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St. Luke’s volunteers honored at annual dinner
Not campaign ‘BS’ but a true Christian commitment to others
By Roger BianchiniWarren County ReportIn the weeks and months run-upto the presidential election therewas a lot o ALK about caringor all Americans – those withouthealth care, the struggling middleand working-class poor, coastal vic-tims o Hurricane Sandy, etc., etc.But beyond the recent nationwidepolitical rhetoric on perhaps soon-to-be-broken promises regardinghealth care, on Friday, Nov. atFront Royal Presbyterian Churchthose not only talking the talk, butWALKING the WALK as ar ashelping area residents acing medi-cal needs without being able to a-ord health care were recognized atSt. Luke’s Community Clinic’s An-nual Volunteer Appreciation Din-ner.It was a diverse group, all with astake in continuing St. Luke’s impor-tant provision o medical services tothose in need without the economicresources to access the necessary health care.Te unsure uture o community clinics such as St. Luke’s in the cur-rent volatile rich versus poor po-litical climate was addressed by theclinic’s Board o Directors ChairmanDr. om Rhyne during his remarks.Rhyne observed that an estimated40-million Americans, 15 percent o the population, was currently with-out health insurance.He said whatever the uture bringsin health care reorm – or regres-sion, as the case may be – his boardwas trying to be proactive in prepar-ing or that unknown uture.“Exciting and challenging days lieahead,” Rhyne said o the evolvinghealth care landscape.Indeed they do, as the political letand right squabble over reorm romthe progressive ideal o single-payer,ull coverage or all Americans, paidor by all Americans versus the con-servative goal o a totally privatizedsystem where prot, not health isthe bottom line. Te existing A-ordable Care Act, aka Obamacare,leaves us oundering somewhere inbetween.
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In kicking o the evening andintroducing St. Luke’s Community Clinic’s new Volunteer CoordinatorBen Glenn, Director Glenn Burdicksummarized St. Luke’s work in thiscommunity.Tat work includes:• 1,00 patients, 404 o whom are
From let, volunteers award winners Ann Warburton, RosaBurnette, JoAnn Nichols, Maryanne Williams, Joe and Mary Ann Biggs (not pictured, Sherry Fink).
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