When a patient arrives, a caring professional staff rallies around them to meet their medical, dental and mental health needs. That human touch often provides the missing ingredient needed to set the patient on a path to safety and stability. The cost of treating one homeless patient for a year is around $800. If that care were provided at an emergency room, it would cost the community seven times more!
Last year, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic served over 1,800 patients. Those patients generated 9,637 medical and dental visits. Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation provides significant financial support for the clinic. In 2015, the Foundation raised over $80,000 in support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
The Clinic provides health and wellness services, including medical, dental and vision care, psychiatric care, chemical dependency counseling, social services, respite care, education and life-skills classes.
Too many members of our community are living at risk due to a lack of much needed health care services. With your help we can provide the necessary healthcare and training to help this vulnerable population live healthier and better lives.
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Klein Family Donation
Expands Dental Care
Generous donations in 2012 enabled the Samaritan Homeless Clinic to expand its dental care to meet an ever-growing need. Dr. Lawrence Klein, his wife Debbie, and their daughter Jessica made a substantial contribution to the clinic after touring the facility. “We felt that God has blessed us and we were looking for a way for our family to give back to others,” said Larry Klein, a local nephrologist.
Debbie Klein was moved by both the kindness of the staff and the overwhelming needs of its patients.
“The day I visited the clinic there wasn’t an empty seat in the waiting room.” said Debbie Klein.
Dental disease is the most common diagnosis for patients at the Samaritan Homeless Clinic, accounting for 14% of all visits. The Kleins’ donation, coupled with contributions from Bernadette D’Souza, M.D., and Robert Magrino, and the Physicians’ Charitable Foundation, enabled the clinic to increase the number of hours of dental care from 16 to 36 hours a week through the end of this year, Clinic Director Diane Cummins said. Additional funding will be needed to maintain that level of care beyond 2013.
“Dentistry is not cheap or easy to provide and it’s often the first thing that people in financial trouble forego,” said Cummins. “And yet it is so important at every level—from a person’s overall health to his or her ability to get a job.”
“Dentistry is not cheap or easy to provide and it’s often the first thing that people in financial trouble forego,” said Cummins.
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