Free health clinic growing, needs volunteers

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

FULTON, Ky. - Growing pains. A health clinic that helps others needs your help. 

Local 6 first introduced you to the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in February before they opened their doors.

Now they're looking for some good samaritans because a growing number of working people are uninsured and need health care.

The clinic doctor, Doctor Bill Smith, says lots of his patients have serious medical conditions.

The clinic needs specialists like orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, cardiologists, and dentists.

So many people need help, they've expanded their service area beyond Fulton to Hickman, Obion, and Weakley Counties.  Now more than ever, they need your help.

One man was so moved by the clinic's compassion he came back to thank the staff and make a donation.

"There are many folks like him and his wife and we want them to get the best medical care available," Smith said.

Since the clinic opened in February, Doctor Smith discovered there are even more people in need than he ever imagined.

"They are trying to put bread on the table, they're not trying to get a hand out they're not trying to get welfare or disability," Smith said of his patients.

There are so many needs at the clinic. There's a wish list here on the wall for patients to see, but the greatest need is for specialists, like a dentist.

"We take every volunteer, we'll find a job for you," Smith said.

A volunteer job that requires a few hours each week, but could mean the difference between life and death for patients.

Right now, the clinic offers primary care and requests a donation of $15 for those whose income is minimum wage to $9 an hour, the rate gradually increases to $30 for higher incomes. If you'd like to learn more about the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Clinic, click here.

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