Samaritan Clinic needs our support to expand its free health services

For six months now a new organization in our community has rather quietly been going about its work to help people needing health care. That organization is the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, which operates in the former Coweta Health Department building at 137 Jackson St. in Newnan.
During its first six months Samaritan Clinic has treated more than 300 Coweta residents, providing 1,100 patient visits.
All the care is free and the clinic serves Coweta residents ages 19 and above who have no health insurance and whose household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Clinic patients are screened in advance.
This new Samaritan Clinic, which is run primarily by volunteers, is having an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday to give the community an opportunity to get to know more about the clinic, what it does and what it needs.
Samaritan Clinic was the vision of Dr. Kay Crosby, who worked tirelessly with others to make the vision a reality. Volunteers Crosby, Dr. Earnest Barron and Rhonda Whitton, a family nurse practitioner, have provided most of the free medical treatment during the past six months.
“If you are interested in seeing the clinic and learning more about what our community is creating to care for our medically-underserved neighbors, please stop by (Saturday), the clinic executive director told our reporter Alex McRae.
The Samaritan Clinic is a wonderful facility that is definitely fulfilling a growing need in our community. While most of the citizens of Coweta County have insurance and access to health care, there are hundreds of our neighbors who do not have health insurance and do not have access to quality health care.
The Samaritan Clinic needs the resources to expand its services and patient load.
A generous community has already make the clinic a dream come true. Generous donations like $100,000 a year for 10 years from the Newnan Hospital Foundation and the $1 a year lease of the clinic’s building from the Coweta County Development Authority helped jumpstart the clinic.
There is even greater need. Indeed, there are more people who need the clinic’s services. We hope citizens in our community will turn out for the open house on Saturday. Find out more about the clinic. If you know people who need health care, determine if the clinic can help. And if you have the resources to make a financial donation or a donation of time to the clinic, explore those possibilities.
If you want to make a financial donation, you can mail a check to Coweta Samaritan Clinic, P.O. Box 963, Newnan, Ga., 30264 or make gifts online at www.cowetasamaritanclinic.org .


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