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Good Samaritan Health Center

The Good Samaritan Health Center (GSHC) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Bill Warren, the great-grandson of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. A pediatrician, Dr. Warren envisioned a faith-based clinic that would provide quality medical care to Atlanta’s uninsured and underinsured populations. Located near Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, the clinic provides an extensive array of services, including medical, dental, social, health education, and counseling. A diverse group of patients access the GSHC each day: recent immigrants, the working poor, and homeless individuals. Although the clinic operates on a sliding fee scale model, only 20% of its expenses are paid through patient fees, and if a patient cannot pay they still receive care. Up to 80% of its operating expenses are covered through private donations and the clinic is staffed by volunteer physicians, PAs, NPs, dentists, and many non-clinical volunteers.

GSHC’s accessible, quality medical care has led to exponential growth and demand for its services. To help keep up with the increasing need for clinic appointments so as to not exceed their capacity, collaboration with the Emory PA program has become a viable way to provide an extended-hours clinic on Saturdays, and to provide students with opportunities to learn medicine, cultural sensitivity, and social responsibility, all while under the supervision of physicians and PA Program faculty.

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