And here we are with Miss Irene. Such a sweet woman.
Last night we all met back up at the Community Medical Mission. This is a great program I just learned about a couple of months ago. A local doctor, Dr. Culbertson, started this center (along with much help from the community) about a year ago. This is a free service offered to Scott County residents who have no health insurance, medicaid or medicare. I wouldn't have guessed there would be such a need for this, but there is. There are several working families whose companies don't offer insurance, but because they're working they don't qualify for medicare. The Health Department donates their facilities every Thursday from 5:30-7:30. Everyone that works in the CMM is volunteering their time, even the doctors and nurses. There were 2 doctors there last night and probably 5 nurses. We all checked patients in, made files, appointments cards and any other "general" task that they needed. What I thought was really cool, was a young 13 year old girl who works there every week. Her mom is a nurse that seems to pretty much run the CMM, and she's there with her every week, and she said they come almost every night to do something, whether it's filing, calling patients or scheduling appointments. She was the main one that showed us what to do. It was refreshing to see a young person there helping others, she was fun to talk to. We also had one man taken out in an ambulance who came in complaining of chest pains. I couldn't help but think if the CMM hadn't been there, would he have seeked medical attention?
I think yesterday really meant a lot to all of us. We've talked about trying to help with at least one of these projects every month, hopefully that will happen. I think it's important for all of us to take time out of our lives to give back to those around us.