The Council of State and Community Development has awarded the Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Pickens County the President’s Award for Innovation. Good Samaritan received the honor in 2018 but was given the award during a Board of Director’s meeting in March.

The Council of State and Community Development Authority (COSCDA) is a nonprofit organization that relies on membership dues. According to their website they were created by Directors of State Departments of Community Affairs to establish a forum for discussion of and action on national issues of common interest. The COSCDA President’s Award for Innovation recognizes innovative aCOSCDA President's Award | Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Centerctivities, policies or programs that have been implemented at the state level, which have demonstrated success in solving community needs.

Brent Allen the grants manager/field services for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs presented the award to those at Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center.

Allen talked about the beginning of the center and its growth. “Good Samaritan started 16 years ago with a small group of volunteers.”

He continued with “Good Samaritan has grown into a full medical center comprised of over 400 volunteers, logging in over 41,000 hours per year.  The volunteers include 10 medical doctors, 6 dentists, 2 optometrists, 2 pharmacists, 1 physician assistant, 4 nurse practitioners and 51 registered nurses.  Since opening, the center has seen over 8,000 patients, with over 14,000 visits counted yearly.”

Cooper & Company was honored to build the new 14,215 SF addition to the existing operations for the Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center. The project was completed in March of 2018. We want to congratulate Brad Herren and the Board of Directors for their dedication in completing this project.  It is great to see all of the well-deserved recognition the volunteers at Good Samaritan are receiving.