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

services Offered

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Medical Services

Our free, walk-in clinic is open on Monday evenings, registration from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to:

  • Provide quality medical and emergency dental care to financially eligible Northern Hills residents (ages 19-64). 
  • Address health care needs for those who do not have personal health insurance or qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Services, Veterans Health Services and/or CHIP assistance for youth.
  • Manage up to 22 medical care visits by 20 trained volunteers, and two health care providers.

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.

Dental Services

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 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 790 patients have received emergency dental care through GSC at an approximate value of $682,000.

Immunization Program

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.  Due to the success of this pilot program, we are now able to offer more adult vaccines such as shingles, pneumonia, Tdap, HPV, etc.