December 11, 2013
At our last board meeting, we spent time listing those things for which we are most thankful as an organization and we came up with a long list! We are privileged to work with many wonderful partners and individuals, without whom we could not provide free health care to the hundreds of patients who are seen every year by our clinic. Chief among the things for which we are grateful:
1) Rotary Clubs: There are a handful of Rotary Clubs which have faithfully funded our clinic since its inception and we are deeply appreciative of their continuing support. In addition, there are a few new Clubs interested in donating to our cause and we are eagerly awaiting their decisions.
2) Community Partnerships: We continue to receive assistance from Northwest Hospital in the form of flu vaccines for our Flu Clinic and free labs and x-rays. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment to provide healthcare for the uninsured in our community. In addition, we are working with the Lake City Fred Meyer Pharmacy, which has graciously come to our aid as our new provider of patient prescriptions and over the counter medications.
3) Our All-Volunteer Staff: At the Washington state conference for free health clinics this Fall, we discovered that we are unique among those clinics, providing healthcare for a fraction of the cost of other free clinics. That is because we don’t have any paid staff and are able to keep our patient costs incredibly low–$17/patient per visit!! That includes overhead, prescriptions and all supplies; in fact, our total budget is only $15,000 per year, which is a mere fraction of the cost of other clinics open one day a week. We have an awesome staff and board, who once again contributed over 3,000 hours of quality health care to those in need. A special shout out of thanks goes to the following:
- Our compassionate social worker, Toni Ameslav, who works at the clinic nearly every week, helping us provide multiple, integrated services to our patients.
- Our outstanding pharmacist, Diane Strom, who also serves on our board. Diane works tirelessly to improve patient care and keep drug costs down and has recently been researching various models of dental care in our community, something our board is still committed to pursuing.
- We are very fortunate that people who are kind and competent find their way to us, including our Assistant Administrator, Brie Moulton, who stepped in for our Clinic Administrator while she was caring for a family member. Brie has been an outstanding addition to our staff!
4) Our U.W. Partnership: U.W. students and preceptors have now been serving in our clinic for a little over a year and this program is a huge success! We increased the number of Saturdays that the U.W. serves from one to two times a month and the slots (both student and preceptor) fill up within minutes when new schedules are released. The U.W. Medical School has named an administrator, Dr. Justin Schram, who oversees the program, and we are grateful to Dr. Schram and all those students and preceptors who donate their time and invest with such passion in our clinic. The U.W. medical students also helped raise funds at an auction presented by a student-run organization; those funds will be used to build out two exam rooms within the next 6 months.
5) Individual Donors: And then of course there are many of you who contribute to our organization financially, helping us provide “Healthcare with a Heart” to all who walk in our doors. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you who has given in the past and hope that you are able to make a donation to help us again this year.
On behalf of the board, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year that is filled with peace and happiness,
President, Administrative Council
Roger Bouck RotaCare Clinic – Lake City
12736 33rd Ave. NE, Suite 200 – Seattle, WA 98125
Please consider donating the the RotaCare Free Clinic. (If you would like to donate, please click the donate tab above)
$175 will provide medical care for 10 patients
$100 will provide a month’s worth of insulin for a diabetic.
$50 will cover an inhaler for a person with asthma.
$25 will provide one of our patient’s with a generic medicine for a month.