Western Sky Medical Research Supported The Rotacare Clinic this weekend. Patterned after similar successful clinics on the West Coast, the El Paso Rotacare clinic opened in September 2014. Its mission: to provide free medical care for those who have the greatest need and the least access, and to provide learning opportunities for medical doctors and other related health care students.
The resident physicians and medical students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso are enthusiastic and happy to be a part of this learning experience.
Pre-med students from the University of Texas at El Paso, who act as front desk intake personnel, are equally proud and pleased to play a part, and help facilitate the smooth running of the clinic. One member of this student group is now enrolled in the Foster medical school.
Other professional personnel who provide excellent services in the weekly operation include registered nurses, social workers and a nutritionist. Staff physicians from the Foster med school provide supervision of the teaching.
The clinic, located at 301 S. Schutz in Ysleta, is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday. The site was chosen to serve an underserved population and has good public transportation nearby. It provides free medical care to all comers, regardless of ability to pay. Its funding is entirely non-governmental.
Much of the funding has come from donations from Rotary Club members. The El Paso Rotary Foundation has provided much needed funds when required. Other large donations came from generous non-Rotarians who provided many free services, including construction of the facility, installation of heating and cooling, roofing, painting, installation of windows, flooring, carpentry, phone service and other functions to create a modern, efficient medical building. The contractor was David Kessinger, immediate past president of the club.
The clinic houses four examining rooms, one designated for women’s health care by an El Paso gynecologist, Dr. Anne Hale.
The current patient enrollment is about 20 patients each Saturday and is augmented by excellent laboratory facilities that provide the necessary data to aid in the diagnosis of each patient. Referrals as indicated are made to University Medical Center Hospital, or other nearby hospitals.
The true value of this free clinic endeavor can be stated by a quotation from one of the opening day attendees: “The Rotacare Clinic is the newest tile in a great mosaic of human care.”
Donations are always welcomed. Send checks to: Rotacare, c/o Greg Hartley, 4130 Rio Bravo, El Paso TX 79902.