Galveston County Daily News, March 5, 2013 - (Link unavailable)
By Roxi Radi
The free clinic at St. Vincent’s House has been an invaluable resource for the Galveston community for more than 15 years.
The clinic is run by University of Texas Medical Branch students Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It provides medical care to more than 1,500 uninsured patients a year. Without this free service, these patients would have few places to turn.
Although our island may be small, St. Vincent’s is ranked among the five largest student-run free clinics in the United States as far as volunteer hours logged, patients seen and specialty services rendered.
It’s one of the few clinics in the country that has successfully recruited physician specialists in such fields as psychiatry, neurology, dermatology and obstetrics/gynecology to donate their time on a regular basis.
More than 30 medical branch faculty physicians volunteer at the clinic — teaching students and providing the highest level of care to patients.
To continue to keep this great program going, the volunteers at St. Vincent’s will don their performer hats at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Grand 1894 Opera House for the annual St. Vincent’s Benefit Concert.
The concert brings together the most talented of medical branch students, faculty and employees to raise the money that keeps the clinic running. There also will be a raffle with prizes and services donated by companies from all across the island.
The funds raised will help us continue to expand our efforts at St. Vincent’s House Clinic. This year, two of our new initiatives include transitioning all patient medical records into a new Electronic Health Record and introducing a free nutrition class on Saturdays.
Nearly half of UTMB’s medical student population is involved with St. Vincent’s. The experience we receive there is invaluable.
In the free-clinic setting, we get firsthand exposure to issues central to patient care that you can’t learn in school.
We learn to think about cost-effective medications and laboratory tests. We’re responsible for helping patients navigate the maze of medication assistance.
Apart from serving as the medical home for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, the clinic also serves as a bridge to access for the community by helping link patients to free UTMB mammography services.
If patients have abnormal test results from a Pap smear or an HIV screening test, the volunteers help them get enrolled in special UTMB programs for their specific medical needs.
What is unique about this clinic is how much more comprehensive it is than nearly any other student-run clinic in the country.
The UTMB student directors are proud of the caliber of services they are able to offer their patients. Under the leadership of St. Vincent’s House executive director, Michael Jackson, we continue to set bigger and more ambitious goals every year.
We hope you’ll come out and support us.
WHAT: St. Vincent’s concert
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston
TICKETS: $7 in advance, $10 at the door
DETAILS: Raffle tickets are $3 at the door.
Roxi Radi is a third-year medical student at UTMB and will be the director of St. Vincent’s next year. She plans to pursue a career in family medicine.