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January 31, 2014

Still serving: Good Samaritan Health Clinic reaches 10 year anniversary

CULLMAN — The Good Samaritan Health Clinic celebrated its 10th anniversary this week after opening its doors to Cullman County on Jan. 28 of 2004.

The clinic welcomes Cullman County residents for free healthcare and affordable medications for families who qualify. Nurse Practitioner Carol Livingston said it has been a great 10 years at the clinic and she’s thankful for the commitments from the community to keep it running successfully.

“We opened on a Tuesday night in 2004 with a lot of volunteer nurses for a long waiting list of patients. I was hired after that, but for only three days a  week,” Livingston said. “Now, we’re open five days a week and have doctors and nurses to see them here four days a week.”

Livingston said Dr. Bill Peinhardt has helped direct the clinic and assisted in the direction of the non-profit organization.

“This a non-profit clinic, completely supported through private donors and business donations and many people who had the vision,” Livingston said. “Typically the people we see here are making right below or right above the poverty line.”

Former executive director Jerry Jacob said in his nine years with the clinic the community’s support kept the organization running smoothly.

“Honestly, there are many companies in town who have assisted us. One of the biggest contributors is USA Healthcare,” Jacob said. “The space and utilities are free, they pay for the clinic and medical waste disposal and have never asked us for anything. We do fundraisers, but it all amounts to donations. The hospital [Cullman Regional Medical Center] has done a great work for the clinic by providing free lab results, doing x-rays, and CT scans when we’ve needed them. There’s a fundraiser coming around Valentine’s Day at the Top of the Town for the clinic and I encourage the community to support it if they can.”

Clinic board member Eric Laney said the staff at Good Samaritan is a support system for the community.

“We’re happy to have had Cullman County behind us for 10 years and hope they will continue to support us in the future,” Laney said. “We have great staff here working for the people in this community. You couldn’t ask for better people”

The clinic currently serves 701 Cullman County residents.

It serves as a doctor’s office and urgent care unit including: Physician/Nurse Practitioner exams, free non-narcotic medication, dental exams, teeth extraction’s, eye exams for diabetics, hearing testing, lab work, diabetic education, diabetic supplies, nutrition education, pap smears, and referrals for medical services.

The Good Samaritan Health Clinic is located at 401 Arnold Street next to the Folsom Center in Cullman.

The clinic’s office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.; They are closed daily for lunch from 12-1 p.m. daily.

Lauren Estes can be reached at lauren@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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