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Clinic provides free health care to those who 'fall through the cracks'
Patient says clinic saved his life
4:42 PM, May 2, 2014
6:35 PM, May 2, 2014
The Good Samaritan Clinic offers the only free health care in New Port Richey.
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Jesse Crane can't thank workers at the Good Samaritan Clinic enough.
"If it wasn't for these people, I'd probably be dead," he said.
The Pasco County landscaper came to them two years ago with diabetes and little money to pay for treatment.
"My sugar was 800 plus. I was almost dying you know," he said.
The Good Samaritan Clinic in New Port Richey is the only completely free resource for health care in Pasco County.
"We are really meant to be that safety net for the folks that are uninsured and unable to pay for help on their own," said CEO Melissa Fahy.
The clinic treated more than 4,000 people last year and relies on volunteers, including doctors and nurses.
To pay for care that includes costly medications, the clinic survives on donations, fundraisers and grants.
Thais Forbes, a nurse practitioner, said helping these patients is the best job she's ever had.
"People who come here are just like you and me, and they need a little bit of help and understanding," said Forbes.
Some who come to the clinic are very ill, but the success stories continue to add up.
Crane is one of them. He needs to stay healthy to keep working and support his family.
"I'm feeling excellent thanks to these people," said Crane. "They're angels."
Efforts were made at the clinic to sign patients up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. While some did, many still rely on the clinic.
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