Medical Director

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic

 

A volunteer-based, donor-funded Community clinic that provides free medical care to low income uninsured Saint Lucie County residents in need.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide outstanding patient care through commitment and compassion.

Our History

Dwight Dawkins MD

Dwight Dawkins MD, Medical Director

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic functions under the auspices of the Fort Pierce Seventh Day Adventist Church and the St Lucie County Health Department. The Clinic was created as a special project of the ISAIAH 58 group.  

Dr. Dwight Dawkins, a mission minded physician with a history of caring for the area's indigent population, serves as the Clinic’s Medical Director. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, and a staff Physician at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute.  

The ISAIAH 58 group, led by George & Eva Bryant, along with  key team members and Dr. Dawkins, worked to put into action the message and mandate of Isaiah 58. Together, they opened the doors of The Good Samaritan Free Clinic in April of 2014.

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic is a Christian based facility, dedicated to meeting much of the health care needs of the most destitute members of our community. As such, we strive to represent Jesus by giving hope and providing excellent medical care to the patients who walk through our doors.

 

Ms. Eva Bryant, a registered nurse

Ms. Eva Bryant, a registered nurse

The Clinic’s Progress Through Today

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic is located at 2601 Virginia Avenue on the compound of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We can be reached by phone at 772.934.1137 or by email at Goodsamaritan2601@gmail.com.

On the clinic’s first day a handful of volunteers serviced 8 patients. From 2014 – 2015, 10 active volunteers provided care to over 200 patients. In 2016 – 2017, we expect our patient roster to grow to more than 800. To accommodate more patients, we plan to increase our clinic days and hours of service.

The Goal

Going forward we want to expand our services to the community. To accomplish this, we are seeking to recruit additional practitioners so that we can treat more patients, and provide specialists for our patients can see. 

More About Who We Are

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic provides primary care to economically challenged residents of Saint Lucie County who are in need. Need is established by income. New patients are required to provide documentation of residence and income to determine eligibility for clinic services. After this documentation is completed, an appointment is given for patients to see one of our medical providers. We do not see patients with private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

we are not an urgent care center nor a pain management clinic and we do not prescribe controlled substances.

We are staffed with caring and selfless doctors, nurses and clerical support staff who volunteer their time. Our staff of volunteers are available at the clinic on Wednesdays, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., to provide clinic services and answer questions. 

Elderly Lady

Lady Church Member and The Good Samaritan Free Clinic volunteer.

For most of our patients, this free clinic is their Medical home, a place where they have a sustained relationship with practitioners, obtain prescriptions, often free medication, as well as health and wellness classes.

 

Certain eligible patients are sent out to receive blood work and other diagnostic tests at no cost. At this point access to specialists is very limited; however, our in-house specialties include, diabetes management, chronic disease screening, wellness education, and health and nutrition training for our chronically ill patients, through participation in our nine (9) week Comprehensive Health Improvement Program (CHIP).

 

Because we are a donor-based facility we receive no regular state or federal funds. We survive on occasional grant funding and contributions from donors who wish to aid us in our mission to provide compassionate medical care.

 

Dr Dawkins iCare community interview

interview with Dr. Dawkins in iCare community magazine vol 5 issue 6

Donations can be sent via our donor page here on our web site. The Good Samaritan Free Clinic has a 501(c)(3) tax status so your donations are tax deductible. Tax I.D. information is available upon request.

 

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic has 501(c)(3) status so your contributions are tax deductible. Tax I.D. information is provided upon request. You don’t need a pay pal account to make an online donation, just go to our donor page on this web site.

 

The clinic also appreciates donations of medical supplies, cleaning and office supplies, and gift certificates to Staples and Wal-Mart. Please drop them off at the Clinic. Our office hours are Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

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