On Thursday, the waiting room at the Good Shepherd Community Clinic was crammed with chairs, couches and other items that had been moved from the clinic’s former location at 802 16th Ave. N.W. By Monday, the furniture will be neatly arranged so patients can sit comfortably while waiting seeing a health care professional.


On Thursday, the waiting room at the Good Shepherd Community Clinic was crammed with chairs, couches and other items that had been moved from the clinic’s former location at 802 16th Ave. N.W. By Monday, the furniture will be neatly arranged so patients can sit comfortably while waiting seeing a health care professional.

The clinic closed Wednesday, Thursday and today so the staff could complete the move into its new building at 20 12th Ave. N.W. The facility is operated by the Good Shepherd Medical and Dental Foundation.

Good Shepherd provides free and low-cost medical, dental and optical care to low-income families and individuals in Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties. The organization is funded through private donations and grants. A number of health care professionals in the Ardmore area volunteer their services to ensure the medically needy get treated.

Space was so limited at the old location that employees were doubling and tripling up in offices that were barely large enough for one person. Not only was the building inadequate for the clinic’s needs, the waiting area wasn’t large enough for number of patients seeking help. Executive Director Vanesa Ramsey said the new building is about two and a half times larger than the old one.

“It’s just phenomenal,” she said Thursday.

Ramsey said the new facility will feature six medical examination rooms (up from three) and three dental examination rooms (up from two). The clinic will also have new, state-of-the-art optical equipment. She said the clinic saw a total of 5,500 patents in 2009, including 1,400 new patients. And clinic volunteer pharmacists filled approximately 27,000 prescriptions.

“Our goal is to double the number of clients we serve,” she said.

The Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation is leasing the land for the facility from Memorial Christian Church. The modular building that houses the clinic was donated by Mercy Memorial Health Center. The SOMF paid to have the structure disassembled, moved to Ardmore in six sections from Tishomingo and reassembled and refurbished. The Noble Foundation and the Community Foundation helped purchase some much-needed equipment.

The facility, which was formerly the Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, has also undergone a slight name change to reflect the full range of services offered, Ramsey said.

The new clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Tuesday and Friday are pharmacy days.