Summer News from Medworks
A Note from Dr. Belinson
Summer greetings to the Medworks Family!
We were all elated (and quite honestly relieved) by the great success of the Dental Clinic in June. The Medworks staff is already hard at work as we now head toward the August 12th Vision Clinic, but I must admit it is a welcome addition during my day when the images of those busy days surrounding the Dental Clinic enter my thoughts.
YES! the volunteers were amazing; YES! our staff was amazing; Yes! the Convention Center was amazing; and YES! the patients made us all feel special with their genuine appreciation. But those aren’t the images that fill my mind and bring me moments of real joy and satisfaction. I saw, in quiet moments, a multitude of smiles. From the community volunteers and staff. From doctors both young and old who provided care in a way they never had before. Most of my joy is full of images of patient smiles. Smiles from patients in relief from chronic pain and infection. Beautiful, confident smiles from patients who received new teeth.
We all should be proud of this effort. Lives were changed for the better.
As is always the case, celebration is quickly replaced by the tasks at hand: planning for future clinics, fundraising, and designing ways to expand the “good work of Medworks.” We have a lot of exciting plans in the works and we look forward to sharing them with you and making them a reality together.
My best wishes,
Jerome L. Belinson, MD
Medworks delivers unconditional care at Dental Clinic
Over the course of the two-day Dental Clinic we met hundreds of patients with inspiring stories to tell.
A local immigrant student who waited twelve months for dental coverage that cost more than he could afford got relief from his acute pain and antibiotics for an infection. A self-employed contractor who could not afford out-of-pocket costs for dental care and hadn’t seen a dentist in ten years received multiple extractions and a temporary partial. A mom, recently laid-off, brought her daughter to the clinic to get sealants on her teeth.
“I’m a working father of three and my wife is disabled so it’s not easy to ask for help,” said Robert, a patient who received care at the clinic. “I’m thankful to everyone who took time out of their busy lives to help those of us who have no insurance.”
These stories are just a few examples of the lives that we changed and the impact we made, thanks in large part to your support. Thank you for helping Medworks deliver unconditional care!
Improving Health in the US
Oral health is key to overall health
An editorial in The Journal of the American Dental Association (July 2017) tells of the important role dentists play in the health of the population.
“The vital relationship between health and the economy has been recognized and studied, and countries with a healthier workforce see strong economic performance and gain. What often goes unnoticed, however, is the significant role dentists can play in improving the overall health of the population.” Read more.
Upcoming Medworks Events
Clinics and Volunteer Opportunities
Medical and Women’s Health Clinic
September 23rd at Care Alliance Health Center
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