Health: Dr. Kenneth Howard of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Calhoun turns BBQ Boogie & Blues sales into donation for Healing Hands Clinic.

Health: Dr. Kenneth Howard of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Calhoun turns BBQ Boogie & Blues sales into donation for Healing Hands Clinic.

Dr. Kenneth Howard of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Calhoun presented a heaping helping of generosity to Healing Hands Clinic of Gordon County on  May 31.

Sponsored by Harbin Clinic, Dr. Howard along with his family and friends, sold barbecue plates at Calhoun’s BBQ Boogie & Blues in April to raise money for the non-profit clinic. The proceeds from the event garnered $1,139 for Healing Hands Clinic.

“Writing a check for $1,139 may seem like an odd number, but that’s how much barbecue we sold down to the very last bit of brisket,” said Dr. Howard. “I volunteer with Healing Hands because it’s a wonderful asset to our community. I really wanted to do something more to help this organization that is so dear to my heart.”

Healing Hands Clinic,  at 440 Redbud Road, offers primary care, diagnostic testing, prescription services and more to residents of Gordon County who lack resources for medical care. The clinic operates through the volunteer work of local physicians, including Dr. Howard and his fellow Family Medicine Calhoun physician, Dr. Thomas Self.

“We are thrilled to work with Dr. Howard,” said Kim Gowens of Healing Hands. “I know from personal experience that he makes a difference in his patients’ lives.”

The clinic will use the donated funds to provide medications to their patients, most of whom cannot afford copays. “We are truly grateful for this donation, and for Dr. Howard’s service. When he’s here we know our patients are receiving top-notch care,” said Gowens.

Dr. Howard and his family enjoyed their experience at BBQ Boogie & Blues so much that they hope to turn it into a yearly tradition. In the meantime, he will continue volunteering with Healing Hands Clinic to provide quality medical care to those who need him.

Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Calhoun is at 855 Curtis Parkway in Calhoun.

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