Good Neighbor Clinic Kathy Kuhnen speaks to Optimists
Good Neighbor Clinic representatives Kathy Kuhnen and Diane Woerpel spoke to the Optimist Club on Wednesday, October 24. The Good Neighbor Clinic of Sauk Prairie (GNC) was founded in 1999 by Dr. Haakon Carlson, with the establishment of a Board of Directors. It opened to clients in November of that year with the support of local physicians and over 50 volunteers. The GNC is a not-for-profit corporation with 501©(3) tax exempt status. Donations to the clinic are tax deductible, and are used for direct services to patients. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac was the initial home of the Good Neighbor Clinic. In 2001, the clinic moved into the St. Vincent de Paul Resource Center. This was its home for 14 years. In January of 2015, the clinic moved to its present location at 95 Lincoln Avenue, Prairie du Sac. Sauk Prairie Healthcare supports the Clinic by donating basic outpatient diagnostic services, including lab work and diagnostic imaging. Area pharmacies provide all medications to the clinic at cost (patients pay $1.00 per prescription). Local vision care providers also donate eye exams to diabetic patients. Several local physicians, Physician’s Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners donate their time to provide primary medical care at the clinic. The Clinic cares for all patients’ needs (except surgery and obstetrics) that are included in a typical primary family practice clinic. Patients are referred if medically necessary. The Clinic is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1PM until 5 PM.
The Optimist Club of Sauk Prairie meets on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. (noon the first Wednesday of the month) in the River Room of the Blue Spoon. New members and visitors are always welcome!