The Good Samaritan Health Clinic, dedicated to serving the uninsured, will begin operating at Mercy Clinic Edmond Memorial Dec. 10.
According to the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, 21.6 percent, or 153,000, people in Oklahoma County are uninsured. The Good Samaritan provides medical services every Saturday by appointment and operates just as a primary care clinic does, except its services are free and are exclusively for the uninsured.
The clinic opened in February 2009 and was previously located at Birth Choice. Since opening, the volunteer medical staff has seen nearly 2,000 patients. Now, with twice as many exam rooms, the move to Mercy provides the space and opportunity to provide services to more Oklahomans in need.
“Last Saturday we saw 19 patients,” said Deacon Lee Hunt, chairman of the board of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. “But, we received calls from 71 people requesting appointments. There’s an overwhelming need.”
While the space at Mercy Clinic Edmond Memorial will allow the volunteer staff of nurses, physician assistants, advanced nurse practitioners and physicians to see more patients, the need is growing.
“The additional space is great, because we can fill it with more volunteers,” said James Dixson, M.D., president of Mercy Clinic Primary Care in Oklahoma and volunteer medical director at the Good Samaritan. “We’re hoping this central location will be more accessible for patients and volunteers. We need more medical providers and reception desk help.”
The additional volunteers could help clinic leaders reach their ultimate goal of establishing evening appointments to complement the existing Saturday appointments.
Interested volunteers may call Dr. Dixson for more information at (405) 509-3515. Good Samaritan appointments may be made by calling (405) 513-4357.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.