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Free faith-based clinic in Oklahoma City is set for expansion

A free clinic operated by Good Shepherd Ministries in Oklahoma City soon will expand its hours after receiving a grant from the Butterfield Foundation.
by Carla Hinton Modified: February 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013

/articleid/3751020/1/pictures/1941991">Photo - Dr. Fred Loper stands in a hallway at the Good Shepherd Ministries free clinic in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
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Dr. Fred Loper stands in a hallway at the Good Shepherd Ministries free clinic in Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

Loper, now a member of Frontline Church, said it was then that the clinic was started specifically to serve low-income, uninsured men, women and children.

He said he was a longtime clinic volunteer and now, through the grant, has become the clinic's first paid medical director. Loper said service hours for the appointment-only clinic are expected to expand in March.

On a recent Tuesday, Loper gathered the volunteer doctors, nurses and medical students (most from the nearby University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center) for a heartfelt prayer.

He said the clinic was born out of the Christian faith principles of loving and serving others.

He said besides additional office space and teaching areas, he would like to see a small chapel constructed as part of the clinic expansion effort.

Ingram agreed.

“Our goal is to minister to the whole person,” she said.

“People come with multiple health issues, and our goal is to bring a holistic approach to their needs.”

Rita Nonnen, of Del City, one of Loper's longtime clinic patients, said she can attest to the caring attention he and clinic volunteers have lavished on her over the years.

“Dr. Loper is really a good doctor,” Nonnen, 32, said, smiling.

“I've never seen anyone who cares for his patients as much.”

Hearing the woman's words, Ingram nodded her head in affirmation.

“It says that we're doing what we indeed to do — and that is to treat people as people and not numbers.”

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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