PARKERSBURG - Forgotten, but not gone. That's what the Good Samaritan Clinic is trying to overcome after completing its move to a new location last summer.
Cindy Moore, executive director of the Good Samaritan Clinic, said the clinic lost a number of patients who thought the place had ceased to exist rather than move to a new facility.
Last summer the clinic relocated from its Emerson Avenue facility to the PMC building off Murdoch Avenue where Parkersburg becomes Vienna. Moore said the new facility has about 1,000 additional square feet and is more accessible to patients.
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In 2010, the Good Samaritan Clinic relocated from Emerson Avenue to the PMC building. Cindy Moore, executive director of the Good Samaritan Clinic, said they lost a number of patients who thought the place had ceased to exist.
"The facility we had as far as space size was adequate," Moore said, but added that parking and handicap accessibility were big problems.
Many of the clinic's examine rooms were located upstairs and were not handicapped accessible. The former building also had a small parking lot that could accommodate only eight to 10 parking spaces.
"The new facility is on one open floor and parking is no longer an issue," she said.
Moore said the move wasn't without problems.
"All of our phone numbers changed," she said. "There are still people who think we are not here anymore. We are still here."
The clinic is also growing in its new location. Moore said the clinic will be offering mental health counseling services this spring.
The Good Samaritan Clinic was organized in 1991 to provide free health care to the uninsured of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The clinic is staffed primarily by health care professionals who donate their time and resources to the community and those in need.
The clinic provides free health care to those in the Mid-Ohio Valley who: do not qualify for Medicaid; do not qualify for Medicare; do not qualify for any type of health insurance; and list incomes that fall at or below 150 percent of the poverty guidelines.
The Good Samaritan Clinic offers primary health care services by a certified family nurse practitioner Monday through Friday (by appointment only), a physicians clinic, a pharmacy service and referrals to local hospitals, specialty physicians and human service agencies.