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placeholder March 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Free medical clinic in Pittsburg
celebrates third anniversary

The RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul marked three years of providing free medical care to the uninsured at an event recognizing its medical and support volunteers.

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, health educators, nutritionists, social workers, translators and other volunteers have provided their professional time and expertise free-of-charge to the needy. Dr. Hamid Khonsari, volunteer medical director, and Angela Rivello and Helene Glaser, volunteer nurse coordinators, direct medical services. Katie Messina, clinic administrator, coordinates volunteers and clinic operations.

Since opening in 2011, the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul has provided more than 3,100 patient visits for the underserved and uninsured. A collaboration between St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, local Rotary Clubs and RotaCare Bay Area, the clinic provides urgent and primary care for poor, uninsured adults from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. More than 82 percent of patients are from Pittsburg/Bay Point/Antioch, and 98 percent of patients have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and bilingual translators interested in learning about volunteering can contact Messina at katiem@rotacarebayarea.org.

In 2013, the clinic received support from more than 10 local Rotary Clubs, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit-Diablo Area, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, the city of Pittsburg/CDBG, the Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund, The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, NRG West, LP/Genon Energy Services, Madison Family Trust, Catholic churches in Contra Costa County and individual donors.

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