EASLEY — The Joseph F. Sullivan Center and Samaritan Health Clinic will hold their first joint clinic Feb. 23 at the Samaritan Health Clinic in Easley. The clinic will provide health screenings and also assist female patients with annual gynecological exams.

According to Paula Watt, Clemson University’s Sullivan Center works closely with the Samaritan Health Clinic for referrals, student learning and other shared services. A recent grant of $42,000 awarded to both organizations from the South Carolina Free Clinic Association has added a new dimension to that relationship.

“Our goal is to meet the immediate needs of people who may have limited or no access to health care,” Watt said, “but we also want to offer wellness education so that those people can continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle even when faced with chronic conditions or limited resources.”

In addition to health screenings and assistance targeting female patients, Samaritan Health participants can enroll in a 12-week educational program that provides information on physical activity, stress management and nutrition. Tobias Vogel, director of the Samaritan Health Clinic, said the clinic will satisfy a great need for both parties involved.

“Some of our patients are waiting three months for an appointment because we are short on providers,” Vogel said. “The Sullivan Center has a direct need for [gynecology] patients for its nurse practitioner program, so this collaboration will satisfy a true need for both parties.”

The clinic is made possible by a grant both organizations received from the South Carolina Free Clinic Association funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. The Samaritan Health Clinic is located at 303 Dacusville Highway in Easley.  The organizations plan to hold the clinic on the last Tuesday of every month.

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