2004 to 2016 MEETING THE HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF CULLMAN COUNTY’S UNINSURED
Good Samaritan grew out of an idea of the Rev. Brent Norris, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, over 12 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.
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.
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.
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.
Referrals for Eye Services are added to the Clinic - A practicing ophthalmologist begins seeing our patients examining for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.
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.
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.
Good Samaritan operates as a primary care clinic seeing patients five days a week and one evening a month in our Medical Clinic. We also provide dental services as well as hearing and eye care services for high risk individuals. The Clinic employs 8 staff and is managed by a 14 member Board of Directors.