The homeless are exposed to harsh elements, lack of sanitation, malnutrition and diseases. It is important to offer the homeless alternative healthcare options other than emergency rooms. The Healing Shepherd Clinic provides primary care to the residents and guests of UGM-TC to help do just that. Patients at the clinic can be treated for the many common illnesses and conditions that are prevalent in the homeless population including heart, liver and kidney diseases; skin infections; chronic pulmonary disease; diabetes and hypertension.
Volunteer doctors donate their time each week to treat patients with the assistance of the nurse practitioner and volunteer RNs and medical assistants. Together, they care for the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of our residents and guests.
The staff and volunteers work closely with John Peter Smith Health Services to ensure that the indigent patients served at the clinic are provided prescription medications, diagnostic evaluations and specialty care at no cost. The services provided at the clinic include:
- Complete physical examinations
- Treatment of acute or chronic illnesses
- Prescription for medications
- Referrals for diagnostics tests
- Referrals for specialty care
- Patient education
- Patient advocacy
The Healing Shepherd Clinic is dedicated to providing education, preventative care and medical treatment to homeless individuals in a climate of compassion and dignity.