The journey to Lighthouse Convenience Clinic: God’s Provision
Who opens a medical clinic in their 50’s? WE DO! But why? Well, it’s a long story, but the beginning and end of our story is this: We are following God’s clear direction in our lives. Since March of 2020, when COVID-19 became a household word, we’ve all been on a journey through unchartered territory. Dr. Martin was on the frontlines of the pandemic, working at a local urgent care. Our family made the choice to run toward the sick and hurting rather than away from them. This, after all, is what Jesus did. He touched the sick, the leprous, the lame, and offered his healing to many. In September of 2020, Dr. Martin contracted Covid-19, possibly while caring for a patient, but how would one know given that it was everywhere. He recovered, and amazingly, though we all remained together in our home, no one else became symptomatic.
As Covid-19 continued to find its way around the lake area, more and more patients came to the clinic where Dr. Martin worked. Many had been turned away from their primary care physicians and pediatricians and told to go to the Urgent Care. Dr. Martin was shocked and dismayed that his fellow physicians were unwilling to treat the patients with whom they had long-standing relationships. He and his colleagues found themselves offering both tried and true treatments for viral illnesses as well as searching for and trying new and off-label treatments. He believed in the patient’s right-to-try, with informed consent, safe medications that offered the possibility of keeping the patient out of the hospital.
Throughout this time, we began to hear of a frightening trend nationwide. Individuals who had made an unpopular choice concerning what substances to put in their body were being denied cancer treatments and transplants, and some families were finding themselves removed from pediatrician practices if they were not ready to make certain choices for their children. We found this extremely alarming. Throughout the history of medicine, physicians have treated patients who make life choices that differ from the recommended path. From treating lung cancer in smokers to treating trauma in car crash victims not wearing a seatbelt, doctors have set aside their judgement and offered care to patients from all walks of life. Physicians are there to treat those in need of care. Dr. Martin wanted to be the kind of physician who cared for people indiscriminately. It became increasingly clear that the only way to do that would be to open his own practice. It also became clear that in order to be free of government interference and red tape and create a medical establishment based soley on the doctor-patient relationship, this practice would need to forego third-party payments from Medicaid, Medicare, and insurance companies.
As we began to pray about opening just this type of clinic, doors began to open. Below, you will find a short documentary chronicling the amazing journey we’ve been on these last few months. We hope you will take the time to watch. You will hear the story of God’s provision for us. And not just for us, but we believe, for THIS COMMUNITY. We could never have done this on our own. There are days when we think we still can’t do it. But God continues to open doors. He prepared this path for us. He provided the gift of thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment. He foresaw the closing of the clinic where Dr. Martin worked and the time that would give him to work on Lighthouse Convenience Clinic. We’ve had so many individuals graciously volunteer their time and talents to help us start this business. This business that we see as a ministry. Yes, unfortunately, we do have to pay the bills and cannot offer our services free of charge. But, know that while we need to feed our family, it is not our aim to become incredibly wealthy. We are so blessed already. It is our aim to provide quality care at an affordable, transparent price. We want to Light the Way to Healthcare Freedom. Not just freedom in healthcare, but the truest freedom we know….in Christ.
One final note. Our family enjoys vacationing on the ocean and we are particularly fond of lighthouses. Take a listen to the song “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective to hear why we chose the name Lighthouse Convenience Clinic. The True Lighthouse will be with you in the storm and carry you safe to shore.
Lighthouse Convenience Clinic made the news!
CAMDENTON, Mo. — People who live in and around Camdenton have a new option for treating minor health issues that don’t call for a trip to the emergency room.
Lighthouse Convenience Clinic is a walk-in clinic that lists its prices for service so people know what they’re going to pay. Payment is due at the time of the appointment, avoiding insurance and surprises on a bill later. The clinic recently opened and is located off Highway 54.
Dr. Steve Martin said the idea to open the clinic came to him during the COVID-19 pandemic when he saw patients being turned away or paying too much for simple procedures.
“We’re kind of going back to the way it used to be in that we have our prices listed before they write a check or charge your credit card. They know what they’re getting,” Martin said. -Ozarksfirst.com
“When St. Mary’s announced in late 2021 that it was closing its doors, Steve and his wife Laura saw an opportunity to start the clinic they’d been dreaming of for years. The vision: to clear the murky waters of healthcare costs by cutting out the middle man… or, all of the middle men. Theirs would be a self-pay clinic: no insurance, no Medicare, no Medicaid. Patients would simply pay for services received and could see the exact cost of those services beforehand, like in pretty much any other business except medical care. The elimination of a massive administrative layer meant the Martins could charge shockingly reasonable prices for those medical services.” -Lake Expo