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placeholder June 20, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

At the ribbon-cutting for the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, from left: Joanne Hodge (president-elect of Pittsburg Rotary), Chris Suter (president-elect of Alamo Rotary), Jim Noe (board president, SVdP), Katie Messina (RotaCare Pittsburg site administrator), Debora Killen (president, San Ramon Valley Rotary), Angela Rivello, RotaCare Pittsburg nurse coordinator), Allen Payton (Antioch Rotary), Bill McCammon, (president, RotaCare Bay Area), Steve Polcyn, (president, Alamo Rotary and co-chair RotaCare Pittsburg Advisory Council), David Behring, (president, Wheel Chair Foundation), Richard “Skip” Laton, (Pittsburg Rotary and co-chair RotaCare Pittsburg Advisory Council).

Pittsburg clinic receives $40,000
grant from Kaiser Permanente

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County has received a $40,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to help provide services for patients at the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul in Pittsburg. The clinic, which celebrated its grand opening in March, serves uninsured adults who have chronic and/or acute medical conditions.

“Kaiser Permanente is really proud to invest in the St. Vincent de Paul RotaCare Clinic. This is an important new way to make it possible for the poorest among us to have access to health care,” Marianne Balin, Kaiser Permanente community benefit manager, said in a news release. The Diablo Area of Kaiser Permanente provides support to local nonprofit and public health and human service organizations that serve vulnerable communities in Central and East Contra Costa and the Tri-Valley area of Alameda County.

The clinic, developed by St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Alamo and Pittsburg, and co-sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Antioch, Brentwood, Danville, Danville-Sycamore, Delta-Antioch, Dougherty Valley, San Ramon and San Ramon Valley. RotaCare Bay Area Inc. provides malpractice and licensure.

The clinic, led by co-medical directors Drs. Rina Shah and Pacita Aducayen, has four exam rooms and is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. An all-volunteer crew of 15 to 20, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, translators, receptionists and administrative workers, staffs the clinic, which is at 2210 Gladstone Drive, Pittsburg. Additional volunteers, especially physicians, are welcome. Contact Katie Messina, clinic site administrator, at katiem@rotacarebayarea.org.

In its first weeks, the clinic has treated patients with diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, asthma and urinary tract infections, as well as colds, Shah said.

In the first few weeks, the clinic was seeing 12 to 15 patients each Wednesday evening, she said, and now it is fully booked at 20. Appointments can be made by calling (925) 439-2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Shah says appointments help provide a “good environment for patients and volunteers.”

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