Good Samaritan Clinic is off to a busy 2012. We are seeing the need for the Clinic growing every day. With the recent lay-offs, shut downs, and fewer companies offering coverage more people are losing their health insurance. Increased health care costs mean that health insurance is “virtually out of reach” for low wage workers. The result is more people will join the millions of Americans who are already uninsured. Your continued help and support is more important now than ever before.
We continue to have a large number of supporters and donors who generously give of their time and money in support of the clinic. At the end of last year we were able to raise $82,155 with our “Shine the Light” program and we raised $4,455 through the “Easter Gift” program. On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, clinic staff, volunteers and most of all our patients we want to thank you for your donations. We are extremely grateful for your continued support of this worthwhile mission.
Good Samaritan Clinic would like to welcome Wendy Arrington as our New Donor Relations Coordinator. She joined our team in July of this year and is excited to hit the ground running in helping the clinic grow. I’m sure you will enjoy working with her in the future. We want to welcome two new Board Members to the GSC Board of Directors. Thank you Michael Schluterman and Harold MacDowell for your service and we look forward to working with you in the future. Also, Dr. John Lane and Dr. Gary Linker have recently joined our team and have graciously volunteered their time to treat some of our patients. Together, both doctors bring added skills to the clinic that we were unable to offer in the past. Thank you to Dr. Kim Brunk for joining our team because we are now able to offer our patients two vision clinics per month instead of just one. We are also partnering with the local Lion’s Club to provide eye glasses for our patient’s. We want to thank Terry Carson and the Lion’s Club for all their assistance. We are continuing to partner with UAFS and their nursing program to provide educational training twice a month to our diabetic patients and want to send a special thank you to Felicia Pendleton and Barbara Lange with UAFS for their continued support.
The clinic had its second annual “Riding for a Reason” Poker Run in May. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn out with many bikers showing up for the event. We had a great time, good food and many door prizes along with two grand prizes for the bikers. This event also gave us a a unique opportunity to promote the clinic through various forms of local advertising.
Make sure that you continue to use your Good Samaritan Club Cards that were sent out at the first of the year. The local businesses that honor these cards look forward to serving you and it’s a small token of our appreciation for you and your support of our mission. If for some reason you did not receive one or need a replacement feel free to contact Wendy and she will mail one to you.
We are continuing to speak with various churches, civic groups, and businesses in the Fort Smith area. If you are aware of any groups that we could come and visit please let us know. We are trying to let as many people as possible learn about the clinic and the services we provide. We believe that everyone reading this newsletter knows of someone that needs our help. Please help us spread the word of our clinic and its mission.
Without your help and support the clinic and the much needed services we provide would not be possible. Your thoughtful gifts will be used to defray the costs of providing health care to the uninsured of our area. You can be assured that your support and donations are being used effectively to treat the largest number of local uninsured individuals as possible. Thank you again for your assistance and we look forward to working with you in the future.