CULLMAN, Ala. – The Good Samaritan Health Clinic earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program recently. By self-attesting that the organization has certain policies and procedures in place, Good Samaritan is able to highlight its commitment to providing quality care to patients.
The mission of the NAFC is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. To quantify and qualify the care provided, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the NAFC,” said Jolanda Hutson, executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. “The clinic was able to achieve this recognition thanks to its leadership during the past 16-plus years and the incredible donors and community partners who have faithfully believed in and supported our mission. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve those in need in our community and are committed to providing our patients with quality continuity of care.”
NAFC members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards ratings and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their organizations.
NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources, Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance.
Since 2004, the Good Samaritan Health Clinic (GSHC) has been providing primary health and wellness care to uninsured residents of Cullman County between the ages of 19 and 65 who meet eligibility requirements. GSHC provides a continuum of quality healthcare to individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford healthcare services. Good Samaritan operates as a primary care clinic providing a full range of services including medications and referrals to specialty physicians as needed. GSHC offers care for routine illnesses as well as comprehensive care for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and COPD. The Clinic also offers dental extractions, hearing evaluations, vision care for high risk individuals, social services, patient education classes, and community health screenings. Patients are determined eligible for our services through an application process. For more information about the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, please visit www.goodsamaritancullman.com. Follow the Clinic on Twitter at @SamaritanCullman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoodSamaritanCullman.