Legendary Savannahian Leo Center Honored With Gift To Help Underserved At St. Joseph’s/Candler

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

In honor of his father, Leo Center, Savannah businessman Scott Center has made a donation of $7,000 to the St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations to support a nurse practitioner at the Good Samaritan Clinic.
"My father was a powerful source of good for this community," Scott Center, President of National Office Systems, said. "Though a true captain of local industry, political leader and sports hero; helping those who were not as fortunate in life was the driving force in everything he did.  With that in mind, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, I am donating $7,000 to the Nurse Practitioner Program at the Good Samaritan Clinic.  This program, run by Sr. Pat Baber, aligns perfectly with everything my dad believed in.  And Sr. Pat is the type of person that my dad would consider a hero, as do I."
The St. Joseph's/Candler Good Samaritan Clinic opened in 2007 to serve the growing number of people without health insurance. It provides a medical home for those who are uninsured but don't qualify for Medicaid and treats common maladies to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

It offers free cancer screenings through SJ/C's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion and works with specialists to give patients the continuum of care.
The gift is important because the care at Good Samaritan is driven by nurse practitioners. Last year Good Samaritan had 3,277 patient visits.