Happy 2020 to our partners and supporters! One of the most relevant healthcare organizations in our community, we are more committed than ever to providing the best care to every patient.
Our Role during the Fires and Power Shutdowns
Last year, many of our patients and communities were exposed to difficult times that significantly affected their health and well-being. The fires in neighboring counties and the power shutdowns experienced in Marin showed us how critical our role is as one of the leading healthcare organizations in Marin County. During Sonoma’s Kincade fire and the mandatory evacuations — which displaced 200,000 people— we worked closely with Marin County’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to provide support to the emergency shelters. As requested by HHS, we sent our nurses to provide first aid to evacuees, as well as much-needed supplies such as antibiotics, insulin, inhalers, and blood pressure medication.
During the most recent power shutdown in Marin, we were one of only two primary care organizations that remained opened. Our two San Rafael clinics were open and operational with the help of generators. During that time, we had 598 medical visits, 46 dental visits, and were able to continue care for patients whose treatments had been initiated prior to the shutdown.
Plans for Future Community Emergencies
We hope these shutdowns do not become the norm, but we are proactively looking for ways to ensure we are able to operate all of our clinic sites whenever needed. We are exploring options for installing energy-efficient solar panels with battery backups. Our goals are to provide care and support to our patients and community during difficult times and to minimize inconveniences and delays in care.
As we plan for 2020, we are excited to continue to grow and to define the future of healthcare in Marin County. Your help is crucial and appreciated as always. Thank you for trusting us and giving us your ongoing support!