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November 4, 2017

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Be the DIFFERENCE; become part of the global Beacon Family!

 

November 31, 2017 | by David Getz, Esq.

 

 

Beacon Clinic is providing health care for people from so many corners of the world.  Patients are coming from the south – Mexico, Central America and the islands!  From Africa – Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger!  From the Middle East – Egypt and Pakistan!  From Asia – Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Nepal!  We are finding communications in diverse languages a real challenge.  Each person tries to have someone accompany them who can speak English, assists in describing the health concerns, and interprets what the Nurse Practitioner diagnoses and treats.  All of our volunteers are learning how to communicate and develop relationships in different cultural patterns.  This is a great learning experience for each of us.

 

Beacon Clinic is now open 16 hours/week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm.  We are in a great need of a second Certified Nurse Practitioner to fulfill the growing patient population needs.

 

Many in the global community are not eligible for Medical Assistance Insurance even though we work diligently with UPMC Pinnacle Navigators to provide such assistance whenever possible.  Therefore, the challenge of diagnostic and medication costs rise with this growing population coming to the clinic.

 

Beacon Clinic is now connected with Americares, an organization that supplies charitable clinics with selected medications at no cost.  Full implementation has been delayed because Americares is responding to recent weather-related disasters.

 

Beacon Clinic is seeking grant monies to install a Heating and Cooling system in the clinic.  This past spring and summer was a fantastic challenge with the high temperatures and humidity.  Both patients and providers had difficulty maintaining any degree of comfort in the clinic.  We hope to hear from these applications soon.

 

We had an exciting opportunity to share information about Beacon Clinic on ABC27 news.  Some of you may have seen the spot.  A number of people coming to the clinic have identified that story as the reason that they heard about the clinic.  We are always open to opportunities to share about the clinic at your churches’ minute for missions, your clubs, and programs of other organizations.

 

We invite you to part of this the global Beacon family.  We are in need of your time, talent, and treasure.  We are always seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks.  If you would like to be part of our journey, please contact our Administrator, Mary Jensik, either by email at mjensik@comcast.net or by phone at 717-775-1111 and leave a message.  And we welcome your financial support as well.  You can send checks to P.O. Box 5870, Harrisburg, PA 17110-5870.  You can now donate via PayPal.  Details and a link can be found on the Donate tab of our website.

Substance Abuse Session

A very informative, lively information session for teens about the abuse and misuse of tobacco, alcohol and drugs was held by Steven White, staff of the Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alchol Service. Lots of interaction between the teens and the presenter.  The teens themselves shared some of their own experiences and understanding particularly about the effects of alcohol and tobacco upon one's health and functioning.  It was fascinating to see how the interactive experiences affected those who participated - especially the experience of DUI.  Another session will be held later in the summer.  If you would be interested in participating in the program on drug use and misuse ; call Ruth Stoll, DNSc, RN at Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope, 717-775-1111

 

Kay Huber and Ruth Stoll were interviewed by Nathan and Patricia Gadsden for a showing of Beacon Clinic on their TV program Life Esteem, channel 21 on Christmas morning. Watch the interview above!

Expansion

Education room is now being used for educational sessions. Sessions have been held. Beginning response of patients is beginning. Patients have made requests for more sessions on drug prevention and cancer prevention.  A diabetic support group will begin in the fall."

 

Personnel

Lorraine Bock, DNP , nurse practitioner, has been an additional provider for the last month. She is highly praised for her care of patients just as Kay Huber, CRNP is. We trust that Lorraine will continue to be with us intermittently increasing our capacity to care for patients. She recruited her mother as a receptionist for Thursday mornings.

 

We continue to increase our care of new persons. 340 individuals and over 450 return visits at the clinic. If you haven’t had a chance check out the advertisement of Beacon Clinic on WITF TV/Beacon Clinic. We are receiving very positive feedback.

 

Immediate Need!

[  ] A Social Worker

[  ] Behavioral Health Counselor

[  ] Health Educator

 

Contact Ruth Stoll, DNSc, RN. at ruthbak20@gmail.com

 

Wish List:

[  ] two 8-foot tables for education sessions

[  ] Educational CDs and DVDs – Money to purchase

[  ] Cabinet to house educational materials

 

Patient Responses to Care

We are grateful for the testimonials of patients regarding care at Beacon.  One of these successes is a patient recovering from a modified radical mastectomy surgery. On her journey from diagnosis to surgery to wholeness she has expressed gratitude for her transformation of hope.  Because she is unable to work due to surgery and chemotherapy follow-up, she has needed food supplies, transportation to hospital,  contact with social agencies for Social security applications, housing payments, prescription payments, dental care and hypertension monitoring and prayer! Each time I see L. she expresses her amazement and gratitude for the monumental and comprehensive care she has received in and through Beacon Clinic.

