RotaCare Bay Area Inc. is a non profit 501(c)3 public benefit corporation that provides free medical care to those with the greatest need and the least access to medical care. The organization was formed in 1989 when a local Rotarian, Dr. Mark Campbell and his Campbell Rotary Club identified the need of many local residents who had limited access to primary healthcare services. They resolved to meet the need with a clinic in Santa Clara. That first clinic, located on the former Agnews State Hospital site has since closed but in its place we now have 12 clinics located throughout the greater Bay Area. RotaCare clinics are located in Concord, Daly City, Gilroy, Half Moon Bay, Monterey, Mountain View , Pittsburg ,Richmond, San Jose, San Leandro, San Rafael, and Santa Cruz.
RotaCare Bay Area’s Board of Directors is directly responsible to state licensing agencies for the provision of quality medical care and provides legal governance for clinics within their geographical area. RotaCare Bay Area’s Board of Directors is made up of past Rotary District Governors, Club Presidents, Rotarians with selected expertise, community activists, clinic administrators and medical professionals.
RotaCare Bay Area’s administrative team of an executive director and administrative coordinator provide a consistent, reliable level of service and support to our clinics. The administration accomplishes three major goals: sustain and continue the mission of RotaCare, provide support for the clinics, and expand and increase the capacity of the clinics.
Each clinic has an Advisory Council that supports the clinic and is accountable to the RotaCare Bay Area Board of Directors. The board makes legal policy and oversees medical quality assurance for the clinics. The function of the Advisory Council is to preserve and advance RotaCare’s mission and to serve as an Advisory group to the Board of Directors.
The High Cost of Medical Insurance
The economic downturn coupled with rising health care costs has had serious consequences for Americans, and unlike the financial sector, we can not expect a government bailout. Instead, more individuals are incurring oppressive medical debt—more than half of bankruptcies are now due, at least in part, to medical debt.
In California, health insurance premiums for working families skyrocketed over the last eight years leaving many families with no option other than to go uninsured. California’s uninsured population under age 65 is more than 6.6 million which is 20.4% of this population. California has the largest proportion of uninsured in the nation and the largest number of uninsured residents.