Dickson Community Clinic
114 Highway 70 East
Suite A5
Dickson TN 37055
Mission Statement
The mission of Dickson Community Clinic is sharing the love of Christ with healing hands and helping hearts. We provide health care for uninsured individuals and families in a faith-based environment
CEO/Executive Director Jeff Gordon MD
Board Chair Dustin A Greene
Board Chair Company Affiliation TriStar Horizon Medical Center
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $275,888.00
Projected Annual Revenue $286,183.00 (2018)
Mission The mission of Dickson Community Clinic is sharing the love of Christ with healing hands and helping hearts. We provide health care for uninsured individuals and families in a faith-based environment
Background The Dickson Community Clinic was originally proposed by the Vision Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Dickson in January of 2005. The state of Tennessee was projecting the removal of 3000 to 5000 Dickson county adults from the TennCare health insurance rolls and their health needs would have to be absorbed by the community health resources. The Church Health Clinic in Memphis has been in existence for eighteen years under the leadership and direction of Scott Morris, a Methodist minister and physician. Dr. Dan Drinnen volunteered to attend the annual seminar provided by the Church Health Clinic to help new faith-based clinics get organized. A local planning committee was organized, The Dickson Community Clinic was incorporated as a non-profit entity, By-Laws were drafted and a board was elected representing Dickson churches, the community hospital, the multi-specialty medical group, city, county and state elected officials and community leaders. Non profit status was sought from the IRS and granted in June of 2006. In July of 2006 volunteer physicians and nurses began seeing patients in partnership with the Dickson County Health Department, the first private-public faith-based clinic in the state. In the first 12 months we have seen 500 patients in the Health Department clinic and referred 150 patients for diagnostic studies or specialty care and provided 490 patients with low cost or free medications. We see self referred patients and individuals referred by physicians, the hospital ER or discharge planners and patients referred through the health department primary care network. We currently have clinic hours three days per week but are expanding as demand increases. Local fundraising is coordinated by board members of the Dickson Community Clinic. A number of community churches and individuals have provided monthly or annual gifts to support the clinic.
Impact The Dickson Community Clinic is a faith-based primary care program established in July 2006 to provide office-based care and referrals to specialty care for individuals without health insurance. The clinic provides the primary resource for patients who need help navigating the expensive health care system by giving them a portal of entry and a volunteer staff to arrange appointments for diagnostic and therapeutic services. We have established a network of local specialists, the local HCA hospital and the Dickson multi-specialty group to provide care at a discounted rate. The immediate effect of our past year of service has been the primary care of  1800 visits for 762 patients and the referral of 150 patients for diagnostic or specialty services. To date these services have been provided with minimal charge. We ask for $20 per visit but will see patients that cannot pay.  Our most significant accomplishments of this year have been:  • Providing immediate medications at no charge by arranging for their wholesale purchase through a Dickson pharmacy and helping patients receive long-term brand name medications by applying for pharmaceutical assistance programs; • Arranging for patients to be seen by specialists and receive the diagnostic and therapeutic care they need. The long-term effect will be to improve the process of care in our community for those without health insurance. Our goals for the current year are: • To raise enough funds to provide care for those individuals who cannot afford their own health care; • To encourage and thank the health providers of the community that are cooperating to help provide care without charge; • To ultimately create a funding base will cover the overhead cost of care even if the health professionals provide their time, knowledge and skills for free.
Needs We have created a community network that provides health care at a minimal cost to the uninsured individuals who have little personal assets. We raise funds to help pay that minimal cost. The local hospital sees patients in the emergency room and admits patients for care knowing they will receive no income. The local physicians understand that they will care for these patients if they present to their offices or the hospital emergency room despite their inability to pay. By providing faith-based care in the community clinic we provide patients a primary care home and some dignity in the care process. The network of providers is in place and much of the care is provided at no charge. The funds we raise are used to pay for medications, treatments and surgeries that we cannot provide within the community or through the generosity of suppliers or pharmaceutical companies. Even the greater Nashville health care community has been gracious to help at minimal charges. As a result we can provide maximal care for minimal dollars. The HCA Foundation, Baptist Healing Trust, the United way of Dickson County and the Community Foundation of Dickson county and Middle Tennessee have provided funding for the clinic. All dollars raised go directly to patient care. At some point in the future, we will need to develop our own facility to provide primary care and patient pharmaceutical and referral services.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Dickson Community Clinic is always in need of volunteer health professionals. This includes Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Medical Assistants and other. We also always welcome anyone that would like to help with fundraising or outreach. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Community Clinics
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cheatham
TN - Dickson
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Montgomery
TN - Williamson
Dickson County and the usual service area of the Horizon Medical Center and Dickson physicians.
Board Chair Statement
The Dickson Community Clinic has been blessed from inception by the support and acceptance by the physicians, medical groups, hospital and health department. The entire community has embraced the concept and the leadership has stepped forward to serve on the Board of Directors. Churches and community service organizations have been supportive with their gifts and their time.  Ladies of the community have stepped forward to establish their own caring membership organization. We plan to have an annual dinner with Christian and country music entertainment to raise individual donations and report our progress to the community. Our greatest ongoing challenge is to maintain the balance between fundraising and the need for health care in the community. We have been blessed with wonderful community support to date, but the needs of patients have continues to increase. Our organizational challenge has been to maintain good communication between  providers of care and the volunteer staff who coordinate referrals for diagnostic and therapeutic studies and applications for medication assistance programs. To date excellent volunteers have stepped forward to provide these resources. We have been blessed to receive multiple grants from foundation to support a our delivery of care. 
