Mission: Samaritan health ministries (shm) is a faith-based, non-denominational, not-for-profit organization that provides: quality urgent and chronic health care (including medical, dental, mental health and pharmaceutical) to the uninsured in the greater williamson and northwest travis counties. Opportunities for health care professionals and other interested volunteers to give their time, talents, and resources to support this healing ministry. Shm also provides breast cancer screening, referrals and education, including diabetes education.
Programs: Our acute care evening service is walk in to allow treatment of non-emergency, ill individuals. We also evaluate our dental patients medically prior to their appointments. Our chronic care wednesdays, mental health services and dental care are by appointment only. A medication service is provided for those times when medical and mental health care is provided. On average, our patients receive upwards of three different prescriptions per visit. Our chronic care patients may receive upwards of five prescriptions per visit. This can yield an average of 60 prescription refills per patient per year (at a cost per patient of approximately $7200 if medications are purchased retail). Use of drug samples and the patient assistance program (pap) has helped provide these necessary medications to our clients. In providing these services to those most in need, shm bolsters the health and protects the economic interests of all citizens in our community. [our cost is roughly 1/4 of the cost of a trip to the emergency room, which without clinics such as shm, would be the only option for the population served! ]*shm is unique in being essentially all volunteer and in focusing on the uninsured. We are also one of only two clinics that provide dental services. We truly are a home for hope, health, and healing! Shm provides services through a dedicated group of volunteer health care professionals, administrative staff, and board of directors, with the support of several paid staff.