Kay Crosby, M.D., for establishing the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, a free medical clinic for the uninsured citizens of Coweta County.
Dr. Kay Crosby relies on two things to run her medical practice that usually don't go together: science and faith. It's a prescription that's helped treat more than two thousands patients for free.
The doctor earned the prestige, the knowledge and the pedigree of a thriving physician.
"I'm definitely living a dream," she said.
But to get the dream, she had to give it all away. Everything -- including her job of 20 years.
"Leaving my practice was one of the hardest things I've ever done," Crosby said.
She left private practice in 2011 to wear a volunteer badge. Everyone wears one at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic in Newnan -- every doctor, every nurse. They'll all volunteers and they treat every patient for free.
"A patient without insurance has nowhere else to go," Crosby said.
Many of her patients don't even have a job, but do have chronic health problems.
"I really feel like God's been preparing me for this all of my life," Crosby said.
Dr Crosby got the message while traveling thousands of miles from home on a mission trip to Mexico. That's when she felt it.
"The wonderful feeling that you get just treating someone who is in need and receiving nothing back but a hug," Crosby said.
When she came home, the world seemed different.
"There's a lot of people out there that don't have the basic needs they need to live," she said.
She met a patient in Newnan off the charts sick with an income plunging below the poverty line.
"There was nowhere to send this patient," she said.
So she created one: the Coweta Samaritan Clinic.
"There's a lot of people that come in here that I feel like our community maybe didn't see before they came in our doors," said Crosby.
They've seen 700 patients -- 2100 office visits and counting. No bills.
Daily prayer comes before daily rounds. The doctor's faith holds strong that this clinic will keep healing others.
"We're just glad to provide a place that they can come," Crosby said.
As she keeps her dream job as a Good Samaritan.
"By coming here they obtain a sense of hope."
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