P&O Community Clinic at the Good Sam
The P&O Community Clinic at the Good Samaritan Health Center is a response to the challenge that there is also a need for accessible P&O clinical services for people in the U.S. While some of the best P&O facilities and practitioners in the world are in the U.S., access to these services is limited for some people due to a lack of health insurance, inability to afford co-pays or deductibles and the high cost associated or lack of health care in general.
The Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta was founded by Dr. Bill Warren. It provides comprehensive healthcare services including medical (geriatric, adult and pediatric), OB/GYN, Dental, Mental Health, Health Education, and Specialty care that includes Physical Therapy and Diabetic Foot management, all on a sliding payment scale.
In 2010, PHI received a grant from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Foundation in order to expand the services at Good Sam to include Prosthetics and Orthotics. The model for this clinic is a collaboration of volunteers from the local P&O community in Atlanta, the graduate MSPO students at Georgia Tech and the staff at Good Sam. This clinic serves as an advanced training site for the MSPO students who will be directly overseen by volunteer Georgia licensed P&O practitioners in order to assure the highest quality of services.
How this model benefits everyone:
The Patients will get services that they have been lacking.
The Students will get invaluable patient management experience.
The Practitioners will get the opportunity to give back to their community and impart their expertise on the next generation of practitioners.
The Good Samaritan Health Center will get to expand their clinic offerings towards their goal of providing complete wellness to the underserved populations of Atlanta.
This model of coordinated P&O rehabilitation care for the working poor and indigent is the only one of its kind in the entire U.S. to our knowledge. Ideally, it will prove successful enough to be replicated in other cities in the U.S.
At this time, the P&O Community Clinic at Good Sam needs funding to support ongoing acquisition of materials and supplies, donations of components and equipment maintenance. If you would like to Donate to the P&O Community Clinic at Good Sam and our ongoing efforts, please go to our donations page and be certain to include P&O Community Clinic at Good Sam in the comments section.