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◉ Greetings
From Dr. Kay Crosby
Founder, Coweta Samaritan Clinic

Open Doors
Kay Crosby reflects on our first eight years.

We’ll reach a milestone in October. It will be eight years since we opened our doors to community residents in need of health care. When we began, we quickly realized the needs were overwhelming. Patients came in with very complex problems, bigger than we were equipped to handle. Many needed various diagnostic tests, specialty care, surgical care, expensive medications, and mental health services. We realized how social needs such as poverty, transportation, and substance use affected their health. Before they could achieve good health, our patients needed help overcoming these issues.

It has been a true blessing to witness doors flung open by our medical community, partnering organizations, and all of you who have supported the clinic to help us provide resources to address these needs. I am so very thankful to live in such a caring community. It has been amazing to see the generosity we have received and how this generosity changes the lives of our patients. I want to thank you for all of your support! If any of you would like to learn more about the clinic and how you might be a part, please come by for a visit—our doors are open!
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◉ In Their Own Words
George Ballantyne, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Georgia Bone & Joint

“We need to have every doctor involved.”

Tell us about your work for the Coweta Samaritan Clinic.
I screen one or two patients a week for the Clinic when they need care that is outside the realm of what Coweta Samaritan can provide. Two of my Coweta Samaritan patients who have been the most satisfying needed a hip and knee replacement. Without surgery, they were not going to be able to get their joints fixed and get going again. I’ve also done a couple of rotator cuff repairs. The surgery changes their lives. I love to operate, and I love to help people. It’s nice to be able to do something like this and give back to the community.
How important is Coweta Samaritan Clinic in our community?
The social safety net is just not there for many of the people who come to us from the Clinic. I feel for them. I have one patient who needs a second knee replacement surgery, but his wife is bedridden, and he takes care of her. You can only do so much when their family situation is so tough. That’s the cool thing about Samaritan—they’re trying to address the whole range of patients’ needs. It’s still hard for patients from the Samaritan Clinic, so if you can get them funding from another source, it’s really good. Sometimes orthopaedic physicians are able to get people on Medicaid because of disability in their joints. As I slow down in my practice, it will be fun to help the clinic more.
What would you say to other doctors about helping Coweta Samaritan Clinic?
Because of the cost of running a medical practice, sometimes it’s almost easier to do medical mission work overseas than it is to help out local clinics like Coweta Samaritan. But medicine is getting so specialized, we almost need to have every doctor involved. It would be great if every physician’s group said, “Coweta Samaritan is a community project that every doctor in our group needs to support. This is expected.” Your view on life changes as you get a little older, and you see that material things aren’t as important as people.
Dr. Ballantyne’s orthopedic practice, Georgia Bone & Joint, is a sponsor for the Tony Barnhart Breakfast—a natural fit for the physicians who have cared for Coweta County athletes for over 20 years. Georgia Bone & Joint will also sponsor Bluegrass & Barbeque, coming up on September 29.
◉ A Word of Thanks
Raquel Hanna will be leaving us to attend nursing school at the University of West Georgia in August. We are excited for Raquel’s new opportunity and blessed to have Deana Ruiz, Lab Assistant, take over patient service activities for Raquel in the back office. During her studies, Raquel will still be part of our patient services team on an “as-needed” basis. Good luck, Raquel!

“It has been my greatest pleasure to work with an entire team of volunteers, staff, and medical providers with such unwavering dedication to patient care. I have been truly blessed to serve the clinic as the medical assistant for almost 5 years. As a future health care provider, it has been a rewarding experience to be a part of the healing that takes place at this clinic thanks to the strong efforts of this community.”
—Raquel Hanna
◉ In The News
  • Football season is almost here . . . Join us for breakfast on August 17 at 7:30 am at First United Methodist Church Parish Hall to hear Tony Barnhart, “Mr. Football,” share his 2019 predictions with us. Purchase individual tickets for $50/person by calling Coweta Samaritan Clinic at 770-683-5272 or emailing Kevin Barbee.
  • You’re invited to the ninth annual Bluegrass & Barbeque! We’re looking forward to another great year of tasty ‘que from our Master Grill Chefs and twangy tunes from bluegrass masters Pioneer Chicken Stand. Join us on September 29 from 4:30 – 9 pm at The Venue at Murphey Lane. You’ll receive an invitation in the mail, or check our website and Facebook page soon for more information. It won’t be a party without you!  
◉ Look Who Dropped By
Members of the Newnan Presbyterian Church assembled and delivered toiletry bags to replenish the supply of essentials for our patients. We are so grateful for this donation that meets the ongoing needs of Coweta Samaritan Clinic. Thank you, NPC!

Larry Harkleroad
Coweta Samaritan Clinic received a special donation from Kroger in honor of retiring Pharmacist Larry Harkleroad. Larry generously designated Coweta Samaritan Clinic as his charity of choice. Thank you, Larry, for making a difference in the lives of our patients!  
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PO Box 963
Newnan, GA 30264-0963

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