Caring, Compassionate Health Care
Bethesda is the name of a pool near the sheep-gate in Jerusalem, the water of which had curative powers. The Apostle John recorded the story of Jesus healing a man there, who had been disabled for 38 years. The name Bethesda actually means: house of mercy, or place for receiving and caring for the sick. Bethesda Community Clinic (BCC) Canton lives up to its name. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, BCC has remained open to serve our community.
The staff members are committed to providing quality healthcare to those in need during this difficult time. They conduct in-office visits and routine labs and are also available for $25 telemedicine visits for those who may be currently sick, those who are continuing to shelter-in-place, and those who find it difficult to access transportation.
BCC has demonstrated the compassion of Christ by providing quality healthcare at low or no cost since 2011 for the residents of Cherokee County and surrounding areas. “We are here to serve our community regardless of ability to pay,” said Melissa Belfied, Bethesda’s executive director.
The professional staff strives to deliver affordable healthcare to the underserved, uninsured and underinsured, and to provide ongoing care. Their fully equipped clinic specializes in primary care for all age groups, offering:
● Physical exams
● Well-woman exams
● Acute care
● Chronic disease management
● Diabetes education and nutrition classes
● Wellness coaching
● Prescription assistance
● Blood lab testing
● Counseling services based in Biblical principles
The staff of BCC desires to help as many people as possible into the Pool of Wellness. Patient Margi C. said, “My brother sees Dr. Jacobs. What an amazing place! I have never been to a doctor’s office that had a prayer board. All the staff there are very caring and helpful. They don’t treat you like second class, just because you don’t have money.”
BCC is staffed by paid employees augmented by volunteers who desire to serve their neighbors in this setting. The clinic also supports the mentoring of medical and nursing students who often have a role in patient care. Maureen, a nurse practitioner said, “I volunteer because there is an unmet need in my community. I want to share my time and talent to serve God’s people.”
The need for low cost and free medical care is great in our area. Each month the number of uninsured or under-insured individuals seeking medical care continues to grow. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the mission of BCC. Use the contact information below if you are looking for a place to serve.
If you are a patient in need of services, visit www.bcccherokee.com for more information, new patient forms and hours of operation. Any questions or concerns, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-880-9654. BCC is located at 111 Mountain Brook Drive, Canton, GA 30189.
By Susan Schulz is a wife, mom, writer and mentor who lives and plays along the Etowah River in Canton.