City of Fort Smith Spotlight of the Month is..
Good Samaritan Clinic
In 2003, a group of concerned citizens got together and decided that they were seeing a huge need for medical care for members of the working class who were literally slipping through the cracks. Those concerned citizens noticed that families were having a hard time affording insurance or couldn’t meet their deductibles, and weren’t receiving adequate health care.
Modeled after a nonprofit clinic in Memphis, the Good Samaritan Clinic was the first of its kind in the Fort Smith region. One hundred percent of the funds stay here in Fort Smith. The nondenominational faith based clinic is using a building given to them by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Smith.
The Good Samaritan Clinic offers a variety of services such as primary health care, limited dental services, optical care, chiropractic care and mental health care. This wonderful clinic also does its own x-rays and blood draws. Currently, it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the future they are hoping to open on evenings and weekends in order to be more flexible for people who work full time.
Their vision is a faith-based healthcare ministry that is reclaiming the church’s commitment to care for people. They believe all deserve access to quality healthcare even if they cannot afford it. With the help of staff, volunteer health professionals and the generosity of donors, the clinic provides onsite affordable healthcare for low-income working individuals, their families, the homeless, and people who are facing extraordinary life circumstances.
The City of Fort Smith wants to say thank you to those “concerned citizens” who have made a difference in helping people in need, and to say thank you to all the community churches, Sparks Hospital, Mercy Fort Smith, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and everyone else involved making the “Good Samaritan Clinic” a great success!!!! For more information on what you can do to help this amazing organization, please call 783-0233.
You can help make a difference – I did! - Wendy Mathis