Santa Cruz Clinic
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
1777 Capitola Road
Clinic Operations Manager: Ron Sekkel (831) 588-7004
A Volunteer Perspective!
Written by James Cranston, EMT and head of our RotaCare Santa Cruz Clinic Triage Department.
Imagine not changing anything about your daily routine, and over several months finding you weighed twenty pounds less. Then imagine the concern that gnaws at you, wondering what could be wrong? ‘Why am I loosing this weight, why do I feel tired all the time?’ Is it cancer? Then, couple these concerns for one’s health with the lack of health insurance or access to quality medical care and one begins to understand how the stresses begin to compound to deleterious effect.
Recently I had the privilege of triaging a patient presenting with such symptoms. He appeared worn out, having been turned away from care for lack of insurance. I noticed him in the waiting area on two successive Tuesday evenings, and although I didn’t check him in I was curious about his case. On the very next Tuesday I had the opportunity to triage him. This time he was smiling, noticeably lighter. I looked at his chart and saw a diagnosis of diabetes. In the intervening month he had started medication, and gained ten pounds. When I congratulated him, a huge smile spread across his face. He now knew what was wrong with him and was engaged in a course of treatment, all without health insurance or cost.
It is experiences like this that make it a great honor and privilege to volunteer with such a group of dedicated and talented volunteers, who show up on a weekly basis to deliver the highest quality care possible. My work with the clinic enhances my life.
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits • 514 Valley Way • Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: 408-379-8000 • Fax: 408-263-8191