Our free, walk-in clinic is open on Monday evenings, starting at 6:00 p.m. to:
Health care services provided by GSC proactively deter emergency room visits and costs. Over 50% of the GSC patients have serious chronic illnesses that if left untreated, would magnify their health care issues thus contributing to the even more significant costs to the community, jeopardize their employment status as a family provider and live without a sense of hope.
For every American without health insurance, there are almost three times as many without dental insurance. GSC sees first-hand the need for dental services. Responding to this gap in care led to the decision to expand GSC’s services into emergency dental care. GSC’s past medical director, Forrest Brady, M.D., estimates that over 50% of GSC patients have unmet oral health care need. Approximately 20% those patients most likely experience chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, gum disease, risk of stroke and/or other inflammatory related illnesses due to poor dental health.
In partnership with 15 Northern Hills dentists and four dental assistants and under the direction of Todd Jones, D.D.S., the GSC Emergency Dental Care Program focuses on relieving patients’ pain, identifying the source of the pain, and eliminating oral infections. Since the initiation of the program in October 2015, over 260 patients have received emergency dental care through GSC at a value nearing $200,000.
Research suggests that financial barriers reduce vaccination rates among uninsured adults, and proper immunization lowers the chance of contracting and/or spreading disease. In 2017, GSC further expanded our services through the pilot of an Immunization Program in which GSC provided influenza shots to eligible patients at no cost. The success of this pilot has brought forth additional plans for 2018 and beyond to address the growing need for adult vaccines (shingles, pneumonia, etc.). Based on review of our patient population, we anticipate an annual expense starting at approximately $33,000 to meet this need.