Good Samaritan Collaborates With Local Church To Provide Free Wellness Clinic

Individuals without medical insurance or high co-pays now have another option for health care thanks to the collaboration between Good Samaritan and Bethlehem General Baptist Church in Vincennes.

Traveling across the country to provide free medical care to underserved villages in Honduras is a passion of Deb White and her husband, Chris. Previously working as a nurse at Good Samaritan for 27 years and now a Nurse Practitioner, Deb has always wanted to help others in need. Realizing that there was a need for free health care in their own community, the couple went to speak with members of their church about what services they could offer to people here in Vincennes. Members of the Bethlehem Baptist Church and its Pastor, Pete White, decided to open a free wellness clinic. “The clinic is open to anyone in the community who has a need for medical care,” stated White. “We provide a range of services to patients who otherwise could not afford to see their primary care physician.”

Pete White, Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church helped Deb organize the clinic and reached out to Good Samaritan for assistance. “Deb came to me with the idea and I knew it was something in her heart that she wanted to do,” said Pete. “After thinking and praying about the clinic, I met with Rob McLin to see if the hospital would like to help us with our endeavor and their contribution has helped us get started and provide medical services to those in need.” The clinic is able to run because of material donations from Good Samaritan and individuals donating their time. Volunteers and Vincennes University nursing students provide the nursing staff at the clinic, while Deb sees patients as the Nurse Practitioner.

“When Pete came to speak with me about what his church was trying to accomplish, I knew this was something we wanted to be a part of,” stated Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan. “We worked together and provided needed supplies so the clinic could start seeing patients. I believe that this is a great way to make an impact on individuals who cannot always afford to see their physician and a way to improve the health of our community.”

Wellness Clinic 2The clinic was not created to replace a physician office, but to collaborate with local offices and clinics. Patients seen at the free wellness clinic may receive a referral to the Good Samaritan Primary Care Clinic or a specialist’s office if needed. In order to get started, medical supplies were needed. Good Samaritan decided to help with the clinic by providing numerous medical supplies. Jan Beesley, Director of Materials Management at Good Samaritan worked with the church and found out what was needed to get the clinic started. “We donated supplies ranging from blood pressure cuffs and thermometers to syringes and an Accucheck machine,” stated Beesley.

This wellness clinic is completely free and there is no appointment necessary. Patients will be seen in the Fellowship Hall of Bethlehem General Baptist Church at 9 W. Jefferson Avenue in Vincennes, Indiana. The clinic is open two Wednesdays and two Saturdays a month. Individuals wanting more information can contact the church office at 812-316-0777 or can visit the Bethlehem General Baptist Church on Facebook.

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