Good Samaritan Clinic is accepting new patients

Jul 23, 2014

The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County is accepting new patients.  The free clinic provides primary care to uninsured adults and patients with Medicaid.  To qualify for services patients must be between the ages of 18-64, residents of Haywood County and financially qualify by household as 200 percent or below the Federal Poverty Level.  Patients who are newly enrolled with N.C. Medicaid also qualify.

“We are excited to be opening the doors of the clinic to new patients,” said Donda Bennett, clinic director. “We want to serve the community and reach many people who don’t have access to health care.”

Established in the community in 1999, the Good Samaritan Clinic provides care for both acute illness and manages chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and COPD.  Appointments are generally made the same day requested and a highly trained staff provides quality care to patients.  The clinic has over 180 appointments available each month and the current wait list has been cut in half within the last month.

“I’m happy to be here at the clinic and I have enjoyed meeting the new patients who have come in to establish care,” said Chelsea Batten, PA-C.  Batten’s position was created by a unique arrangement made possible by the Haywood County commissioners, in partnership with the Haywood County Health Department.

The GSC staff has been contacting patients who have waited over two years to become new patients.  For many, phone numbers have changed since they requested to be added to the list.  Those on the waiting list who have not been contacted are asked to call the office to set up an appointment.

For more information about becoming a new patient, call 454-5287.