The Good Samaritan Free Clinic welcomed its new Clinic Director, Olga Nicolas, just over a month ago. Since then, she has jumped right in, and is already making a tremendous impact in our community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she continues to show her heart for serving those in need. Olga states: “I believe that being a nurse practitioner is my way of responding to the call of helping people in their journey to attain and maintain a better lifestyle.” Let’s get to know her a bit more:

Favorite Scripture verse:

I am a firm believer in the biblical rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12).

Best advice she has ever received:

“Give 100 percent in whatever you do.” I have cherished that advice for a long time, and it applies to both my personal and my professional life.

Favorite local restaurant:

I am still exploring.

A unique fact that others may be surprised to know:

I write poetry.

How has COVID-19 impacted the Good Samaritan Free Clinic?

Though we are open to the community in this time of great need, we are seeing patients by appointments only – unless they are residing inside Talbot House – so we can screen the patients over the phone to determine if they are having any symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The patients are again screened and their temperature is checked before entering Talbot House Ministries. We are also restricting the number of patients inside the clinic waiting area to maintain social distancing. After each patient, the area is thoroughly sanitized per CDC guidelines.

Following infection control guidelines is not new to the clinic. Still, we are very aware that maintaining a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, and patients will help us to continue serving the community. Therefore, we remain vigilant and continue to follow the CDC and the Re-open Florida Taskforce’s guidelines.