Monthly Archives: September 2012

Get on the Bus!

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Exciting night on Wednesday, when we met the Bus and inaugurated it with a little bubbly. Come on in!

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The cockpit includes not only the quadrophonic sound system (tunes!), but a VCR. What do you want to watch? Salt of the Earth? Fahrenheit 911? The Matrix? Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?

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We needed to check all the cupboards and hideaway spaces. There’s a front door and a back door. Where should we put the lab? Where do we plug in the lights for the dental team? What will it be like?

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Pretend you’re a patient. How does it feel – getting free medical care, without first being asked for proof of income? Without having to prove that you’re poor enough, or sick enough? If you had single-payer, Western-style holistic medicine, this is how it would feel. I call it “true coverage.” Just saying.

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We toasted the Bus while two MDs and a pharmacist-podiatrist schemed how to put in the plumbing. We need hot running water to do some of the simple, low-tech procedures our medical and dental patients need. A coffeemaker couldn’t hurt, of course.

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Serious planning! We needed to figure out preliminary patient flow. Where will we hang curtains to provide privacy? Where can we collect samples and set up the microscope, for our simple lab tests? Will the generator make it hard to hear breath sounds and heart murmurs? Can we take out a couple of the old Bloodmobile couches and put in a regular exam table? On that sheaf of photos of our medical supplies – is that actually a slit lamp?!

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Hail to the mechanics! This is the team that can fix and repair just about anything, for a worthy cause. Making the bus happen – including bringing it home from Portland, parking it on a hill, and driving it through the Whitaker at night – is not for everyone, but their confidence and can-do-it-iveness makes all things possible.

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Every train, and every orchestra, needs a conductor. Sue, that would be you! See you Sunday.

 

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Occupy Medical Meeting notes – 9/19/12

Location:New Day Restaurant
Attendees: Sue, Dr. Leigh, Dr. Jerry, Deb, Dr. Oretes, Sarah

Agenda items were presented by Leigh, Sue and Deb

1. Press releases.
Leigh distributed 3 draft press releases. Comments were solicited.

2. Medic position.
Leigh discusses the possibility of having training for medics that could cover Station 2. Deb suggested that RN should be sufficient for Station 2 regardless of medic training. The suggestion was made that the first 2 hours could be medic/RN and they could treat some patients and refer others to the doc who would be there for 2nd 2 hours. This situation may work better when we have more site to visit.
Leigh recommended a book called “Where There is no Doctor” by the Hisperian Foundation that can be downloaded as an e-book.

3. Web-site
Leigh announced that she’d made changes to the Occupy Medical website. She distributed a handout providing information about how to access the site.

4. New Staff.
Leigh introduced a new doc who is volunteering. Dr. Orestes (now called Dr. O) will be working this Sunday from 3-5. Leigh introduced Sarah how is trained as a midwife and is studying to be a doctor.

Occupy Medical meeting – 9/12/12

Location:Laboratory Restaurant
Attendees: Sue, Dr. David, Dr. Leigh, Dr. Jerry, Deb, Bill, Ambrose, Karen, Majeska, James, Andrea

A. Grant/Financial
1. Employee Identification Number (EIN)
Sue showed the letter from the IRS that confirmed our EIN which was mailed to us (Also confirming our address. This is a step towards 501c3 status and our new bank account.
2. Fiscal sponsorship letter – CALC to OCF
Sue showed the letter dated 9/5/12 from the Executive Director of CALC to Jennifer Durand of OCF accepting fiscal sponsorship of Occupy Medical (OM).
3. Fiscal sponsorship agreement between CALC and OM
Sue shared a draft agreement of our fiscal sponsorship details which was discussed and modified via group agreement with details that needed to be updated.
4. Banking
Majeska noted that Oregon Community Credit Union requires credit scores of over 620 for its signers. She also noted that more than 2 people should be qualified to provide the dual check signature process in case one of the check signers is out of town or unavailable for a purchase requiring a check. The group agreed via consensus to add another check signer to the list.
Pacific Continental Bank doesn’t require credit checks for signers but does require OM to incorporate with the state. This costs $50. Dr. David offered to take care of this assignment. He offered to donate the cost to the clinic. The group consensed to this proposal.
The group consensed to selecting Pacific Continental Bank for our account. We consensed to signing on as a “no member” incorporation with the understanding that it costs $50 to reverse the choice later on.

B. The Bus
1. The group consensed a 2nd time, for our records, that we agree to purchase the Blue Bird Bloodmobile bus that Jerry proposed. Jerry spent $1500 as down payment to reserve the bus and start the repairs.

C. Other issues
1. Sue reminded the group that Occupy Medical is separate from Occupy Eugene due to financial concerns we are not separate from the Occupy Movement. Many OM members are still strong members of Occupy Eugene.
2. As a group, me must upgrade our records into a format that will be user friendly when we ask for other grants and make presentations. Excel has a few programs that may be helpful. We also need to start writing and sending out more press releases to get more donations and spread the message for our cause.