LIGHT OF THE WORLD CLINIC NEWSLETTER
As we look back over the last 12 months, it's only fitting that we thank our volunteers for the gift time and talent to make this year a success!
IT'S OUR SINCERE WISH THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIY HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING!
We also want to welcome you to our first newsletter!
It's our hope that this & future newsletters will highlight our mission of service with integrity and provide you with the most up-to-date information on volunteer happenings, openings, events, clinic analytics, and much more. We will also be featuring one of our dedicated volunteers in each newsletter. Ultimately, we want to shine a light on the positive impact the clinic is making in our community, along with the people who make that happen.
With the arrival of Susana, our Eligibility Coordinator, we have seen an increase of 467% more outreach encounters for the Fall 2016 season.
The Fall 2016 season saw an increase in Eligibility Intake encounters from
136 to 624, a 359% increase. Thank you Susana for the great work!
As a clinic we work as a team, and there is a sense of emptiness when one person is missing. From the patients requesting his consultations, to the staff missing his presence, his absence was noticed by all. With much anticipation, we are glad to welcome the return of Dr. Mario Rodriguez.
Welcome to Our Team
After months of searching, we are glad to introduce not one, but, two new medical professionals to our team. Thank you to Dr. Amy Roskin and Dr. Ana Torres, our new gynecologists, for gratefully offering their services to our clinic patients. Dr. Roskin will be volunteering on Wednesdays, and Dr. Torres will be volunteering monthly on Saturdays.
Flu Shots are In!
It appears to be that time of the year again. Prevent the nasty flu bug and remember to remind our patients to make appointments, ages 18 and up only.
We would like to take a moment to shine a light on someone very special to the clinic, Mrs. Elaine Vasquez. As the founder's wife and Board Secretary, she has made amazing contributions to the community. She was recently honored with the community service award from MonarchCare. Congratulations Elaine!
Excellence in Healthcare Luncheon
Congratulations to our Medical Director, Dr. Ricardo Reyes as he was recently honored with the Excellence in Healthcare Volunteer Award given out by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce! We are proud to have you on our team and thank you for all that you do for our patients!
Grants are an essential part of our success, and we are pleased to announce new & renewing clinic partnerships with the receipt of the following grant awards:
1. Salah Foundation
2. Health Foundation of South Florida
3. Publix Super Markets Charities
4. Schacknow Family Foundation
5. The William R. Watts Foundation
6. Coral Springs Community Chest, Inc.
7. Florida Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
8. Alternative Home Health Care of Broward - Project HELP
SHINING LIGHT OF THE MONTH
Dr. Selvon Nanan M.D.
Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine
Interviewing Dr. Selvon Nanan M.D. Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine
Interviewed By: Ricardo Jaime Orozco & Christina Arguelles
As an extra treat, our Newsletter will highlight a different doctor. The Physician will be interviewed and asked about his opinions on the clinic. We are proud to have some of these volunteers as an inaugural part of the team and would love to hear their thoughts on the progression of the clinic. This month we will start with one of the longest standing volunteer physicians, Dr. Selvon Nanan. Thank you Dr. Nanan for all your assistance over the years. Now, let's see what he has to say:
LOTWC: Good morning Dr. Nanan, you have been with the clinic for a long time. Tell us how you first got involved with the clinic.
Dr. Nanan: I first got involved with the clinic about seven to eight years ago. I first read about it in a newspaper, the clinic was featured. Retiring from my private practice, I knew I wanted to give back to the community. I stopped by the clinic and spoke to the director Sandy, got approved, and started volunteering. I've been here ever since.
LOTWC: Wow! You really have been at the clinic for a while. What impressions did you first have about the clinic?
Dr. Nanan: The clinic was serving a good purpose but, there was some room for improvement. There is that constant struggle in a multi-doctor practice of everyone coordinating, somehow, despite, some bumps there is a way it all works. It would be a good idea to have some things standardized so everyone can compromise to best meet the need of the patients and the clinic.
LOTWC: What are some things that has surprised you about the clinic?
Dr. Nanan: I'm surprised that more people don't try to access the clinic. With such a great program, more people should take advantage of our services. Yes, there is a gradual increase of patients but, we need to get the word out there. A lot of people can benefit from these services and there is three simple criteria to qualify to be a patient. First, you need to live in Broward County. Second, you have to be uninsured. And Third, you can be working but, you can't make Rockefeller money.
LOTWC: What do you find most challenging about working at the clinic?
Dr. Nanan: The flow of patients can be improved. For example, patients should take the initiative to be on time so that other patients don't need to wait and consultations don't go over.
LOTWC: What would you tell another doctor that was thinking about volunteering?
Dr. Nanan: They need to do it, stop thinking about it. There are three things in life that will make you happy. The ultimate goal in life is to be happy. One of the three things to make yourself happy is by cleaning your heart of all hate, envy, and jealousy. Second, free your mind from any kind of worries; we bring worries to ourselves. We are unhappy because of all our worries. Third, give of yourself. The more you give and the less you expect, the happier you will be.
MARK YOUR CALENDERS
November 15 thru December 17 Our annual toy drive has begun! We will be collecting new unwrapped toys, games and gift cards for more than 150 boys and girls ages 4 - 15. A special thanks to Holman Automotive, City of Oakland Park Employees, Freeman Orthodontics, St. Coleman Church and Dr. Kanev for participating in this year's toy drive!
You are all invited to our Annual Volunteer Holiday Party
with a special appearance from Santa. Come and share in the joy of the season and watch as the clinic children chat with Santa and the Elves help the children pick out your donated toy! We have moved the party to a new location at Jaco Pastorius Park Community Center near the clinic. Click here for directions
- February 17: Save the date - Noche Tropical our Gala & Fundraiser
|A special THANK YOU to our two volunteers, Ricky and Christina for all their hard work in designing, interviewing and completing this First Edition of the Medical Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for future articles and/or topics, please let us know as we want this to be an information and communication tool for the clinic staff, board of directors, volunteers and supporters. |
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