HISTORY OF ST. MARTIN'S HEALTHCARE
St. Martin’s Healthcare has been a wonderful blessing for DeKalb County. Originally conceived as a Christian outreach healthcare ministry by St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett, SMHC opened its doors to the uninsured in October 2005. Striving to follow Christ’s commands in the gospel of Matthew to "love God as He first loved us and to love others as we love ourselves", SMHC’s story is one of love, need, hope, compassion, commitment, collaboration and action.
Father Thom Lombardi, pastor at the time of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garrett, felt there was a third need in addition to the Clothes Closet and Soup Kitchen ran by the church. He called a meeting of community healthcare professionals in January 2005 to explore the feasibility of a free health clinic. As a result Dr. Stanley Greenberg was appointed as the medical director, Tammy Stafford as the executive director and a volunteer board. St. Martin’s Healthcare opened its doors on Monday October 10, 2005 and cared for 18 patients. An opportunity to buy the building from DeKalb Health, coupled with a timely major donor gift, allowed SMHC to purchase the current facility in 2007. And the rest is history, as they say!