Good Samaritan Health Clinic earns highest rating from national free clinic association

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Good Samaritan Health Clinic earned a 2021 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Quality Standards Program; its second in a row. Through a survey of the organization’s policies and procedures, the NAFC rating commends Good Samaritan’s “commitment to providing quality care to patients.” 

“We are honored to receive this designation from the NAFC for a second year in a row.  It substantiates our commitment of providing quality continuity of care to the uninsured in our community.  Knowing this, we hope that any uninsured individuals will be encouraged to entrust their medical care to us. The clinic is blessed with amazing staff, and we are grateful for the clinic’s leadership during the past 17+ years and the faithful donors and community partners who believe in and support our mission.“

A statement issued by Good Samaritan on Tuesday explained, “The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics 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 at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations. 

“NAFC members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their organization. 

“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.” 

About the Good Samaritan Health Clinic 

Good Samaritan’s statement said, “Since 2004, the Good Samaritan Health Clinic 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 health care to individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford health care 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 mental health counseling, 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 Follow the Clinic on Twitter at @SamaritanCullman and on Facebook at” 

For more information on the NAFC, please visit  

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