Sequoia Healthcare District Funds Expand Samaritan House Clinic Programs

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The Sequoia Healthcare District works to find creative and effective means of keeping residents of all ages and healthy and have agreed to fund a three-part proposal for the Samaritan House Redwood City Free Clinic.  Funding will help to support the following:

  1. New programs-
    • The first local Food for people with San Mateo County. The Pharmacy will fill physicians’ prescriptions for healthy food, free of charge, for 200 diabetic patients of Samaritan House. The District and Second Harvest Food Bank will both be ongoing partners in the Food Pharmacy effort.
    • A pilot study which will support mental health services at Samaritan House’s Redwood City Clinic.
  2. Equipment and space upgrades. Funding will go towards our dental and medical clinics and also aid with our new Food Pharmacy.
  3. General operations funding for three full years for our primary medical care and our specialty programs which include: vision and dental care; our dermatology, endocrinology, gynecology (including breast care), neurology, orthopedic, pulmonology, and rheumatology clinics; nutritional counseling; and coming shortly, the Food Pharmacy.

Samaritan House’s Medical Clinics, located in Redwood City and San Mateo, serve more than 2000 patients, which equates to about 9000 individual appointments. Samaritan House Medical Clinics utilize the services of many volunteer physicians, dentists and who work with professional staff to offer care.

Sequoia Healthcare District’s mission is to improve the health of residents by enhancing access to care. More than 91% of those patients served by the Samaritan House Redwood City Clinic reside within the Sequoia Healthcare District. These residents would otherwise not have a medical home and be forced to rely on hospital emergency rooms for primary care.  Samaritan House Clinics provide a solution for medically indigent patients, freeing up the hospital services to do what they are most needed to do so that District residents who truly need hospital services can access them locally.

The Samaritan House Redwood City Health Clinic is one of three outpatient clinics funded by the District.