Unemployed. Uninsured.

Unemployed. Uninsured.

RotaCare FREE Clinic Welcomes All to its New Facilities


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Mountain View, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 6, 2003–With an unemployment rate nearing 10% of the population in Santa Clara County, and considering many of those who are employed have little or no insurance it is obvious that Silicon Valley is facing a health-care crisis. In fact, the employed are the fastest growing group of uninsured in California, according to the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies at U.C.-Berkeley

The re-opening of the RotaCare Free Clinic in Mountain View is a welcome addition to the community victimized by the dot-com crash as well as a growing population of people who just can’t afford insurance.

“After getting laid-off I was able to obtain health insurance through COBRA, however after a period of time I made a drastic decision to prioritize my bills and pay for needed expenses such as my mortgage, food, clothing and other mounting obligations” said Julius VanLingen, an unemployed Software Engineer and Rotacare client. “Many professional people have a stigma about going to a free clinic. I had to put aside my pride and place my health first.

Originally, in 1996 the Rotacare Clinic was held two nights a week at St. Athanasius Church in Mountain View. The entire clinic had to be set up and taken down each night. In 2000 it moved to Castro Commons on Castro Street. Then in 2003, when the lease was up the clinic was given a new, permanent home on the campus of El Camino Hospital

Today, the Clinic operates five days a week and offers an array of additional medical services including immunization, subsidized medications, and access to medical specialists (chiropractor, optometrist, dermatologist, etc.). Over 90 professional and lay volunteers support the small salaried staff of the clinic.

“We are excited about being in a new building, the expansion of services and being able to serve the community who needs us the most,” says Dr. David Quincy of Camino Medical Group and volunteer Clinic medical director for the past seven years.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rotacare Clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2003 from 5:30- 7:30pm at El Camino Hospital 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Special guests include Toyota Atlantic Racecar driver, Luis “El Chapulin” Diaz of Mexico City and Warner Music recording artist Manuel Romero as well as local politicians and community leaders.

El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and serves the communities of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and parts of Palo Alto and San Jose. El Camino Hospital has previously been named as one of the country’s Top 100 Hospitals by HCIA, a healthcare data analysis firm. http://www.elcaminohospital.org

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CONTACT:

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Darlene Tenes, 408-280-0435

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El Camino Hospital Foundation

Joan Rosselle, 650-988-7659

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