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Message of MyClinic Board
Dear Friends and Donors,
MyClinic has been in existence for almost 7 years. We are a free medical clinic, offering free non-emergent medical care to those who qualify as 200% below poverty level. Two years ago, a pioneer project was proposed; a free clinic sharing space with a federally qualified health clinic: a place where anyone not covered by commercial insurance would qualify for health care. With the assistance of the community, including Jupiter Medical Center, we offer high quality healthcare services including lab and radiology services. In the past 2 years, with the support of grants and donors, we have repaid over half of the mortgage.
In 2018, total patient encounters (as of July 31st) were 4800, a 47% increase over the same time period last year. Demand for MyClinic services continues to increase as an average of 34 new patients register and receive care every month. We could not accomplish what we do in our community without the countless hours and support we receive from our generous volunteers, partners and donors. This year, so far, our dedicated volunteers have provided over 4,200 hours of service, while in-kind services and donated supplies from all sources are valued at approximately $500,000. We look forward to continuing our momentum through 2018 and beyond.
“To whom much is given, much is expected“. Our family has participated in this community’s growth since 1983. Today, our family is honored to donate an additional property to accommodate MyClinic’s growth.
With much gratitude,
Dr. Ron Surowitz, MyClinic Chairman
Patient Story – Sandra Mateo
Sandra is a 35 year-old woman living and working in Jupiter. She was relatively healthy and only visited us once at MyClinic’s previous location. Sandra came back early 2018 as she experienced major difficulties breathing. Lab work, provided at no cost by Jupiter Medical Center, revealed a thyroid issue as well as very low hemoglobin levels. Our staff quickly scheduled an appointment to go over the results.
A large tumor was discovered and surgery became necessary. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Anthony Shaya, OB/GYN specialist of Partners in Women’s Health in consultation with gynecologic oncology specialist Dr. Donna Pinelli from Jupiter Medical Center, Sandra was able to receive surgery and treatments she needed. After a 3-week recovery, she was already feeling better and was able to return to work.
“I am so grateful for MyClinic’s willingness to help people like me, from my community. I am a person of faith and believe that, although I cannot repay you for the service and generous donation, God will reward you for all your good deeds.”
Volunteer Spotlight – Cathy Douglas
What motivated you to volunteer with us for the last 3.5 years?
“MyClinic is a great place to treat underserved community members, to assist with complicated cases and to train volunteers. Besides being a registered nurse, I often scribe and translate at the same time. I enjoy doing this and the close interaction that I have with patients. You can really see the empathic drive of medicine at its best and MyClinic brings a major contribution to community health and education in our area.”
How do you perceive MyClinic in terms of efficiency?
“The level of service here is phenomenal! We have become very effective, but also very flexible at what we do. In order to continue to grow, we need more committed providers to join our team. At the same time, we have become a popular volunteering place among pre-med students and aspiring nurses, who can gain first-hand practical experience while also finding the deeper meaning of a medical career.”
As the year is coming to its end, it this time of counting our blessings. MyClinic has so much to be thankful for. As a FREE clinic, MyClinic of Jupiter made it its mission to provide services for patients who do not have medical insurance or cannot cover for that insurance for themselves. Receiving good health care in a timely manner helps people in our area remain healthy and productive, avoid costly emergency visits or even having to chose between paying for medical care and basic necessities.
Within just 4 years of operation, MyClinic has become a Medical Home to almost 2,100 people in our area who have limited financial resources and are uninsured. We have been working hard and entered into partnerships towards expanding the health care services for a larger group of patients, including services such as pediatric care, optics, diabetes prevention and emergency dentistry work besides our existing medical services.
Over 30 volunteers such as doctors, nurses, assistants, professionals and students donate their time and service to serving our cause. Thanks to generous support from our donors, MyClinic was also able to expand to a 5,000 sq.ft location on W. Indiantown Road in April 2017. Last but not least, MyClinic won the 2017 “Hats Off Non profit of the Year” Award for our work in the Palm Beach County nonprofit community.
In order to continue to help, MyClinic needs YOUR support!
At MyClinic we agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson in that “The purpose of life is (…) to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived.” Furthermore, we believe that every little helps and that combined efforts can go a long way.
Help us build a stronger community by making a donation this holiday season.
We look forward to sharing our vision and future expansion plans with you. For additional information, please contact Carlos Poveda, MyClinic Executive Director by email email@example.com or phone 561 203 7511.
On behalf of MyClinic, our patients and volunteers, please accept our sincere appreciation for your support.
All the best to you and a Happy Holiday Season!
Ron Surowitz, DO, MyClinic Board Chairman
Catherine Drourr, MD, MyClinic Medical Director