OPEN Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1020 State Street, Spearfish, SD

History & Philosophy

Begun as a ministry of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc. (GSC) opened its doors in 2009.  GSC proudly serves our local communities through our mission of providing quality health and emergency dental care for the uninsured. Approximately 15% of these residents live below the poverty level and do not have health insurance. GSC patients often acknowledge that choosing to pay monthly necessity expenses, such as rent, utilities, food and staples, versus optional personal health care, challenges them. 

Each Monday evening, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is transformed into a welcoming and safe environment for patients to receive caring, professional and confidential clinic services, a warm meal, and a path for improved health and better life conditions.

We continue to “staff” the clinic on a weekly basis with an ecumenical team of 24 medical professionals and trained volunteers (no paid positions at any level), both from the Northern Hills’ communities and the Rapid City area.  There are currently 16 medical providers plus 140 rotating scheduled volunteers trained in various capacities to meet the clinical operations and administrative needs of the Clinic.  In addition, the twelve member Board of Directors and other Leadership Team representatives uphold the highest standards of business practices to ensure sound operational and fiscal sustainability.

  • 2009-GSC Medical Program includes free limited medical exams for patients with common illnesses and chronic conditions.  GSC’s pharmacists educate patients on formulary-approved prescriptions paid by GSC.
  • 2010-GSC Resource Center is staffed by specialists who advocate and assist patients with community referral information for safe and healthier lifestyles and distribution of basic human necessities.
  • 2011-GSC Chronic Care Program allows patients to be consistently and more frequently monitored by a physician for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, asthma, etc.
  • 2015-GSC Emergency Dental Program focuses on relieving pain, identifying pain source, eliminating oral infections and providing ancillary dental care when appropriate.
  • 2017-GSC Immunization Program proactively addresses the growing need for health prevention and promotion through adult vaccinations (influenza, shingles, pneumonia, etc.).