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GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY CLINIC TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH A REMODEL
Thanks to local foundation support, the Garden City Community Clinic is set to expand services through a remodel of its facility. Since December 2002, the clinic has provided integrated medical, dental and mental health services out of a converted warehouse. Now, it will fill out the last remaining convertible space in the building with two new counseling offices and create an third dental operatory from an existing office.
MONTHLY VPN REFERRALS
For the last fiscal year, 1230 patients were referred to specialty appointments through the Volunteer Physicians Network. This represents about $980,000 worth of facilitated care that was donated
Social Services Coordinator Joe Ramaker counsels with patients and oversees interns.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ON THE RISE “The demand for these services just continues to grow,” said Tamara Fredrickson, who is the clinic’s director and staff Nurse Practitioner. “We have seen an increase in the amount and severity of our patients’ mental health conditions, including an increase in suicidality.” Idaho notoriously has one of the lowest mental health care spending per capita in the nation and the fourth highest suicide rate. Through a partnership with Idaho State University Department of Counseling in Meridian, masters level counseling students are able to volunteer at the Clinic. Unfortunately, with three volunteer counselors looking to fill practicum hours, there just isn’t enough space and counseling sessions bounce from room to room.
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GAP MED PRESCRIPTIONS
During the last fiscal year, about 3900 monthly prescriptions were provided to patients of the Garden City Community Clinic through various sources at little to no cost ($4) to patients.
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INSPIRING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES EVERYWHERE
Dr. Karl with Baby Karl: an infant that was born at the PEFA Mercy Medical Centre and named after him
Since the opening of the maternal facility last August, more than 90 babies have been safely delivered.
TWO CULTURES, TWO NURSES – ONE MISSION
BY LORRIE APEL, RN AND GENESIS BOARD MEMBER
In 2010, I joined the Kenya medical team and every one of us came home with jiggers. Jiggers are sand fleas which live in dry dusty areas of Kenya and burrow into the skin of your feet. They were relatively easy to get rid of and not one of us had further problems and we had a great story to tell! I took care of countless children and many adults suffering from infections as a result of jiggers. It was a point of frustration because this infestation is easily prevented with good hygiene and sweeping of their houses. I was able to go back this past June and did wound care again. This time, Kenyan nurses joined us and I had the pleasure to work alongside Martha. We had one case of jiggers in a small boy that had progressed to an infection. Martha did the soaking and the extracting of the jiggers and showed me how it was done in Kenya. She commented how wonderful it was to have clean gauze, ointments, peroxide & scissors to really do a good job with this child. We were able to give him pain medicine so he could rest when he got home. While we worked together we realized how much alike we were and how closely related our values were. We were two nurses who wanted to make a difference, do some good, and teach people how to have a better quality of life after we were gone. She was encouraged that I really listened to her ideas and we talked about ways we could partner in the future. Martha was impressed with what the people of Burangi, with help from Genesis and MAP, had accomplished in just two short years. Meeting and working with my sister nurses was one of my greatest joys on this trip and we encouraged each other. These Kenyan nurses empowered the Burangi community by giving them knowledge to prevent many illnesses and avoid the jiggers. The education with proper supplies for treatment has had an important impact over the last two years. I saw fewer cases of jiggers this time and not one of this year’s team came home with a single jigger!
A FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP
In June, we celebrated with our long-term partners in Ndumberi Kenya at the PEFA Mercy Medical Centre. We could have never predicted all the twists and turns that transpired over the last 9 years, resulting in a sustainable, financially independent clinic that serves over 2200 patients a month, including labor and delivery services and spiritual support. Dr. Watts was able to attend an afternoon event in the typical Kenyan fashion of great food, lively singing and heartfelt praise to God for the work that has been accomplished. This clinic is a beacon of light for this community and many of its patients bypass other clinics because of the loving manner in which the staff provides care. We look forward to many more years of partnership with the PEFA Mercy Ministries.
THE FACES OF PEOPLE SERVED BY GENESIS WORLD MISSION
Janna, applying for assistant manager job “Before I got a new set of teeth here, people would throw my resume aside in front of me because of my toothy smile. Now I have the confidence to go and apply for jobs I couldn’t dream of holding before.” Burangi Mom Parents all over the world have the same hopes, dreams, and concerns for their children and their future. This child now stands a chance of leading a healthy life.
