Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have supported and provided for our Members at Peachtree Hills Place — from providing care packages to socially distanced and virtual events.
Regarding healthcare in our community, we’ve been grateful to be able to provide onsite assistance. Our Members have taken it a step further and paid it forward; giving back to our community in incredible ways. Two of our very own — Mr. Matt Cole and Dr. JoAnn Dalton — have been dedicating their time to patients at the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta.
What is the Good Samaritan Health Center?
The Good Samaritan Health Center in downtown Atlanta provides healthcare to many Atlantans. Their mission specifically focuses on those living in low-income situations. With the belief that healthcare is a basic human right, they assist countless individuals in our community. This has become especially important as COVID-19 became an ongoing pandemic. Throughout the last year, they have provided a safe place for all to receive proper healthcare and COVID-19 testing.
Because the Good Samaritan Health Center is a not-for-profit organization, they rely heavily on the help of volunteers to conduct their work. This can be difficult sometimes, but that is where our Members began to step in — offering expertise, assistance, consistency, and a smiling face!
Our Members Give Back!
Mr. Matt Cole sits on the board of the Good Samaritan Health Center and has for the past seven years. During this time, he has proudly volunteered with the organization and helped to make a difference in the lives of those who have a difficult time accessing healthcare. However, when COVID-19 began and the Good Samaritan Health Center began its transition into a testing site, Mr. Cole stepped into a new role. He has been assisting the team of staff and volunteers by scheduling COVID-19 tests and more recently, vaccinations.
It is through Mr. Cole’s involvement with this organization that Dr. Dalton began offering her services as well.
Dr. Dalton is a doctorally prepared nurse with many years of experience in practice, education and research in the nursing profession. A Duke University graduate she taught nursing at Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Emory University. She has maintained her nursing credentials into retirement as she always wanted to be prepared to help others if the need arose. COVID-19 provided the opportunity for Dr. Dalton to dust off her skills at the Good Samaritan Health Center. Once a week (sometimes twice!), she heads to the clinic to administer COVID-19 vaccines. She loves people and is always on the lookout for ways to help others, so she has been thankful for the opportunity to help our Atlanta community in this way.
Mr. Cole shared with us that the Good Samaritan Health Center has not closed a single day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Members have been among the few people who have helped to keep this operation running well. They have been able to hear wonderful stories from those who come to the health clinic for care and have given back in ways that save lives.
Our Members have assisted caretakers, teachers, healthcare workers – to name a few – by giving their time and efforts at the Good Samaritan Health Center. We are so proud that Peachtree Hills Place is comprised of community-minded Members that give back.