In the fall of 2003, several health fairs were held in the Gwinnett County community. Hundreds of people attended these fairs, and it became evident there was a huge disparity between the medical needs of the community and the services being offered. In December 2003, a needs assessment was commissioned to gather information about Gwinnett County and its healthcare delivery system. After reports identified medically underserved communities in Gwinnett County, concerned individuals from local churches began to meet and discuss a ministry expansion with the Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc. located in downtown Atlanta. A board of directors was formed in January 2004 and the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (GSHCG) was incorporated in March 2004.
Together with community partners such as the UNITE! Churches of Gwinnett, the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, Gwinnett Medical System, and many other community organizations, the GSHCG was established to fulfill that which Jesus taught His disciples: to demonstrate their faith by caring for the less fortunate, the sick, the naked, the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned and the destitute.
GSHCG offers a holistic approach to healthcare that includes comprehensive, family-centered services to address non-emergency health and wellness needs. Good Samaritan Health Center is not a free clinic but does provide comprehensive primary healthcare on a low cost flat fee basis, including:
- Family Primary Care
- Pediatric Care
- Limited Prenatal Care (first 20 weeks only)
- Patient Education
- Imaging and Specialty Care Referrals
Our patients receive quality care in times of health and sickness. Patients diagnosed with a chronic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, benefit from continuity of care and an established physician-patient relationship. Diabetic education, nutrition and weight management counseling help to improve the patient’s overall health. Patients also receive assistance with enrollment in medication programs that offer prescription medicines at no charge, if eligible, otherwise affordable options are arranged.
Our top priority is the health and wellness of our patients. To achieve this goal, we want to form a partnership with you, a partnership based on a concept called a “Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).”
A PCMH is an approach to providing total healthcare by forming a team which includes the healthcare provider, trusted friends and family (if you wish) and – most importantly – you. Working together we can improve your health care experience and your health.
We promise to:
- Explain diseases, medications, treatments, and results in an easy-to-understand way
- Keep treatments, discussion, and records private
- Send you to trusted experts when specialty care is needed and available
- Listen to your feelings, questions, and concerns to help you make decisions about your care
- Provide your medical care to the best of our abilities
- End every visit with clear instructions about expectations, treatment goals, and future plans.
We ask that you:
- Call us first with all problems, unless you are experiencing a medical emergency
- Make healthy decisions about your daily habits and lifestyle
- Prepare for and keep scheduled appointments or reschedule visits in advance if able
- Bring all medications to your appointments
- Be honest about your history, symptoms, and other important information about your health (including other doctor’s or clinics you may have visited)
- Take your medicine as prescribed and follow your treatment plan
- Ask questions, share your thoughts and feelings, and be part of your care
- End every visit with a clear understanding of our joint expectations and treatment goals.
Please review the Patient-Centered Medical Home handout for more information about what you can expect from the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett. We look forward to working with you and to providing for your health care needs.
Scope of Service: The GSHCG is not an urgent care or emergency care facility. We provide routine medical services only for our patients. For this reason we do not provide after-hours services or physician on-call response. If you experience what you believe to be a medical emergency you must seek services at a hospital emergency room. We will begin offering charity dental services in July 2016.
Gloria’s testimony (Spanish with subtitles)