Gabrielle, Burangi Community Health Committee Chairman
A NATIONWIDE HOUSE PARTY HAPPENING NEAR YOU
“The more you know, the more you don’t know. Never before have we been helped in this way, we are learning how to help ourselves, in the past others have come, but they did not give us knowledge, they just gave us stuff that we did not know how to manage.”
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MENTAL AND DENTAL HEALTH EXPANSION
WE’RE GETTING THERE!
The building of the Burangi clinic is well on its way. The community has saved us over $16,000 by donating their labor. An additional $18,000 is needed to complete the construction of phase one, and plans are underway for the second phase.
A NATIONWIDE DINNER WITH A HANDFUL OF FRIENDS
We invite you to join us for the “Empower Burangi Dinners” on September 22. You’ll join several friends (old or new) for dinner at a home near you, in coordination with multiple other hosts’ sites across the US. Our last dinner in May raised over $8800 to support the Total Health Village in Burangi.
“We already have the volunteer capacity to do a lot more so we are very grateful to be able to add some dedicated counseling space for our volunteers this fall,” said Joe Ramaker, who is a licensed professional counselor and supervises the ISU students’ work at the clinic. In the past year, social work consultations and counseling visits have increased by 138% over the previous year. Now, the clinic is bracing for the impact of the loss of Boise’s Methodist Counseling Center, the sliding scale clinic closed this summer after six years of operation. The clinic agreed to store the counseling center’s patient records for future retrieval in exchange for equipment and furniture that MCC was looking to dispose of.
TOOTH DECAY: A HIDDEN PREVALANT CHRONIC DISEASE
Tooth decay ranks among the world’s most prevalent chronic diseases; among the uninsured that the clinic serves, it is on top of the list. In order to treat more patients with its volunteer corps more efficiently, the clinic will add a third dental operatory that will be set up for hygiene care, which includes digital x-rays for treatment planning. “We’d love a digital panoramic x-ray,” said Fredrickson, “but unless one is donated to us, we don’t have the finances right now even though we’ve reserved some wall space for it.”
ATTEND OR HOST A DINNER
If you are interested in either attending or hosting a dinner, we would be excited to have you join in on the “funra ise r !” F e el f re e t o c o nt act firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 208-869-7023.
LOCAL FOUNDATION SUPPORT MAKES EXPANSION POSSIBLE
Foundation support for the expansion and remodel includes contributions from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation ($50,000), the Pape Family Foundation ($5,000), and Trinity Health, the Catholic network that owns Saint Alphonsus Health System ($10,000).
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Would you like people to know your business supports the goal of healthier communities. We’re now soliciting sponsorships for our 2013 events that provide visibility for your business at throughout the year. For information, contact Steve at 854-3942.
For Garden City Community Clinic Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation for clinic expansion, $50,000 Papė Family Foundation for mental health expansion, $5000 Julius C Jeker Foundation for operations, $10,000 Trinity Health/Saint Alphonsus Foundation for occupancy expenses related to mental health/dental expansion, $10,000 Methodist Counseling Center, donation of equipment to supply counseling rooms
Burkhart Dental Supply, golf tournament
proceeds for dental clinic, $1378 Garden City Chamber of Commerce golf scramble proceeds including sponsorships from Idaho Power, Norco and Blue Cross of Idaho, $4800 Sunrise Rotary of Boise for heavy duty scales for Clinic, $500 Greater Boise Rotary Foundation for Diabetic Strips for clinic, $2538 For International Programs Salisbury Maryland Rotary Club for container shipping costs which will be matched by that Rotary District, $3683
David Taylor for Pastor Steve and Mrs. Richard Ordaz for Angie Alvey Donald Gwinn for Dave Hall and the people Joan Senyk for Dr. Karl Watts Michelle Paschal for Don and Tracy Ritter
of Burangi Vicki Tollefson
Cynthia Fairfax for Conrad Fourney. Bobbi Dunn for Bill Dunn David Wong for Audrey Lloyd
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