A Green Country non-profit has spent more than 20 years making sure those without insurance get the medical care they need.
Throughout the pandemic Good Samaritan Health Services has continued to make it work for its uninsured patients. It has only one requirement when it comes to caring for patients, they can't have insurance.
The service has been a life-saver for thousands of people.
"They've just been wonderful,” said patient Gary Fulsom. "They're here to help, so anyone that's not getting the medical help that they need because of insurance, they need to come here and stay as healthy as they can."
Good Samaritan has about 13 clinic locations around Tulsa and some of the surrounding communities, along with its mobile truck.
The doctors and staff see about 5 thousand patient visits a year, who mostly need chronic disease management.
“It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, we'll take care of ya,” said Dr. Nick Carroll. “I have Syrian refugees I take care of. It’s just amazing the breadth and people I get to see and take care of and they’re all so grateful and they’re all such a joy to know.”
The clinics rely heavily on volunteers, like Ruth Garcia, who is an interpreter, but was also once a patient.
She said she started volunteering as a way to say "thank you" to Good Samaritan for the care the doctors and staff gave her when she needed it most.
"This is a God-given blessing for me. It's not only a God-given blessing that they helped me with my health, the health issues that I had back then, but it has been a spiritual and emotional one because it's such a joy to come and work with them,” said Garcia.
Good Samaritan also relies on donations. Saturday, September 26 it’s hosting its annual gala, which will be held virtually this year. It's free, so anyone can be part of the event.
The gala will include a silent auction that people can start browsing through starting Friday at 5:00 p.m.
To find out more about the gala, or to brose through the silent auction items, click HERE.