The 2017 Annual Report demonstrates that Good Shepherd Clinic has grown significantly and is successfully treating the patients it serves. Following is a summary of the clinic’s major achievements last year as detailed in the report:
Since opening, the clinic has served 786 Dawson county citizens. During the 2017 year, Good Shepherd saw 383 patients having 1,879 visits. Its 92 volunteers served 6,186 hours at a value of $230,500. A total of $841,000 in Medications were provided; GSC’s out-of-pocket costs for these medications were $33,805. The clinic was open 1.8 days a week.
- Of the 281 medical patients treated, 56 were diabetics with an A1C score higher than 7.0. As a result of treatment at the clinic, these patients averaged a reduction of 0.55 in A1C score for 2017 (6% reduction overall.) In 2017 the recorded emergency room visits were 71; this was 96 visits less than 2016 at the same facility (North Georgia Health Systems).
- Good Shepherd moved into beautiful new space on 45 Medical Center Drive (behind Burger King) in July, 2017. This space is donated by Northeast Georgia Health Systems. An EKG Machine and AED Machine were purchased with funding provided by the United Way, and a second EKG Machine was donated by Dr. Steven Wang.
- Professional Staff in 2017 consisted of 6 physicians (Internal Medicine, Women’s Wellness, Cardiology); 3 dentists; 1 audiologist; 2 optometrists; 2 dental hygienists; 9 nurses; 3 phlebotomists.
- Good Shepherd’s financial goal in 2017 was to raise $103,000. Thanks to the generosity of donors, grants and a variety of fundraising efforts this goal was exceeded, with $151,000 being raised. The clinic reached 273 individuals, businesses, churches and organizations who donated to the clinic in 2017. The Clinic was named BEST NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION for Dawson Co. 2017.
2017 was a big year for the Good Shepherd Clinic, and we expect even greater achievements and growth in the future. Goals and projects for the new 2018 year include: meeting budgetary goals; installation of a new cloud-based EHR system; instituting a Patient Satisfaction Survey with a goal of 90% satisfaction; instituting a Diabetic Program for improvement as measured by patients’ A1C levels; expanding patient education with participation from the public; expanding clinic awareness to prospective patients; expanding professional recruitment, including adding nurse practitioners.
A heart-felt thanks to all who helped make 2017 a great year for Good Shepherd Clinic!