In the fall of 2003, several health fairs were held in Gwinnett County and hundreds of people attended. It became evident that there was a huge disparity between the medical needs of the community and the services being offered. Concerned individuals from local churches met and discussed an expansion of the Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta, and the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (GSHCG) was incorporated in March 2004.
Today GSHCG provides low-cost healthcare services to 1,000 people every month. Every day their parking lot is filled beyond its intended capacity and every afternoon people knock on the door in need of services long after they’ve closed.
Now, a group of concerned community leaders have come together to lead GSHCG into the next phase of meeting growing medical needs. Jackson EMC District Manager Randy Dellinger volunteered to serve as general chairman of the Keystone of Health Campaign, a five-year initiative that will raise $7 million for the GSHCG.
For more than a decade, the center has provided low-cost basic medical care to the uninsured and underinsured in the community. The campaign will allow Good Samaritan to expand its services and provide additional programs that help reduce the cost of indigent care on the public health care system throughout the county.
“It’s a small investment for a long term return on people’s lives, on businesses and on the community as a whole,” said Dellinger. With the funds, Good Samaritan will acquire a new building, launch a dental clinic, add pharmacy services, expand mental health services and add specialized pediatric care.
“As a business we need to give back to the community and make an investment in organizations like Good Samaritan, whether it be our time, money or both,” added Dellinger. “An investment in them is an investment in the community, giving us all a better place to live, work, worship and play, thus increasing the quality of life for all.”
Located in Lawrenceville, GSHCG currently provides individuals with a wide-range of affordable services typically found in a family physician’s office, such as well child and adult exams, chronic disease management, preventive care and women’s health.
Nearly half of the $7 million capital campaign goal has been raised through combined efforts of contributions, services, grants, fundraisers, community partners and in-kind donations. Learn how you can be involved at https://vimeo.com/121264240 or www.goodsamgwinnett.org.