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Good Samaritan free health clinic finds permanent home

Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado, a free health-care service in Grand Junction, found a new home. Until recently, this volunteer-run medical option lacked a stable location. Now, its permanent office will be 2470 Patterson Road, #1B

For almost a year, Good Samaritan volunteers have held free health clinics at rotating, non-permanent locations, volunteer Brian Watson said.

"We are currently working on our new space," Watson said. "We're unbelievably excited about (it). It will be nice for the community to have consistency. No one has to wonder where it's going to be."

While Samaritan's next two walk-in clinics will be held at its new location - June 23 and July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - a grand opening won't be scheduled until August.

Services available at Good Samaritan clinics include basic medical care and exams, prescriptions and mental health screenings. Specialized treatment options like physical therapy, speech therapy and vision screenings are also given.

And, if medical conditions can't be treated at the clinic, Watson said volunteers can facilitate other treatment options.

All treatment is free, and the clinic's purpose is to help people within Mesa County with little or no health insurance.

Most recently, medical tables were given to fill Good Samaritan Clinic's permanent location. And, since 30-60 people show up for each free clinic, Watson said donations like this are always appreciated and needed

In the past, supplies have been donated by Community Hospital, Mesa Medical Supply, various agencies, individuals and Project Hope.

Only 10 months old, Good Samaritan Clinic was born when Lloyd Davis, a behavior health department supervisor at Community Hospital, approached Downtown Vineyard pastor Paul Watson. The project began under the umbrella of the church, a 501c3 nonprofit.

More than 200 volunteers are currently connected to Good Samaritan Clinic, and more are always needed, Watson said.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.goodsamaritangj.com.

Free Press reporter Sharon Sullivan contributed to this article.


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