Excellence & Professionalism
The Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic is a Non Profit Christian Mission, staffed by volunteer primary care physicians (PCPs),
mid-level providers, and nurses.
Not long after the new building was dedicated in 2000, nearly all of the county’s textile manufacturing plants closed their doors, and Good Shepherd found itself overwhelmed by demand of the unemployed citizens without healthcare benefits.
Over the past twenty-five years, over 85% of the county’s family practice and internal medicine physicians, fifteen registered pharmacists, countless nurses and over 250 non-technical volunteers have answered the call to care for approximately 12,000 of its less-fortunate citizens by providing a staggering $40 million dollars’ worth of free medical care, medications and medical supplies.
In 2019 alone, we provided approximately $3.5 million in direct care and $5.5 million in total care for patients with our partners.
Compassionate Care for All
Over two decades ago, The Duke Endowment provided generous funding to build a facility for the clinic and dedicated it on November 28, 2001.
This clinic expanded its hours to daytime clinics in addition to the Thursday evening clinic.
The daytime clinics were run by a small part-time paid staff, along with volunteers. Local pharmacists volunteered in the clinic’s permitted dispensing pharmacy twice weekly to provide free medications for the clinic’s patients, and the hospital continued to generously donate ancillary services to the clinic to help support the volunteer physicians.
We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week, with extended hours on Thursdays.
Medical Care & Prescriptions
Today, the clinic partners with several entities to increase both the quality and the array of services for patients.
AccessHealth, a cooperative program within surrounding counties, provides specialty referral services for our patients.
Servants for Sight provides free bi-monthly eye screenings with portable equipment on a van and the Best Chance Network does the same for Women’s Health Services.
The Presbyterian College (PC) School of Pharmacy and the PC Physician’s Assistant Studies Program partner in delivering services for the clinic’s patients. Diabetes Education is offered through PC’s Wellness Program and medications are dispensed by PC Faculty at no cost to the clinic. A faculty member from the PA School provides coverage one day per week.