The Medical Center mission is to deliver professional, Christ-centered volunteer healthcare to economically disadvantaged persons of Bay County, thereby meeting their physical and spiritual needs.
General Primary Care
Our physicians, nurses, and staff provide general primary medical care for non-emergency conditions. When available, our pharmacy fills and distributes routine, non-narcotic sample medications to our patients. Workers compile needs assessments and referrals if required and if desired by the patient as part of our prescription Patient Assistance Program. If desired by the patient, encouragers are also available to provide spiritual counseling.
The death rate in Bay County is significantly higher than the state’s average. For example, Bay County’s death rate from heart disease, chronic lung disease, and diabetes are 10%, 60%, and 51% higher, respectively. While there are many factors that influence this unhealthy situation, the lack of access to primary, preventative medical care is a major contributor. Bay County citizens need an alternative other than a hospital Emergency Room for primary or follow-up care and for prescription medications.
Patient Eligibility Criteria
Patients must be residents of Bay County, an adult 18 years of age or older, have no access to health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or Medically Needy Programs, and have a gross monthly income of, or less than, 200% of the Federal poverty guidelines. Prospective patients are screened by state certified screeners to ensure the above requirements are met.
SACMC ministers to patients’ physical and spiritual needs and believes in the healing power of God’s love, the authority of the Holy Bible, and the value of the individual. Volunteer staff and encouragers provide professional counseling, spiritual guidance, and referrals for food, clothing, job training, and drug and alcohol recovery programs, as well as referrals to other local agencies.
Meeting Needs, Sharing Christ
Biblical call to minister in the community – “37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:37-40)
God’s Plan of Our Salvation:
(1) Recognize that God loves you – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
(2) Realize you are a sinner in need of help and accept God’s gift – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 3:23)
“God demonstrates His Own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
(3) Call on God for Help – “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
(4) Experience Abundant Life – “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
(5) The prayer of salvation: Jesus, I’m a sinner and need a Savior. I believe You died on the cross for my sin, were buried, and rose from the dead. Today, I turn away from my sin, and invite You to come into my life to be my Lord and my Master.