The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett continues to move forward with plans for relocation to larger digs in order to launch the county’s only full-time charity dental clinic. To date, they have raised $475,000 in cash and pledges for that purpose. “We are grateful to North Point Ministries and a generous family foundation who have recently provided matching grants totaling $200,000 for our new facility,” says Gregory Lang, Executive Director. “We have quite a distance to go yet, but are very thankful for the gifts already received and promised. Having nearly a half-million dollars at this early stage of our campaign sends a powerful message – the community supports our plans and is behind us in the endeavor.” The non-profit’s fundraising goal for the new facility is $5 million to open the doors, $12 million over five years to fund all acquisition and operating costs.
“We have experienced a 225% growth in demand for our service; we provided more than 10,100 healthcare appointments during 2013,” says Lang. “We simply have no more room in our current space to accommodate additional growth in demand for charity medical care, and we certainly have no room for a dental clinic. Our non-profit partners refer to us much more often than in the past and the number of self-referred uninsured residents in Gwinnett who turn to us continues to increase.”
As the health center moves forward in its expansion plans, it also continues to expand its board of directors. “We are very pleased to announce Mrs. Leticia Willis has joined our board of directors,” says Lang. “She is a respected leader in the business community and we are greatly encouraged that she has chosen to devote a portion of her time to us.”
Leticia Maspons Willis, President of Willis Mechanical, Inc., a Norcross company specializing in mechanical systems and HVAC Maintenance and Service, has joined the Board of Directors of the Good Samaritan Health Center. “The Good Samaritan Health Center has ambitious plans for growth, particularly in the area of charity dentistry, and its largest customer group is the Hispanic community,” says Mrs. Willis. “To join this board is an excellent opportunity for me to pursue two things I greatly enjoy, growing a business and serving the Hispanic community.” Mrs. Willis also serves on the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce board, and the Gwinnett County Advisory Board of BB&T Bank. She is a graduate from the highly respected Executive Training Program, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.