Good Samaritan Clinic gets spotlight at Rotary meeting

PARKERSBURG – For more than 20 years, the Good Samaritan Clinic has worked to provide a health care safety net for the indigent and the uninsured in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Parkersburg Rotary Club received an overview of the clinic, its goals and services during its weekly Monday meeting at the Blennerhassett Hotel.

“We are the safety net in health care” in the local community, said Elizabeth Strobl, administrative executive assistant with the clinic.

For the past two years, the Good Samaritan Clinic has been at 418 Grand Park Drive, Suite 311, Parkersburg, in the PMC Building complex off Grand Central Avenue.

The clinic provides free health care to adults between the ages of 18-64 in Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Pleasants and Calhoun counties who do not qualify for or have Medicaid, Medicare or any type of health insurance. They must also have incomes that fall at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four that equates to a monthly income of $3,842.

Strobl said the clinic is working to raise awareness in the community about where it is located, what services it offers and what it does.

The Good Samaritan Clinic offers primary health care services through nurse practitioners and a physician clinic, a pharmacy program, breast and cervical cancer screening programs and referrals to local hospitals, specialty physicians and human services agencies.

Strobl said the clinic works with local hospitals on a regular basis and with area programs, services and charitable organizations in a variety of ways to provide services to the people who need them.

With the upcoming enactment of the federal Affordable Care Act, Strobl said clinic officials are not sure what impacts that might have on the Good Samaritan Clinic, but she believes there will still be a strong need for its programs and services.

The clinic was founded by some area physicians, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Ministerial Alliance and the Parkersburg Academy of Medicine. Over the 22 years, she said, the people involved in the leadership of the clinic have changed.

Two events are planned for this spring. On April 11, there will be a nutrition clinic for patients focusing on how to wisely shop with the S.N.A.P. card.

On May 4, the clinic will sponsor its sixth annual Good Samaritan May Day 5K Catherine Carol Ralsten Memorial Race at City Park. More than 200 runners participated in the 2012 race.

The clinic hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m.-noon Thursday and Friday. Evening physician clinics are by appointment only.

More information is available at goodsamaritanclinicparkersburgwv.com or by calling 304-834-3986.