Occupy Medical Clinic is full of superheroes. Our volunteers have been laboring behind the scenes to secure a grant to pay for a vehicle to refurbish into a mobile clinic. This will be a portable unit that, since we can sterilize it, we can give more thorough exams and conduct tests to better serve our community. The doctors are already planning where to put the microscope.
This clinic is taking a giant step forward with the care that we can offer our community. We currently spend 3 hours constructing and deconstructing our little tent in the park. Our volunteers are getting weary. This mobile clinic will allow us to drive to a series of locations on a set schedule to serve areas besides downtown. All we need is a parking space.
I can not say enough about the heroic efforts of my beloved volunteers. They have set up our enormous tent to shelter our patients in rain, snow and hail. We still set concrete blocks on the edges of the tent supports because of the wind that one time overturned our tent back in February with the volunteer and the patient still in it. (No damage done.) This tent is both a god send for it’s utility to the clinic but it is a beast to store, transport and set up on clinic day. In 4 hours, we do it all in reverse. The volunteers boldly persevere.
Every Sunday, we offer free medical help to any one in need. This is not as easy as it seems. It takes hours of behind the scenes work to get this clinic operational. There is paperwork to fill out, prescriptions to fill, medical equipment to clean, donations to sort, and the blessed tent to maintain.
The volunteers work hard on their shift during clinic hours. They are friendly, professional and compassionate. They show up every Sunday like clockwork.
I am inspired by the work that we do for the community. I am motivated to ease the suffering that I see around me by working to introduce single payer healthcare to my beloved state by providing an example of managed care.
I knew this would be a big project. I did not know that I would be blown away every week by the valiant efforts of my fellow volunteers. I am just the volunteer coordinator. I don’t have super powers but I hang out with volunteers that do. Come visit us. You will be amazed too.
- Sue Sierralupe, Occupy Medical Volunteer Coordinator
Occupy Medical meeting notes 8/22/12, 6pm
location:New Day Bakery
Attendance: Sue, Lina, Bill, Deb, Jerry, James, Majeska
Majeska introduced a model C version of our grant/grantee relationship. The advantage is that we run our own finance and make the decisions for management. CALC would get copies of the receipts. Getting an EIN will be simple and allow us more autonomy. We need to keep our records clean and transparent. When we get a bank account for managing the grant$. With an EIN, we can put the clinic’s name on the vehicle’s paperwork and insurance papers.
Sue and Majeska will meet with CALC to tie up loose ends concerning the management of grant details.
*We agreed via consensus to get an EIN. – Sue will secure this.
*We agreed via consensus to get a bank account at a credit union.
*We agreed via consensus to make Sue and Jerry the signer on this account.
*We agreed via consensus to allow Majeska and Bill to have information to this account.
We agreed via consensus to make our account a dual signature account.
*We agreed via consensus that any changes to the account (names added or deleted for example) will need consensus to achieve.
*We agreed via consensus that any purchase $100 and over will require a consensus decision.
*We agreed via consensus Petty Cash purchases are less than $100 and that we must save all receipts in regards to the clinic whether it is a donated purchase or a purchase from petty cash so that we can see the true cost of our expenses.
*We agreed via consensus that we need our own prescription pads (the docs have been using their own and it has caused some trouble in their non-occupy lives).
*We agreed via consensus that we will submit a bill for these prescription pads to Occupy for reimbursement. The amount is under $30.
*We agreed via consensus that we are changing the name of our committee to Occupy Medical. This name change reflects our desire to serve all of Lane County, all of Oregon via satellite clinics and, maybe, all of the US. We want to change the face for healthcare for all. Healthcare should be available for every American. This is our mission. Our new name reflects this mission.
The next dental extraction clinic is open now for applications. The clinic is being held September 28th at 8:30pm. FOrms are available at the Lindholm service station on HWY 99. Adrienne will do a preliminary exam of the patients after they fill out their forms to determine if the extractions are an appropriate choice and how many teeth need pulling. We will only be able to serve 10-12 patients this time.