By Woody Woodrick
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
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
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
In June the organization received permission from
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
Supplies and furnishings needed by Good Samaritan Health Center in
Needles (21 & 22 ga,1”)
Blood pressure cuffs
Glucometer and strips
Urine dip sticks
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.