The Good Samaritan Clinic (GSC) is a Christian ministry that provides primary health care to uninsured and underinsured people of all ages, races, and gender. We hope to reach the many people who "fall through the cracks" of healthcare services. The GSC seeks to assist this segment of society with community spirit and volunteerism.
1993: A DREAM OF FREE HEALTHCARE
In 1993, Linda Boyd, a nurse for the State Department of Health, petitioned the need for a free medical clinic for women and children in West Alabama to the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association. At the time, the State Health Department, West Alabama Development Planning Council, and the DCH Regional Medical Center reported that up to 20% of the Tuscaloosa County population was either uninsured or underinsured for health care needs.
1994: A CLINIC IN THE MAKING
Within a year, research was conducted to determine the needs, possibilities, and criteria to create a free clinic in Tuscaloosa. In the meantime, numerous medical supplies and equipment were collected, volunteer professionals were recruited, and the clinic was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. Sites for the clinic were explored and considered, but First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa provided a building in downtown Tuscaloosa. Extensive renovations were necessary, but the community donated approximately $60,000 to transform the building at 612 23rd Avenue into the clinic it is today.
1999: THE GSC OPENS ITS DOORS
The GSC opened its doors on June 8, 1999. Since then, it has been staffed by volunteer physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, counselors, and lay people from all walks of life. Today, more than 52 physicians, 45 pharmacists, and 120 nurses volunteer their time and skills to make the GSC what it is today. In 2021, we served 345 patients. Our goal this year is to provide the best quality care to more than 450 patients.
Good Samaritan Clinic exists to promote the dignity and healing of all human life by providing primary health and dental care, information, and referral for the low-income and medically uninsured in West Alabama.
To serve more than 450 people in West Alabama in 2020
To provide the best quality patient care
Lynn is able to get to know patients on a one on one basis, and find out their individual needs
Mona obtained over 800 referrals in 2021!
Mona R Lowry
Doris works with clinic providers and
ensures all clinic needs are met.
Karla schedules appointments and performs office duties.
Sharon brings in
volunteers and places them. She also handles supplies and luncheons.
Tammy verifies and manages paperwork for new patients.
Teresa trains volunteers,
fills medications, and
helps patients with medication finances.
Our Board of Directors
Kristin Reed, President
Adrian Newson, Vice-President
Jim Clayton, Secretary/Treasurer
Stephaine Buffaloe, Secretary
James Robinson, MD, Medical Director
Robin Barton, MD
Brett Bentley, MD
Dinesh Chandra, MD
Joseph Fritz, MD
John McDonald, MD
Wendell Mew, MD
George Nunn, MD
Residents from Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program
Jill Hobbs, CRNP
Konda Keebler, CRNP
Rebecca Martin, CRNP
Stephanie Wynn, CRNP
Jim Johnson, DMD