2014 Annual Report
Letter from our CEO
Itâ€™s amazing to reflect on the growth that has happened at Good Samaritan over the last several months. As you will see from our annual report, 2014 was a strong year as we continue to enhance the Full Circle of Healthcare throughout the Metro Atlanta community.
2015 has also been a year of significant change, beginning early this year when Dr. Warren, our Founder, passed the baton of leadership and the role of Chief Executive Officer to me so he can focus more of his time on direct patient care. As we surveyed the surrounding community we also realized the need to provide medical services at more times for those who need it most, leading us to open our medical clinic six days a week. The response from our patients has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing a significant impact on the community. Because of this we are actively expanding our team so we will be able to open dental services, mental health services, health education classes and additional medical services on these days as well.
With these increased operating hours and services also comes increased capacity to serve the community immediately surrounding Good Sam, which is one of Metro Atlantaâ€™s most underserved populations. In an effort to better serve this community we are making patient access easier than ever as we aim to become this neighborhoods â€œHealthcare Homeâ€. Our team is actively surveying our neighbors to identify barriers to care as we expand partnerships with other organizations serving this community. We also recently launched a brand new website that will provide a smoother process for patients to quickly access healthcare solutions.
One of the things I am most proud of so far this year is the Good Sam Employees, who in the last month committed over $10,000 annually from their personal paychecks to launch a homeless clinic. The Good Sam Homeless Clinic will be kicking off in August of 2015.
I love the following quote by Martin Luther King Jr., as it reminds me of the correct posture for service work; itâ€™s not about us, itâ€™s about our patients.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: â€˜If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?â€™ But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: â€˜If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?â€™ -Martin Luther King Jr.
The landscape of healthcare is changing rapidly, and Good Samaritan is needed now more than ever. As we look toward 2016, I ask that you consider becoming a monthly supporter of this ministry with a gift of $30 (the cost of an average patient co-pay), $70 (Good Samâ€™s per visit cost to provide care), or more to help us finish the year strong and set us up for success in the years to come.
Chief Executive Officer
Good Samaritan Health Center