Georgia Tech Students Provide Prosthetic Care to Patients in Need

Atlanta’s Good Samaritan Health Center and Prosthetic Hope International, in cooperation with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program, are opening the Prosthetic and Orthotic Community Clinic at Good Samaritan. Second-year graduate students at Georgia Tech will primarily operate the new O&P lab and will be supervised by Georgia Tech research scientist Rob Kistenberg, MPH, CP, LP, FAAOP, and licensed prosthetists and orthotists.

“The P&O Clinic at the Good Samaritan Health Center is an extraordinary opportunity for the students in the MSPO program, as it will provide a real-world clinical experience in a comprehensive and holistic health care environment,” Kistenberg stated in a press release. “The students will be able to combine their didactic education with their clinical and technical skills in a supervised setting to provide prostheses and orthoses to the underserved people in Atlanta. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

The clinic is being equipped and stocked through a grant from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Outreach Program. Students will start seeing patients this month

Bill Warren founded the Good Samaritan Health Center in 1998 in downtown Atlanta with the mission of providing quality health care to people who are unable to afford it. The center is a full-time health care home that provides care to uninsured and underserved individuals and families in metro Atlanta with medical, dental, mental health and health education services. Now in its 13th year of operation, Good Samaritan Health Center has affiliate locations in Cobb and Gwinnett counties.

In 2010, more than 500 volunteers donated 10,000 hours of service and, together with the center’s full-time staff, provided more than 23,700 patient visits. Roughly 65% of patients treated were uninsured working poor. Patients pay for services based on a greatly reduced sliding fee scale. Patients who are unable to pay receive care at no charge.

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