for the memories"
The Good Samaritan
Even after leaving private practice four years ago to care for Atlantas inner-city poor, WILLIAM C. WARREN IV 79M-82PEDS envisioned doing something more.
In January of this year, Warren opened the ten-thousand-square-foot Good Samaritan Health Center amidst the former Techwood-Clark Howell Homes housing projects, renamed Centennial Place Community during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Warrens private, non-profit health center is located between Centennial Olympic Park and the North Avenue corporate offices of The Coca-Cola Company, which his family founded. Warren is the great-great grandson of soft drink magnate Asa G. Candler, and the great-great nephew of Bishop Warren A. Candler, Emory Universitys first chancellor.
Warren says his religious convictions, honed by overseas missionary work and medical training at Grady Hospital during his time at Emory, have motivated him to help the less fortunate.
Some forty doctors and dentists donate their time to the center, which also has eight salaried staff members. The center offers adult and pediatric medical care, an in-house pharmacy, X-rays, hearing and vision testing, childhood immunizations, hospital referrals, and crisis counseling.
The center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and Georgias PeachCare for Kids coverage and offers a sliding payment scale to those who can pay and free care or prescriptions for those who cannot. Clinic staff see about thirty patients a day.
The rewards here are enormous, Warren says. There are other kinds of riches.G.F.