Greenville health center schedules closing

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Good Samaritan Health Center will close Nov. 1 after efforts to find alternate funding failed.

The Greenville nonprofit opened in 2006 as a part-time clinic and became a full-time primary-care facility through grants as well as funds from various organizations.

The center lost funding from the Delta Health Alliance in October 2012. Despite repeated efforts, the center was unable to find alternate money, Good Samaritan Chairman Andy Sanders told the Delta Democrat Times (http://bit.ly/1dIbvDc ).

“After losing funding from Delta Health Alliance, we did what we could to keep the place open,” Sanders said. “It wasn’t enough. The staff understands the good they do for the community and for the people who can’t afford health care.”

Kim Dowdy, the clinic’s director, said the center is providing patients with a list of area health care providers, their medical records and prescription information.

She said the legacy of Good Samaritan Health Center will be the care and concern given by its practitioners.

“The staff is full of dedicated people.

“We are still open and providing services and answering questions. Unfortunately, we are not able to see new patients, but we are preparing our current patients to find new practitioners in the area,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy said many pharmaceutical companies have programs to help fill prescriptions for low-income families.

“We have been filling out the paperwork for our patients here at the clinic. Now we are trying to show them how to file and get their medication delivered to them.”

Closing is painful, Dowdy said: “Our patients have become like family.”

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Information from: Delta Democrat Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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