Snowbirds Dr. Jerry Goodman and his wife, Diana, split their time between Huron, Ohio and Sarasota, enjoying the shores of Lake Erie in the summer and Siesta Key’s beautiful beaches in the winter.

“It wasn’t long after retirement that I found I liked practicing medicine more than I liked playing golf,” Jerry said. “I taught at the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine for awhile, but being a physician is a giving profession, and I decided  to volunteer at the Free Clinic of Lorraine County in Ohio.”

He and Diana, a nurse by training, had heard about the Friendship Centers, and were encouraged by Dr. Bart Levenson to volunteer at Friendship Centers’ Healthy Aging Medical Clinics in Sarasota and Venice. They will volunteer at the Sarasota and Venice clinics beginning in January.

For the Goodmans, it’s like coming full circle to volunteer together. They look forward to being able to practice patient-centered medicine, with time to really get to know their patients.
They met in Indianapolis in the early ‘70s while Jerry was doing his residency in OB/GYN, and Diana was a nurse specializing in high risk pregnancies. From the beginning they shared a passion for medicine and women’s care that has spanned more than four decades.

Jerry’s expertise and compassion as a physician and Diana’s background in psych nursing,  OB/GYN women’s care and nursing education will be an excellent combination for patients at the clinics.
Among the many benefits of volunteering at the clinics are:
• Time with patients to understand their health needs and integrate care
• The satisfaction of helping older adults in need
•  A meaningful way to give back
• Opportunities to stay current in the field through ongoing continuing education and interaction with colleagues
• Indemnity through a limited licensure agreement with the State of Florida
• Opportunities to mentor and impact future medical professionals

The Friendship Centers clinics serve low income individuals 50 and older in Sarasota County, including the uninsured and under insured, homeless, and Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Nurses, front desk assistants and clinic aides are also needed. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call 941.556.3223.