September 7, 2020
Linda Perdue, a member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, was called a United Way of Southwest Alabama Heart of Gold award winner Sept. 2 for her volunteer work at Success Health. Perdue is among a number of location Baptists who lend a hand at the medical ministry. (Picture thanks to Success Health Partners )
2 years back, Linda Perdue opted for her church’s 55+ group to help tidy one day at Triumph Health Partners.
And in a manner, she never left.
“I saw what they were doing, and I just fell in love with it,” stated Perdue, a member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile. “So, I connected to their volunteer coordinator to see how I might get included.”
Triumph Health Partners, a center focused on supplying budget-friendly take care of community members without medical insurance, is “like a family,” she stated.
It got going in 2003 when Dr. Robert D. Lightfoot and his partner, Tami, returned from medical missions trips and chose to start taking care of the underserved in their own community too. Now Success has actually turned into a collaboration of numerous volunteers, medical service providers and churches.
And that consists of Perdue.
‘Whatever needs to be done’
“I started working one day a week, and now I work Mondays and Tuesdays,” she stated. “I greet patients, examine them in– whatever needs to be done.”
On the clinic’s first day in 2003, they saw 12 clients. Now they see around 19,000 every year from all over the Gulf Coast area. It’s grown to be a multispecialty center– they provide primary care in addition to optometry, wound care, ladies’s health, minor surgery, x-rays, EKGs and laboratory diagnostics.
They can also provide low-cost alternatives for referrals to experts like orthopedic surgeons. Kimberly A. Garrett, director of Triumph Health Partners, stated that’s a big part of how sponsorships have “come together to fix a community problem.”
“We are very first and primary a Christian ministry. We have the ability to hope with our clients and share our faith with people from all strolls of life, beliefs and backgrounds,” Garrett stated. “In sharing our faith with generosity and empathy and through our actions, we have actually seen testimonies and stories of God working through this location. Individuals have heard about Jesus here for the very first time. It’s simply amazing.”
Perdue said she’s seen firsthand how the clinic makes an impression on its clients. Discussing it brings tears to her eyes.
“Just just recently, I had an older woman tell me as she was leaving how much it suggested that our personnel treated her like a genuine person even though she didn’t have insurance,” Perdue stated. “It’s a blessing to get to work here and help reach them not just physically but spiritually. I enjoy it.”
EDITOR’S KEEP IN MIND– On Sept. 2, United Method of Southwest Alabama named Linda Perdue a Heart of Gold award winner for her deal with Victory Health Partners.