Good Shepherd Ministries is a non-profit ministry committed to sharing the love of Jesus with residents of central Oklahoma by providing care for physical and spiritual needs. It is a community ministry that relies on the support of individuals, churches, schools and organizations from throughout Oklahoma City.
Good Shepherd Ministries offers hope to those in need by providing:
Since 1977, the Good Shepherd Medical and Dental Clinics has provided free primary medical and dental care to uninsured Oklahomans of all ages. Our volunteers and staff provide quality care to uninsured people who could otherwise not afford it. Our services are expanding at an exponential rate, and our aim is to be a comprehensive medical home to the medically underserved in Oklahoma City.
Our service are needed more now more than ever. Good Shepherd Ministries provides a free healthcare home for low-income, uninsured Oklahomans. Medical services (primary and specialty referrals), full dental services and free, same-day medications are available. Nearly one in four people in Oklahoma County don’t have health insurance. Oklahomans have some of the worst rates of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses, access to quality medical care is critical. We will continue to rely on volunteers to support our clinic's efforts.
Good Shepherd Clinic operates on an integrated-care model with medical, dental, and a pharmacy in one location. The goal is to integrate these services to address the needs of the whole person, and the whole family. Our goal is to provide high-quality medical and dental care to our community’s underserved in an atmosphere of genuine respect and caring.
Good health is one of life's greatest blessings, but living in sickness without the hope of getting better is one of life's greatest tragedies.
Most of our patients have been living with chronic untreated illnesses. They come to us looking for hope and relief. Their life has been hard, long and painful journey. We feel honored to be a part of their healing and comfort.
Health insurance deductibles are an element of any
insurance product, but as deductibles have grown in recent years, a surprising
percentage of people with private insurance, and especially those with lower
and moderate incomes, simply do not have the resources to pay their deductibles
and will either have to put off care or incur medical debt.
We must continue to find funding to provide exceptional,
compassionate healthcare to all, including the poor and often forgotten. We are
assuring people living in poverty have opportunity to achieve well-being and
lead self-sufficient, self-determined, productive lives. We need your help to
continue to provide this quality of care to our medically underserved in
Quentin was living on the streets, struggling with health issues on top of a drug and alcohol addiction. He was working in a restaurant one day a week when his boss noticed he was going to the restroom before work to wash up and brush his teeth. She reached out to him and asked if he needed some help. She was able to refer him to several nonprofit organizations in the community for temporary housing and also referred him to Good Shepherd for his health needs.
When Quentin came to Good Shepherd he had a complicated illness and was able to take part in a three-month pilot program which requires two medications. This new medication costs $1,000 a day for one pill and $1,000 a month for the other. After participating in the program, Quentin’s test result showed no traces of his illness. Without receiving these medications he could have developed complications such as liver failure, liver cancer, esophageal cancer or gastric varices.
Quentin also had a severe infection in his mouth. He needed a biopsy and a partial denture. He said, “Dr. Bath was not only able to improve my health, she even paid for a cab so I could get home. All my prayers were being answered.”
Today, Quentin is employed as a chef working six days a week. He has a place to live and will soon have health insurance. This is the outcome we hope and pray for all our patients; that we may heal their suffering and clear the path to being a productive citizen.
In 2012, Good Shepherd received a grant to to expand our facilities and our services based upon their knowledge of our acumen for care and quality of services to the most vulnerable among us. This was one of their largest and most potentially impactful grants to date as it leads a bold initiative to improve the lives of the working uninsured and the medically vulnerable in Central Oklahoma.
The grant awarded to Good Shepherd Clinic meant we grew from a one night a week operation with volunteer doctors serving 175 patient visits a year, to a full-time, full-service, primary medical and dental clinic providing over 16,000 patient visits a year in downtown Oklahoma City. As a result, we have become the medical home for thousands of uninsured, medically vulnerable adults and children.
The grant was a wonderful blessing and has made a huge impact; we have ramped up staff and services to an annual budget of $2 million dollars. The grant project has concluded, so we are increasing our fundraising efforts and doing everything possible to remain viable and available for the increased demand for services.
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