 

 

Another testimonial:

“I was not in a very happy place when I came in for my first appointment at the Beacon Clinic.  I was sad, out of work for nearly a year, trying to get my life together after a stroke, without health insurance and in a terribly bad financial state.  ... The wonderful nurses and receptionist got me right in to see Kay, the Nurse Practitioner.  Kay was amazing!  Not only did she help get my blood pressure under control, she made a call to a friend of hers to help me with my work situation.  … One of the most significant things that Kay did for me was … SHE LISTENED. Kay took the TIME I NEEDED so she could get to know me and my situation ... By the time I left the clinic that day, I was happy, feeling like I could make it – like someone actually cared enough about me, that perhaps I was worth it… ”  (A.K.)

“Go back? He thought. No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

 

“Health is at least eighty percent nonmedical, involving lifestyle issues, relationships, the person’s environment and economics. Healthcare providers who seek to change the health of their patients NEED the partnership of individuals, churches, and the community.”  (Carolyn Klaus, M.D,, Upholding the Vision) Beacon Clinic is moving quickly into its third year of service.  Patient visits are increasing.  We are growing in the care of patients and the activities offered:

  • Seventy patients were cared for in February, 2017. Fifty of these patients were follow-up visits and 17 new patients. We have seen over 57 persons with hypertension.
  • Expansion of clinic hours from 12 hrs.to 16 hrs. is being considered.
  • A class for persons with diabetes was held in March by a Diabetic Educator from Pinnacle Health System. Request for a diabetic support group has come from a patient. A follow-up session on nutrition for diabetes is scheduled.
  •  Four additional classes highlighting nutrition, hypertension, cancer prevention and prevention of drug and alcohol use/abuse will be offered in April and May.
  • Two new RN volunteers have come on board. They fit in beautifully.
  • Total medication costs for February, 2017 was $1,936.61.  Of that total, $1.181.42 was for medications for chronic illness.
  • Housing along with medical care has been found for one of the patients. Referral to Vision Resources for glasses is in process.

It is evident that much of the care we provide is for patients with chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses cannot be cured but they can be managed well with medication, lifestyle changes and continual monitoring. Beacon Clinic is providing the comprehensive care and monitoring which we hope can affect the health and well-being of these persons.

We are asking you, our contributors, to partner with us on behalf of your neighbors with chronic illness and no means to obtain essential care.  Your gift of any amount will support:

  • Lifesaving Prescription medications;
  • Additional providers of care to increase the number of people served; and
  • Education/support sessions focused on healthy lifestyle applications.

We appreciate your generosity and the gifts you have shared and will share.  As I said before, “Only thing to do is go forward.”  We trust you will join us in the journey!

 

“Coming to Beacon Clinic is one of the highlights of my week.  Two beautiful things are happening here: first, from the minute clients walk through the door, they are treated with kindness, respect and dignity.  That is no small thing as I often see anxious guarded people come into the clinic, and when they leave they are smiling and visibly more relaxed.  Second, these clients are receiving excellent health care, possibly for the first time in their lives.  I have seen scary, “rush me to the ER” high blood pressures stabilized to normal numbers over the course of several weeks.  The continuity of care is a treasure. The clinic advocates well for the clients to receive necessary tests and consultations in the health care community.” 

-- Jo Davidson, RN. Volunteer

 

“ I came to the clinic to check my stomach after referral from Medical Outreach Clinic. [Most helpful care at the clinic] was helping me getting back on track after a long stress. Medications I received were very helpful in giving me a healthy life I am very grateful, I’m very happy with the care and how the staff treat me. Very good job.”

--H.H.

 

“Came because of back pain.  After losing my job and health benefits…Beacon was hope in time of need. I was able to get my medications free.”

 

 “Thank you for all your help.  I have been blessed with insurance coverage and started going to Hamilton Health Center….I really do appreciate you all so much and the care you have given me, and continue to provide this community. God bless you all.”

-- Note sent to clinic

 

“ I am unable to attend the breakfast.  I’m encouraged with how well things are going with the clinic. Blessings to you all for working so hard to give quality care to people who would not get it otherwise.”

-- Pastor Joel Smith, Daybreak Church, Mechanicsburg

 

Donations have been received from patients in gratitude. – as small as “all the change in my pocket” to a $100.00 check from a mother in gratitude for the care given to her son.

 

Located in the REAR of St. Paul's Episcopal Church

248 Seneca Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

717-775-1111  |  Email: beaconclinicpa@gmail.com

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am - 2 pm and 3-7 pm