Methodist Healthcare gives boost to Delta medical clinic


By Woody Woodrick

Advocate Editor

GREENVILLE — Basic health care for low-income folks in this Delta city began to improve in October when Good Samaritan Health Center opened.


It got a little better Dec. 12 when Methodist Healthcare of Memphis contributed $12,500 to the clinic.


“This was easy for us,” said Gary Gunderson, senior vice president for Health and Welfare Ministries at Methodist Healthcare. “It’s unusual for us give an actual cash gift. We want to stay in relationship with the Good Samaritan clinic. We didn’t want to just send a check. We will be back.”


Mississippi Delta counties are woefully short of medical care, especially among the poor.


The Rev. Davis Carothers of Trinity UMC in Greenville, chair of the GSHC Board of Directors, said the gift could be used in many ways. “There are so many supplies we need. This gift will do a lot of great good for the people we’re seeing.”


Beth McKnight, chair of the development committee, agreed. “We have a dire need for various supplies,” she said, “especially medications for diabetics and hypertension. We’ll take our wish list and set priorities for using this money.”


The clinic, which is an ecumenical effort, opened Oct. 12. In addition to Carothers, the Rev. Stephen Cook, pastor at Revels UMC in Greenville, serves as treasurer.


While the day was one of celebration, it was tempered by the death of the Rev. Wayne McCord two days earlier. McCord was serving as co-pastor of Hope Ministries in Greenville and was active in getting the clinic started.


In June the organization received permission from Delta Regional Medical Center to use one of its former clinics to serve the community and filed articles of incorporation in July. The clinic, located on U.S. 82 near downtown Greenville, is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, but leaders hope to expand the hours to Saturday mornings beginning in 2007.


All current staffers are volunteers. The board hopes to add at least a part-time executive director and a part-time paid health care provider as funds become available.


Good Samaritan charges $5 per visit, but plans to switch to a sliding scale plan in 2007 with a $10 cap.


Cook said he’s eager to see the word spread about Good Samaritan Health Center and that Methodist Healthcare’s gift will help. “I think this will help with opportunities to talk to others and share the vision of what we’re about.”


Helping out

Supplies and furnishings needed by Good Samaritan Health Center in Greenville:

Physician stools                                 

Needles (21 & 22 ga,1”)


Butterfly needles

Blood pressure cuffs             

Centrifuge, small


Latex gloves

Glucometer and strips                       

Urine dip sticks

Goose-neck lamps                


Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Office supplies, computers

For information, contact the Rev. Davis Carothers at 662-332-1815 or the Rev. Stephen Cook at 662-344-1800.