Samaritan Health Clinic

About Us


In November of 1991, volunteers who worked for United Christian Ministries started the Pickens County Free Medical Clinic. There was a need for free medical care for the less fortunate, so these volunteers formed the free clinic. Every Monday night, the clinic was held in a classroom at the B.J. Skelton Career Center in Pickens. Medical supplies were kept in boxes that were transported in and out each week by volunteers who arrived early to turn the classroom into a medical clinic. Approximately 20 patients were seen each week. They were screened, checked in by a nurse, and examined in one room. A curtain was all that separated the physician and patient from others waiting to be seen.

Our Mission

To share the love of Christ by serving people through medical services, health education, and spiritual counseling.

Expanding in Easley

The clinic relocated to West End Hall in Easley in 1993, and had approximately 1,200 square feet of office space. With this additional space, they were able to provide a pharmacy, lab, four exam rooms, and a small office. Although the clinic acquired more room, they began to grow tremendously and lack of space became a big issue.

Doctor’s office
Blue Medical Background
Health insurance card

Pickens County

In April of 2002, Pickens County Free Medical Clinic and United Christian Ministries applied for a Community Development Block Grant and was awarded the funding to purchase a new building. They purchased a 7,000 square foot facility located at 303 Dacusville Highway in Easley. The building is shared by both organizations.

The clinic changed its name from Pickens County Free Medical Clinic to Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County in September of 2005. Due to the growth of both United Christian Ministries and the clinic, in 2007 Good Samaritan Alliance purchased the lot next door for future planning.

Dental Clinic

In the fall of 2015, we opened our dental clinic, the only free dental clinic in Pickens County. Appointments are scheduled through the Samaritan Health Clinic. We are currently offering cleanings, minor restorations, and extractions.

Dental instruments

Samaritan Health Clinic Board of Directors

Todd Merriss
Stephen Roach
Vice Chair
Melbourn Thompson
Ruth Rice
Dr. Geanice Holton
Medical Director
Darian Byrd
Alex Dye
Brian Finley
Kristi Fortner
Sean Hinton
Debbie Herman
Bridgette Tinsley

The SHC Staff

Lori Buckheister
Executive Director
Nicki Dunn
Assistant Director - Staff
Dr. George Sutter
Lead Physician
Ashley Frisch


For your convenience, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have.

We are located at:

303 Dacusville Highway
Easley, SC 29640

Just down Highway 135 from the Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital

Clinic Requirements for all Patients:

  1. Patient must not be on any Health insurance plans, this includes private, Medicaid or Medicare (available at age 65).
  2. Patient must have proof of residency for Pickens County.  These are the recommended documents that we accept:
      – Utility Bill (Water, Electric, Gas, landline Phone)
      – Television Bill (Cable, Satellite, U-verse)
      – Lease agreement
    Documents must have patient’s name on bill or name of person listed as living in household.  If not living in household then a signed and dated statement must be included from the named person explaining the situation.  
  3. Proof of income for every person living in the home.  These are the recommendeddocuments that we accept:
      – Pay stubs from the most recent pay periods for one month.
      – Signed affidavit from employer if no pay stubs with employer contact phone number.Call employer at time of interview and verify.
      – Disability Award letter
      – Social Security Award letter
      – Child support documentation
  4. Social Security Card
  5. Valid drivers or state identification ID.
  6. Food Stamp statement
  • Monday | 8:30 am – 4 pm
    (closed for lunch 12-2)
  • Monday Pharmacy Hours | 9am – 2pm
  • Wednesday | 8:30 am – 2 pm
  • Thursday | 8:30 am – 2 pm
  • Thursday Pharmacy Hours | 9 am – 2 pm
  • Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Monday, Sept. 5 – Labor Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving
  • Monday, Dec. 26 – Christmas
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Christmas 
  • Thursday, Dec. 29 – Pharmacy Closed
  • Thursday, Dec. 29-New Years Day 2023

Samaritan Health Clinic Provides:

Free Dental Care
Dental exams – tooth extractions, cleanings, and minor dental repair​
Prescription Medications
Diagnostic Testing
Referrals to Specialists
Referrals to Dentists and Oral Surgeons
GYN Services
The Pharmacy provides life-sustaining medications. We do not stock any controlled medications.

A GYN Clinic is held 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Women receive free pap smears, mammograms, and breast exams.

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Feel free to contact us