Wednesday September 20, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center?

The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is a not-for-profit, Community Health Center, which provides health services to ourcommunity regardless of ability to pay or insurance status.

Where is the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center located?

The Center is located at 175 Samaritan Drive, next to the Pickens County Health Department. Click here for a map showing our location.

How many people volunteer at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center?

The center has 200 volunteers, including doctors, behavioral health specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, optometrists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals.

How can I support Good Samaritan Heath and Wellness Center?

Volunteer

The Center uses volunteers throughout the clinic. You do not need to be a medical professional to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering your services at the Center, please call the Director of Volunteers at
706-253-4673, or send email to volunteer@goodsamhwc.org.

Donate

Financial support is another important way you can help Good Samaritan. If you would like to make a donation you may do so by mail or online by clicking here.

What about community support for the Good Samaritan Center?

The Center has a broad base of support in the community from local citizens, churches, charitable and service organizations, and members of federal, state and local government.

When is the Center open?

The Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening hours will be added soon. Please call for appointment: 706-253-4673.

What services are available at the Good Samaritan Center?

Basic healthcare is provided at the Center including the following:

  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Care, including some specialty care
  • Dental Care
  • Eye examinations and glasses
  • Mental health counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Services and Case Management
  • Healthcare Education
  • Imaging
  • Laboratory services.
  • Vaccines
  • Family Planning

Financial Support for the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center:

Good Samaritan relies on the donations and grants of individuals, businesses, churches, government, and foundations to continue our work. We are not a government agency; all programs are funded solely through the support of the community.

Your support provides this healing touch and allows it to continue.

Good Samaritan is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center?

A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is more commonly known as a Community Health Center (CHC), and is a primary care center that is community-based. By mission and design, CHCs exist to serve those who have limited access to health care, although all are welcome. Unlike most private practices, CHCs welcome low income individuals, the uninsured and underinsured, those who are homeless, and those who live in public housing. Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is a locally-based nonprofit oranization governed by a board of directors comprised of area volunteers. Payment for services is based on ability to pay.

The official establishment of community health centers began in the 1960s. President Johnson established what was initially called "neighborhood health centers." The goal of these clinics was to provide access points to health and social services to medically under-served populations. The health centers were intended to serve as a mechanism for community empowerment. Accordingly, federal funds for the clinics flowed directly to nonprofit, community-level organizations. The health centers were designed and run with extensive community involvement to ensure that they remain responsive to community needs. Currently, to address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve over 23 million people at more than 9,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U. S. territories.

Do our patients pay for services?

All patients are charged a fee based on their ability to pay. We use a sliding scale for uninsured patients and we accept Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurers to be determined.

Does the clinic serve patients outside of Pickens County?

Yes.There are no residential restrictions to become a patient at Good Samaritan.