Oakland Park clinic offers free medical services to those in need

GET IT. >> Laurie: THERE’S A LOT OF TALK THESE DAYS ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. BUT NO MATTER WHAT PLAN YOU LIKE, ONE THING EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON IS THAT FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES GETTING GOOD HEALTH CARE IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. IN TODAY’S HEALTH CAST OR MEDICAL SPECIALIST KRISTI KRUEGER ATTENTION US TOO A UNIQUE CLINIC IN OAKLAND PARK WHERE VOLUNTEERS ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE. >> Kristi: WHEN NURSE PRACTITIONER LYNN PALMA ISN’T TEACHING AT FLORIDA ATLANTA UNIVERSITY, SHE’S HERE VOLUNTEERING. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD CLINIC PROVIDES FREE MEDICAL SERVICES TO UNINSURED AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN BROWARD. >> I HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. I CAN TEACH AT THE UNIVERSITY AND I ALSO GET TO PRACTICE MY SKILLS IN THE SETTING THAT’S VERY FLEXIBLE. >> Kristi: LYNN IS ONE OF 53 VOLUNTEERS NURSES AND DOCTORS FROM 16 DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES WHO KEEP THIS CLINIC RUNNING. LAST YEAR THEY TOUCHED THE LIVES OF ALMOST 10,000 PATIENTS. >> DO YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES? >> Kristi: DR. RICARDO REYES SPECIALIZES IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND & HAS A THRIVING PRIVATE PRACTICE BUT IS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF LIGHT OF WORLD CLINIC. TALK WITH CONVENIENCE. WHEN DR. REYES IS DONE SEEING HIS PAYING PATIENTS HE ONLY HAS TO WALK RIGHT DOWN THE HALLWAY TO HIS CLINIC. >> IT’S ONCE A MONTH, TWICE A MONTH THAT THE DOCTORS VOLUNTEER, BUT THAT’S A BIG HELP BECAUSE EVERYBODY WHO PUTS A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR TIME CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. >> WE DO GET SOME DONATIONS. >> Kristi: AND IT’S NOT JUST MEDICAL CARE. THE CLINIC HAS A ROOM FULL OF DONATED MEDICATIONS. SOME ARE STATE-OF-THE-ART AND PRICEY. LYNN IS A DIABETES EDUCATOR. >> I KNOW THAT IT’S PROBABLY $300. >> AND YOU CAN GIVE IT TO YOUR PATIENTS FOR FREE. >> I CAN GIVE IT TO THEM FOR FREE. >> WOW. >> Kristi: ON THIS DAY ROSE MARCH MARIE COMES TO THE CLINIC TELLING ME THAT IF IT WEREN’T FOR THESE VOLUNTEERS SHE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE. IT’S FOR MOST ROSE CENTURY THOUSANDS LIKE HER THAT LYNN HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING HERE FOR 17 YEARS. >> AND I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT WE SEE IN THIS CLINIC. THEY’RE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL, AND THEY APPRECIATE THE CARE THAT YOU GIVE TO THEM. >> Kristi: AND COMING UP THIS SATURDAY ON MARCH 18th, THE LIGHT OF WORLD CLINIC WILL BE HOSTING A COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO. LOTS OF FREE SCREENING OFFERED. IT’S A CORAL RIDGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 9:00 IN THE MORNING. FOR LOTS MORE INFORMATION HEAD

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