health care is a topic on everyone's mind. Lana Geier, a nurse practitioner, decided something needed to be done. So
she partnered with David Cook, Pastor of The Fisher's Peak Community Church, and many volunteers who shared her vision by
opening the Samaritan Clinic. Later, nurse practitioner, Phyllis Dalla Betta, joined the clinic, which continues to serve the
health care needs of area residents for nearly four years now.
The clinic's mission statement is to reach out
to the community in love, respect and dignity, to bless those in need. It is a faith-based organization that exists for
the express purpose of rendering non-emergency health care to people of all denominations who do not have Medicare, Medicaid
or private insurance. The clinic was founded in August 2004 with the belief that peoples' needs were not only physical and
mental but also spiritual.
The practioners' services are without cost to the individual and all of the work is accomplished with the assistance of
dedicated volunteers. The clinic is open twice each month, the first and third Tuesdays, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The clinic
utilizes patient assistance programs with approximately 30 pharmaceutical companies providing free medication, and lab work
done at a substantial discount due to a special pricing agreement with Lab Corp. Approximately 100 people visit the clinic
each month. Additionally, The Las Animas County Health Department and The Salvation Army have participated in the clinic's
Clients receive ongoing care and medication for chronic conditions and the Samaritan Clinic measures its success
through stabilizing and improving the health conditions of each patient. Providing necessary healthcare not only helps
patients, but also creates an improved lifestyle for their families. Future goals include the addition of other services such
as health and lifestyle management education for conditions such as diabetes and obesity and the possibility of providing
some non-complex dental procedures.
The clinic is located on the corner of Frost and North Linden in Trinidad. The Royal Gorge Baptist Association
provides the building, and utility costs are reimbursed by The Fisher's Peak Community Church. All other expenses are covered
by private donations, which can be mailed to 10377 Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad, CO 81082.
The Samaritan Clinic
10337 Santa Fe Trail
Trinidad, CO 81082