It's all smiles and laughs for Sandy Turner and her volunteers as they prepare on this Monday for another busy afternoon ahead at the Good Samaritan House in Dearing.
"Most patients have chronic disease like hypertension, diabetes, upper respiratory problems, urinary tract infections or respiratory tract infections," said Sandy Turner, Founder of Good Samaritan House.
This all started 17 years ago before Turner retired as an educator at the Medical College of Georgia. She and her nursing students recognized the need for healthcare in the Dearing area so they started this free clinic.
"We started with the idea that we would operate as a gap between when they could regularly visit their regular provider. And what we found is more and more patients say that I'm the only person they see because they can't afford to see anyone else," said Turner.
"It's an extremely valuable ministry, I think, for the people of this area who might not otherwise have healthcare," said Gordon Thomas, Friend of Sandy Turner.
Gordon Thomas says Turner is the ultimate Woman To Watch - having seeing how she's helped thousands over the years.
"We don't often stop long enough to acknowledge those people who are truly making a difference in our lives," said Thomas.
And making a difference is exactly what Turner is doing.
"We had a patient a few weeks ago who had some chest pain and I sent him off to the emergency room right away and he ended up with some free stents put in," said Turner.
Turner says she hopes one day someone will step up and take over - but in the meantime she'll continue running this clinic for free, helping those in need as long as she can.
"We all have to chip in this world and we all have something to give," said Turner.
The Good Samaritan House is located at 213 Main Street in Dearing.
They accept walk-ins every Monday from 12pm until 4:30pm.
For more information call: (706) 556-9080.
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