The Good Samaritan Health Clinic relies on support from local people like you to continue meeting the demand for healthcare services in Cullman County. We are fortunate to receive donated products and services from our partners in our community. However, there are many opportunities for individuals to get involved and make a lifechanging difference in someone’s life. Help us continue to advance our mission and help your neighbors in need by making a gift to the Good Samaritan Health Clinic today!
We routinely hear testimonials from our patients that without Good Samaritan, they would have no place to turn for their ongoing healthcare needs.
This claim is substantiated by preliminary findings of a recent survey of our patients. An overwhelming majority (71%) of patients surveyed responded they “would have not gotten treatment” if they had not had Good Samaritan Clinic to come to for their medical needs, while 14% said they “would have waited until I got very sick before getting treatment,” 9% said they “would have gone to the hospital’s emergency room,” and 6% “would have medicated themselves.” And, an overwhelming 100% indicated they would recommend Good Samaritan Clinic to family and friends who do not have health insurance.
While many of our patients are from a working household, they are unable to afford insurance and the high cost of healthcare. In addition, many have chronic medical conditions that require daily medications and frequent office visits. Without the clinic, these patients would not have a continuum of quality healthcare or prescriptions and would be forced to use the emergency room for their care, which is not sustainable for either the hospital or the community.
It is much less costly to provide care in an office visit setting than in a hospital emergency room. According to BCBS, the national average ER visit costs $383 while the national average office visit costs $60.
Many times when an uninsured patient goes to the ER, the hospital ends up writing off their cost of treatment as charity care. So, when the uninsured has the option to come to Good Samaritan Clinic, the hospital is able to provide more efficient and faster care for true emergencies.
With access to quality care through Good Samaritan, the uninsured receive timely medical care before their condition worsens and are able to manage their conditions leading productive, satisfying lives. Their loved ones can also rest assured that they are receiving the best possible care available. In fact, Good Samaritan Health Clinic’s patientcare data is better than both the national and community averages.
In an effort to provide efficient quality care to Cullman County’s uninsured, Good Samaritan fosters collaborations with many in our community. Some of these include Cullman Regional, community head start programs, temporary employment agencies, other non-profit organizations, area churches, and numerous medical professionals in the community.
Good Samaritan Clinic strives to be good stewards of the resources provided by the community and therefore does not duplicate services already provided at no cost elsewhere in the community.
- Served 3,636 total patient visits (2021 - 2,437; 49% increase)
- Accepted 232 new patients (2021 -158; 47% increase)
- Served 1,081 patient triage phone notes
- Referred 533 patients to a specialist
- Provided 378 mental health counseling sessions through Haven Counseling Services
- Had 1,037 total hours volunteered at clinic valued at $35,539
- Dispensed 17,436 prescriptions having a retail value of $5.3 million (2021- 15,433/$3.6 mill)
- Delivered direct patient services valued at $6.2 million
- Received in-kind donated products/services valued at $1.2 million