of facilities when it comes to the percentage of short-stay residents who had outpatient emergency department visits. Their recorded percentage is 17.94, which is higher than the state average of 13.68. However, this contrasts with their standing when it comes to the percentage of short-stay residents who were rehospitalized after a nursing home admission. In this category, they fall in the top 40% of facilities, with a rate of 20.64, which is slightly higher than the state's rate of 20.48. Therefore, while the facility may have higher emergency department visit rates, they manage to keep their rehospitalization rates competitive.

    Healthcare Nearby


    Essentia Health St Joseph's Medical Center
    2.1 miles away
    Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
    16.3 miles away
    Camp Ripley Training Medical Center (TMC)
    17.7 miles away


    2.0 miles away
    Lakes Area Pharmacies
    19.0 miles away


    Nisswa Smiles
    13.7 miles away

    Essentials Nearby

    None Found

    None Found


    Crow Wing Food Co-op
    2.0 miles away
    Walmart Supercenter
    2.0 miles away
    Super One Foods
    2.1 miles away
    2.2 miles away
    Cub Foods
    2.5 miles away


    Wells Fargo
    1.9 miles away
    Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
    2.2 miles away
    Frandsen Bank & Trust
    2.4 miles away
    Black Ridge Bank
    13.7 miles away
    Lakes State Bank
    19.4 miles away

    Things to do in the Area

    None Found


    Buffalo Hills Park
    0.1 miles away
    Bane Park
    0.7 miles away
    Kiwanis Park
    0.9 miles away
    Gustafson Park
    1.5 miles away
    Jaycees Park
    1.7 miles away

    None Found

    None Found


    Mickey's Subs
    1.7 miles away
    1.8 miles away
    Pizza Hut
    1.9 miles away
    Sawmill Inn
    2.0 miles away
    The Barn
    2.0 miles away


  • High Temperature: 72°F
  • Low Temperature: 12°F
  • Average Temperature: 43.6°F
  • Day Breakdown: 106 days of rain, 82 days of snow and 175 days of sun
  • Precipitation: 1.4 inches a year
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    General Staff Rating
    Based on 6 total reviews from across the web
    Care Staff Rating
    Based on 6 total reviews from across the web
    Activities and Services Rating
    Based on 2 total reviews from across the web
    Vanessa Peterson

    1.0 rating

    The staff is very disrespectful and only care about the money. I'll go higher up if I need to and have new staff put in, because the staff now is losing the place money and respect for the employees and higher class.

    Kane Grams

    1.0 rating

    Horrible and they lie! My grandma is there but I can never find a nurse when I need one..... My grandpa was there a year ago before he passed away and I could always find someone. The activities are boring and none of the activity assistances are helpful or nice. I've heard them yell at residents! And what happened to that girl that was like a teen around 17 or 18 that helped with nursing and activities? You need her back. You lost someone who made your company look good. But seriously,start finding workers who can work and help out instead of never having people you can find. Also get employees who don't yell at their residents. We switched to a different company and its 100× better.


    1.0 rating

    Travis Weber

    5.0 rating

    Woodland is a beautiful, well cared for facility that strives to provide the best environment and care for their residents.

    Zeb Luon

    1.0 rating

    King 11 (J-Rock)

    1.0 rating

    Underpaid and overworked workers leads to many things not being done while nurses and upper management will point the finger. Don’t put anyone you care about here. All they do is care about making a profit at the expense of workers and residents alike

    Phill Stephan

    5.0 rating

    I've been here 3 years! It's been fun! Residents are awesome!

    Holly Downing

    5.0 rating

    deb johnson

    5.0 rating

    have been here for 27 plus years

    diann nelson

    5.0 rating

    been here for 34 years it is great rate, seen and heard lots of story rate 5 stars

    Corey Eckel

    5.0 rating

    Great place to work! Great staff! Very caring! Great residents.

    Gail Wolfe

    5.0 rating

    The excellent staff at GS Woodlands has provided the best care for my parents. COVID regulations have been difficult for the elderly and they do their best to keep things positive. They pop in to the apartment to chat, bring surprises such as root beer floats, and do tasks several times each day to help counteract this time of isolation and physical distancing. Thank you to all of the staff at Good Samaritan Woodland.

    Tim Collette

    1.0 rating

    Had parent living there. High turnover of staff, both assistants and RNs. Difficult to get feedback from staff. High costs for services and little flexibility. Questionable upkeep for facilities. Had elevator problems for months and when asked about fixing, was told the fix was expensive and would take time. Fire dept had to be called to get people out of stuck elevator at least once. When moved out, they wanted to keep full deposit for light rug stains on linoleum floor.

    Health and Fire Safety Deficiencies

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid report report health and fire safety deficiencies. Some of these deficiencies are more severe than others. The following table shows different levels of severity.

    Severity of Deficiency Isolated Pattern Widespread
    Immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety J K L
    Actual harm that is not immediate jeopardy G H I
    No actual harm with potential for more than minimal harm that is not immediate jeopardy D E F
    No actual harm with potential for minimal harm A B C

    Fire Safety Deficiencies

    Survey Date Correction Date Letter Category Description
    2023-03-14 2023-05-31 F Miscellaneous Deficiencies Have simulated fire drills held at unexpected times.
    2021-05-12 2021-06-09 D Smoke Deficiencies Provide properly protected cooking facilities.
    2021-05-12 2021-06-09 F Smoke Deficiencies Have approved installation, maintenance and testing program for fire alarm systems.
    2021-05-12 2021-06-09 D Smoke Deficiencies Install an approved automatic sprinkler system.
    2021-05-12 2021-05-28 F Smoke Deficiencies Inspect, test, and maintain automatic sprinkler systems.
    2021-05-12 2021-06-06 F Miscellaneous Deficiencies To conduct inspection, testing and maintenance of fire doors by qualified individuals.
    2019-04-25 2019-05-13 E Egress Deficiencies Provide exit doors that are held open by devices that will automatically close on the activation of a fire alarm or smoke detector.
    2019-04-25 2019-06-01 D Smoke Deficiencies Ensure that special areas are constructed so that walls can resist fire for one hour or have an approved fire extinguishing system.
    2019-04-25 2019-07-01 D Smoke Deficiencies Construct fire resistant interior walls.
    2019-04-25 2019-05-20 F Miscellaneous Deficiencies Provide a written emergency evacuation plan.

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