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Body & Soul

For those in need, Mountain View has
open arms and helping handss
by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

H

e has more than 40 years of medical experience and has made mission trips around the world, but Dr. Jon Roberts has never forgotten
the day he was challenged by one of his patients in Mountain View.
"He asked me, 'Why do you go all over the world when there are
people right here who need health care?' " Jon recalls. "I didn't have an answer
for him."
Weeks later, unable to shake the question, Jon started talking to fellow
practitioners, pharmacists and nurses about starting a volunteer clinic. The
result was the formation of Good Samaritan Care Clinic in 2003. The free
health care and dental clinic serves uninsured patients across a 28-county
region in Missouri and Arkansas. In an area where health insurance is a luxury most can't afford, Good Samaritan has become a vital part of rural care in
southern Missouri. Only open on Monday evenings on a first-come, first-serve
basis, the clinic has received more than 30,000 visits in 15 years.
"Before the Affordable Care Act kicked in we were maxed out. We had 50
to 60 patients every Monday evening," Clinic Administrator Sheri Noble says,
adding the count is now between 30 and 40 patients a night. "There are still
people who work that don't qualify for ACA insurance. We haven't seen the
overall need diminish."
Such need doesn't come without cost. Sheri says the clinic's annual budget
is $100,000, not including in-kind donations provided by charitable organizations and businesses such as local hospital Mercy St. Francis in the form
of lab work. Jon says while the clinic is now in its best financial shape ever,
the diagnosis wasn't always so rosy. Four years ago, Good Samaritan stopped
receiving an annual $40,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health
when the philanthropic group switched focus from acute to preventative care.
"We started calling people and everyone we called said, 'Yeah, I'll make a
pledge,' " Jon recalls. Within 10 days, citizens from Mountain View and surrounding towns had donated $56,000. "We'll never ask for it again, but a lot of
them keep donating."

Top: Whetstone Director of Development Brandon Maxwell stands outside Ebenezer at
Whetstone Boys Ranch. Top left: Certified Nurse Practitioner Shelly Gingerich performs a
checkup on patient Jennett Haynes at Good Samaritan Care Clinic. Bottom left: Headmaster
Axel Liimatta selects a record for the afternoon music appreciation class at Whetsone.



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