Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center – Jasper, GA
Good Samaritan was founded by a group of community leaders concerned about the high number of uninsured adults in our area. While based out of Holy Family Episcopal Church, the committee included people from all over the county and from different faith communities. Good Samaritan was incorporated in 2000 and received non-profit status in 2001. We opened our doors to patients on April 9, 2002 and have been open every non-holiday weekday since.
Initially modeled after the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Hilton Head, SC, Good Samaritan was a free clinic almost completely staffed by volunteers. Since opening, over 1000 community members have volunteered. The first employee, an Executive Director, was hired in 2004. Eventually, a part-time development director and a part-time nurse practitioner were added. All other roles continued to be filled with volunteers.
Since the beginning Good Samaritan saw patients in multiple trailers. In 2012 we began construction on the “Wilbur Building” which would be Good Samaritan’s permanent home. In 2015 Building 1 was complete and opened its doors and in January of 2016 construction of Building 2 began. The doors opened on Building 2 in March of 2018. We are so grateful for the wonderful facilities that we have been blessed with.
With the help of a consultant from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, our board began a process of intense strategic planning and scenario analysis to determine our best route forward. This resulted in the unanimous decision in January of 2011 to pursue Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status.
As a FQHC Good Samaritan provides medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical, substance abuse, and mental health care to adults, families, and children in Georgia for Pickens and surrounding counties– whether they have insurance or not. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and complete healthcare for all in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Good Samaritan is committed to providing quality healthcare to those in our community and surrounding communities and removing any barriers to care, including financial ones.
Good Samaritan is also recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home. A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care in which patients work directly with their primary care provider and take an active role in their comprehensive integrated care. The provider works to advocate and arrange appropriate care with other qualified providers and community resources as needed. This model of care is relationship-based which focuses on the whole person. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.
Clinic Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm | Thursday: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Pharmacy Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm | Thursday: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Pharmacy is closed for lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm every day.
This entity receives HRSA Health Center Program grant funding under 42 U.S.C. 254b
and has been deemed a Public Health Service employee for purposes of certain liability protections,
including Federal Tort Claims Act coverage, under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).