Good Samaritan Clinic provides free healthcare

5:36 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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New Port Richey, FL - Good Samaritan Clinic in New Port Richey provides healthcare for people in need. Eligible residents in Pasco County who can't afford medical insurance receive healthcare treatment here and it's all for free.

"I needed help and I didn't have any money at the time," said Good Samaritan patient Donny Hair.

"I've had a thyroid condition for 25 years so I went to two other doctors before I finally landed here and they put me on the right thyroid medicine," said patient Vicky Snedaker, 61.

This clinic not only provides medical care but dental care as well, with 25 dentists that volunteer at least once a week.

Sixty health care providers, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians and clerical staff, donate their services.

"They helped me get on track and keep me going because I had some pretty bad illnesses at the time... but it's much better now thanks to the people with their knowledge," said Donny.

In order for the clinic to meet its $500,000 operating budget, it depends on help from others.

"We receive no federal funding or state funding here, so we rely on grants, donations and fundraisers," said Melissa Fahy, Good  Samaritan Clinic's CEO.

Last year alone, when the clinic earned the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's award as nonprofit organization of the year, volunteers logged more than a half-million hours.

"They are here out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an army of volunteers that make us so successful and able to treat about 4,000 patients and again make a difference in their lives," said Melissa.

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