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August Update 2016

By August 23, 2016November 24th, 2020No Comments

MCC at a Glance

  • Third largest health care provider in Marin, serving approximately 35,000 patients/year; almost 40% are children
  • Nine clinics at six sites (medical, dental and teen)
  • Pediatric, Family and Adult Medicine – primary care, obstetrics, women’s health, behavioral health, and specialty care
  • Pediatric and Adult Dentistry • Patient Centered Health Home model, which focuses on the patient/clinician partnership
  • Optometry, Radiology, Pharmacy, Lab, Chiropractics and referrals to specialists
  • Weekly Community Health Hubs/food pantries
  • 340 staff, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and other clinicians
  • Accept Medi-Cal, Medicare, uninsured on a sliding scale, Covered California, and other insurances
  • Not-for-profit, supported by donations, foundations, and government reimbursement

Linda Tavaszi CEOWhat a tremendous year it’s been! In just the first eight months, we opened an additional clinic in Novato, expanded specialty care, and served hundreds of community members at our Health Hubs.

All of this is made possible made possible by our wonderful board and staff, generous donors, and many partners.

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Linda Tavaszi, PhD, CEO

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Expanded Novato Clinic: Meets growing patient demand

On August 10th, donors and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of our expanded Novato Campus. We’ve received great reviews!

“Patients and staff are really happy… it’s a physical reminder that the care we provide is innovative and high quality.”Elizabeth Shaw, MD, Site Medical Director, Novato Clinic

“The attention to detail is impeccable – everything was constructed with both patients and staff in mind.”Allison Moore, RN

“Patients coming here recieve top quality care, with all new equipment and dedicated staff. This is a magnificent addition to the community.” – Jim Preble, DDS

READ MORE about how we are expanding to meet the need

Connie Kadera DDS, Bill Kerr, Grace Hughes, John Boland III DDS MSD, Jerry Oken, and Mitesh Popat MD cutting the ribbon at our new Clinic at 6090 Redwood Blvd

Nancy & Richard Robbins Lobby at 6090 Redwood Blvd

New health monitors & “Smart” exam tables

Patient Care News

Clinician Spotlight

Expanding Access to Care: Orthopedics

In April, the Clinics formed a contractural relationship with Marin’s largest orthopedic group – Mt. Tam Orthopedis & Spine Center. All 14 of its providers are now working on a rotating basis to provide comprehensive specialty care at each of our clinics, seeing about 40-60 patients per month. This is an improtant step, as we have had a long-standing need for more community based orthopedic and spine doctors to serve our patients.

The Mt. Tam team augments the wonderful care that has been provided by other community orthopedic specialists for many years, including physicians at Marin Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Prima Medical Group as well as volunteer Dr. Michael Star (one of this year’s Summer Solstice Honorees)… READ MORE

Meet Erik Schten MD

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Erik Schten joined Marin Community Clinics as a primary care physician serving adult patients. But he didn’t stop there – he was appointed Site Medical Director for our Novato Clinic, became the organization’s lead expert in skin diseases, and shared his special knowledge of geriatric medicine and epidemiology.

Passionate about his work with patients, he has a special interest in working with diverse international populations, sparked by living in Ethiopia and Colombia during his childhood.

Today, Dr. Schten serves as Site Medical Director at the Novato Campus , overseeing care at the 6100 Redwood Blvd. facility…. READ MORE

Your Donations Ensure Our Future

Kinsey Tavaszi Hessel Star

Annual Solstice Event a Smashing Success!

On June 22nd, over 300 donors, supporters and community leaders joined us in recognizing our 2016 Community Health Champions, Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Dr. Tracey Hessel and Dr. Michael Star. Also honored was our Youth Community Health Champion Adriana Golden.

The Summer Solstice Celebration is our only annual fundraiser and we are proud to say that it has grown alongside the Clinics. A big “Thank You” to our sponsors and guests who helped us raise over $102,000 to support patient care at our nine clinics –  The 2016 Summer Solstice Celebration has been our most successful yet, and we hope to…. READ MORE

Ahmed with Tony MCC

Giving Back to the World Community

This summer, six dental chairs will make their way from Marin Community Clinics to Tanzania – thanks to the connection between a local businessman and our clinics. Ahmed Issa, a long-time San Rafael resident and an Honorary Counsel of Tanzania, owns a moving company that has worked for the Clinics.

Last year, Issa spent several weeks in Tanzania helping out at a hospital where he saw a tremendous need for basic medical equipment. When he learned that we were planning to upgrade our dental equipment, he started the ball rolling. He picked up and stored the chairs and A Global Connection, a Bay Area nonprofit, has arranged for shipment to Tanzania.

At Marin Community Clinics, we rely heavily on our dynamic community of donors. It is our donors that allow us to add/enhance programs that provide quality, cost-effective, culturally sensitive, patient-centered health care. Your generous gift supports medical and dental care for children, teens, adults and seniors in need.


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