Clinic Offers Free Basic Healthcare for Uninsured


Amy Varland , Senior Editor

Despite government programs and workplace plans, not all South Dakotans have health insurance. Even the most basic health care services remain a luxury for many.

The Good Shepherd Clinic in Spearfish helps residents of the northern Black Hills get access to quality healthcare. The clinic provides basic healthcare services to people that do not have health insurance, are between the ages of 19 and 64, and that meet income eligibility requirements.

Good Shepherd Clinic President Kay Cox said more than 140 local, licensed health care professionals from a variety of fields volunteer their services. She said although the clinic only performs non-invasive treatments, many people can still benefit.

Cox said patients served include those with heart disease, diabetes, colds, and mental health issues. Patients that require more extensive treatment, like those with broken bones, are referred to other area clinics or hospitals.

Assistance with some prescriptions, co-pays, and transportation as well as other basic needs like shampoo and blankets are also available to patients.

Along with health professionals, the clinic is staffed by volunteers from area churches. Cox said the spirit of giving and helping others is evident upon arrival at the clinic. She said patients can expect a warm environment with snacks and fellowship.

Cox said the clinic has been serving qualifying residents of the northern Black Hills for the last six years and the need for its services is still present today.

The Good Shepherd Clinic operates out of the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on State Street in Spearfish and is open most Mondays at 6:00 pm. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 22 people per night.