Marin Community Clinics invites you to the Summer Solstice Celebration to support a healthy Marin. Join us for an evening of music, food, wine, and fun on Friday, June 21, 2013, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Marin County Supervisors Susan L. Adams, Steve Kinsey, Judy Arnold, Katie Rice, and Kathrin Sears are Honorary Co-Chairs of the event. Proceeds benefit Marin Community Clinics’ Primary Healthcare Programs.
Spend a warm summer evening celebrating the achievements of two exceptional Marinites who are dedicated to the well-being of Marin’s low-income and uninsured residents.
Awards will be made to the 2013 Community Health Champions:
Dr. Georgianna Farren has been a physician at Marin Community Clinics for over half of her 30-year career in Internal Medicine. Since 2005 she has served as our Chief Medical Officer, combining her passion for practicing medicine in a diverse community with leadership skills that have enabled our unprecedented growth during her tenure. Recently Dr. Farren has successfully led clinicians and staff through several major initiatives, including electronic health records implementation, and developing new programs including behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, and diabetes management. Currently she is leading our efforts to become an accredited Patient Centered Medical Home; we expect to achieve the first level of National Committee for Quality Assurance accreditation later this year.
Dr. Farren worked closely with the leadership of the County Health & Human Services Dept., Prima Medical Foundation, and Marin General Hospital to develop an innovative inpatient Maternity Care Delivery System when Marin Community Clinics expanded its Women’s Health Program to include obstetrics and gynecology. Collaboration with community partners has been a hallmark of Dr. Farren’s tenure as CMO.
Dr. Farren received her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine, Master of Education at University of Virginia, and Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley. Additionally she was Research Director at Zero Breast Cancer for three years, serving as co-principal investigator for studies regarding breast cancer in Marin County. She has also served as Medical Consultant for Dominican University, and is currently the President-Elect of Marin Medical Society and a member of the Physician Advisory Committee for Partnership HealthPlan.
Dr. Steven Schroeder has spent his long medical career devoted to improving the long term health of his entire community. As Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care at UCSF, he has launched countless careers in Internal Medicine. He also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF. The Center works with health care leaders nationwide to increase the cessation rate for smokers. It has, among other things, engaged the mental health treatment community in reducing tobacco use. He has held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington University, as well as UCSF where he founded its division of general internal medicine.
Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1990-2002, he guided the foundation to fulfill its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. He has published extensively in the fields of clinical medicine, prevention, public health, and tobacco control. He was a member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine for 18 years and is a board director of the James Irvine Foundation, the Robina Foundation, Marin General Hospital, and Mathematica Policy Research.
From treating patients as a volunteer (early in our history, at sites in local churches) to more recently serving as Honorary Campaign Committee Chair of our Building a Healthy Future capital campaign, Marin Community Clinics has been fortunate that Dr. Schroeder has shared his expertise with us.
We extend our gratitude to these Sponsors for their support of the Summer Solstice Celebration.
County of Marin
Clinic Pharmacies, Inc.
Marin Independent Journal
Marin Sanitary Service
Meritage Medical Network
Bank of Marin
Farrallone Pacific Insurance Services
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael
MCC Building Maintenance
Bon Air Center
Frank Howard Allen, Realtors
Montecito Market Place
Susan L. Adams, John & Elizabeth Boland, Deborah Breiner, James Clever, M.D. & Linda Clever, M.D., Stone Coxhead, Keith Denkler, M.D., Art Feagles, Dr. & Mrs. Louis J. Geissberger, Liz & Joe Greenberg, Griswold Family Fund, Doris Hunker, Jan & Bill Kerr, Jennifer & Thomas Loucks, Cris MacKenzie, Dorothea Mahan, Jane Marra, Bill & Janet McAllister, Marilyn Messer, Gloria Miner, Jerry & Becky Oken, Nancy Schlegel, Judie & Leonard Shaw, Martin & Elizabeth Sleath, Susy & Bill Stewart, M.D., David & Mary Sullivan, Linda & Frank Tavaszi, Jim & Joanne Taylor, Betty L. Viering, Jerald & Sharon Young
Erik Schten, MD, is Best Doctor in Marin
Dr. Erik Schten, Medical Director of Marin Community Clinics’ Novato clinic has been named the Best Doctor in Marin County by Partnership HealthPlan of California members. Partnership HealthPlan is the administrator of Medi-Cal benefits in six California counties, including Marin, and soon will be expanding its reach to eight more counties. Hundreds of Medi-Cal patients were surveyed in those counties and the results of the “Best Doctor Contest” were announced at an April luncheon.
