In this climate of economic distress, the five free clinics at the are a vital asset not only to the residents of San Leandro, but also to the residents of neighboring cities.
As a resident of San Leandro, I have referred some of my friends to these clinics when they have lost their health insurance due to loss of job or other circumstances.
The five clinics—RotaCare, Primary Care, Dental, Physical Therapy and Podiatry—provide service to economically disadvantaged residents of Alameda County under the leadership of Karla Goodbody, Director of Health Services at Davis Street.
The RotaCare clinic was built in 1995 by volunteers from the Rotary Club of San Leandro leveraging a seed grant from Eden Hospital. The clinic provides health services to about 1,200 uninsured and underinsured patients each year.
The RotaCare clinic helps patients manage acute and chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. The clinic operates on Mondays. Registration starts at 8 a.m and the clinic runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The RotaCare Pediatric Clinic is on Tuesdays at the same time. Sixty percent of the patients seen at RotaCare are children.
The Primary Care Clinic works in partnership with Samuel Merritt College and its Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant programs. The clinic provides primary care to about 1,500 uninsured and underinsured individuals every year, both children and seniors.
The clinic is open on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thanks to the vision and combined commitment of Dr. Jack Goodrich, Tom Kroetch, and the Braddock Foundation, the Dental Clinic now provides cleanings, simple extractions and fillings for free or low cost to adults. The Dental Clinic is open on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m to 8 p.m.
The Physical Therapy Clinic is coordinated in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, whose physical therapy residents provide care on Thursdays by appointment only.
The new addition to Davis Street's offerings is the Podiatry Clinic, which operates on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All clinics are staffed entirely by volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and social workers. The clinics are funded by private donations and grants, and by the San Leandro Rotary Club.
There is a limited pharmacy on site that dispenses free medicines to patients seen at the clinics.
For lab work and x-rays, patients are referred to . This work is also free to patients.
In August 2011, there will be a free "Immunization Day" so children will be able to enroll in schools with the required immunizations.
The Davis Street Family Resource Center is located at 3081 Teagarden St. For more information call 510-347-4620.