Good Samaritan grew out of an idea of the Rev. Brent Norris, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, over 15 years ago. It quickly grew to involve numerous churches and then a dream became a reality when the Clinic began seeing patients on January 27, 2004.

Through continued support of our wonderful community and devoted medical professionals, the Clinic continues to be a safety net for hundreds of low-income, uninsured residents of Cullman County. Without Good Samaritan, many of our patients would have delayed or even forgone medical treatment at a great cost to themselves, their families, and the healthcare system.

January 2002

The idea for a free medical clinic originates within Grace Episcopal Church and gains the interest and involvement of eleven other churches. Over the course of the next several months, the Clinic acquires by donation almost all the equipment, furnishings, medications and supplies needed to begin seeing patients.

January 2004

Good Samaritan begins seeing patients in a three-hour, one evening a week medical clinic with volunteer physicians, nurses, many non-medical volunteers, one full-time (Executive Director) and two part-time (receptionist and R.N.) employees. Initially, clinic provides only acute care medical services.

May 2004

Hearing Services are added to the Clinic - A retired certified audiologist begins providing hearing tests free of charge to our patients one day a month.

May 2005

Referrals for Eye Services are added to the Clinic - A practicing ophthalmologist begins seeing our patients examining for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.

August 2006

A twice per month dental clinic begins with 12 volunteer dentists and oral surgeons. Dental exams and x-rays are done in the Clinic and patients are referred to participating dental offices for extractions. Part-time Nurse Practitioner is hired to work three days a week establishing three medical clinic days per week.

August 2009

A fourth medical clinic day is added establishing a four day a week Medical Clinic, and Nurse Practitioner goes full-time to meet the increasing needs of our patients.


The clinic continues to be a safety net for hundreds of low-income, uninsured residents of Cullman County. Good Samaritan operates as a primary care clinic seeing patients five days a week. We also provide dental extractions as well as hearing and eye care services for high risk individuals. July 2018, Clinic added Social Services volunteer. We also offer community health screenings. The Clinic employs 8 staff and is managed by a 12-member Board of Directors.