Cindy Lighthill,  Chairman, Board of Directors
CEO Statement
Dickson Community Clinic is a volunteer organization overseen by a strong Board of Directors and their officers. The best attribute of Dickson Community Clinic is the underlying concept of the Dickson community organizing to provide care for those who can least afford the care themselves. Medicaid and Medicare have done a good job of providing health care for the poor and aging; however, the rising cost of health insurance and numbers of unemployed has created a multitude of people with health needs who are unable to afford health insurance to pay for it. We also have a growing group of individuals with significant health problems that prevent them from being able to work full time but who are unable to qualify for TennCare. The Dickson Community Clinic is trying to provide care to these individuals. The cooperation we have received from the Dickson health care community has been unparalleled. Our community hospital,  HCA Horizon Medical Center, the Dickson multi-specialty medical group and the Dickson County Health Department have all embraced the concept and provided leadership and coordination of services at minimal cost to the patient. The amount of care provided for dollar given is excellent. Our volunteer physicians provide their services without charge and we have been able to negotiate very low charges for most specialists, diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our long term goal is to develop a self-sustaining model of fund-raising that supports the overhead cost of care for physicians and the incremental cost for hospital and diagnostic services.
Jeff S. Gordon, M.D. Chairman Logistics Committee
Description Our faith based clinic's sole current program is providing health care services and medications at a discounted basis to Dickson and contiguous county patients who do not have health insurance or personal assets to afford their health care. Our success will be measured by the quality of our health care and the satisfaction of our patients. We continue to expand our capacity as patients need increases. The Clinic provided care for 764 patients, referrals for 125 patients and provided medications for 400 patients and arranged assistance with pharmecuetical companies for 60 patients during the 2016 year of operations. .We see patients with need from Dickson, Houston, Humpherys, Hickman, Montgomery and Willimson counties.
Budget $250,000
Category Health Care, General/Other Ambulatory & Primary Health Care
Population Served Adults, ,
CEO Comments
As of January 1, 2017 we have served 2500 patients in the last 5 years and maintain primary care for at least 764 patients.  We have referred about 500 patients for specialist care and many are continuing under specialist care for their health issues.  We provide periodic diabetic eye evaluations with the volunteer services of  Daniel McClure, MD, Dickson ophthalmologists.  We continue to be blessed with enough community support to maintain a clinic with volunteer physicians and paid nurse practitioner and staff.  Primary care physicians and nurses volunteer time to handle the complex  health problems.  Community specialists continue to see our referrals at minimal or no charge. Over the last year we have received over $160,000 in donations of medical specialist and support services.
Jeff Gordon MD 
Board Chair
Board Chair Dustin A Greene
Company Affiliation TriStar Horizon Medical Center
Term June 2017 to Apr 2019
Email dustin.greene@HCAHealthcare.com
Board Members
Mrs. Cathy Cobb Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Daniel Drinnen MDDickson Medical AssociatesVoting
Mr. Jeffery Gordon MDDickson Medical AssociatesVoting
Mrs. Nancy Gray Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Dustin Greene Horizon Medical CenterVoting
Dr. Scott Kelsey Horizon Medical CenterVoting
Mr. Steven Lee Dickson First United Methodist ChurchVoting
Ms. Cindy Lighthill Dickson Medical AssociatesVoting
Mr. Michael Miller First Baptist Church DicksonVoting
Mrs. Cheryl Paulus Community VolunteerVoting
Kerry Ross MD
Dr. John Salyer Dickson Medical AssociatesVoting
Mrs. Martha Shepard Dickson ApothecaryVoting
Christie Strong Dickson Medical AssociatesVoting
Ms. Vicky Terry Middle Tennessee Insurance ServicesVoting
Dr. Matthew Tincher MDHorizon Medical CenterVoting
Mrs. Debbie Tyler Dickson HeraldVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Professional Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jeff Gordon MD
Term Start Jan 2017
Email jsamgordon@gmail.com
Experience Medical group practice leadership and financial management for 40 years
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Healthier TN WorkplaceState of TN2016
Senior Staff
Title Pediatrician
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $286,183.00
Projected Expenses $275,888.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$34,175$44,545$48,250
Individual Contributions$39,376$75,101$97,519
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$43,166$35,910$20,013
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$178,465$236,572$215,110
Administration Expense$4,182$9,565$10,546
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.891.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%96%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$70,873$43,500$70,641
Current Assets$70,873$43,500$70,641
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$70,873$43,500$70,641
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $56,000Contributions, Gifts & Grants $75,101 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $43,166Program Services $63,440 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $39,376Government Grants $44,545 --
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Organization Comments The board has decided to expand primary care to TennCare patients. We have hired a full-time nurse practitioner who will start in July 2017 who will see both uninsured and TennCare patients. We have entered into a practice management agreement with Dickson Medical Associates to perform billing and oversee the clinical functions of the clinic. This should provide funds for overhead and staff that are recurring and predictable.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financials taken from the Form 990.
990 prepared by Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 4/13/17.
Nonprofit Dickson Community Clinic
Address 114 Highway 70 East
Suite A5
Dickson, TN 37055
Primary Phone (615) 441-1486
CEO/Executive Director Jeff Gordon MD
Board Chair Dustin A Greene
Board Chair Company Affiliation TriStar Horizon Medical Center
Year of Incorporation 2005

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