RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. (RotaCare) currently provides consistent, caring service and support for each of our twelve free clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Joaquin counties with 95% volunteer staff. Our team brings centralized oversight and support in the form of best practices and quality care for all of our clinics. To provide the best patient care possible RotaCare adheres to the following three major goals:
Our Administrative Team
Our Board of Directors
RotaCare’s Board of Directors is made up of Rotarians, community activists, clinic administrators and medical professionals. Our Board of Directors is directly responsible to state licensing agencies for the provision of quality medical care and provides legal governance for the clinics. Additionally, each RotaCare clinic has an Advisory Councils that supports the clinic's efforts and is accountable to the RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. Board of Directors.
Greetings from the CEO
Having been with RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. for two months now, it has been my pleasure to meet many of you and to visit many of the clinics. Already, it is apparent how fortunate we are to have such a vibrant and inspiring group of volunteers and staff providing our critical services. I commend you in your extraordinary efforts and am very pleased to have joined the team.
Here are some of the great things that have happened this quarter at RotaCare, but before that you need to understand the changing dynamics we face at RotaCare due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As you know, the United States has a rich and successful history of progress based on its expanding influx of immigrant labor. From a public health standpoint, we cannot afford to marginalize the medical needs of this sector of our workforce. Additionally, we need to support those members of our community that are economically stressed and are therefore without access to the medical care they need. The health of all these sectors of our population directly affects our national health. While our health has been traditionally measured by the cumulative disease burden of our population, it is time to reassess our national health and measure it by access to care.
The ACA has made huge in-roads into providing healthcare for many, but unfortunately gaps remain at the state, county and tribal government levels to provide access to primary care for all. RotaCare Bay Area, Inc.’s free clinics are working hard to address these gaps. There are large numbers of uninsured, underinsured and undocumented individuals still not served in our healthcare programs. Additionally, the ACA’s push ‘to insure all’ did not addressed the concurrent need to increase the number of medical providers to care for the increased percentage of insured individuals that now access medical care. The lack of practitioners is evident today in the amount of time patients spend waiting for primary care services at community clinics.
RotaCare’s free clinics address both the medical access and medical practitioner shortfalls by providing free medical care to anyone in need and by utilizing retired and volunteer staff in their ‘after hours’ to meet the shortage of medical providers. In summary, we are “The Safety Net for the Safety Net” that is the Affordable Care Act. Of course, as we watch the presidential elections in November, we remain hopeful the new administration will positively affect the landscape providing medical care to those in need.
Given our important work, I would like to highlight some of RotaCare’s achievements and upcoming events. RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. is expanding!
. . . and we are not stopping there. Many of the clinics are adding new services and expanding their hours.
We have also undergone some major internal changes. Please welcome our new Board Chair, Mr. Steve Polcyn, and extend an enormous thank you to our Past Board Chair, Mr. John Thomas. Our staff line-up has also changed. I am pleased to welcome our new Development Director, Shiloh Kaho, who comes to us with the solid fundraising experience and enthusiastic outlook we need to meet our fiscal goals.
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Again, thank you all for your dedicated work, support and commitment “to provide medical care for those who have the greatest need and the least access.” Thank you for making us “The Safety Net for The Safety Net.”