Dr. Floyd Seager and Mrs. Dauna Seager founded the clinic September 16, 1988 with a mission to offer free medical care to the homeless, indigent and working poor (Lampros, J. 2013). Despite declining health, Mrs. Dauna Seager is a regular attendant to all scheduled Board Meetings and continues with a vested interest in the welfare of the patients and the sustainability of the clinic.
The clinic provides medical care for podiatry, ophthalmology, mental health, dentistry, wellness, chronic and acute illness/disease management with prescription assistance and immunizations as available.
Patients presenting to the clinic do not require an appointment and their financial circumstances are not screened. Patients are able to seek medical care from highly trained and board certified physicians free of not only charge, but of judgment as well.
Nearly 100 volunteers staff the clinic. All of the healthcare providers are volunteers committed to the health and welfare of the patients they serve. Top professionals in the area administer medical and dental care with the only reward being an immeasurable amount of goodwill and compassion. Additionally, the entire Board, as well as the Clinic Coordinator are volunteer positions. There is no financial or other incentive.
Professionals serve both as a Volunteer Governing Board and as practicing health care providers; these include but are not limited to nurses, physicians, dentists, educators, and social workers.
To date, the clinic has surpassed 75,000 patient visits, including 2851 patient visits in 2015.
2015 clinic visits were up by 21% year to date with rise in the homeless population coinciding with a disproportionate working poor. The average cost in 2015 was $5.72 per patient. Every cent is used to treat the patient, most of which is required to purchase pharmacy items and medical supplies.
Day, J., Pendleton, L., Smith, M., Hartvigsen, A., Frost, P., Tolman, A., Quackenbush, K. (2014, October 1). Comprehensive Report On Homelessness. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from https://jobs.utah.gov/housing/scso/documents/homelessness2014.pdf
Lampros, J. (2013, September 16). Volunteers keep Seager Clinic running, helping the homeless and working poor. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.standard.net/Volunteers/2013/09/16/Volunteers-keep-Seager-Clinic-running-helping-the-homeless-and-working-poor.html
“Honestly, I have no words to adequately express my esteem for you and what the mission is becoming. What an example of compassionate care for the community.“
“Volunteering at Seager Memorial Clinic has been such a great experience for me. It has allowed me to get to know many of the incredible doctors and nurses that volunteer there and it has been so helpful to see the different ways they demonstrate patient care. Each person has a slightly unique approach and I feel like I have been fortunate to learn under some great individuals. Possibly more important however is, it has provided me with valuable patient exposure and has given me a unique perspective on healthcare. Seeing those that are “down on their luck” and possibly in circumstances where they have nowhere else to turn, can be very humbling. It has been incredible to witness cases where someone truly needed care, and the staff at the clinic met their needs in a caring way. I believe in the clinic and I think it is such a noble cause. It is a great opportunity to be a part of it and I look forward to more in the future.“
“From the provider side, having a place for students to come and have hands on experience and leaving with a glimpse of helping others and making a difference is priceless.“
“A mom brought her young children in sick with colds and ear infections. She just seemed to be at the end of her rope. When we finished she had tears in her eyes and spoke of her gratitude for the clinic, the medications and our love. It is such a privilege to serve the less fortunate and make things a bit better for them.“