We are proud that Dr. Schten’s patients enthusiastically reported him to be “the Best”. According to Dr. Schten, “the quality of the team we have here in the Novato clinic allows me to practice well and this translates into patient satisfaction.”
Resources for Information on the Affordable Care Act
We are grateful to Bobbie Wunsch of Pacific Health Consulting Group and Pedro Toledo of Redwood Community Health Coalition who presented a lively and informative “Conversation on the Affordable Care Act” hosted by Marin Community Clinics in February 2013. They sorted out many of the changes that are coming to healthcare in 2014, while noting that several of the details are still being developed. The sessions were attended by consumers, healthcare providers and advocates, and County officials. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, here are some online resources.
California’s healthcare insurance exchange enables California consumers to shop for insurance and get help paying for it.
Federal government website related to the Affordable Care Act, designed for consumers
Health Reform: 7 Things You Need to Know Now
Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now
Health Care Reform Frequently Asked Questions compiled by California Primary Care Association.
Kaiser Family Foundation website provides in-depth information on key health policy issues, and interactive tools to determine how health care reform will impact you.
Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum has multiple Asian language capacity and is a great resource for information about the implications of health policy on API communities.
Patrick Bennett, MD, is Heart of Marin Volunteer
of the Year for 2012
Dr. Patrick Bennett of Marin Urology Group has brought health and healing to Marin County's underserved residents for 16 years. He currently volunteers for both Marin Community Clinics and Operation Access. He takes time away from his busy private practice to provide specialty care for our patients once a month, and to donate surgical procedures through Operation Access on a regular basis. Dr. Bennett’s patients and colleagues alike recognize that he is highly skilled, compassionate, and truly devoted to his patients.
In 2012, Dr. Bennett increased his volunteer efforts, demonstrating an even more exceptional level of care, commitment and compassion as many other specialists felt the impact of a shrinking economy and pulled back from their volunteer activities. The Marin County safety net has a large need for urology services, and Dr. Bennett has played a key role in addressing this need. He is currently the most engaged urologist in the county safety net. For his commitment and exceptional devotion to his patients, Dr. Bennett was awarded the Heart of Marin Award for Volunteer of the Year. CONGRATULATIONS and thank you, Dr. Bennett. And thank you to Operation Access for everything they do to care for our patients in need of surgical procedures. Read more from the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
Optometry Launched in San Rafael & Novato
Marin Community Clinics is proud to announce the 2013 launch of optometry services, a joint venture of UC Berkeley School of Optometry, the County of Marin Health & Human Services Department, and Marin Community Clinics. Optometry clinics are housed at the Marin Health & Wellness Campus at 3260 Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael, and in Novato, next to the Dental Clinic.
Comprehensive eye care is now available for people of all ages who are patients of Marin Community Clinics – Mondays and Wednesdays in San Rafael and Tuesdays in Novato. Patients of other safety net community health centers in Marin County will be able to receive the services at our clinics soon. Eye exams are being offered at an affordable price, with sliding scale discounts provided based on income and family size. Prescription eyewear will be available for a low price at the clinic, or the prescriptions may be used at other outlets.
Our aging population will benefit from prevention or early detection of eye diseases such as retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Children will benefit from early correction of issues that could otherwise lead to learning problems.
This joint venture provides UC Berkeley School of Optometry interns opportunities to advance their knowledge, proficiency and exposure in the diagnosis, treatment and management of eye and vision disorders in diverse, underserved populations. It will allow them to advance their knowledge of systemic disorders and associated findings and interact with a multi-disciplinary assessment team and obtain skills in discussing the optometric findings with other health care professionals.
For more information, read the Marin Independent Journal article of January 10, 2013.