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Good Samaritan Clinic gets LED light donation

By John Lovett / Times Record /

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The Good Samaritan Clinic in Fort Smith runs more efficiently now thanks to a few other good Samaritans.

Bridgepoint Electric, Clear Results and OG&E recently teamed up to outfit the 5,500-square-foot building at 615 N. B St. downtown with LED lighting that will drop Good Samaritan’s light bill significantly.

“These lights drop the wattage down from 144 watts to 56 watts, so they’re over 60 percent more efficient,” Joe Bridgeman of Bridgepoint Electric said Friday while installing the new bright lights.

Patti Kimbrough, executive director of Good Samaritan Clinic, explained the clinic’s fluorescent bulbs are being discontinued and they applied for grants to cover the nearly $8,000 unexpected expense.

While at OG&E’s annual roundtable, Kimbrough mentioned the Good Samaritan’s situation.

“They came back to me with a plan that was absolutely zero cost to our charity,” Kimbrough wrote in an email. “The mounting pressure of securing funding for a light issue like ours was overwhelming.”

OG&E secured a donor for more than 300 of the LED lights from Wholesale Electric, and Bridgepoint Electric to take care of the installation pro bono. The clinic will also receive a few spare LED bulbs as replacements.

Bridgeman said the old bulbs will be taken back to Bridgepoint Electric for processing through an EPA-approved lamp crusher, followed by sending them to a facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that removes and recycles the phosphorus in the light.

The Good Samaritan Clinic was started more than 15 years ago by a group of concerned residents, and it fills a gap for people in the community who do not have health insurance. It provides basic medical care, limited dental care and vision care, as well as counseling services and education.

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