Jonathan White to serve as GSC medical director
The Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County is excited to announce Dr. Jonathan White as the new medical director of the clinic. He is currently a hospitalist serving patients at MedWest-Haywood. He has been a resource for the clinic over the past year but will now take on a much bigger role working with the clinic and its provider, Kristin Gruner, PA-C.
White graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He first began work as a hospitalist locally at Haywood Regional Medical Center in 2003. From 2007 to 2009, White served in Ethiopia as the medical director of Mission to the World’s HIV/AIDS care and treatment project in Addis Ababa. In 2009, White and his family returned to Waynesville and he resumed working as a hospitalist in Haywood County.
White has a heart for the mission side of the Good Samaritan Clinic. In addition to giving excellent in-patient care, he is looking forward to serving at the clinic.
"For many years I have felt that, as a physician, my primary focus should be providing care to the underserved in the name of Christ," White said. "Volunteering at the clinic is an opportunity to meet needs in Haywood County and fulfill my purpose here."
The Good Samaritan Clinic has served Haywood for 15 years by providing primary care and mental health services to uninsured and Medicaid patients. Over the years, the clinic has expanded to become one of the larger providers of primary care in the county. With over 4,600 active patients and over 500 patients on the waiting list, the need for GSC is stronger now than ever before.
"Less than 3 percent of our patients are able to afford the subsidized insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act. Every day we turn away patients who are looking to the clinic for care," said Donda Bennett, executive director of GSC. "Even if we could increase the number of available patient visits by 50 percent, this would have a significant impact on so many."
Access to primary care has been a growing concern for both those insured and uninsured in our community. GSC continues to work with other community agencies to secure funding for a second provider.
As with most nonprofits, funding services has become an issue for the clinic. Over 85 percent of funding comes from individuals and churches in the county. With an annual budget of $330,000, the return on investment is exceptional.
"We really hope that the community realizes the impact of GSC and what it would mean if we didn’t have the funds to stay open," said Bennett. "Our survival depends on the community that supports the clinic."
For more information about the Good Samaritan Clinic or to make a donation, contact Donda Bennett at 454-5287, ext 1002, or visit www.gschaywood.org.